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Travel is one of the most amazing things one can indulge in. Every place has a soul of its own .People, their lifestyles, culture and belief systems are so unique and gives you a peek in to life immeasurable treasures. For instance white is considered holy in the west is often used in wedding dresses which is in sharp contrast to India. White colour is for mourning of a loved one. In the west it is considered inappropriate to ask about someone's marital status to a stranger however in India ,an old woman might walk up to you and just ask if you are married or not and if yes how many children do you have in utmost simplicity. So, that is the kind of cultural variation you might come across.

India is one of the largest subcontinents and known to be the oldest civilizations. The visit to this country is certainly going to be one of the rarest of rare experiences. Indians are very warm hearted people but their eccentrics might baffle you. Nonetheless, you can be assured of a great trip. However, as a word of caution, the following travel tips will save you a lot of time, energy, money and add to your safety as well.

Tips:

Stay- India offers all kinds of stay according your budget. There are luxury hotels, five star hotels, service apartments, budget hotels, ywca, ymca hostels and home stays as well. The hotels adhere to international standards of hospitality. Ensure to have checked all your options as per your requirement and budget. Please ask to the check out the room before you confirm your stay. Home stays are increasingly becoming popular which gives you a sneak peak in to the day to day lives of local people.

Health tips to keep in mind- It is the most important thing because if you do not enjoy good health your tour will be ruined. Always and always buy and drink sealed and bottled water. Check the cap, if it is tampered have it changed. Indian food is spicy and hot as per European and American palates ,do enjoy street food but be careful as it might give you acidity so have an antacid at disposal.Keep yourself hydrated at all times because one can easily feel burnt out in the hot and humid climate during summer months.

Stay safe-Avoid travelling alone during odd hours and deserted lanes and alleys. Always keep a soft copy of your travel and identity documents online. Carry some cash and try to keep your expensive articles in safe custody.

Respect local customs- Avoid entering in holy places or someone's home wearing shoes as they are considered unclean. Use your right hand while eating and passing things around using left hand is considered unpleasant. Dress conservatively and prefer covering your body as in India modesty reigns high. They are liberal with tourist but this may a bi sure way to win some hearts instantly.

Time- This might be little irritating however traffic and culture in India will definitely give a lesson or two in patience. Meaning that if someone has said they will be there at 7.15 am they might turn up 7.45 or 8.00 am. Hence, take it in your stride.

Noise- You might want to carry earplugs to drown the noise of incessant traffic, chaos and life in India in general. It is quite common people shouting at the top of their lungs in just calling a friend ten steps ahead. It might also help you to sink the daily life minus the background sound and it certainly would make you sleep easy if you are staying in noisy place.

Shopping- Always try to purchase souvenirs from government authorized outlets; they will provide you with authentic products. You can ship your purchase back home but be strict to have correct and authentic. invoices .Avoid being fooled by offers to good to be true. India is great place for shopping of all kinds-jewellery, garments, ivory products, wood carvings, carpets, artefacts, leather products and much more.

Solo Travel tips- This gives you a lot space to experiment. Hostels are great choice however home stays would be a good chance to know the local cuisine and culture of India.You should arm yourself with local police numbers, tourist resource centre contacts and a couple of friends who know where you are at all times. It is for both men and women to avoid any unfortunate incidence. Say NO firmly to any untoward invitation or gesture. Carry a reputable guidebook always. Avoid travelling alone at odd hours.

Travelling with children- Be advised to carry their basic medicines. Though medical facility in India is good but it would be beneficial to be ready. Pack clothing according to the place you plan to visit during your trip. Kids love the vibrant colours and may be simply stupefied by seeing a cow on the middle of the road! It only happens in India!

Footwear and a bandana or a scarf- Always opt for comfortable footwear in which you and your loved one can walk long hours to enjoy the scene and carry a scarf or bandana that will be multipurpose-to shade for sun. Carry some stuff or simply wipe off the sweat.

Know your destination-If you are looking for spiritual enlightenment and yoga- Hrishkesh and Himalayas are great spots. You are looking for adventure sports Manali in Himachal Pradesh is good place. You want to revel in royalty-Rajasthan is just the apt destination.

Healing and Rejunavating-Kerala Ayurvedic spas are hot favourite for healing and rekindling energy with unique oil massages and ayurvedic treatments for your tired body and spirits. There are many chains all over India but one has to be careful to pick the authentic one.

Travel light- Avoid bringing clothes to India-you can buy yourself good cotton suits and shirts for the duration of your stay. Fab India is a great place to buy !

Have a wonderful and exhilarating trip to India with just these few tips in mind.

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