A Guide to Traveling to India

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India is one of the most amazing and endlessly fascinating places you might come across. Travelling the country for the very first time you might come across some surprising things you never knew, and plenty of chances to bust myths that are commonly heard of in foreign countries.

One of the beautiful aspects of the country is that it has both the Himalayas to the north and the sun kissed coast of the Arabian Sea to the south.

The Best Time to Go

There is such a thing as the best time to visit the country. Between late October and March is your best bet to visit most areas around the country in comfort. The spring months of April and May are super hot and humid with temperatures fluctuating around 40 degrees Celsius. However, if you only want to visit places like the Himalayas or the foothills, this is the perfect time to travel. Midsummer is super pleasant in Ladakh and Kashmir.

Monsoon rain starts in late May in the southern region, and slowly travels north for the next month and a half. If you are into quiet hotel settings, you should avoid the week long Diwali festival.

Culture of India

The rich and multilayered culture of India blends perfect with spiritual and religious themes; this goes for all ethnicities that dwell there. There is no unified Indian culture; all of India is a mass of diverse languages and traditions.

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Take Care of Yourself

You do not want to get ill on your trip to India, especially if you are going to be there for a short time. It helps if you are careful with what and where you eat. The first rule you need to remember is that you should not drink tap water, and also not eat anything that has been washed in tap water. If you want to take extra precautions, you might want to stay away from salads, and fruits unless you peel them yourself.

The safest thing to do is have your stomach get used to the new cuisine. You may launch into a street food fest after you notice your stomach accepting everything you eat. Also it doesn’t hurt to mentally assess the food shacks that you see on how clean they could be and whether you will be able to take it.

Getting There

Clearing through customs was once a major hassle when travelling to India; however, this has improved a lot in the past ten years. There are four major airports in India known as the Gateway Airports located in Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi, and Mumbai. You have many non-stop commutes to these city airports from Australia, Africa, Middle East, Europe, and America. You might want to consider places like Goa, Pune, Ahmedabad, Madurai etc. for secondary points of entry in the country.

There is more than just wildlife sightseeing and mountain trekking in India. It is home to one of the most unexplored places in the world. You cannot absorb everything there is to see and experience in India, in just one trip. So don’t rush it trying to accomplish the impossible, you will end up missing out the small yet important details of the places you are visiting.