Over the years, I have observed that people are often perplexed by the idea of visiting India as they do not know for sure what they would encounter. I completely understand it being a concern, but a few simple steps, common sense and an open mind would make the journey to India absolutely memorable and keep you wanting to explore the country over and over.
Being a traveller as well as a travel agent, it has always been my intent and pleasure to present India as spectacularly as possible to everyone. Even though there might be some unfavourable instances, that should not hinder the fact that India is incredible.
Tips for traversing across India as a solo traveller:
Please make sure that you wear clothes that are comfortable and breathable for those hot and humid summer months. Cottons for summer and light woollen in winters depending on your destination.
Most cities are quite adept to the ever changing fashion trends but the rural and interior areas are still a tad behind in the fashion brigade so dress moderately or else get ready to be gawked upon seamlessly. Please do pack a few traditional Indian attire for any festivals or rituals (weddings included).
Global fast food joints (McDonald’s, Domino’s, KFC, Subway, etc), fine dining restaurants, home cooked foods are all fine. Please keep in mind that India is the birth place of most spices, so gear up for some of the best food the country has to offer.
Street food is delectable and tasty but you have to judge the vendor for hygiene. Different parts of the country have different taste buds so just a food tour of India is a gastronomical wonder in itself.
Hotels, home stays; lodges, guest houses, etc are all viable options to stay almost in all cities. However, for an authentic experience a stay in the remote villages with locales is something which no one can describe in words.
They are probably some of the most hospitable people in any part of the country. Do not get overwhelmed if you’re treated like a celebrity and people wanting to get photographs of you.
With over 5.5 million kilometres of road network India has the second largest road network in the world. This goes to show that it is not that difficult to traverse through India although some roads can barely be categorized as roads. Public transport such as railways and buses connect almost every part of the country and makes the lives easier.
However, please be diligent while on public transport systems in India as a lot of touts keep an eye out for travellers to make a quick buck. Always be sure to book your tickets from reliable agents and sources else, you will get cheated. Everyone is out to make money (honestly, who doesn’t like easy money).
To be continued….