Top tips to remember as a tourist in India (Part 2)

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Here is the continued article of “Tips when traveling India (Part 1)“.

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Get ready for lots of staring and questions

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Many Indians give special attention to the foreigners. You might spot many of them looking at you steadily and some will even ask to take pictures with you. They don’t have an idea their behavior makes you feel uncomfortable.

Often, if you strike a conversation with some local people, they might ask many personal questions about you, that you may not feel comfortable sharing right away, e.g. social status, surname, relationships, faith, family and so on. They don’t mean to offend you, they are just interested to know you better.

I suppose this behaviour is closely connected to the personal space concept. In the west, people maintain large personal space around themselves to keep strangers at a distance. In India, all space standards collapse once you experience a queue or use public transport. Most Indians are used to share everything and adjust since childhood, especially those born and raised in joint families. Keep this in mind and be ready to expand a bit your privacy borders.

Go local

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Try to build your journey around the festivals to get a better understanding of Indian culture. Visit Diwali – a festival of lights in autumn, Holi – a festival of colors in spring, Lohri – winter festival in Punjab, attend traditional wedding and other functions of your preference. Try to make Indian friends during your visit to understand the essence of different festivals. There will be many people around who will be happy to give you an “intro course” about the meaning of the festival in Indian culture.

Contrasts are everywhere

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While in India, you will be part of situations with different elements that you haven’t imagined in the same context. You might be late because you were stuck on the road blocked by cows. You may see a posh car waiting on the crossroads along with an elephant and a bullock cart driven by a barefoot man. You will see people buying latest fashion clothes from luxury brands and people sleeping on the streets at a distance of 1 ndia is diverse with many experiences in store for the travelers. I stayed in Delhi for almost 2 years and there are still many things I have on my list to experience there. I would advise not to follow the patterns, but choose your experience. India can offer you much more than Goa and Taj Mahal. No doubts these are amazing destinations, however, there are also exciting opportunities to visit tea plantations, learn how to print on clothes from the biggest textile companies, stay in a desert or join a yoga/meditation program in the mountains. Don’t run a marathon through all sightseeing points mentioned on the internet. Choose less – explore more. Feel and enjoy your journey!00 meters from the same fashion store. Social inequality is overwhelming and emotionally devastating. This is a part of India that you will come across very often.      

Follow your route and interests

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India is diverse with many experiences in store for the travelers. I stayed in Delhi for almost 2 years and there are still many things I have on my list to experience there. I would advise not to follow the patterns, but choose your experience. India can offer you much more than Goa and Taj Mahal. No doubts these are amazing destinations, however, there are also exciting opportunities to visit tea plantations, learn how to print on clothes from the biggest textile companies, stay in a desert or join a yoga/meditation program in the mountains. Don’t run a marathon through all sightseeing points mentioned on the internet. Choose less – explore more. Feel and enjoy your journey!

Hope you have a success trip in India!

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