The Caution Book For a Traveller in India
Indrasish Banerjee | On 14, Nov 2013
India is one of the most fascinating places you can visit on this planet. India’s unique set of traditions, cultural beliefs and treasured heritage, which have been kept alive for thousands of years now, will make for an experience so diverse and incredible that it will stay with you for the rest of your life. India is like a beautiful maze which enchants and excites its visitors at every step. But this maze can be a little too overwhelming if you are visiting the country for the first time. Therefore, we have compiled a few pointers which you can keep at the back of your mind before setting off on the adventure called India.
- Planning? What’s that? – The first thing you need to understand is that no matter how hard you try, you can’t have a well-planned trip in this country. The trains will get delayed and the actual condition of the hotel you have booked online can give you a shock in the form of a mini heart attack. We advise you to go with the flow. Don’t over plan your vacation and you’ll be just fine. Make prior reservations wherever possible but don’t expect everything to turn up the way you imagined.
- Leave Room for Spontaneity – Following a fixed schedule and visiting only the most known attractions can be a mistake, as you may miss out on something interesting and new. India will surprise you every now and then. Therefore keep your schedules flexible since there is a strong possibility that you will find a local market more interesting than an air-conditioned shopping arcade, or you will end up eating at a roadside ‘dhaba’ when you had plans of dining at a five-star hotel. You don’t really need to follow your well-thought-out itinerary, just do what you feel like doing!
- Don’t Act Like an Arrogant Traveller – Arrogance is not well received in the country. Do not treat local attractions as your personal holiday spots. While being in a temple, meditation centre or even in a forest, refrain yourself from listening to loud music or making loud noises. You will find garbage everywhere in the country but it doesn’t mean you can throw litter wherever you want.
- Ask Before Taking a Picture – Taking a picture of a person or an establishment without permission can lead you into trouble. For instance, taking a picture of a young woman while visiting a village can be considered an extremely rude gesture. Also, try and gather some information about local traditions and customs. It will make sure that you do not end up hurting anybody’s sensibilities or religious sentiments.
- Give Yourself a Break – Don’t try to visit all the attractions and places of interest the given destination has to offer. Give yourself ample time to relax since travelling from one place to another can be taxing. Plan your trip in a way that you get to stay at a destination for at least two days before moving on to another city.
- Try to Adjust – You should know well in advance that you will be faced with a few chaotic experiences while exploring India. Try and adjust to the fact that things can go wrong without any fault of your own. For many people, their Indian vacation turns out to be a life-changing experience. Don’t be scared, just be prepared.
- Stay On a Vigil – Don’t trust people blindly, especially in big cities like Delhi and Mumbai. Hire guides only after properly scanning through their ID cards and avoid late night hang-outs as far as possible. Always carry packaged drinking water with you and also an insect repellent. Try and avoid long journeys by road during the monsoons. You may get stuck due to floods or landslides.