India is a beautiful country with a rich culture that’s alien to much of the western world, that it has to be seen to be believed. It’s an appealing nation, but if you plan to travel the land, you need to arm yourself with a few things to know before faffing about in the New Delhi streets.
Advance Your Planning
Whenever planning a tour to India, you may need to hike the schedule up an hour or two to compensate for the city’s traffic situation. To say that the vehicle flow in many cities has its own inner logic may be the most accurate way to describe it. You can either speed through a busy highway one day, and get bogged down for hours the next.
Take the Train
Trains are an alternate method of getting around the country, without having to deal with the stress of traffic. Some train lines even offer luxury tours to remote locations for tourists who want to indulge in less renowned activities such as bird watching. But, a good tip to remember whenever boarding trains is to always have identification handy.
Customs agents and local police sometimes board these trains at random stations to conduct inspections. If an officer asks you for an ID, it’s best to be able to whip out your driver’s license instead of rummaging in your bag for your passport.
It’s also advised to never take your passport out, unless you’re already at the airport, so that you won’t lose it. You can live with losing alternate identification cards because you don’t need those to leave the country.
Get In Line
When queuing up at a tourist spot such as the Taj Mahal, you should know that there is a line allocated especially for tourists. Of course, the rates are different, too, but if that can get you into the place faster, why not shell out the extra rupees?
India is a great place to visit with many exotic experiences to offer, but a smart traveller should treat it as any other place in the world. There are rules, and it’s best to keep to them so it won’t disrupt the experience that you meant to have there in the first place.