By our guest author, Melisa Marzett

If you decided to visit India for the first time, the following tips will be very useful for you!

  1. You can do it by yourself, but it’s easier to order them through tour agencies.
  2. It is important to buy tickets beforehand, not at the last moment, to avoid any inconveniences.
  3. It is really very easy to find accommodation by yourself. For example, when you go by taxi from the airport you should simply ask the taxi driver to help you with finding a guest house or a hotel (depending on your budget.
  4. There is no need to make special vaccines, but it will not do any harm. You should drink only bottled water. In addition, it is better not to drink ice in unfamiliar places (and sometimes at visiting guests). Note that in some nightclubs in Goa, there is a tradition to alcoholize (with a sprinkling of additional ingredients) white women. Currently, this can be faced in Turkey, Egypt, the United States. Look after your glass. You can take cocktails as a present from trusted people only. Be sure to take medical insurance! It is better to have your own First-aid kit. There are almost all medicines in India, but you still have to find them and you need to know their local names. Iodine, bandages, plaster, aspirin, nitroglycerin, condoms, etc.
  5. In general, English language is spoken everywhere in India. Just forget about the correct Cambridge version. Even if your English is not perfect, Indian people are very kind and they will try to understand you.
  6. As already mentioned above, you should drink bottled water only.
  7. Indian food is very pleasant, but spicy. In Goa, you will come across the Goan cuisine. It is less spicy, but still it is sometimes worth asking for a not hot or not-spice food. If desired, you can find ravioli, good steaks, etc., but the taste of chicken tikka massa will remain with you for many years. In addition, you can buy the freshest seafood on the market and ask them to cook for you in the restaurant you like.
  8. Local beer has a pleasant taste. Unique local dark rum is called the “Old monk”. It is drunk and appreciated by many tourists. It is difficult to find a good coffee and green or red tea. However, you can. More often, they will offer tea bags and non-potable coffee.
  9. Scooters and even bikes are easy to rent here. Driving on normal cars on local roads requires good skills, strong nerves and luck, but the scooter goes almost everywhere. Moreover, they are inexpensive. As a result, almost everyone can rent them. Many people do not have any skills or even driving licenses. Tourists often drive drunk. As a result, there are enough accidents and consequences. You may be right, but it will not make the situation easier. If you take a bike – be extremely attentive. Taxis are available and you can save a couple of numbers of taxi drivers you liked in your phone. Remember that most of them will immediately begin to raise rates if they feel that you are ready to pay. The movement in India is left-sided.
  10. There is no need to bargain in India in supermarkets. You can do it, but it is not recommended. In other places it is necessary to do so. Shops, taxi drivers, guesthouses, restaurants – an excellent field for working out your negotiating skills. Just stay positive. Be in the game!
  11. Local sim cards will greatly reduce your communication costs. Buying them is not difficult, but it is important to take into account a number of details. You may need to photocopy your passports and even a couple of photos 3×4. Choosing local operator you like is already a matter of taste.
  12. In general, it is extremely useful to have photocopies of all your main documents (passport, rights, when taking transport for rent, insurance policy). Carrying originals with you is not practical, and photocopies are quite sufficient in most cases. It is also useful to have some photos of yourself with you.
  13. Be polite. Every country has its own traditions and peculiarities. You should respect the country you are visiting.
  14. Be careful with new products and tastes. If you are not sure in the quality and safety of this or that product, you should avoid it. Be careful with exotic foods, as not every person may like it.
  15. Be attentive. Do not leave your personal things(documents, money) without supervision.

We hope that this information was useful for you and you will enjoy your first visit to India.

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