India is among the most colorful nations of the world with a rich history, culture and heritage. To get the most of your trip to India, it would be a good idea to equip yourself with useful information before you set out for a journey of a lifetime.
You may take as little as possible, you can buy just about everything when you are out there.
During winter months in the North and the highlands in the South get cold at night, but at all other times light weight cotton is best. Respect their culture, discreet clothing for women especially.
To explore India, you need a valid passport and visa to India. Carry them at all times while enjoying a vacation in India. Notify your country’s embassy or consulate in case your passport is stolen or lost.
Most cities have means of efficient local transportation such as taxis, auto rickshaws, cycle rickshaws, and buses. Private cabs can also be hired. Use only authorised, properly identified taxis and buses.
It is best to visit Indian plains during cooler months from November to March. For a visit to mountainous regions of India, the months of April to October are better suited.
Indian cuisine is a tad too spicy for European and American taste buds. Also, there are plenty of non-spicy cuisines and delicacies to choose from. Avoid drinking water from an unknown source.
You may occasionally need insect repellent cream. If you are allergic to dust, be sure to carry medication with you. Do carry sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat.
Be wary of roadside peddlers trying to sell you semi-precious and precious gems and jewelry. Visit state emporia and the Central Cottage Industries Emporia (most major cities have one) for fixed prices and a fair idea of the cost with a regular dealer.