India is a special country that stimulates all your senses. You can not compare India with another country in the world. India is definitely my favorite country in Southeast Asia! India is overwhelming, intimidating and it overwhelms you. But India is also sensitive, colorful and mystical. This is not a country that every traveler will like because of the country’s fierceness. What are things to know about India?
The 8 things to know about India!
I hope, however, that you will be especially surprised by the unknown things of this special country! And that you fully enjoy the adventure, because an adventure is definitely a journey through India. Immerse yourself in the magic of India and experience it! But go well prepared for travel, so you know a little bit what to expect and the culture shock is manageable!
The 8 things to know about India
1. You will face poverty
One of the things that strikes me every time in India is the poignant poverty that is visible and tangible everywhere around you. You see a lot of begging people on the street, many children who look unwashed and undressed and many people who sleep on the street on a cardboard. This is something that always touches me and that I secretly prefer to close my eyes to, but that’s just impossible here.
2. Time is relative
Almost nothing goes according to your plan. Buses and trains are often too late and rickshaw or taxi rides always take longer than the driver has indicated in advance. The term ‘appointment’ is not known in this country at all. Indian people also often arrive late or just too early on an appointment. Rushing is also something you rarely see Indian people doing. You can not change anything about this and this is something you get used to when traveling in India. Take it slow and accept it as it is and do not worry about it, because you only have yourself with it.
3. You get a lot of attention
Western people traveling in India receive a lot of attention from the local population. I am always surprised how much attention you get. In other countries in Southeast Asia, such as Laos, Cambodia or Indonesia, you also receive a lot of attention, but the attention in this country is more intimidating. People stare at you unabashedly and extensively and start laughing or waving. Something that in my opinion typically occurs in India is that people often secretly take pictures of you. What you can do is tailor your clothing to the clothing standards of India and not go in the street too naked. It also helps not to stare back at the Indian people for too long and to ignore all the attention as much as possible.
4. You’re surrounded by many animals
India is the country where different animals walk around the street. Cows, camels, elephants, monkeys, dogs, cats, goats, pigs…. It is all very normal to see those animals in the middle of the street. Many dogs and cats are also visible stray animals and therefore it is better for your own health to stay away from it.
5. You’ll get diarrhea
It does not matter how much you travel and how strong your intestines are, but here you definitely get diarrhea. Here is even a word for: the Delhi Belly. The hygiene, the way of cooking, the use of herbs and the lack of fiber is the cause. But do not fear, after a few days you’ll be back!
6. It’s chaotic
In the big cities it is super chaotic and super busy. In India there are a lot of people, cars, rickshaws and animals and they all go through each other. It is a big anthill where no order can be found.
7. Communicating with Indian people
Indian people communicate in a very polite and indirect way. Totally different than we are used to. They often say yes out of politeness, while they mean no and do not feel like it at all and therefore do not show up on appointments. The body language is sometimes also a bit tricky, because if they nod no, they mean yes or I understand.
8. Interacting with Indian people
The word and meaning of privacy is totally unknown in India. Indian people are also often in your “personal zone” and look at you unabashedly. Here they do not really mean anything special, because that’s how Indian people also deal with each other.
These are 8 things you need to know about India! Which things do you think people need to know about India? And how do you view a trip to India?
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