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Things to Consider While Travelling to India for the First Time : A Bucket list coupled with a Checklist!

Updated on June 3, 2015

Right from the historic and pre-historic ages, the sacred land of India (formerly known as Hindustan) held high historic and economic importance on the world map. Its explicit beauty, flora and fauna were an eye candy for all its guests. Even today India’s major source of revenue is collected from domestic and international tourism. Here in this country tourism is not just a profession, the residents here serve tourists with devotion and ardent passion.

Embrace the out breach of purity : Visit God’s Own Territory!

India is the only place where a billion people follow five major religions, speak over thirty five different languages, believe in various political approaches and still stand united. Nature has blessed India with various exotic places of scenic beauty and man made excellence as well. The most common reason why tourist places in this country are on the bucket list of every foreign citizen is its rich heritage and cultural brilliance.

Scenic beautiful places of India

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Scenic Beautiful View of Munnar By Ben3john [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)], via Wikimedia CommonsStriking View of Khangchendzonga Sikkim
Scenic Beautiful View of Munnar By Ben3john [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons
Scenic Beautiful View of Munnar By Ben3john [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons
Striking View of Khangchendzonga Sikkim
Striking View of Khangchendzonga Sikkim | Source

Some manmade excellent places of India

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Taj MahalAjanta CavesGolden Temple Punjab By Varunnag123 [CC-CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)], via Wikimedia CommonsTawang Monastery By Saurabhgupta8 [CC-CC-BY-SA-4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)], via Wikimedia CommonsJaisalmer Fort
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal | Source
Ajanta Caves
Ajanta Caves | Source
Golden Temple Punjab By Varunnag123 [CC-CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons
Golden Temple Punjab By Varunnag123 [CC-CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons
Tawang Monastery By Saurabhgupta8 [CC-CC-BY-SA-4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons
Tawang Monastery By Saurabhgupta8 [CC-CC-BY-SA-4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons
Jaisalmer Fort
Jaisalmer Fort | Source

Customs from this land has reached far and wide and caught attention of several people on a global scale. Mythologies from India have echoed far and wide which has in turn enabled a healthy inflow of tourist to visit here. Few places in India have no replicas or rather substitutes elsewhere, be it the high tall mountain valleys or the fine hill stations this place has been at the top notch priority list for every passionate traveller.

High tall mountain valleys of India

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Betaab Vally Jammu & KashmirPicturesque Suru valley in Ladakh Himalayas, IndiaAraku Valley, Vishakhapatmnam, Andhra Pradesh By  	Adityamadhav83 [CC-CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons
Betaab Vally Jammu & Kashmir
Betaab Vally Jammu & Kashmir | Source
Picturesque Suru valley in Ladakh Himalayas, India
Picturesque Suru valley in Ladakh Himalayas, India | Source
Araku Valley, Vishakhapatmnam, Andhra Pradesh By  	Adityamadhav83 [CC-CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons
Araku Valley, Vishakhapatmnam, Andhra Pradesh By Adityamadhav83 [CC-CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

Avoid Regret With Every Blink : Plan Well and Visit Maximum Places!

The few cases of unsatisfied travellers in India are mainly because of lack of planning by tourist. It needs to be understood that India being a land of festivals and carnivals there is always some celebration or other in India. Due to this fact the places of visit are usually populated healthily. The festivals ensure lot of local residents migrating to major tourist spots; this takes a toll on flight reservations and hotel bookings as well. So if it’s a sudden plan to execute then one must be satisfied with the limited places that come into sightseeing reach.

Further it is necessary to do adequate research about the places that are a part of the tourist guide map. Primarily because the public transport servicemen like cab drivers and Auto rickshaw drivers are known to demand highly unreasonable rates from foreigners. Needless to worry several applications developed in mobile and lot of travel agencies can make job easier by providing economical and reasonable solutions.

Acquire the Right Documents : Tour Hassle Free, Enjoy Thoroughly!

Just like all countries India also has a strict emphasis on the visitors on arrival formalities (VISA) upon landing on Indian soil. Citizens of neighbouring countries like Nepal and Bhutan can visit India without a visa but for all other nationalities this formality is a must. There are mainly two kinds of visa’s issued for general purposes. One being the transit visa which is valid for seventy two hours and will expire post that and the other is the tourist Visa which can last even up to six months.

Indian VISA
Indian VISA | Source

Depending on the requirement of travelers the travel ministry of India issues this important document. Over 43 countries have their citizens on the visa approved zone of India terrain. This implies that countries that do not exist on this list are not eligible to send their citizens across to India. These important matters are decided keeping in mind various administrative and defence protocols. On a certain specific occasions the Visa is even issued for a period of twelve months for foreigners and this one year can be an extremely fruitful time to see every beautiful aspect of the country properly.

Get Set, Get your Gear, Lets Go : Next, Destination India!

The climate and weather conditions in most places of India can be quite varied for foreigners. Most of the visitors would have already been accustomed to severe conditions and would find the hot places and cold freezing zones of India as a piece of cake. However it is advisable to make a note of weather graph in the city or place to be visited beforehand and carry necessary clothing and accessories.

Most of the electronic appliances manufactured and used in the west have a different power source socket pin. In India however the wattage and pin sizes are quite different hence it is advisable to carry convertors (electrical manipulators) and stabilizers to keep electrical appliances intact and working fine!
Mosquitoes and other insects is another speck of dust in the eye for travellers in a few places where the weather is humid and where rains are prevalent. Repellents can form an important element in the packing list of travellers to India.

An easy language guide (available at most online shopping stores) can come in very handy for dealing with the local population and getting requirements sorted. Needless to say the sun hits the deck hard and churns to its full power during peak summers! A tube of sunscreen can do lot of good for people who are prone to get tanned.

Another smart move would be to get familiar with the various helpline numbers of various out reaches here in India. Just like every other country, even here there might be cases of some minor unpleasant experiences with few unruly people. Hence the government of India has issued various helpline numbers which are universally same from every place in India and give immediate solution to major issues. These helpline numbers can be found by looking up on the internet or buying any telephone directory.

Emergency Helpline numbers in India

 
 
Ambulance
102
Emergency response service for medical, police and fire emergencies. Available in Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Assam, Meghalaya, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh
108
Local police
100
Fire service
101
Women Helpline Telephone Number
1091
Child helpline number
1098
Emergency Numbers in India - http://india.angloinfo.com/inside/emergency-numbers/

Further the airport immigration counter usually gives all necessary utilities for all guests arriving here. Helpline numbers include Women’s helpline number, Child helpline number and other emergency contact numbers. This ensures that safety is no longer a concern for the tourist visiting India.

Welcome to the Land Of Traditions : Serving care as an appetizer and Hospitality on the Platter!

Athithi Devo Bhavaha is an ancient Indian saying which says the guests are like god and must be given respect and dignity. Following on the footsteps of their forefathers Indians have mastered the art of hospitality and that is one main reason why places in India always have a healthy international tourist inflow. Visiting India one can experience a good mix of tradition and culture to the fullest. Most of the people working in resorts and tourist places are taught the necessary essentials in order to entertain their guests well and help them experience a wonderful stay.

'Athithi Devo Bhava'
'Athithi Devo Bhava' | Source

Various factors have helped India climb up the chart for the most desirable places to visit across the globe and this feat is only possible because of an outcome of genuine goodness. So pack your bags and say Namaste India!

Welcome to India
Welcome to India | Source

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