India Travel Tips

We have prepared some India Travel Tips for you which will help you while travelling to India.

As you already know, India is a fascinating country underlined with a lot of unwritten codes. We make a humble effort of marking out a few of them that are essential to your stay in India and will help you make your stay more enjoyable. And these India travel tips become particularly important during interesting periods for example if you are doing a fair and you are part of the Rajasthan tour with Pushkar.

Traffic

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Driving… leave it to the Indians! Or better said, leave it to Maavalan drivers. When we design your custom private tours in India, we take care of this. There can be Cows, camels, tuk tuks running around on highways, even in the wrong direction. Do not attempt to drive in India unless you plan to live here. You would not even know when NOT to honk! Leave the driving to our drivers who are uniformed, soft-spoken, follow traffic rules to the T and make your journey enjoyable and stress-free.

Visits…

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Monuments have an entry fee. Some even have a camera and video fee. For use of a tripod in some monuments, you need to write to the Ministry. When you are planning your trip to India write to us for your bespoke travel to India and we will take of all these special permits.

Clothing

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India is a conservative country. Kerala, Rajasthan and the large cities have got used to seeing foreign tourists. But white skinned Caucasians may still attract some attention in some interior tribal and remote areas. Unless you are next to a pool or at a nightclub or at a bar, very short skirted or bare feminine legs in public places like bazaars and crowded railway stations can make Indians very embarrassed! When you write to us for travelling to India, depending on where you go and the weather conditions and order your custom private tours in India, Maavalan Team will give you detailed instructions on how to dress and where.

Restaurants

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Food is very varied… and variety is the spice of life. However this spice can get red hot. If you want variety and also good palatable food, we can help you… we know the country and what your palate can withstand! We also discourage consumption of food from roadside vendors unless again you plan to live here. When you are planning your trip to India be it our tailor-made trips to India or an India luxury tour, make sure to tell us about your culinary interests and we will design your travels around that theme!

Drinking Water

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Water is best consumed from sealed bottles; which is why we recommend booking your bespoke travel to India with Maavalan wherein we give free sealed bottles of mineral water every day on taking our full India tour package.

Religious Visits

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From the list of India travel tips here’s an important travel tip for you – some places require taking off of your shoes. Other places you need to cover your head. And yet some other places you need to uncover your head! Inform yourself before venturing in. All kinds of eatables (including chewing gum) and drinkables(including alcohol!) are prohibited in most religious institutions. When we are designing your itinerary for your bespoke travel to India, do let us know if you would like to participate in special fairs or religious ceremonies like Indian marriages or Pushkar Fair Tours and we will make your trip to India even more fun.

Taxes…

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Most restaurant or hotel tariff lists do not sport the tax element on them. What you order and what you pay may not match. You need to ask for the tax structure that varies from state to state! However in our tailor-made trips to India all taxes are included and you are welcome to travel freely without having to think about such trivialities.

Weather…

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Do not get fooled into thinking India is a warm country. North Indian winters can be quite severe. Carry sufficient warm clothes for the night. South India is warmer. And the beaches never get very hot during anytime of the year.

Charity…

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Charity begins at home. Not in the street. Do not encourage beggars on the street. It is a racket in most cases!

Medical…

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We are sure you will be carrying your share of Delhi Belly pills, paracetamol’s and mosquito repellents. However, if something goes wrong that cannot be taken care of by your collection of prescribed drugs, rest assured, Indian doctors are arguably some of the best in the world and you will be taken care of really well and for a fraction of the price that you would pay back home.

Trains…

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Not all trains are comfortable. Not all trains are fast. And there are almost as many classes in trains as there are gods in the Hindu pantheon. We suggest you consult well and book months in advance. Or get in touch with us. We are really good in designing tailor-made trips to India and you would be really happy working with us.

Flights…

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It is an open deregulated sector. And prices jump around quite a bit. But it is quite a mature sector. Barring the foggy cold wintery nights of North India, flights run pretty efficiently. However we at Maavalan are aware which airlines to avoid. When you are travelling to India it is best to look for custom private tours in India and we are the experts in such a tour.

Music…

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If you are not familiar with Indian Classical music, it can be a cause of great ennui for you. However Bollywood music nights can be quite energising and is recommended if you get a chance. We can organise a Bollywood night or a night out at a club where you can enjoy to the beats of young Indian Bollywood music.

Photography…

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Some places people do not mind. At others they do. Do not shoot if they mind. At other instances, they ask for money!

Festivals…

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They are intense and passionate celebrations in India; for example, Diwali, Holi, Weddings or a Cricket Match against Australia! Observe from a distance and enjoy. If you want to be part of it, you have to know locals. We can help you with that.

We wish your travel to India with the above given India travel tips will give you the memories that shall last life long with you. Read: India Travel Guide for 1st time Travelers travelling to India.

For bespoke travel to India or custom private tours in India get in touch with us at Maavalan by filling up this form.