a VirtualTourist member from Williamsville asked on Sep 24, 2014
Hi.. We will be touring in New Dehli and the Rajasthan area for almost two weeks in October. I know that visiting temples and other holy places requires the removal of shoes, so my normal walking shoes don't seem like a good choice. Are they ok or should I buy sandals for walking around? Do travelers where socks or go barefoot in the temples?
Strong walking sandals are best, for daytime wear, and yes- I always take along a pair of socks in my bag
Also, its a good idea for your wife to take along a big scarf. In the temples, her shoulders are not allowed to be bare. Knees should also always be covered.
HAHA! Sandals would be the best choice, preferably the ones with a strap which secures your foot. Wear them in before your trip so you don't get blisters, and that way you can avoid socks . I guess i spent about a month in that area and only wore boots if i went hiking.
Go with Rs 100-200 "bathroom chappals". Comfortable and if lost (at times happen in temples) easy on pocket yo get a new one.
You can buy it in your country or can get it almost everywhere in India.
Sandals with straps if get wet (again it happens here) will be very clumsy for you.
Ha ha David..........I only carry the socks for occasions when the floors are not too clean.............would never wear them with sandals
Some temples do not permit socks - especially in the inner sanctum - and I don't believe temples in the South allow them and definitely not in Gurdwara(i.e. Golden Temple). Of course, unless you're Hindu - in almost all temples - you will not be allowed in the inner sanctum anyway. I've never worn socks but there were plenty of times I wished I had a pair with me!
Lol Donna...............those socks came in handy especially when we visited the Rat Temple in Bikaner...........
Socks are okay in temple (If not raining :) ) and Chappals/sandals (which are easy to remove) are comfortable and you can buy them anywhere in India. My personal FAV is "Bata"!
You can try KolhapuriMojaris chappals/shoes as well. They look trendy and are comfortable too and are handcrafted ethnic footwear of India. Which you can keep with you as a souvenir from India.
Don't forget to apply some Vaseline on the inner side of the new shoes and keep them overnight before wearing, if you do not have time to wear them in before your trip so you don't get blisters. as suggested by David.
Have a happy and safe journey!
I have been walking in India for many years. I have tried every kind of Indian shoes/sandals. They all give blisters and chafing, even after softening treatment. I think that the OP would be better off wearing a comfortable sandal with soft leather, and a solid sole, because he after all will be doing a lot of walking in Rajasthan. He should also 'wear them in' at home before his trip, so that there are no uncomfortable moments. Sore feet are a misery at any time, especially when travelling.
No doubt Lynne! Bikaner's on the itinerary for our next trip. I know Kasha would love the temple but rats are the one thing that do me in. Just don't know if I can go. (I'm thinking....no!)
Totally agree that shoes must be broken in before your trip! Too many times I've brought nice, new shoes/sandals on vacation and ended up with nasty blisters. I always wear sandals in India but your feet get filthy and you have to watch where you're walking so you don't step in anything!
And while we're talking footwear, bring a pair of cheap flip flops to wear (only) in your hotel room and bathroom. Marble floored bathrooms with "open" showers tend to get extremely slippery ( you can wear the flip flops in the shower).
Thanks for all the great responses. I appreciate your help. As first time visitors to India, we want to enjoy and not offend.
Most of the time there will be signs around. If in doubt, look at what the locals do.
I agree with the above, leather sandals for the evening, flip flops (aka "chappals") during the day for site seeing are fine. On travelling days I prefer to wear shoes or trainers.
You can wear the sports shoes. Those are very comfortabel. I wear the same. But try to get of cheap prices(INR 500 - 800 only).
Do not think even to enter in tamples with shoes. You will have to remove those shoes at the gate of the temple or somewhere in shoerack.
Dear Herkbert, Hi...I live at Connaught Place New Delhi. So its my suggestion..that there are no issues to worry about. You can use your normal SPORTS SHOE so that you can walk comfortably. As far as Temples are concerned..probably you will not like to daily enter daily to temples...as there are lots of things to See. Anyway may it be Sandle or Shoe..you will have to take them oue...so be cool....take out your shoes ...deposit with Shoe-Place...go to temple and come back...wear your socks and shoes
Just for the record, I went with my normal travel walking shoes and had no trouble at all. Shoes off in temples was made easy by shoe depots. As many of the places we visited required walking up hill or at least at steeper angles, my standard Clarks were a good choice.