India is one of the most vibrant nations on the globe. The country is synonymous to rich culture and heritage and a grand past. This is reflected in the historical edifices that are present in each state. Are you planning a trip to this land of awe and wonder soon? If yes, then it is better to keep certain guide lines as you plan your India travel tour.
The first and foremost thing to take note of is the climate. It is way better to explore the country during the winter months of November and March. If you are planning to visit hill stations like Uttaranchal and Kerala, then the ideal time is between April and October
India travel tips also include guidelines about traveling in and out. If you are a foreign traveler then you would require an authentic visa and passport for your entry. Carry them with you whilst on your vacation to India. In case they are lost report it to your country’s consulate or embassy. Further, you would require an additional permission to explore destinations like Andaman Islands, Ladakh and Gujarat and few more. Visa extensions are granted for 15 days till such time there is any other exceptional situation.
As you sojourn around a city of your choice, it becomes extremely important to have your International Driving License in case you wish to drive all by yourself. For any inter-state and city travel there are domestic airlines and railways. Other conveyance systems like cabs and buses take people from one destination to other.
Health and food tips on your India tour are also important. Speaking about the Indian cuisine, it would be too spicy for Americans and Europeans. Indulging seems natural, but opt for it only if you have the stomach and appetite for it. In addition, there are other non-spicy platters to choose from. Keeping in mind issues related to health and hygiene, keep an insect repellent cream to yourself. Sunscreen too is important and in case, you have dust allergy, its better to carry your medications as well.
India is a shopping destination for many. Every year you would find international tourists visiting the country to buy items like handicrafts, jewelry and saree’s. They are all available at a lesser price too, though some region specialties are steeply priced. While you go shopping in the marts and the bazaars, it’s advised to compare the prices than making an impulsive investment. Be careful of the roadside vendors who would try to sell you precious and semi-precious stone jewelry and gems. For authentic traditional buys, visit the Central Cottage Industries Emporia of any state.
Think twice before trading in animal skins, ivory, fur as all of it is considered illegal. If you want to possess one such item, then get a legitimate sale certificate or export permission prior to leaving the country.
Finally, before making a tour to India, keep these following do’s and dont’s in mind.
Make sure not to smoke in a public place, especially in museums or any other tourist sites.
- Carry with you the attested photocopies of travel documents an keep them along with the original documents in a safe place.
- Make sure to fill up the Currency Declaration Form and Disembarkation Card along with making a verbal declaration of your luggage.
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