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One thing everyone has on their bucket list is to travel solo. Traveling alone gives you a chance to get to know yourself better spiritually and emotionally. It is the perfect chance to trek a mountain or enjoy the beach. And you also don't have to worry about the plans or schedule set by your companion or fellow traveler.

A solo trip is a must for everyone as it gives you a different type of freedom. Also, when you step out of your comfort zone amazing things happen. It will give you a perfect chance to taste the local cuisine, meet new people, learn about that culture, and maybe make some new friends.

So, your next trip has to be a solo trip and trust me you will have amazing stories to tell others.
One perfect location for your solo trip is- India. It is a beautiful country, and its mesmerizing culture, cuisine, beaches, mountains, sunsets, and wildlife will definitely make your trip meaningful.

Not sure where to go in India? Well, I have a list of 6 places that are perfect for a solo trip. Read on:

1. Lahaul-Spiti


Lahaul-Spiti is an unexplored destination. The mountains and monasteries situated here will make this solo trip really memorable. To experience the full beauty of this place, it is crucial that you take a road trip. Reaching here is easy through road, and you can take a long trip via Manali, Leh and Rohtang Pass or you can visit both the places individually.

The roads are great so don’t worry about that. Book your tickets between May to October to enjoy these places. You can stay in the monasteries as there are no hotels.

2. Kasol


Kasol is a beautiful small village of India, situated on the bank of river Parvati. There are a great many things to do here, like trekking through the hills and fishing for trouts (You need permission for that).

Moreover, you can indulge in some water sports like rafting and so on. Visit this beautiful hill station between March and May. You can easily get here through well-connected rains and buses.

3. Bodh Gaya


For all Buddhist and spiritual people, Bodh Gaya is a must place to visit. A solo trip here will help you immerse yourself in the calm and serene environment of Bodh Gaya.

It is the place where Prince Siddhartha attained enlightenment. Thus a lot of people come here to meditate, or research or in search of peace.

There are hotels and Government apartments and bungalows where you can stay here. Reaching Gaya is easy through rail, road, and air and then you can go the monasteries. The best time to come here is between November and March. If you want to listen to the holy man Dalai Lama, plan a trip either in December or January.

4. Gokarna, Karnataka


If you are a beach person, you must travel to Gokarna. It is a temple town, but not many know that it has insane beach parties and bonfire. The best part is that there are numerous beaches all in succession to each other and beautiful than the previous one.

Plan your trip between October and March and enjoy the scenic view and travel by bus or train. If you wish to fly, the nearest airport is in Dabolim, Goa.

5. Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh


Another perfect and unexplored destination for solo travelers is Ziro. It is located in the lower district of Arunachal Pradesh, Subansiri.

The best thing about this place is the aroma of pine grove and orchids that fills the mountain. Also, you can catch a variety of flora and fauna here. Plan your trip around the Ziro music festival to experience the music surrounded by the beautiful hills.

The music festival takes place in September, otherwise visit this place anytime. You can reach by flying or taking a train to Tezpur.

6. Majuli, Assam


If you are a water baby, you have to go to Majuli. It is the world’s largest river island situated on the banks of Brahmaputra Assam.

The island here gets submerged during rainy season due to abundant rainfall. Bird watching is a great practice here as it has over 100 species of bird. Also, enjoy the neo-Vaishnavite culture and tradition while you are here.

Visit this place after monsoon and enjoy the hospitality of locals by living in the guest house or rooms. You can reach Majuli by taking a ferry ride from Jorhat, and you can reach Jorhat via bus from Guwahati.

There are a lot of articles that would talk about travel tips and what to do in India, where to go, how to enjoy and so on. But, there will be less article which will suggest you what should you not do in your trip to India. What are the points that are least recommended for anyone visiting India?

Keep reading to read the top tips for travel to India and 5 things which you should keep in mind while traveling in India.


1. Public Display of Affection


Starting from honeymoon capitals of the country, the hill stations of Darjeeling and Shimla to the Venice of East, Kerala, to the Taj Mahal you are entitled to enjoy a Hollywood styled vacation. But, public display of affection is considered to be an offense by people in this country.

Public display of affection includes kissing and hugging of all kind. In some traditional spots, it is not a good idea to perform handshake with opposite gender. Public display of affection rule is also for couples and especially in public transport.

To be on safer land, do not show off any affection in physical action if you are in a traditional area. Ultra Modern Indian cities can approve certain form of display of affection, but when it comes from a foreigner, there are a lot of people who find it offensive.


