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Travel tips for India - what to prepare in advance and what to obey

1. In India, it is considered a sign of great rudeness to point at someone or something with one finger. If you want to do this, use all the fingers of an open palm at once, or just your thumb. You should also avoid touching objects or people with your feet as they (the feet) are considered unclean.
2. Before making the trip to India, you can learn a few phrases in Hindi. Although many Indians know English, they will be pleased to hear a foreigner speak their native language. However, if an Indian knows English to a satisfactory level, he would prefer to speak it, since knowledge of the international language in India is considered a sign of intelligence and good education. This is highly valued in India.
3. You should not stretch out your hand for a handshake to the opposite sex. A handshake in such cases is permissible only if the person himself extends his hand. Body language in India is very different from that in the Western world. Women are not to touch men and vice versa. Even shaking hands with members of the opposite sex is not allowed. A light, meaningless touch to the arm or shoulder of a person of the opposite sex during a regular conversation is considered intimate and may be misinterpreted. Consequently, you can get into an awkward situation. On the other hand, in the working environment, a handshake between men and women has long become conventional. When meeting with the Indians, the universal symbol of a warm greeting will be a wide sincere smile, as well as shaking hands with him using both of your hands.
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4. If someone invites you over to their home, do well to bring small gifts. It could be good sweets or small, but interesting souvenirs from your home country.
5. You do not have to give money to beggars on the streets, even if they look completely miserable. Many of them work for local criminal groups, and the money of a generous tourist will be spent on God knows what. You must be prepared for the fact that beggars attack any person resembling a tourist twice as hard – because the locals are well aware of their deception, and a foreigner will be easier to obtain money from. There are many charity organizations in India and should you want to help those in need, you can make a donation to any of such organizations. In this way, you can be sure that your money will go to help those who really need it.
6. Indians treat all books, newspapers, and paper in general with great respect. These items symbolize knowledge and learning, so you should not throw away or carelessly handle books and paper, and even more so, step on them.
7. It is customary to respect the elderly in India, both relatives, and unfamiliar people. Those who wish to show respect to an elderly person can bend over and touch the elder’s feet, then touch his own head or chest in the region close to the heart. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
8. You had better not hire a taxi right on the street as this is the surest way to be deceived and pay exorbitantly. Such taxi drivers usually do not use counters and charge whatever amount comes to their head, knowing that a foreigner is unlikely to know how much the trip should actually cost. When leaving the hotel, you can ask the staff to call a taxi for you. It is also safe to order a taxi from the airport.
9. Street shoes must be removed before going into homes. In temples and mosques likewise, you need to take them off. You should bear in mind that foreigners may not be allowed into certain zones of temples since these are places for believers who come to pray for help, and not for curious tourists.
10. Indians eat mostly with their hands. They usually use their right hand for eating and take food from the general dish with their left hand. This is essential so that saliva from the right hand does not get into the common dish. The left hand is generally considered unclean because it is used in the toilet. You should, therefore, avoid passing things and touching people or articles with it. It is inappropriate to even make gestures with the left hand.
11. Do not drink water from the tap. Only water in sealed bottles is drinkable. You should avoid buying food on the street, so as not to get stomach upset. The same applies to fresh fruits and vegetables that cannot be peeled. Swimming in rivers, even those considered sacred, is not worth it, as their sacred status does not make them any cleaner.
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12. Always wear clothes that cover your body properly; the knees and hands at least to the elbows. Also, avoid fitted clothes and ones without cutouts. Shorts are practically out of the question.
13. It is better not to discuss religion at all. If however, you are already talking about it, it is advisable to show respect and not make any comments, especially negative ones, even if someone’s beliefs seem completely ridiculous. To show respect, you can ask a few questions about the faith of your interlocutors. Indicating interest is considered a sign of respect and will always be nice.
14. It is strictly forbidden to cause any damage to nature, especially animals. Hindus will become enraged if someone dares to disrespect a cow, as they consider this animal sacred.
15. Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking in public places as this is considered a sign of rudeness and bad manners.
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Fantastic City Tours and Excursions in India

Colorful and unique places in India

Office of Infosys

From the series “Futuristic buildings of IT companies”
You can see an unusual glass building in New Delhi. It resembles a ship in shape. It is the main office of the world-famous Infosys Company. It has been developing software since its foundation. This company has been working with telecommunications companies for many years. It also provides advice on direct areas of activity.

