There is no denying of the fact that India is one of the best tourist destinations on Earth. The scenic country offers you a diverse range of cultures and regions blending with natural affluence, imperial sites, historic monuments and bustling cities. Hence, travelling to India and exploring its incredible destinations is always enticing to the globe-trotters. So how should you get yourself prepared before travelling to India? Start with the following travel trips to enjoy the amazing time during your stay in India:
1. Plan your travel destinations
For a first-timer, exploring India is full of exhilaration, and it won’t be feasible for you to cover most of the picturesque land in one go. Hence, the best thing to make your travel plan more convenient is to choose your preferred destinations and routes accordingly. You may select the destinations as per the directions and places of interest. For instance, if you wish to visit some of the ancient monuments, soothing hill stations and majestic fortress, you may get to enjoy them on the northern part of the country. On the other hand, for exploring the best natural vista, north-east Indian states are truly awe-inspiring. Alternatively, you can also pick the iconic destinations from the major India cities and plan your trip accordingly. Also, know the best time to visit the destination you plan to travel in particular.
For your convenience, some of the key tourist destinations are listed in the following Table:
|Key Destinations in North||Key Destinations in East||Key Destinations in West||Key Destinations in South||Key Destinations in North-East|
|Delhi, Agra, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Varanasi, Ladakh, Rishikesh, Mcleod ganj, Dharamsala, Dzongu, Dalhousie, Manali and much more||Kolkata, Darjeeling, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Odisha and much more||Mumbai, Mahabaleshwar, Silvassa, Khandala, Shirdi, Lonavala, Matheran, Ahmedabad and much more||Pondicherry, Kerala, Coorg, Goa, Hampi, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and much more||Ziro Valley, Shillong, Cherrapunjee, Mawsynram, Tawang, Kaziranga National Park, Majuli and much more|
2. Know your mode of commutation
India is frequented by ample of travellers from all around the world. Hence, the country is well-connected to various local and global destinations. However, there are many amazing destinations in India, which don’t have any air connectivity or direct railway access. In order to reach those destinations, you need to know the nearest airport/rail-heads or alternate modes of transportation. One more thing you must consider in such case is that depending on your time of arrival; try to book your tickets (flights/trains/hotels) in advance. Doing this will help you to avoid last minute rush and paying higher charges. Plan your route in such way that it doesn’t consume most of your time on the go. Carrying a route map is always a smarter idea.
3. Food habits
It is said that the real taste of Indian food can best be relished at the street. However, it doesn’t mean that one should restrict themselves to spicy street food. Sometimes, things turn adverse also for foreign travellers who are not habitual of digesting luscious street food. Therefore, try to have fresh and boiled food on the go. For a hard core foodie, reputed eateries are recommended where the food is delicious and safe. Do carry sufficient bottled water instead of drinking juice/water from the road. Fresh fruits, coconut water and tea can be tried on the go. However, avoid eating rice and salad from the street vendors.
4. Be a good bargainers:
Your bargaining skill is tested the most when you visit Indian flea markets. Bustling street shops in India is something that you can’t miss during your trip here. If you want to take home some eye-catching goodies from India, you should be good at bargaining. Even Indian tourists also find it quite challenging to win a deal when they visit any new destination within the country. Outsiders find the flea markets in India quite pocket burning, especially if they don’t know how to bargain. This skill is also required if you hire a prepaid auto-rickshaw/taxi to commute within the city.
5. Traffic tales:
If you schedule an appointment to meet anyone or to visit anywhere in India, try to start early. The reason being, prolonged traffic in the bustling city often plays a spoil sport. So get yourself prepared for unexpected wait, noise and interruption on the go.
6. Follow the ethics:
The exotic country India has lot of ethical values to follow. Whether you are in temple, public or any other places, you will be stared everywhere by the local inhabitants. Try to dress yourself up following the moral values of the country. Do pay respect to elderly people. Before entering into any holy shrines always take-off your shoes. Avoid getting involved into any unnecessary arguments.
7. Things you need to carry:
Depending on your purpose and place of visit, things you carry may differ. Avoid carrying too much cloth while flying to India, as there are lot of tempting cloths you would feel like to buy before leaving India. If taking part into any adventure activities is in your travel plan, carry a separate travel kit containing all the required materials. However, make sure your travel bag doesn’t weigh too much. In India, domestic flights have weigh limit of 15Kgs. Besides, some of the basic things that you should carry while travelling to India may include a route map, your passport, ID proofs, camera, medicines and other essential things that you may require.
In addition to the above cited travel trips, there are few more pointers as well that you may count on:
- Avoid carrying huge cash on the go
- Be aware of shop-lifters/pickpocketers when in the crowd
- Don’t make it to any suspicious place alone after dusk
- Prefer carrying light cloths if you visit India during summer
- Do your research well before stepping into any place
- Try to explore the least explored locations in India especially the small hamlets
- If you want to witness any festival/event, know the date before flying to India
- Avoid visiting some of the popular hill stations during winter, as the intense snowfall may lead to road blockage
If you have already pocketed your Indian Visa, it’s time now to consider the above discussed travel tips for a first timer .