2. The Right Rule


Blame it on superstition or culture shock, left hand and left foot are considered to be bad. You should not accept or give anything with your left hand. On the same rule, you are no supposed to enter a place with your left foot first.

If you are a left hander, you might find it a bit hard, but try to remember this rule. While talking about foot, you need to know that you are offending someone if your foot touches someone no matter whether it was intentional or whether the person is younger to you.

You are supposed to express apologies immediately. Touching foot of elders is considered as a blessing. Thus, do not expect apology when an elder’s foot touches you.


3. Dress Conservatively


You can find all kinds of womens dress in India especially in big cities. Starting from traditional wear like sari and dhoti to western styled dress like jean, jersey and so on, you can find diverse styled clothes in India. You can also find a lot of people wearing extremely glamorous dresses.

But, as a foreigner you should not be dressing in India in any way that is considered to be glamorous. You need not stick to traditional wear. You need to wear a dress that covers most of your body parts except hands, foot from knee below and no cleavage.

Some auspicious spots like temples would not allow most western wear. If you are wearing one, you would be requested to enter the premises after wearing a shawl over your upper body. Learn about rules in spots you are about to visit in prior to avoid any problems.


4. Smoking and Drinking


Among the tips for travelling to India do not smoke or drink in public. It is considered to be a legal offense to do so in public places. You are not supposed to smoke or drink in front of a minor. Smoking in front of women is also considered to be offensive by many.

There are a lot of bars and pubs where you are allowed to drink and smoke as you wish. But, remember it is an offensive to drink and drive in any part of India too. You are not allowed to enter any religious place while you are drunk or you have just smoked.

A pint in a brewery in India can cost around 50 or 100 rupees, although the most distinguished bars and restaurants can charge much more. Kingfisher beer is the most famous in the country. There is a milder variety, called Kingfisher Blue with 8% alcohol. There is also the Kingfisher Premium that has more flavor and 4.8% alcohol.

Stout beer lovers appreciate the Black Haywards, a strong dark beer with 8% alcohol, and a strong sweet malt flavor and, apparently, traces of caramel. There are different varieties such as Haywards (7% alcohol), Haywards 2000 (5% alcohol) and for the strongest Haywards 10000 (8% alcohol).

Royal Challenge Premium is quite a beer with a lot of body and flavor. Kalyani Black Label is another of the classic beers of the country and one of the oldest and most popular in East India, especially in the cities of Calcutta and Delhi. Its alcohol content is 7.8%, so it has a mild flavor without being too strong and also has a sweet taste.

Kings beer invites you to the beautiful beaches of Goa for a pint of Kings, since this beer is only manufactured and sold in the state of Goa. It is well known for its aroma of smoked malt. It has an alcohol content of 4.85% and it is quite economical, since a 375ml bottle costs around 50 rupees.


5. Gifting Rule


Visiting someone at their home without a gift is considered as a offense in many places. Do not pick up a bottle of wine for gift. It is offensive too.

Find out whether they consume meat or not. Gifting something related to meat to someone who is vegan is considered offensive too. Do not gift white flowers or any object made of animal skin. They are considered to be bad omen by many.

It is always better to stick to basics and buy a box of chocolate when you visit someone's house. Also remember to remove your footwear before entering someone’s house even if they insist on you putting it on. If they offer something to eat, do not refuse it.

At least have a part of it. It is considered hostile to reject what they offer to eat.

Things to Keep in Mind While Travelling in India

Some of less common things that you should avoid are
  • Do not start a religious sensitive or politically sensitive topic.
  • Cricket is their blood. Do not express your dislike towards the sport.
  • Do not address your elders by their name unless you are in a business meeting.
  • India is a homophobic society. Your sexuality has nothing to do with them, but make sure you do not express your sexuality freely and do no assume someone is gay because two same gender people are hugging or holding hands. It is considered to be very offensive.
  • Do not hurt a cow. Beef is available in many restaurants but, do not expect in every place.
  • Do not show pity on beggars. Stay away from the over friendly touts to avoid scams.
  • Avoid street food and tap water and drink only bottled water to stay healthy.

India can be a land of various superstition and rules. But, it is a land of love too. People understand that you are new to the Indian culture and they do not expect you to follow most of their culture. But, a very few consider that offensive. To be on safer side, it is better to avoid such acts and follow our tips for traveling to India. Tell me in the comments below, which place got you most excited and why?
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2 comments:

  1. Very interesting article. I would love to go to India and if I ever do these helpful tips would help a lot. Thanks!

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