Diversity doesn’t run only amongst the people of India, it also runs through the geographical beauty of India and that’s what makes India the perfect place to go backpacking as you can never run out of travel destinations here. Well, if you are one of those backpacker kinds, who just love to pull on their rucksacks and travel unknown places, then we have a list of tips to help you backpack in India.
- EAT WITH THE LOCALS
Restaurant food is often made less spicy for the tourists. If you are willing to taste the true richness of Indian spices, its best to eat where the locals eat their daily meals.
- NEVER DRINK TAP WATER
Tap water should always be avoided when you are travelling in India for your own sake. It’s wise to drink from packaged drinking bottles.
- GIVE AND TAKE RESPECT
India is a land of rich cultural heritage and traditions that are thousands of years old. So the best way to get engrossed in the spiritual and cultural mysteries of India is to keep in mind the local norms and culture and act accordingly.
India is the land of diversity and hence, the home to several colorful and joyous festivals happening all around the year. So while backpacking, you should make it a point to find out the current festivals and try to get to be a part of it as festivities in India are unique in grandeur and color all over the world.
- DRY DAYS
India being the home of several religions, there are often dry days where no alcohol is available in respect to religions. There are even towns where alcohol is completely banned. So, if you are planning to have a little party, it’s better to make arrangements beforehand.
- CARRY EARPLUGS
India having a population of over 1.5 billion people, it wont come as a shock that silence is rarely found here. Whether its travelling by train or bus, or staying in a hotel in a busy area, its wise to carry earplugs to have a good night’s sleep.
- TRAVEL THE UNKNOWN
Travelling the same tourist destinations while monotonous is perfectly fine. But such places are often revamped to give it a uplifted look for the tourists. The genuine essence of Indian daily lives can only be captured if you choose to get off track and travel the unknown.
- SET PRICES FIRST
Local businessmen look at tourists and all they see are dollar bills. So it’s wise to predetermine the price of travel or hotel or any other service or goods beforehand and always haggling over the price to get a cheaper rate.
It can prove useful if you know some common hindi words while travelling to India like Namaste – hello, Achcha – good, bus – stop, Mutlab – meaning, Madat- help. It helps you to warm up to the simple local people and get help from them if needed.
- STAYING SAFE
Tourists everywhere in the world have risks of getting mugged and India is no different. So it’s wise to not carry large amounts in cash and not to travel alone at night at locations you are not familiar with.
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