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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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Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus

From the series “Top 14 Most Astonishing Railway Stations in the World”
An adorable Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus railway station has placed in Mumbai. Its beauty can't be compared with any station in the world. The building has the unforgettable balance. It has united neogothic and traditional Indian elements in its decoration. At first, the architect wanted to build the magnificent building in the Victorian style but then decided to add outstanding national elements to the austere style.

Nowadays Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is still one of the biggest stations in the world. It serves over three million passengers daily. If you get bored, put the attention to the deviation of the station. Facades and halls were decorated with the inspiration of the decoration of the richest Gentoo Places. The architect saw them in the different parts of the country. There … Read all

Lighthouse Kovalam

From the series “Top 15 Most Fascinating Lighthouses”
The Indian lighthouse "Kovalam" is well-known all over the world. It is located on the so-named island. This lighthouse is interesting from the tourist point of view. For tourists the entrance to the tower is free. Visitors can get there without any difficulty because the lighthouse is open for all seasons. Every day the tower is opened for visiting for two hours. You can go upstairs to view on one of the most beautiful beaches of the country.

The lighthouse, that we see today was built several decades ago, in 1972. The first lighthouse has appeared there much earlier but within the years was fully destroyed. For hundreds of years the lighthouse has been helping local sailors to be in safe. They go fishing every evening and return with or without the catch early in the morning. … Read all

Cherrapunji

From the series “The Most Extreme Settlements on the Planet”
In India, travelers will have an opportunity to visit a small town of Cherrapunji, which is considered the rainiest settlement in the world. It's raining here literally every day. On average, it's about 12 000 mm of rainfall per year. About 10 000 people constantly live in the town. Daily walks down the street with an umbrella or raincoat become a commonplace for them. The town has a large cement factory, and there are several industrial centers for the extraction of coal and limestone in the surrounding area.

Due to the fact that the soil is constantly washed away by heavy rains, locals don't have opportunities to engage in the agriculture. Trade and working at large industrial plants are main means of livelihood for people. The peculiar landscape of the area forms unusual climatic … Read all
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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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