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India travel tips

My over-arching travel tip is: travel with Shwetank. He’s very knowledgeable about Indian history and customs, polite enough not to roll his eyes at the thousandth stupid question of the day, and a Hindi speaker. His father is a microbiologist so he’s paranoid about eating safely, which helps enormously. At every monument, temple or government building, he encouragingly tells you that “two or three years ago there was a bomb blast here”.

However, if Shwetank’s excellent guiding skills are unavailable to you, here are some tips combining his wisdom and my experience.

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17 Responses to “ India travel tips ”

Comment by Yaser

Hahahah! You think only Indians pay the Rs.5 museum fees? British citizens do too! You just got to look like them, man.

For the Taj, we hired a guide for 100 bucks and he did all the talking at the ticket counter. We didn’t open our mouths, or our accent would’ve given us away. He just told the ticket seller we were Indian. The ticket seller glanced up for one second at us and promptly sold him six Indian tickets.

Wear a turban or a head-scarf next time. And if you’re a lady, cover your head with a Hijab! They’ll let you in for Rs.5!

Comment by Bruce

And if you’ve got all the cash to go to India and pay 100 dollars for a guide, Yasser, why are you so eager to cheat the Indian government and get in for the reduced rate?

Comment by Yaser

That’s 100 rupees! And every desi does it, guv! We’d be foolish not to. We could never look our buddies in the eye ever again. They’d be laughing “So you went to bluddy India and got charged foreigners fees!” My reputation’s on the line!

Comment by Sam Haley

I have never traveled around India so I have found these tips very helpful for myself. Thanks for share. Most likely I will visit this beautiful country in the future.

Comment by Sweety

India is a beautiful country with various culture. I have planned to visit India during my next vacation. Could anyone suggest about the security travel?

Comment by Amar sharma

Very nice blog…I want to say that in India have so many car rental and cabs services company, is a car rental company that provide a car rental,cabs and taxi services in Gurgaon…

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Comment by Boxabl

“Caucasian ladies might want to consider wearing salwar” is surprising. By the way, these tips are really impressive and I will use them for my next trip to India. Thanks, and please carry on!

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