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India Travel Tips: How To Stay Safe

In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat and stay at in every country of the world!

This week we visit: India


It’s not secret that visiting India can come with a significant amount of culture shock, especially for Westerners. People are especially freaked out when the come to cities, because they are so busy, populated and constantly bustling. You will have a hard time finding respite while in a city and it can seem incredibly chaotic first, especially if you are coming from a quieter, suburban community.

But you will soon get over the initial shock and begin to enjoy how alive and interesting the city life is.

It’s also important to note that in these cities, people will really not respect your personal space as you have probably become accustomed to. Indian people living in cities are used to being crowded and without their personal space, so don’t be alarmed if someone stands very close to you while in transportation or even leans up against you.

Making sure that you are always drinking clean water is of the utmost importance in India. Even if you are making ice or washing your fruits and vegetables, it is recommend highly that you do not use the tap water to do so.

Western visitors are often given a lot of attention. You will most likely receive many stares, some will be friendly and some might not look that friendly. If you are a female Western, then you will surely have eyes on you all of the time. It is recommended that females visiting India dress conservatively in order to avoid constantly having eyes on them. Also, if someone stares at you, do not return the gaze, because it might be considered as flirtatious if you are a woman staring at a man.


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