Most people planning a trip to India usually seek advice on what to carry in order to have a pleasant trip. Naturally, visiting India is quite an individualistic experience. What one tourist may find interesting on his or her trip may not be appealing for another. This article looks at what to pack for a trip to India.
Tourists from western countries can easily buy the necessary items eher in India. However, it is still a developing country and there are people who are conservative when it comes to customs and dressing. Banks and ATM machines are easily accessible and major credit cards are accepted almost everywhere. This means visitors can probably leave their money belts and traveler’s checks at home.
Passports are needed for a visit to the country, and should be valid for six months or more from the date of entry. Tourist visas are also a requirement. Before planning a trip, it is advisable for a tourist to check for the current requirements at the local consul, and leave plenty of time for themselves to get the correct visa.
India experiences three seasons. Winter lasts from the end of October up to the end of February. In this season, temperatures will be moderate and pleasant, although the northern part of the country will be much colder, particularly at night. Summer lasts from March to June and is characterized by extreme heat. It is advisable to carry an umbrella as a sun shield and sunglasses to protect the eyes. A wide-brimmed hat is essential for protection against the intense sun. Monsoon season is generally experienced in June and July, and tourists will require umbrellas and other rain gear during this time.
Visitors are advised to pack light and mix and match their clothes. A soft-sided duffel bag is recommended, preferable one with wheels as it will easier to handle and lighter when compared to a hard-sided suitcase. Investing in a good backpack is a good idea, since day-to-day touring in India requires items such as umbrellas, clothes and water bottles. A purse may not have enough space for holding everything.
While T-shirts and jeans may be fine in large Indian cities, it is advisable to dress more conservatively in rural areas and villages. When visiting temples and mosques, women should keep shoulders and legs covered. This means pants or long skirts as well as a shawl should be packed. For those planning to go swimming, they should bring along bathing suits since they may not be easily available for buying in places away from major cities.