This company was founded in 1981. It had more than 100,000 employees by 2008. The company's head office is currently located in Bangalore. But the office building located in New Delhi is considered the most unusual. It is surrounded by beautiful parks. The huge building resembles the bow of a ship with its outlines.

Unfortunately, the company is not going through its best times in recent years. It has significantly lagged behind other global competitors in … Read all

Bandra Ohm

From the series “Most Scary Swiiming Pools”
The project of a unique high-rise building is planned to be implemented in Mumbai in the coming years. Bandra Ohm Residential Tower is located in one of the most prestigious areas of the city. The 30-story skyscraper will resemble the symbol Om (Ω) in its outline. The original undulating balconies are worth noting among the unique features of the 140-meter skyscraper. It is planned to equip a small pool on the edge of them. They will be completely made of high-strength transparent glass. This in itself can frighten impressionable people.

These pools will not have high fences and sides. They will be located strictly one above the other in the complex. A luxury residential complex with beautiful spacious apartments will be located in the original skyscraper. The presence of individual … Read all

Mosque Taj-ul

From the series “Top Largest and Famous Mosques Worldwide”
Taj-ul-Masajid is a mosque situated in Bhopal, India. “Taj-ul-Masajid” literally means “Crown Among Mosques”. It has been built during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafa and was finished only in 1985. For the building were chosen the most beautiful historical traditions of mosque building. One of the most unusual elements is the eastern gate decorated with the ancient motifs from circa.

Since the mosque was opened until nowadays in the daytime it is used as a madrasah. Notwithstanding that fact that the mosque has been built within more than 200 years, it is a very harmonious and beautiful building and quite complex from the architectural point of view. Its façade is painted in light rosy colour and the cupolas are decorated with nice marble. Inside the mosque is … Read all
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Manchester Airport Gets a Hotel

Wellness travel has been a hit in the US in recent years but the trend is not so big in Europe. IHG hopes that by opening more hotels like EVEN it will increase awareness and popularity of wellness in the UK. Although the hotel is located near to the airport, the distance to such important objects as top universities and colleges, cultural landmarks, and natural attractions is also short. Tax-free outlets are a cherry on top of the pie. To make it more comfortable for guests to get to and from the airport, the hotel has a free shuttle service and a free parking lot. Read this

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Advices for popular cities of India

New Delhi
1. The hottest season of the year in New Delhi lasts from the beginning of April till the end of October, and the most rainy months of the year are considered to be July and August. During this “wet” period a touring program can be interrupted with unfavorable weather conditions. That’s why tourists, who opt for lots of excursions and tours, should choose another period of time for visiting New Delhi. The most favorable season for visiting this tourist destination lasts from February till … Read more
Bombay
1. The city is convenient for cruising by taxi as all means of public transport available in the area are always crowded. A cost of a trip should be discussed in advance and the counter should be cautiously tracked when a taxi is taken. If a taxi driver tries to skyrocket a cost of a trip, one should better reject the service as in this case the driver will immediately offer a more profitable rate for services. 2. Travelers looking for exploration of local natural attractions should give … Read more
Bangalore
1. Supply voltage power is 220 V. The majority of hotels in Bangalore offer their guests to rent a special adapter for various electrical appliances. You can also easily purchase such adapters in specialty stores. 2. The best way to exchange currency is in special exchange offices or banks. While exchanging currency, you should take into consideration not only current exchange rate, but also the amount of the commission charged. 3. Import and export of the local currency is strictly … Read more
Chennai
1. Going shopping to the market or a private shop, be sure to bargain. Typically, the real price of goods is 2-3 times lower than what the seller calls first. You definitely need to have a sufficient number of coins and small denomination bills, as it will make it easier to pay sellers, who are very reluctant to give change. 2. Travelers who expect to use a taxi have to be cautious. Local taxi drivers often use the ignorance of foreign visitors, so they can literally drive tourists in circles … Read more
Goa
1. One of the major drawbacks of Goa is its very hot sun, which could be literally fatal for European tourists. Many vacationers severely burn during the first day of rest, so you shouldn’t neglect means of sun protection. 2. Local beaches can’t boast with calm sea, as there are often quite high waves. That’s why it is recommended to go to the beach with young children before 10 am, when the sea is quiet. Those who are fond of beach accessories are recommended to choose the simplest … Read more

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