India is one of the most popular destinations in the world, welcoming a huge number of travelers from all across the globe. The country has wildlife, culture, art and craft, beaches, monuments, varied landscape and much more. India is a huge country and I am not exaggerating if I say that exploring it may take years. Solo traveling in India is not unsafe as it is shown to be. If you are planning to come here sans any company, here are travel tips for solo travelers in India:
Today is the time of technology and information pours in from everywhere. Most of the times, media garners reactions and interests on negative content. Crime, poverty, and poor surroundings are highlighted. This, however, is not the entire truth. Be aware of the news but do not skip the bright side of India. The country has innumerable attractions, impeccable hospitality, huge opportunities, and latest technology. Every service thing is available online or in the form of mobile apps.
Every country has its cultural ethos and same is the case with India. When you are planning a trip to India, it is important that you value its traditions and not compare it with your country’s traditions. You might plan out things in a certain manner but that might not happen in that way. In that case, you can go for something else. Open-up to the new traditions and settings. The country has much to offer and would surprise you.
Solo travelers in India must plan their journey in advance. Make a plan at least 15 days in advance. If you need to make any booking, you can do so before arriving. If your itinerary involves train journey, book you rail ticket in advance, especially during holidays like Holi and Diwali. Similar is the case with hotel bookings. Look for great deals in advance. If you make an itinerary according to your interest and liking, India is going to be wonderful.
Bargaining in India is an art and you must learn it. Mark it as an advice that a tourist, in any country, is thought to be rich. Thus the prices quoted to them are also often high. While you are shopping in a local market, you can take the help of locals in knowing about the correct prices. Do not forget to bargain!
Special attention is given to foreigners many times. Do not irritated or frightened if you notice people staring at you. Yes, you can definitely stop them from taking pictures if you are not comfortable. Some of them might not even known that they are causing unease. Do not feel upset, if the locals ask you about your family, relationship and culture. They are just trying to be friendly. India is different from the West and Indians like to share information with each other. They are brought up in such a manner and are taught that sharing is healthy.
India is a land of religion and you must be a part of the local festivities if you wish to have a good time here. While some festivals are celebrated all around the country, some are religion specific. There is Holi- the festival of colors; Diwali- the festival of lights and many more. Fairs and festivals in India are on-going all around the year. You can make friends with local people who will tell you the best way to enjoy during their festivals.
When in India, how are you not going to shop! Pack less clothes so that you can enjoy shopping in India- be it clothes, artefacts, jewelry, spices and other things. Most of the medicines too are available here. You can pack the specific ones. However, you can pack essentials like documents and charging adapters.
There are certain basic etiquettes that need to be followed. Some cities in India are slightly conservative when it comes to dressing. If you are visiting a religious place, a village or someone’s home, cover your legs and shoulders. However, you can be yourself if you are visiting a beach, or a disc in a city. People here are also quite particular about greeting and respecting their elders. No one is expecting you to touch the feet of the elders in the family. Just doing ‘Namaste’ (folding hands) will do.
Another travel tip for solo traveler in India is keeping in mind the basics of public affection. PDA is not appreciated, especially amid couples. Also, be aware of the rules before visiting temples.
Always stay connected with your friends and family back home. This can be done through emails, phone calls as well as social network sites. For any local queries, your tour guide and hotel manager or your travel agent would be the best option. Try avoiding getting to close to someone whom you do not know properly.
As far as accommodation is concerned, if you are traveling solo do not compromise on location of the hotel. Stay away from shady hotels. For commuting, you can go for public transportation. You can also book a cab through mobile apps. Trusting yourself and your instincts is the key. Unnecessary adventure is not advisable at any place. Be well-researched and do not loiter around at deserted places during night time.
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