5 things to expect when you travel to India

It will be a little hot

The climate can be a little too hot for you depending on what time of the year you visit, and where exactly you go to. Even though it can’t be a general rule of thumb that it will be too hot, you can expect as much as 30 degrees centigrade during the day in summer in Mumbai. So yes, your bath will be rendered useless minutes after you’ve had it (in some cases), and you’ll probably want to strip, but don’t.
For the gents, you could strip maybe one layer of clothing, but whatever you do, keep your pants on.
For the ladies, what you could do is carry a Victorian styled hand fan with you, and fan yourself the best way you can.
Besides, a closed hand fan can also be pretty painful if hit with, so ladies, don’t feel silly with a fan, feel empowered with it!

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It will be a little crowded and scary

People impinging upon your personal space are as common as breathing, and that situation only gets tighter during peak hours in public transport. So yes, it will be crowded, yes it will probably make you (rightly) fear for your money and other valuables, yes you will be surrounded in a pool of your own sweat as much as the next person, and yes, crowds can be a little pushy.
For the ladies and gents, if something feels fishy or offensive, make a scene, and bring the offender to light.
It will be a little overwhelming
With the street vendors, crowds, traffic snarls and general pedestrian bustling, India can easily overwhelm you with simply everything that it has going on. Don’t get me wrong, there are supremely chilled out places to visit, but even there you’ll be overwhelmed by the calm vibe and the beauty of the place. Chances are you’ll develop a love hate relationship with India, and we don’t blame you, as an Indian, even I have a love hate relationship with my own country.

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It will be a little confusing

Given the language barrier, yes I call it the language barrier, not because Indians can’t speak English, a good quarter of the local street crowd can’t speak English the average foreigner can understand, and the average foreigner can’t piece together Hindi that the Indians can understand; and the general apprehensiveness of being in a new place with strange people and strange customs, can often lead to a little confusion, if not utter chaos. 😛
But trust me, it’s not as bad as it sounds, and more often than not, you’ll walk away with a funny anecdote that will probably start with “On one of my trips to India, I somehow managed to get utterly and completely lost…” and end in uproarious laughter from your crowd of listeners and yourself.

The amount of people that have asked me this is ridiculous! The saddest part is when alot of them are college students

It will be a lot of fun

As any other trip to any other part of the globe can be “a little bit of this, a little bit of that” your trip to India will be just like that. You’ll experience the local culture in a very different manner, and I say different because you’ll be a part of the daily struggles as they happen in real time, rather than viewing pictures or reading about it in a glossy magazine or a blog post like this from the safety of your own home or hometown; and that will be fun.
You’ll eat all kinds of food rather than just goopy brownish stuff, runny yellow stuff, something out of a desi bread basket – you’ll get to see the change in food as you go from one place to another, and all of it will taste good.
You’ll even get to see many places, famous and forgotten, newly built and majestic ruins; you’ll see both the jungles in cement, and in green.

Only one month in India and I can relate to almost every point... good description of life in India :-)

You’ll see India, you’ll live and breathe India, and for a few fleeting moments, you’ll be India.

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Until Next Time,
Happy Travels!

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