First time travelers may have a tough time in India or may end up having the best time of their lives. India is a paradox. You may have the best moment of your holiday quickly followed by an experience that you wish you never had. From the foods you can eat to the interaction you would have with the locals, from sightseeing to shopping, the country is unique in everything that it offers and anything that you might do.
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India is a vast country. Home to more than 1.28 billion people, it has about 22 official languages, more than 100 regional languages or vernaculars and many more dialects. But fortunately, you can speak in English because more than 125 million people speak the language well and an even larger number understands the common English words and can also speak the same. In some ways, India is the largest English speaking nation in the world while also holding that distinction for a dozen other major languages.
Here are some tips for first time travelers to India.
India is similar to Europe. Every state in India is like a country in Europe. If you plan your holiday bearing that in mind then you would make wise decisions. Don't think of visiting Rajasthan and Kerala, Kashmir and Kolkata or the caves in the hinterland and the Himalayas on the same trip. You would spend a small fortune and you would be entirely exhausted. There is so much to see that you can only see so much in one tour.
Don't hire random taxis or autos plying on the roads in any city. Look for radio cabs or those that you can book online and get an invoice for the ride. Such taxis or cabs don't charge arbitrarily. Avoid car rental companies.
When you travel to the country, you have to bear in mind the restriction on baggage or weight of your luggage. Consider parcel delivery to India if you cross the limit. Check with your airline how much they allow. When you are flying out, it is likely that you would have more baggage considering what all you can shop in the country, hire a company like Courier point to save money and also for safe transit of some precious goods that you may have purchased.
Have local currency on you at all times, avoid the spicy foods unless you are habituated, don't pay extra at tourist spots because you are a foreigner and don't fall for the smiling faces of kids and grownups who apparently look homeless but are actually in the business of seeking alms.