The anticipation is getting stronger when the date of your dream journey comes near.
Your preparations will enhance your anticipation, and with some hints, links and noteworthy information everything goes easier.
A tourist visa is, of course, the most important. India could hardly make it more easy for the European tourist: as easy as child’s play you can apply for an e-tourist visa. As early a 34 days before travel and latest 4 days before travel (but of course in the main tourist season September until March you should not push your luck ) and you will have it fast as lightning. The price is 45 Euro (as autumn 2017) and is paid by credit card. You should scan your passport, the passport should be at least valid six more month (please always check first if conditions have changed) and it should have 2 blank pages left. You should also scan an ID Picture.
At your arrival in India there are even own counter desks for e-visa tourists—a printed copy will do.
Shortly after the introduction of the Indian e-visa a German Airline tried to refuse a passenger with it (airline may refuse passenger without a valid visa), but the passenger complained to the service team leader and could successfuly travel to India. Not amused and absolutely not generous are Indian airport employees about what is in your suitcase—nothing dangerous is allowed, not even a lighter in the suitcase that goes in the airplane’s cargo compartment. It is also NOT allowed to bring rupee’s into India. Other money is allowed.
The best is if you also take copies from your passport with you, in case of loss. Please check before contact data of your country’s embassy in In
We will come back to the topic „money“ in a minute. First the most important: health. Please go timely before to a doctor for tropical medicine or a medical government council and get advice and ckeck if you have sufficient vaccination.
Of course, a medical travel insurence is indispensible, does not cost much and of course you should have an emergency reserve on your credit card for first aid help in need, what hopefully will not occur.
Here an intereresting link: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/105/india
Good old money: Because it is not allowed to take rupee’s into India, you can take some money (Euro) for to change with you. But there are good ATM’s at every airport and generally in India. You can draw up to 15 000 rupee’s in one transaction. If not enough, you can repeat the operation.
A credit card is vital and indispensible. Some credit card providers like e.g. Barclay’s want that you give an (oral) notification about your trip before you leave, so they will not block your card for security reasons.
So, at the market, in the restaurant and while shopping you will have cash money at hand. You should not push your luck, but the criminal energy is much higher in the center of Berlin than in the streets of Rajasthan.
It is recommanded to carry some small bank notes. The driver knows, to whom of the service people you can give how much. And beggars: You can give something to very poor mothers with much to meagre children,but you should carefully consider, as it happens that childen are not sent to school (where they get a free meal every day) because begging is estimated to bring more gain. For children better sweets or coloured pencils or likewise.
With shopkeepers and mobile traders you can bargain but you must not. If the price is ok why not pay it. The driver with his imposing figure and assertive attitude wil gurantee a relaxed shopping time.
Dresscode and etiquette
India is a refreshingly prude country, and generally a repose from European summer streetlife, where maltreated bodies are scarcely covered by ghastly rags from cheap dicounters.
Indien is a dream country for admirers of textile art, and colour- and pattern combinations you never have imagined are here to find in unlimited abundance.
You do not need to enshroud yourself, it is perfect if you just wear normal clothes. Only shorts and mini skirts are unusual and inappropriately.
A tunic with leggings, trousers, a camisol, or a nice Boho-dress are perfect.
You should come with a half empty suitcase because you surely will find something beautiful to take home. In every city you can speed order a tailormade dress for small money. Forget about taking high heels from home, the streets and sidewalks are in bad condition and you will break your bones.
In temples you have to go without shoes, and also leather ware like belts must stay outside. In a mosque you will be handed out a cover cloth, and of course you can carry your own.
The Indians are very heartily and friendly, but of course you should ask before you take a picture from someone. Most people will allow it, sometimes they ask for exchange and you can also say „cheese“. Some old age pensioners and extreme low wagers pimp up their income this way and it is of course completely ok.
In some parts of temples it is not allowed to take pictures but there is always a big notification in front so you won`t miss it.
At the bank or other offial rows the waiting queue is gender separated, please mind.
Kissing and hugging in public is inappropriate.
There are more then 17 different languages in India, official language is Hindi.
With English you can get everywhere.
In the majority of cases, the plugs of your electrical devices like smartfone fit into your hotel room’s sockets. Just give it a try and you will find a fitting socket
service is in all hotels fast, cheap and superclean.
You should apply in evenings to your skin.
Time keeps on slipping into the future….because of the time shift. in India it is 3 ½ hours later in summer and in winter time (European winter time) it is always 4 ½ forward in time.
Retour tickets are available from around 620 Euro. It is worth looking at the homepages of well-known airlines like e.g. Air France and Allitalia, besides the general search engines for flights. Often, these airlines have the best offers. Flight emissions you can compensate here: https://www.atmosfair.de/en/home
It is most convenient to travel between September and March. In July and August is the rainy season, which can not only spoil your holiday, but even be very dangerous due to heavy floodings.
Whoever wishes to loose weight in holidays, is at the wrong place in India. The Indian kitchen is far too good! World champion in spices and herbage compositions, India piles up with an all-colours-tastes in food and the traditionally vegetarian dishes are too good, but also the chicken- or lamb cuisine is excellent. Water you should only drink from bottles. In case you see that one has been opened before, you should return it and ask for a fresh one. Also notably is Chai, spicy tea you get at every street corner. Fried snacks from the street corner you can eat without fear of sickness. Fruit and vegetables better be careful, you better choose what you can peel yourself.
This country is so unique and so multifaceted with its 5000 years old culture, history, peoples, religions and traditions and its own dynamic developement. A Travel Guide (Example) Lonely Planet Rajasthan, Delhi & Agra or DK, or: Eyewitness Travel Guide India (Eyewitness Travel Guides) Flexibound – new edition Sept 2017
Book recommendations with topic the changeful history of the country you will find here: https://www.thebetterindia.com/3962/10-must-read-books-on-indian-history/
Let’s go to India— a land that gives delight, pleasure and joy, that lets you marvel and makes you astonished, where everything is different, that impresses with splendor and shows poverty that makes you ponder.
The most colourful land on our earth.