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India Travel Tips – For First Time Travelers {Updated 2024}

India Travel Tips

India Travel Tips First Time Travelers
Post Last Modified – July 03, 2024 ¦ gr8traveltips.com

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India Travel Tips For First Time Travelers

Having traveled for 7 weeks extensively throughout India a few seasons ago, I thought I would pass on a few helpful …

🌺India Travel Tips🌺

for first time travelers to this 🐫 Amazing Country.

I know I’m always on the lookout for any travel tips that might make my journey to a new destination, just a little bit easier.

Travel Tips

Below, is collection of tips that we made 📝 note of during our travels. I hope some of them will help to make your journey in India, just a little bit easier!

India Tourist Visa

India Travel Tips # 1

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Make sure your 🛂 India Tourist Visa is valid for the dates you will be in the country.  You do have the option of a; 30 day or 6 month tourist visa when applying. 

I did run into a couple of backpackers that wanted to stay longer once they arrived in India, but they only applied for the 30 day.

For Canadians, be sure to read my detailed post here on …
🍁 Helpful Tips Traveling from India to Canada, 🍁
for more detailed information on Visa applications.

Airport Transfers – New Delhi or Mumbai

India Travel Tips # 2

New Delhi Airport

When arriving at a major ✈ airport such as; New Delhi or Mumbai and especially after a tiring long haul flight, it’s a great idea to 🚗 arrange airport transfers in advance, from home. 

These airports are incredibly busy day and night, and to have a friendly driver with your name displayed at arrivals waiting for you, is so great! 😎

We arrived after a near 🛬 14 hour non-stop flight from Canada and with the time change, we were absolutely exhausted arriving in Delhi at 3 am. To just walk out of the 🧳 baggage area and have a driver waiting to take you to your chosen accommodations, is well worth the little extra!

There are many reputable online airport transfer 🚕 taxis and private companies available, or simply ask your professional local travel agent. They are sure to find what you may require for transportation at your selected airport.

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Taking The Train In India

India Travel Tips # 3

New Delhi Train Station

Taking the 🚂 train in India is an experience like no other. Arriving and departing from the {🚉 Delhi Train Station} for example, is like being caught in a 🐎 stampede, literally!

🚉 Train stations in the cities and platforms are very busy and can be extremely confusing among other things!

Be sure to check out my article here on …
🚂 Helpful India Train Travel Tips-Indian Railways. 🚂 

It’s full of detailed information and recommendations, for booking and taking the trains throughout India.

We took a number of trains in various parts of the country and at many of the stations, we didn’t have a clue what platform our train was departing from. In smaller stations, arrival and/or departure information in many cases, is no where to be found either.

🚉 At one train station, we asked two train attendants for departure and platform information, and they both said something completely different. 

The moral of the story is; Find the Station Managers Office, and ask him/her directly for; {Up to Date Real Time} train platform and arrival/departure information.

On one occasion we would have missed our train had we not attended the {Station Managers Office}, just before the trains arrival.

Taking Taxis and Tuk-Tuks

India Travel Tips # 4

Old India Taxi

If you’re arriving at an airport, your best bet is to head to an; 🚕 Authentic Pre-Paid Taxi Booth. At major airports, they can normally be found just outside of the baggage claim area. 

You can prepay your 🚕 taxi fare with cash or credit card, and choose an air-conditioned or a non-air car.

These are government operated stands and offer the best and regulated prices for a taxi!

If you choose to take your own taxi or 🛺 tuk-tuk anywhere, make sure you confirm a price with the driver before you step into the vehicle. It is customary to bargain with the drivers, but within reason.

In our 7 weeks travel, I don’t recall any 🚕 taxi or 🛺 tuk-tuk having a meter in their vehicle or one that worked!

India Tuk Tuk Driver

Most will know and have a set price for the more commonly used destinations. After a short while, we got quite used to simple bargaining. It’s also handy to ask someone reliable, and/or find out the distance we wanted to travel beforehand. 

This gave us an idea of what we should pay and if a driver is taking advantage of foreigners or not.

🛺 Beware of taxi and tuk-tuk driver (touts)!

