Thinking of joining one of our upcoming Solo Travellers trips to India this year? We’ve put together a list of our top 5 tips for when you’re there.
Watch what you eat & drink
First-timers, and even those returning to India are bound to catch an odd spell of the infamous Delhi-belly. So what’s the best way to avoid becoming really sick? Don’t ever drink the tap water and try to avoid anything raw that might have been washed in it; that means salads, fruit, and ice are all out. Eat the street food but always assess the stalls cleanliness before you buy anything. The best way to establish a hygienic street food stall is to look for one which the locals are flocking to. Another precaution you can take is to go veggie. Many Indians ARE vegetarians so expect to find something better here than the standard mushroom burger you’d find at home.
Take toilet paper & hand sanitiser
Take all the toilet paper, hand sanitiser, anti-bacterial wipes you can carry. You’ve surely heard of the ‘no toilet paper necessary we’ll use our left hand and a jug of water method’, right? YAH. And always be prepared to use some questionable toilet facilities.
Don’t let the way of life irritate you
It’s all too easy to become impatient, stressed, and fed-up with the way of life in India. The streets are busy, there is no sense of personal space, and you will probably be ripped off for something at some point. Try to stay cool, and don’t let things that are out of your control ruin your day.
Adapt your behaviour
As with most places that are vastly culturally different to ours, you should always try to adapt your behaviour to reduce the risk of offending anybody. Try to keep your shoulders and knees covered in public spaces (this is essential at religious sites), remove your shoes before entering someone’s home, or shop if others have done so, and don’t pass food around with your left hand… this is considered pretty disgusting for obvious reasons.
India is vast
It’s important to understand that you are not going to be able to take one trip to India and see it all, unless of course you are planning on staying there for a very long time. Think about what it is that you want to see, what you want to experience, do you want a relaxed trip with less crowds in Kerala? Or are you dedicated enough to seeing the likes of the Taj Mahal that you are prepared to deal with the hoards of tourists and masses of locals that inhabit these major cities. Pick a trip which suits you, or better still, see both!