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First time to India - what do I need to know?

What is the one thing you wish you knew before visiting India for the first time?

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  • Anamika Kohli

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    Don't listen to anyone on the street or in a train station that is "just helping" because they're probably not. Unfortunately a lot of people (even those who seem official) are just trying to make a quick buck out of tourists, so you have to be very cautious.

    Only ask your hostel or hotel staff for directions, and try to work out how you need to get to your destination before setting out.

    You can visit my page for more practical information on the country's transport, food, accommodation India in a nutshell

    India is a country that can make you very paranoid to the point where you start questioning honest people, but it is excellent travel training as it makes you sharper when you're anywhere else in the world!

    Enjoy beautiful Bharat!

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      A comment which can be classified as dishonest. I agree with you but you have exaggerated a little too much. · (0 likelikes)

    • Anamika K.

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      "Officials" have tried to stop me from getting on a train in Delhi to take me to a different agency a number of times and other tourists I met during a month in India had the exact same problem! Coincidence? I'm not exaggerating - it's the harsh truth that you need to be wise when travelling in India (and I have the advantage of being Indian myself). If you are from India and look Indian it's a different experience, but for most of us that's unfortunately not the case! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Bharti Singh

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    You'd wish that you had known how extremely chaotic and crowded India is. Also dirty and polluted. Makes me sad to say these things about my country but that's the truth. India is not for the faint-hearted. That said, the charm of this country lies in the chaos.



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  • chethana anumolu

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    Heey!

    Make sure u know and are aware of all malarial procedures! Please do not eat randomly on the road the food is oh so good by most tourists cannot handle the road food! Also don't get freaked out by the crowds it is a bit overwhelming but if u can handle it there is a different beauty about India. Hope this helps! It is an experience of a life time

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  • Pamela Peterson

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    1. Water - don’t ingest, under any circumstances. (Brush teeth with bottled water.)
    2. Ice - self-explanatory. (See above.)
    3. Salad greens - may have been washed in water, or, if not washed, harboring bacteria.
    4. Raw fresh fruit or vegetables. (Same reason as above.)
    5. Street food. (It’s tempting, but usually best not to risk it.)
    6. Dress modestly. (No shorts and tank tops, arms covered in temples.)
    7. In India, you will see the most stunningly beautiful and the most horrifying sights all at once. Soak it all in, and immerse yourself.
    8. Finally, yes means yes, but also sometimes no.




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  • varun gupta

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    One thing that you need to know before you visit India is you will fall in love with India and will come again and again. So carry yourself carefully because India is full of diversity and each culture offers different language,food,habits,etc. So take care of yourself.

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  • Marina Janeiko

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    The precautions with food and drinks are really important, but will not guarantee that you won't have the Delhi Belly. Give yourself at least 3 days to adjust before planning some major adventures because it may happen that you'll not be feeling very well. Your body is likely to react to a different climate, different food/ingredients and different methods of cooking. You won't escape that even in the best restaurants.

    Be careful with making friends, you'll hear "my friend" very often and most of the time it means you've been picked by a friend scammer.

    Don't flash your money when paying for things, otherwise you might discover someone is following you. That of course depends if you're traveling local style or more touristy style.

    Don't be afraid to be rough or impolite. If you mean "no", say "no" very confidently, Indians are expert bargainers, so "meek no" will only fuel those who want to sell you something. The other way is to learn to bargain yourself and they'll give you credit for that ;)

    Otherwise, enjoy! ;)

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  • Dominik Mroziński

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    Watch out for travel agencies, sometimes they're trying to cheat. Double check the train ticket reservation.

    Be aware that lots of prices are printed on products (ex. on bottle).

    Book your train tickets in advance.

    When you travel by bus do not take the front seat. It's better not to see how they are driving :)

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