At the end of the month I’ll be heading to a country that I’ve been dreaming of visiting for a long time: India.
I’m beyond excited to be travelling around this extremely diverse and culturally fascinating country. I’m looking forward to the food most (of course), but also the varied landscapes, the intricate palaces and forts, the sprawling cities, the bustling markets, the vibrant colours, and all the chaos.
But along with excitement, I’m also feeling slightly apprehensive. I’m fully aware that India will be the most challenging country I’ve visited thus far; it may even be one of the most challenging countries I ever visit. From stomach troubles to scams, safety concerns, religious and cultural disparities, crowds, and pollution- I’ve been trying to prepare myself for whatever India may throw my way.
Since I’ve been scouring the web for information, I thought I would put together a list of the most helpful blog posts and other material I’ve found for anyone else who is planning to travel to India.
The one common piece of advice I’ve discovered after reading an obnoxious amount of information, is to go to India with an open mind. Embrace the chaos, be patient, and laugh off the small inconveniences and trivialities that you are sure to encounter. As Mariellen so wisely stated on her blog, don’t go to India (or anywhere else) with fear in your mind or heart, because that is what you’ll likely find.
Things to consider:
Health and Safety:
How to dress in India:
Train, bus, and flight bookings:
Medication and supplements to bring:
- Pudin Hara
- Activated charcoal tablets or powder
- Oregano oil, grapefruit seed extract, or colloidal silver
- Oral rehydration salts
Blogs I read for India inspiration:
Have you been to India? Do you have any additional advice for first time visitors?