Touts is a common term in India for …

“People who will do anything to make a quick buck out of vulnerable first-time travelers.”



India Travel Necessities

India Travel Tips # 5

Below, I’ve listed some items that are certainly worth 🧳 packing along with you, that will definitely come in handy during your travels in India. 

I know we were sure happy that we packed them along with us on our travels and you will be too!

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Ear Plugs 

The traffic noise in the cities is deafening!  You simply cannot escape the constant honking of horns and traffic noise.  This especially so, when riding in 🛺 tuk-tuks.

Don’t leave home without a pair of soft earplugs!

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for the country you are visiting in order to charge your devices.

India uses 230 Volts, and plugs and sockets have either grounded/earthed 3 Pin connections (Type D), or ungrounded 2 pin connections (Type C).

Hand wipes

Those little packets of sanitary hand wipes were a godsend! Especially while riding the trains after eating and using the 🚻 toilet. 

Using your hands eating Indian style and even when eating delicious naan bread, it sure was nice to have a wipe to use afterwards on the trains and at smaller diners. 🙂

We also carried a small bottle of hand sanitizer with us, but the wipes we found were excellent!

Toilet Paper

Packing a couple of rolls of 🧻 toilet paper is an excellent idea and again, especially when traveling by train and/or when you’re out and about in the towns and cities.

Many times during our travels, carrying some {TP} with us all the time, definitely came in handy!

Snacks

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Boy were we happy we carried some of our favorite snacks along with us! 

This included; granola bars, mixed nuts and a few other favorites from home. These came in very handy while riding the trains, walking about for energy and a light snack during the day.

Do make room in your 🧳 luggage for a bag full of non-perishable snacks!

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ATM Bank Money Machines

India Travel Tips # 6

Airport ATM Machines

🏧 ATM bank money machines can be found pretty much everywhere throughout India. Like many other countries we have traveled to, all machines won’t work with your selected 💳 bank card.

We did find that a major chain bank such as; 🏦 Union Bank of India and 🏦 HDFC Bank machines did for the most part, work fine with our bank card having the ‘Plus’ system.

Drinking Water

India Travel Tips # 7
 

Bottled water is everywhere and very cheap as well. 

Do Not drink tap water or the water poured in your glass in restaurants. We always ordered bottled water in restaurants and also observed locals doing the same.

Bottled water

Brush your teeth with bottled water and be careful when showering not to swallow any tap water. In our 7 weeks travel, both my son and I never experienced the famous 🤢 Delhi Belly or Diarrhea!

As well, we stuck pretty much to vegetarian meals and never ate street food, other than on our fabulous street food walking tour we took in Delhi. 

Check out my post on one of the highlights of our trip, taking a …
🥘 Walking Food Tour in Old Delhi 🥘

One of my favorite things to do when visiting a new destination, is taking a guided food tour. This tour throughout {Old Delhi} was amazing, and well worth doing when visiting Delhi!

TripAdvisor For Recommendations

India Travel Tips # 8

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We always used {TripAdvisor or Google restaurant reviews} for recommendations for dining, when visiting different parts of the country. We ate at some very nice restaurants on our trip, both catering to tourists and locals, all from reviews we read prior.

We had the opportunity to enjoy some fabulous home cooked {Real Authentic} Indian meals. Our hosts also were able to offer some great recommendations for eating out as well, during our stays. 🙂



Wi-Fi Internet Access

India Travel Tips # 9

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Surprisingly, 📶 wi-fi is pretty much readily available in all towns and cities. Most home stays, guest houses, restaurants and so on, all have internet wi-fi access.

Other than at a few locations, the connection was always reasonable and good enough to check; emails, Facebook Messenger and so on.

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India is an amazing country and an absolutely wonderful travel experience. 

It will astonish you, surprise you, and shock you all at once, but will leave unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime!

I’ve also listed the 🏵 Official India Tourism link below to their website for your convenience.  It’s filled with excellent information on everything you need to start planning your travels!

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A Blogger Since 2012, Robert has a {Passion for Travel}, having worked in the industry for over 35 years. He enjoys sharing special moments & tips on; Travel, Health & Wellness, Book Reviews and much more!

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