India travel tips
Whatever way you look at it, India is an amazing country. Covering a huge area and home to over a billion people, there is something for everyone to see and enjoy. If you are from a European or North American country, then the traditions, attitudes and hectic lifestyle may be
Large towns and cities are full of hustle and bustle, but the locals are used to it. For a visitor, it may just get to be too much, particularly if any kind of festival is taking place. Slow down, take your time and
One thing you definitely need to know of is the scams that can catch you out. Most relate to being overcharged for something, so keep your eyes open and don’t get talked into something that sounds too good to be true, because it probably is! One of the most common is the taxi driver taking you to his preferred hotel shops etc and not the one you want to go to. He earns a commission, but you will pay it on your bill!
Wherever you travel pickpockets and touts can be a problem, so if you are a group, spread money and important documents between you. Make sure you have photocopies of important documents and try not to carry lots of cash.
A term often used and a real risk when traveling in India. Storage and preparation of food, particularly meat, is not the best in many places, even hotels. Stick to the places that the locals go to and that are busy is the best advice. And if you can go vegetarian for your holiday, so much the better. Only drink bottled water and avoid anything that has
Street food may look
The other source of illness is from the toilets, that often will be
Where to go?
If a beach holiday is your ideal, then head to the southwest of India and the state of Goa. In this former Portuguese colony, that only gained independence in 1961, you’ll not only find miles of beautiful beaches but also
Travel to the north of India and you’ll be in a mountainous region perfect for hiking, skiing and any other outdoor sport you can think of! The Uttarakhand region borders Nepal, while the Kullu Valley is close to the disputed area of Kashmir, and both offer spectacular, stunning scenery.
India is on many peoples bucket list, but make sure you take your USB travel adapter to keep your phone charged and not miss a single photo opportunity. It could be the trip of a lifetime, so make sure you keep those memories!