If you’ve never been to India before, I’m sure you’ll have a great time on your first trip there. However, there are a few things you should be aware of to make sure that this will be the trip of a lifetime. These essential travel tips should help you:
If you want to stay comfortable, you’ll need some good walking shoes and sandals. I also recommend something to swim in, but a one piece is more appropriate than a two piece. If you want to travel light, leave most of your clothes at home and simply buy your clothes over here. The tunics and trousers will suit the weather, cover you up nicely, and will stop people trying to sell to you or beg from you. The least you’ll need is a long scarf to make sure you can enter holy buildings.
Practice and Study Yoga
If you’d like to practice and study yoga where it originated, then head over to Rishikesh. It’s great for women travelling alone here. You’ll meet other women and get some exercise too! Just make sure you keep your wits about you if you’re a lone woman.
It’s important you stay safe, especially if you’re a woman travelling alone. Even if you’re not, the same rules apply! The following pointers should stop you from getting unwanted attention:
- Don’t wear skimpy clothing. Shorts, skirts, and strappy tops should be avoided. A traditional Indian suit is recommended.
- Don’t be too friendly with men who approach you, even if they are hotel staff. Speak to the women instead. You will rarely see an Indian woman speak to a man unless she’s with her husband.
- If you find a male is staring at you, look down and away. This will let him know you are not interested. Anything else could be taken the wrong way.
- Never accept an alcoholic drink from a stranger.
- Don’t walk in quiet areas by yourself.
Try not to do too much at once, as visitors all agree you can get fatigued quickly. The place isn’t going anywhere, so take your time when exploring.
Carefully Choose Your Route
By thinking about what you’d like to get out of your trip, you can plan your route accordingly. The most popular route is where you start in Delhi, then Agra, then finally Jaipur. Each place is great for different things. For example, Delhi is great for shopping. Taking an Indian Tiger Safari is recommended, whichever route you choose.
You don’t want to end up with an illness because you ate suspicious food. Lots of people take on the vegetarian way of life in India, as there are a lot of dishes to choose from. Many Indians are vegetarian too. Try it!
If you’re spending part of your gap year in India, you can get more great ideas here. I hope you found these travel tips useful, and they prepared you for your trip. Have fun! See you next time.