India Travel Tips | Things You Should Know Before Visiting India

India Travel Tips | Things You Should Know Before Visiting India

What are some things that you should know before visiting India? How expensive is India? In our India travel tips guide currency tips, transportation, hotels, safety, food and health. We share what we loved about India in terms of travel along with what we hated about India on our trip. Now let’s explore travel in India in depth!

Official Exchange Rate = $1 USD = 64.14 Indian Rupee (current as of May, 2017)

Transportation in India (City to city)

1) We highly recommend train travel in India over taking the bus
2) Book your train tickets in advance online (we used cleartrip.com)
3) If you don’t book tickets in advance check at major train stations to see if they have tickets reserved for foreign travelers under the tourist quota.

Local transportation

1) If you’re traveling at a budget or mid-range level you’ll definitely be taking your share of taxis, auto-rickshaws and man-powered rickshaws.
2) Try to know what a ride should cost in advance by researching, asking at your hotel or asking a local
3) Be prepared to bargain as rickshaw drivers often try to rip tourists off

Accommodations in India

1) Hostel in India – can start as low as $2 to 3 USD and upwards
2) 3 star Hotel in India – ($20 to $40 USD)
3) 4 or 5 star Hotel in India – (sky is the limit)

We tried to book our hotels around areas of the city we’d be exploring by day and night. Staying on the outskirts means much longer local transportation time.

Health in India

1) Make sure to get all of your recommend shots and vaccinations before going to India. Check online or with your doctor to find out what you need to get specifically
2) Carry hand-sanitizer and wet wipes to clean your hands and dirty objects you may encounter like filthy door handles
3) Drink only bottled water
4) Have Imodium handy in case you get sick to your stomach

Safety in India

1) Dress modestly (especially if you’re a female)
2) Don’t arrive late at night in train stations
3) Safety in numbers if you’re a female traveler

General Travel Tips for India

1) Don’t try to do too much or have too fast of a schedule (slow versus fast travel)
2) Pick a particular region and don’t try to cover all of India
3) Mix up smaller cities with bigger cities on your itinerary in India

What to eat in India

1) Research restaurants online on sites like tripadvisor or food vlogs
2) Only eat street food or at restaurants that are busy with locals
3) Ask hotel staff or locals you encounter for recommendations

Budget meals in India can be had for roughly $2 to $5 in USD per person and fine dining get really expensive.

Things we LOVED about India(I love India)

1) Incredible train rides
2) Amazing attractions
3) Diversity of regions in India (how different they are)
4) Beautiful temples, mosques and architecture
5) Great value in terms of what you spend for what you get
6) The sense of adventure not knowing what will happen

Things we HATED about India (I hate India)

1) Getting sick and having stomach issues
2) Getting hassled by aggressive touts, rickshaw drivers and vendors
3) Often not arriving on time or as scheduled

Final Thoughts

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India Travel Tips | Things You Should Know Before Visiting India Travel Video Transcript:

We’ve been back in Canada for a while now. And we’ve been editing all of the video footage we’ve shot in India and now that we’re done with that we thought we should share a few travel tips for India and just maybe talk a little bit more about our experiences. So that is what our video is going to be like. We’re going to be doing also kind of like a budget breakdown so if you see us staring down at our computers that is what we’re doing. Yeah exactly and this will be a little bit different than the city guide tips we did because we’re doing this kind for all of India as a country.

This is part of our Travel in India video series showcasing Indian food, Indian culture and Indian cuisine.

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Joseph Nehme says:

I love your vids,,,,and i always wanted to visit India , but am somehow reluctant for the reasons you mentioned in your vlogs…its too with all respect dirty

longhorn789000 says:

what part of Toronto do u guys live in?

Brock Bannecker says:

hi guys, great video! Did you ever get a chance to update the camera model you were using that had the slow motion capturing feature?

Alpha Centauri says:

you want desert experience go to state of rajasthan , u want beaches goto konkan and goa u want snowy mountains and valley's goto Himachal pradesh /kashmir , u want to experience spiritual and thousands of years old well preserved tradition of hinduism goto south india , many more even one year is less to explore the entire country ….

i dont recommend the states of bihar , Uttar pradesh , ( agra ) is an exception ) i personally dont go there and i also dont visit delhi and calcutta /kolkatta , because i dont like the people in delhi and calcutta is extremely dirty

Alpha Centauri says:

demonetisation is now over , no cash shortage anymore

rupak chaudhary says:

Go to dargling ,Sikkim & Nagaland of India

Florida Scot says:

I till cant get that McDonalds India food out of my mind, I dont eat meat & looked so good 🙂

MrTRYTOO says:

just came back from a 3 month trip through india..gotta say these are some great tips..i was there in march and till 26 of april and it was crazy hot..like 46 deg in varanasi..wtf..liked the south better.. happy life retreat in chatta munnar highly recommended..

Kiran Kumar says:

guys now ATM is fine…u can get money at any time…

Prayag Kavthankar says:

come to Goa and Kerala

Melanie Roberts says:

Have been loving the India series.. great job guys & you're doing a great job with fuelling the travel inspiration! Now planning our trip there as we speak. Looking forward to following your next adventures & thanks for keeping it real!

Venus F.D. says:

final thoughts … written Hong Kong ? but never mention on video …
nice video and helpful tips …. thank u

Shiragra Singh says:

Mumbai… Goa…. Kanyakumari… Kerela backwaters…. Mysore…. Cochin….. Coorg….. Madurai… Pondicherry… are some really awesome tourist destinations down in South India

Jhaby kooway says:

You really missed out the hill stations in India.. they are superbly amazing … you don't have to worry about the warm temperatures there either… if you plan accordingly you could even get to trek the mountains in the Himalayas( which is one of the highest ranges in the world) … & if you are a nature lover north eastern part of India(the seven sisters) is a must visit.. I went there with my family & few relatives (12 of us) & we absolutely loved it.. & as u said India is extremely cheap.

Gary Cronshaw says:

Do many of the Indian people who are likely to sell you something speak English? Are the cites and towns well signposted? Are snakes ever encountered in accommodation or out and about?

vibhor gaur says:

You guys are smart tourists. In Delhi i have seen Auto-Rikshaw charging like 4 times the price and tourists paying happily.

toe hi says:

red and white color shirt looks good on both of you.

Andrea Boney says:

How did you all arrange the home-stay?

somenath majumder says:

So lucky people, travelling & making video. A life complete holiday…

OKRUB says:

there are lots of places to travel in india like gangtok(sikkim),darjeeling these are the few underrated small cities in india.

OKRUB says:

nice vlog guys. In the next 10 years india is going to change in big way(good) and that will be totally visible.

Clement Ng says:

Palaces, temples, ruins ancient sights, which languages?

i Dunno says:

Visit South its a whole new experience. Actually India changes in every 500kms.

Demonetization is over, so cash crisis no longer exist, but still carry enough cash. Also you can use cards now because demonetization has led to increased e-payments. The rest of the video is fine. 🙂

One useful tip: Try to see India not with western perspective or standards, but with Indian perspective to enjoy it completely.

Finally, keep this in mind:
"Whatever you can rightly say about India, the opposite is also true."

Love from India

Watford Fc says:

At work in London and once home myself and my wife will look forward to watching this video , and before you ask it's homemade lasagne tonight

Sakeena Jamil says:

wow cool ??

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