[TRV Compass] India

— Updated on October 10, 2018

0. General tips to travel the country
India is an intoxicating, mysterious, and beautiful country. It is easy to become overwhelmed at the bustling of India with endless possibilities of things to do, places to see, and food to try.  

Here are general tips for traveling around India.  

  1. Start by picking the perfect route; plan ahead of time with a little bit of research.  India is a large country with many places and sights to see.  Instead of trying to visit everywhere across the country, focus on northern side of the country or southern side of the country.  The key to a good trip is making a plan but a very lenient one, so that you do not stress yourself with packed itineraries.
  2. The most popular tour in India is known as the golden triangle, also known as India’s top destinations, which are Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.  You can cover the golden triangle in about a week.
  3. Start with Delhi and its wonderful bazaar, then explore Taj Mahal, Agra fort and Fatehpur sikri.  After that, visit the pink city and fort of amber in Jaipur.*** A good trip is only as good as the people you go with.  Find good friends, or plan your trip alone if you are more comfortable traveling alone.
    *** Another thing to remember while travelling is to slow down, don’t try to cram too much.  Enjoy the places you visit, instead of pressuring yourself to see everything.

 

I. Transportation ( Uber, Taxi etc.)

The most common form of transportation in India is flying, despite the ever growing population causing longer wait time. Aside from flying, railway travel in India is extremely convenient.  Railways in India are well connected, and they weave over 60,000 km.  The railways make it possible to travel across the country in two nights and three days. A word of caution about railway traveling… it may take a little while and effort getting used to lack of privacy and hygiene, on top of confusing booking process with various accommodations and classes.

If flying or railway are not your cup of tea, then taxi may be an option.  Taxi drivers can take you around cities.  You maybe thinking of driving by yourself but we would least recommend you that option, as traffic in India is unimaginable with no official road rules. If not taxi, then there are motorcycles ride and buses that you can take.

II. Accommodation

There are hotels, Airbnb and hostels.  Based on your budget and your travel style, you can search various options in India.

 

III. Food

This is probably my favourite part in any trip, Why? Because where I grew up, food is bland, in a safe routine and I just enjoy trying something new as often as I can. The most popular street food is called Chole Bhature. It really fills your stomach, and keeps you feeling full for the entire day of sightseeing. It is a deep fried flour based bread, and it is usually served with onion, green chutney and pickle. You can have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  You can become obsessed with it.

One thing to be cautious about is water.  Some of you may have stronger stomach but to be safe, it is recommended to always get bottled water, even for brushing teeth.  Also, watch out for ice cubes.  Unless if the origin of water for the ice cubes are clear, avoid them.

IV. Safety

Just a few safety tips for visiting India.  First, if you are female, and if  you are riding Delhi metro, you should use coach or compartment reserved for ladies, especially during rush hours. That way, it would be more comfortable with less crowded seats, and you can also avoid men gawking at you. Secondly, do your research, and stay in safe areas at safe time of the day. Avoid traveling at night, especially alone. Thirdly, make sure you are aware of any cultural norms.  Learn about behaviors that could offend local people. It’s always good practice to be friendly and polite at all times, while not trusting strangers, even young ones and learn to say no to those who aggressively try to sell you something or convince you to go somewhere.  The last but not the least is to follow your instinct.  If you feel something is wrong or not comfortable going in, leave the place.  Do not do anything “stupid.”

V. Climate

India is home to a variety of different climatic regions from tropical in the south to temperate and alpine in Himalayan north, where the elevated regions receive snowfall. The weather in India is influenced greatly by the Thar desert and mount Himalayas.

Check the climate of the places that you visit before you travel.  >>> CHECK WEATHER <<<

VI. Power Plug & Voltage

The voltage in India is 220 volts alternating at 50 Hz. This is the same as the UK, Australia and Europe however it is different from the United states which is 110-120 volt electricity with 60 cycles per second for small appliances.

Power Plug: 1) Type C
2) Type D, and
3) Type M
Voltage: 230V, 50Hz
Get universal socket

 

VII. Language

The official languages in India are Hindi and English.

 

VIII. Currency

The Currency is called the Indian Rupee (INR), and has a conversion rate of approx USD 1 = INR 70.

Quick currency conversion:
USD 1 = INR 70

Be sure to check the latest currencies at all time.

 

IX. Visa Requirement Check

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