22 things to know before going to


Plan your trip in season

Consider the weather and peak tourist seasons when scheduling your visit to India.

Get your jabs before you travel 

Ensure you are up to date on vaccinations and consult a healthcare professional for recommended immunizations.

Carry cash with you 

 While credit cards are accepted in many places, having cash on hand is advisable for smaller establishments and remote areas.

Embrace the chaos

 India can be vibrant and bustling, so be prepared for the energetic and lively atmosphere.

Get a local SIM card with internet access 

Stay connected and have access to maps, translations, and helpful apps during your stay.

Pack light and wear comfortable clothing 

India's diverse climate and cultural norms call for breathable and modest attire.

Beware of scammers

Exercise caution and be mindful of common scams targeting tourists.

Bargain, bargain 

Haggling is a common practice in markets and small shops, so negotiate prices when making purchases.

Indian food is more than just chicken tikka masala 

Explore the rich variety of regional cuisines and try traditional dishes beyond the familiar ones.

Respect local customs 

Familiarize yourself with local customs and traditions to ensure cultural sensitivity.

Dress modestly 

In many parts of India, conservative dress is appreciated, especially when visiting religious sites.

Do not drink tap water 

Stick to bottled water or use a water purifier to avoid waterborne illnesses.

Be prepared for traffic jams 

India's cities can have heavy traffic, so allow extra time for travel and be patient.

Learn some Hindi 

Basic knowledge of Hindi phrases can be helpful for communication, though English is widely spoken in tourist areas.

Don't be afraid to ask for help 

Locals are generally friendly and willing to assist if you need directions or information.

Be prepared for noise

India can be noisy with honking vehicles, bustling markets, and celebrations, so earplugs may come in handy.

Be prepared for crowds 

Popular tourist sites and public transportation can be crowded, so be prepared for queues and crowds.

Be prepared for contamination 

Street food and unhygienic conditions may pose a risk, so be cautious with food and drink choices.

Be prepared for the heat

India can have scorching temperatures, especially during summer months, so stay hydrated and protect yourself from the sun.

Be prepared for the cold

 Some regions experience chilly winters, particularly in the north, so carry appropriate warm clothing during those seasons.

Be prepared for rain

Monsoon season brings heavy rainfall, so pack a waterproof jacket or umbrella.

Be prepared for insects

 Mosquitoes and other insects can be prevalent, especially in rural areas, so carry insect repellent for added protection.

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