Avoid Delhi Belly: Advice For Planning Your First Trip to India
If you have not ever been to India, then it is certainly a great place to visit. In fact, you might find that it is a bit of an oxymoron. It is chaotically peaceful and overwhelming and fantastic, all at the same time. So if you have never been before, how can you get yourself ready for a trip like that?
Well first off Learning a bit of the Local Language will greatly improve your trip but aside from that here are a few tips.
Plan Your Route
India is a large country and as a result, there is so much to see and do. Unless you are just planning on visiting one place, then you need to pick a route to follow. Planning ahead of time is key. Think about how much you want to fit in on the trip, and how long you would like to spend at each place. You don’t want to feel too rushed when you are over there. You might like to start in somewhere like Delhi first. Even if it is just because most international flights will fly into there! Then a classic route is going to Agra, then Jaipur and then back to Delhi. There is plenty to fit in in those places. But grab yourself a map and get searching.
Plan Your Internal Travel
When you have planned a route that you want to take, it is a good idea to plan the travel to each place. There are internal flights that are frequent and inexpensive. So if you plan to visit different corners of the country, then it could be a good idea. There are also plenty of ways to travel on public transport. Trains will take you from city to city, as well as organized coach tours. Just be prepared for health and safety to be out of the window. They will pack plenty of people onto the trains as will fit! Once you are in a city, you could travel by taxi or metro if the city has it. Delhi does, for instance. So you can tour the city, hopping off and on, and enjoying some air conditioning! Generally, the metro stations are placed strategically near the sites that you want to see. For example, there is a metro station near India Gate, if you wanted to visit that monument. Just get yourself a map, usually ahead of time, and you will be fine.
North or South
Though you can fit all of it in a visit if you want, where you visit will decide on what type of trip that you have. The north of the country is the best place for mountains. So if you would like to do some trekking or hiking, then it would be the place to be. It would also be the best place for adrenaline junkies! There are all sorts of sports and activities on offer in this region. Anything from skiing to rafting and even things like bungee jumping. The south is a bit more of a relaxed area, with some of the best beaches. Goa has some of the most beautiful beaches. You could even hire canoes and take them out. You could also head out to experience the black sand beaches of Kovalam and Varkala.