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1 Jun 2017

What You Need To Know When You're In India

India is a beautiful country to go to, packed full of so much life - there's so much to see you won't even know where to begin. But there are a lot of things you need to know before you plan on setting off, that you will definitely benefit from.
Here's what you should know.

Do your research

It's a good idea to do your research before you plan on going away. This can be useful for many things, not only to figure out where you want to go and what you want to do, but also for your own safety. By reading up on the area you're going to be visiting, can point out important things that you would never have thought of yourself. There may be certain places to avoid if they are known for having a high crime rate, or the opposite, like places you must go and see because they're so stunning.

Watch what you eat

Street food is part of the fun, so you shouldn't restrict yourself from all of that, but just keep an extra eye open on the things you do decide to eat. Try and only stick to fruits that have to be peeled, and food that has been boiled or fried. And don't drink water from the taps! It will most likely give you the runs, and this means ice cubes too.

Bring your camera

There are so many amazing things to see in India - you'll want to document everything. So bring a camera along to snap all the beautiful things around you while you’re on holiday. You won't want to forget the memories you make, especially if you don't plan on going back anytime soon.

Bring cash

A lot of areas do accept credit cards now due to the number of tourists that come and visit the country, but there are still places that don't, so it's a good idea to have cash on you. It will also be a lot easier for paying for things like cabs or visiting the local markets, as you avoid the hassle of having to search for a cash point first.

Explore the little places

Don't just stay in the big cities - sure they're lovely to look at and they are full of cool things to do, but if you want a real idea of India, then you should explore the little villages too. These won't be made specifically to appeal to tourists (as good as this can be), you will not be able to get a real feel for the country you're in.

Get a Visa

Getting a visa is absolutely essential, if you haven't got one, you won't be able to enter the country. You need to do this well in advance too because a lot of embassies require at least a month's notice to sort one out. Having said that, it's really not as daunting as it sounds. You can quite easily fill in the appropriate information on the internet and get an Online Visa for India.

Dress Appropriately

India's culture is a lot different to our own, mostly being by the way they dress. As a sign of respect, it's a nice idea to do as they do. It's of course not an obligation if you don't want to, but it will go a long way and mean a lot to the locals. So bring some scarves with you, as well as clothes that can cover your arms and legs, especially if you plan on visiting any religious sites. You will also be expected to remove your shoes a lot, so if you're not a foot person, bring some socks so you don't have to go barefoot.

Always be aware of your surroundings

This should be taken into account wherever you are in the world, but especially when you plan on going overseas. Because of how busy India gets, the more thieves there are because it is a lot easier to pickpocket when there are hundreds of people huddled up together. There are many ways you can avoid this though like carrying a bag that can be wrapped around your waist, and keeping your valuables out of sight from people. If these means not taking them out with you at all - do that. But if you do need to bring them out with you, keep them hidden! And most importantly, don't get lost walking around the streets at night time - you're just asking for trouble. So always keep track of the time, and make sure you know when the sun starts to go down.

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