India is an amazing out-of-the-ordinary country. Because it can be quite a cultural shock, you might want to get your head around a few things before you get there.
Food And Drinks
It’s not a strange occurrence for a tourist in India to have some stomach issues. You shouldn’t altogether avoid street food, but try to stick to peeled fresh fruit and foods that have been either boiled or fried, while completely avoiding salads and rice. Stay on the bottled water.
Wash Your Feet And Hands
Feet are considered to be unclean in India, so if you touch something with your feet – apologize. Eating or passing objects with your left hand is considered unpleasant.
India has a relatively modest culture, so covering your arms and legs is a simple step toward respecting this.
Indians are forgiving of those who aren’t familiar with their culture, but you can quickly make a good impression by, for instance, removing your shoes before entering someone’s home, shop or a temple.
Time Works In Mysterious Ways In India
Cities are absolutely packed with traffic and other interruptions, so getting around can take a lot longer than expected.
Build in plenty of room for unexpected waits and make sure to check opening.
Be patient, you may need some time to get used to that.
You will be squished on public transport, lifts, and basically anywhere where you’re not alone. People will ask personal questions that you may find intimidating, but they are only a way of showing the local’s polite interest in you.
Carrying huge quantities of cash isn’t a good idea anywhere, but in crowded Indian cities pick-pocketing is a very present problem. Haggling at a market can, at times, become an unpleasant, heated exchange. Be pleasant but firm, and don’t allow yourself to be irritated.