India is an exotic destination! It has historical monuments, beaches and other attractive tourist spots that you can easily find out from Tripadvisor or a tour company. Some travelers came there for some weeks, some stayed for years and they were even not sure how long they are going to be there. If you know important basics and your expectations are set correctly, you can start enjoying the country!
Whether you are planning to travel to India for a short or long period of time, start with our tips for first-time travel to India.
1. Keep your cool
India has an often deserved reputation not only for its beauty and wonder but also for touts, scams, and other hassles. There are some ways for you to reduce the chances of being cheated or overcharged. However, it is hard to avoid having a few encounters with scammers on your trip. Especially, be careful of taxi or rickshaw drivers who insist on taking you to specific shops, hotels, or travel agencies because you will have to pay for their commission.
The most important advice for any India first-timer is trying to keep calm, no matter what happens. The key to enjoying your time in India is being able to control your frustrations that usually easily boil over in this country, just take a deep breath and move on. If you’re stressed about being scammed or losing some money, consider how much you’ve really lost and it’s worth getting that fussed about or not.
2. Slow down
Many people try to visit too many places in India and subsequently burn out. To enjoy the best trip, instead of trying to tick off as many spots as possible but not having time to appreciate any of them, you should concentrate on just a few ones and see them slowly. Spend a few days in one place and you’ll gain a deeper understanding of where you are and have more time to know about the people you meet. Your exchanges with hospitable locals will certainly create some of the most memorable moments of your trip.