India is every one of these things, and the sky is the limit from there. In what capacity can you set yourself up? Begin with our tips for taking a definitive travel risk: going to India out of the blue!
1. Pick the ideal course
India packs a great deal into an enormous space, and you’ll never have sufficient energy to see everything on one outing. Consider what intrigues you, what you like doing and how much time you have, and tailor your outing as needs be. Be practical about the amount you can fit in. Instead of endeavoring to see the entire nation, you may get progressively out of your outing on the off chance that you focus on the south of the nation, or on the north. Be that as it may, interior flights are copious and modest so you can jump from north to south in the event that you need an essence of the two universes. The agendas segment at the front of Lonely Planet’s manuals to India can be an incredible help, yet here are some conceivable schedules to kick it into high gear.
The most mainstream India visit is the unsurpassed great Golden Triangle. On the off chance that time is short this is a fabulous prologue to three of India’s best goals, Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, and you can crush it into seven days if its all the same to you moving each couple of days. Begin in Delhi, with sights, for example, Humayun’s Tomb and the Red Fort, before hitting Agra and visiting the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. At that point it’s on to Jaipur to investigate the Pink City and the stronghold at Amber, before coming back to Delhi’s awesome bazaars for a last shopping binge before you fly home.
2. Slow down
Many people try to cram too much into a visit to India. To get the best out your trip, concentrate on a few places rather than trying to tick off as many as possible. Seeing one place slowly can be much more rewarding than seeing loads of places, but not having time to appreciate any of them. Spend a few days in a place and you’ll be less stressed, gain a deeper understanding of where you are, and have more time to get to know the people you meet.
3. Escape the crowds
With over a billion locals, many parts of India are certainly crowded. The bustle and mayhem can be fun, particularly if there’s a festival in town, but it’s easy to reach the point of saturation. Fortunately, India has plenty of quiet retreats, so plan some relaxing escapes into your journey. To keep your batteries charged, spend some days or weeks in a city, followed by some days or weeks in the countryside or in a small town. For inner (and outer) peace, head south to the backwaters and beaches of Kerala, or north to India’s captivating hill stations or the Tibetan-influenced valleys of the Himalaya in Ladakh, Sikkim and Himachal Pradesh.
4. Stay healthy
No one wants to get ill, particularly if you’re on a shorter trip, so it pays to take steps to avoid a dodgy tum. Never drink tap water, and steer clear of any food that may have been washed in it. As a precaution, avoid ice, ice cream, and salads and fruit you haven’t just peeled yourself. Let your stomach acclimatise for a few days before launching into a street food feast, and whenever buying street food, do a mental assessment of standards of cleanliness. Are the owners freshly cooking the food or has it been standing there for a while? Is the stall busy with lots of customers or only attracting hoards of flies?
5. Keep your cool
As well as its beauty and wonder, India has an often deserved reputation for touts, scams, and other hassles. There are ways you can reduce the chances of being overcharged or cheated, but you will have a few encounters with scammers on your trip, so keep your wits about you and remember that deals that sound too good to be true usually are. In particular, be wary of taxi and rickshaw drivers who insist on taking you to specific hotels, shops or travel agencies – the cost of their commission will added to your bill.