Top 10 Tips for the First Timer in IndiaA dynamic and developing country, India has a lot of lure for tourists of all sorts. If you’re travelling to India for the first time, it’s best if you keep in mind the following quick tips to ensure that your stay in this incredible country is as safe and comfortable as possible.





India has a lot to offer in terms of wildlife. While each reserve/national park/sanctuary will have its own safety measures in place its best to maintain the following two rules: Remain in your vehicle at all points of time and Maintain distance from even the “safest” animals.

Both the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea can be extremely inviting for the avid swimmer. However, exercise extreme caution while swimming in the open waters; especially during the monsoons when the water can get really rough. While there are lifeguards on duty during the day, there is no supervision at night.

If you’re in India for a trek, it would be safest if limit your adventure to already identified routes that are approved by local authorities. Be careful to ensure that any help coming your way is via a registered agent, porter, or guide only. Despite all your expertise, it is best to embark on the trek in the company of a local climber who is familiar with the area.



If you’re visiting India in the cruel summer, make sure you keep yourself properly hydrated. Every region has its own version of the quintessential summer drink that will help keep you cool.

Mosquito repellents can be your best friends in India. No matter where you go, it’s likely that the crafty bloodsuckers will be waiting for you. Save yourself the itch.



Often, offers of cheap deals in hotels, cabs and tours are scams. If you’re backpacking it across India, it’s best if you do a bit of research before you take the plunge. Be cautious and aware.

Since its better to be safe than sorry, women should dress appropriately for their surroundings. It’s best to avoid smoking and drinking publicly, and to travel with companions if visiting remote places.

Opt for bottled drinking water and ensure that the bottle is properly sealed.

Like in most places, India too has its own customs and codes of conducts. The difference is that these tend to vary with regions. Keep yourself acquainted with these to avoid hurting sentiments.

Public display of affection is looked down upon in India. Anything beyond holding hands and hugs are unacceptable in public even in urban India.

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