24 Travel Tips For India

Traveling is a fun, it gives more experience and lessons for life. Visiting new places, meeting new peoples sounds fantastic. But we have to consider dark side of traveling too. Here I am sharing few tips according to my experience, that might help you to make your traveling safe and interesting.

  1. Don’t get worry after seeing long queue at ticket window, if you are traveling in another country. Usually at various Monuments there are separate lines for foreigners.
  2. Before booking any hotel check it reviews online. Read at least 5-10 reviews before making a booking online. As it might give you a idea about hotel. Usually average ratings review are most trustable. Check Hotel Room If  you are physical present at hotel and making a Offline booking. Before Confirming room in hotel , kindly check it’s bathroom, bed sheet’s, facilities etc. Also check for Hidden Camera.
  3. Don’t believe Fake Stories : Never believe on stories related to money, shopping, travel places, many local will make stories to extract money from you. Always ask 2-3 peoples for confirmation.
  4. Carry Cash : Cash can be easier and quicker to exchange and command a higher rate or the commission can be lower. The larger the denomination of bills, the better the exchange rate. Many merchants will take dollars and their rate of exchange can be higher than the “official” rate. and in India normally safe with cash. Carry cash but don’t carry too much cash, as in case of lost or theft you might be running out of money. Carry alternative like debit cards, Credit Cards etc.
  5. Use Credit Card : Credit Card is trending these days, It’s totally secure and can be used anywhere. Nowadays almost all hotels, shopping places are accepting credit cards. But if you are traveling in remote areas, there might be a problem of connectivity. So, it’s better to carry some cash along with card.
  6. Money Exchange : You never get better exchange price on airport always exchange your currency in market or bank to get better price.
  7. Carry Toilet Paper : Best is , carry toilet paper with you at all times. There is no guarantees that you will find any Western Toilet in India specially on the way when you are going from one place to other city. It might also helpful if you are in camp or traveling in remote areas.
  8. Leave Jewelry : If it is not necessary than leave all jewelry (and engagement ring) at Hotel/home. It is okay to wear jewelry occasionally. Jewelry make you beautiful but it also attracts negative people, and later problems with you.
  9. Keep Important Things : ALWAYS keep your passport, plane ticket, money and camera with you. You can also keep Color Photocopies of your documents. If you have a safe place in hotel room or somewhere else, keep your things there and carry Photocopies.
  10. Be Slow : Too many people try to travel too much into a visit to India. Don’t be one of them. Seeing place slowly is more rewarding than seeing many places in a flash. You’ll be less stressed, gain a deeper understanding of where you are and have more time to build relationships with the people you meet.
  11. Calm Down : If something doesn’t go right, smile and be persistent in what you want. Getting mad, yelling or fist pounding will only create problem for you. Be happy, you are getting a different life experience. Learn something from every incidence and move on.
  12. Advance Arrangements : As soon as you arrive some place, arrange your way on to your next stop. Trains/planes/ buses tend to get booked up in advance. Advance arrangement saves time and help you to travel better.
  13. Reservation Help : Travel agencies can usually get reservations for you as they book reservation of seats well in advance. If you are good in internet, then you can book some services for you through internet.
  14. Boarding : Arrive early and get aboard early any bus/train/plane etc. They can be oversold and/or fill up in a hurry.
  15. Hygienic Food : Avoid tap water, and any food that may have been washed in it, at all times. Always buy packed water bottle and also check properly it is packed water by famous company or not.
  16. Vegetarian Food : Many travelers go veggie whilst in India. It’s not a bad idea. A dodgy bit of meat will do you a lot more harm than slightly under cooked vegetables. Plus, many Indians are vegetarian, so there’s a fabulous choice of vegetarian food. If you do eat meat, make sure it’s well cooked. If in doubt, eat at a place that’s packed with locals.
  17. Washrooms : Western Toilets are notoriously low in India, but they don’t have to be health hazards. Consider using the left-hand-and-water-jug method preferred by many locals (it is, after all, so much more hygienic than using dry paper), but don’t forget to carry soap with you so you can wash your hands properly afterwards.
  18. Local Bus/Train Traveling : When traveling by regular bus, try to get seated close to the front or in the middle as they will keep packing people in until there is no room left inside. Additional people then hang on outside and climb on the roof, when traveling in a ordinary bus.
  19. Settle Price First : Always settle on a fare before climbing into an un-metered taxi. If metered,make sure the driver will go by the meter or decide on a price. Check your guide book or ask someone if the driver won’t go by the meter. Rates are often higher in the middle of the night and between an airport and town.
  20. Beware From Unknown person : When you step off the bus or whatever in a new town and need a place to stay, and some kids come up and offer to show you a place, go ahead and use them. You can always take a look and say no. They are just trying to drum up business for some place and/or a commission for themselves.
  21. Confirm Multiple Person : When asking directions to some place, ask several people not only person, and keep asking as you go. Because normally in India no body want say these word “Sorry I don’t know this “so ask some people.
  22. Alarm Clock : Use a travel alarm clock to wake you up in time for that early morning bus/train/plane.
  23. Medicines of all kinds are usually available in local pharmacies with no prescription necessary. Check expiration dates. Carry a basic medicine might help you in case of emergency situations. Medicines for headache, back pain, pain killers, antiseptic cream are most preferable
  24. Army Swiss Knife : Don’t forget to carry this, as it will help you in most difficult situations. It is most helpful in camp or while having food too. It is made for multipurpose work.

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