First time travel in India
 Brijesh Kumar Maurya    June 10, 2015 

First time travel in India

Be safe

Always keep your passport and any other important papers close to you. Don't leave important documents in your luggage. Also, keep two photographs and your passport information in a safe, separate place in case your passport is lost or stolen.

Contact the state ITDC (Indian Tourism Development Corporation) or the state tourism office (usually located in the capital city) for travel information. The ITDC location information can be found in a local phone book.

Keep your money in several different places. Act like you knows what you're doing and where you're going at all times. Dress in traditional clothing whenever you travel and avoid travelling alone in the night.

Stay healthy and avoid street food.

Always carry a water bottle with you. Don't drink the local water. Either boil your own water or make sure to buy bottled water from a reliable distributor. Indian drinking water contains many forms of bacteria that cannot be filtered out by using a simple filter. Only eat fruit and veg with skins (e.g. bananas). Indian street food is spicy and tasty but unhealthy. So if you eat on the street, consume only food that is fried or boiled. Food that hasn't been cooked at high temperatures could make you sick.

Equip yourself with preventive medicines and basic first aid equipment before you leave home. Having these supplies will save you the trouble of going in search of a doctor or drugstore if you get sick.

Be prepared for noise and avoid the crowds

One way of ensuring you can have a bit of personal space, albeit in your head, is to have earphones with you to shut out some of the surrounding – there's nothing like the sheer clamour of an Indian city. Always try to avoid the crowds.

Make your travel plan according to your interests

Think about what interests you, what you like doing, and tailor your trip accordingly. Here are some places in India according to interest -

Shopping - Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai

Beaches - Goa

Trekking - Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Kashmir

Yoga - Rishikesh, Haridwar

Thrill-seekers - Manali, Leh, North-East city in India

Religious fervour - Varanasi, Vrindavan, Haridwar

Fort and Culture - Rajasthan

Avoid deals that seem too good to be true

Government shops are probably the easiest way to avoid running foul of scams, but simple rules like paying for things with cash, to avoid card cloning scams, may save you a lot of unnecessary trouble later in your journey. You should also pay particular attention if you're arranging to have things sent home by post, as it's not unknown for shops to take your payment and send worthless items instead.

Indian people are so friendly

Indian people are so friendly and always ready for help. You absolutely can try to talk to them on trains and buses and most times they will be happy to do so- they'll even let you take photos of them. They might stare sometimes, but it’s just curiosity and isn't as rude in their culture.

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