Travel Tips While Your Visit  To India

Vacations are considered unique because they provide a break from the monotony of daily life. It is important to prepare to make the most of these though. A wrong choice of hotel, an overpriced restaurant, a trap by fake tourist guides would take just a minute to ruin your holiday. They therefore offer some useful travel tips and tricks in this section that can make your travel experience easier and enjoyable in terms of both value and happiness.

Know the Entry Requirements

You need a valid passport, an Indian visa and a return / onward ticket to enter India. Apply for ‘Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA)’ if you are traveling as a visitor and your stay is no more than 30 days. For more information on ETA please visit the Indian Government’s official website. Register online before check-in.

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Plan According to the Weather

India encounters a range of weather patterns, while the vast country has four primary seasons in general: summer, winter, moonsoon and post-monsoon. Each place experiences different climatic conditions, so it’s still worth visiting anywhere, no matter the time of year. The Western Himalayas, such as Ladakh, and hill stations such as Darjeeling, Shimla, Manali Nainital and Mussoorie can be visited in summer, whereas the famous tourist destinations such as Mumbai, Kerala, Hampi, Goa, Rajasthan, Agra and Varanasi are best visited in winter.

Stay Healthy during your Trip.

Remembering these basic precautions Indian food is a little bit tangy to stay healthy. Eat freshly cooked food wisely, and drink only from sealed bottles of water. In the streets wear a scarf and a mask. Traveling with diarrhoea medications, headache and other common ailments is also a good idea.

Beware of Fraudsters & Scammers

The scammers and fraudsters have a tendency to target travelers, depending on where you go. A rising scam is offering offers for a trip to India. Don’t slip into its pit! Book your tour only through travel companies approved by the Ministry of Tourism or Government of India, not people who approach you on the street. Check the Ministry of Tourism website for State-specific tourist information.

Learn a Few Basic Hindi Words

India is a nation with a cultural diversity and that includes the language. In fact, in most states , different languages are spoken while English is widely used and understood in India. Hindi is also widely understood, but not the first language of all Indians, so it helps to know a few simple Hindi words: namaste (hello / goodbye), shukriya or dhanyawad (thank you), theek hai (alright or OK), haan / haanji (yes), nahi (no), garam paani (hot water shower), madat (help), kripya (help / please), aaj (today), kal (tomorrow), chai (Tea), khaana (food), chalo (let’s go).

Dress Modestly

You should also dress as per the place and customs in India. Many tourist sites, such as a mosque, temple or other holy places, allow you to dress modestly, covering your head with a scarf and taking off your shoes before you enter. You can wear whatever you like in big cities but dress modestly while visiting small towns.

Stay within a Budget

Mid range hotels in India appear to offer the best value for money. Airbnb vacation rentals and boutique stays are available. Local tourist offices operate ‘Homestays’ or ‘paying guest’ schemes in Kerala, Mumbai, Rajasthan and many other cities, putting tourists with local families. Use trains and Volvo buses to travel around India because they are cheaper, far cheaper than flying.

Travel Insurance

You can’t foresee accidents and mishaps. It is easier to plan ahead of time. Have your own country travel policy covering health issues, injuries, travel delays, damaged or missing baggage, cancellations and other potential eventualities.

Know the Route of Transportation

Flights, trains, local buses, taxis, autorickshaws … It’s easy to get into and around India. India boasts one of the world’s most comprehensive rail networks. Train is the perfect choice for experiencing India’s true beauty and saving a few bucks. Using prepaid taxi services for short trips inside cities, or use the Uber or OLA apps. Auto- and cycle-rickshaws are another way to travel inside towns.

Money handling during India Trip

Credit cards are accepted only at bigger businesses or hotels. And you’ll just have to bring some cash to pay for taxis, auto rickshaws, cheap hotels and food etc.

Pack Well In Advance

Packing for a trip to India would mainly rely on the environment of where you’re going and the things you ‘re planning on doing. Light weight clothes are ideal when traveling to India in the summer, but winter conditions differ widely throughout the region. High sun protection cream and a power bank to charge mobiles are additional things to pack. Hand sanitiser will also always be brought.