India is a land of wonders making it a very popular country to travel to. The reason includes its beauty and a lot of people who travel to India and share their experience of Cultural Life they lived in India.
I totally recommend you travel to INDIA at least once in your life because there is so much to explore there and so many cultures are present that traveling for a month is barely enough. Even if India is chaotic and can be a mess sometimes, but if you have a deep love for learning and travel then it’s not hard to give it a try.
Traveling solo(or not solo) in India is a big challenge for those who don’t know anything about the Cultures. If you are Women and willing to travel to India then here are 9 things Women should know before traveling in India.
1. THE WAY YOU DRESS YOURSELF MATTERS
The world is becoming modern-day by day but there are some parts of the world which are still kind of conservative. Women in India anywhere that is not considered as a metropolitan area(apart from Delhi, Mumbai, Banglore, etc) still wear Sarees and Kurtis. The reason behind this is that Indians are preserving their culture from hundreds of years which makes the country look colorful.
Another reason for choosing the right dress is the Weather Conditions of India. Temperature can reach 30+ during the monsoon season and 45+ during Summers in some parts of India. This is the reason it is normal to choose comfortable clothes.
2. THEY EAT WITH THEIR HANDS
This is something everyone can, of course, learn from India before visiting, and doesn’t straightly affect you. However, it’s nice to know if you’re traveling in public transports like the bus or are walking in public places where people are eating then better be prepared to see that.
Food in India is yummy and delicious. A lot of variety of food is available in India which is Spicy and delicious to the next level.
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3. TRAINS ARE LONG
Distance between one city to another is long in India and you cannot take flight every time so you have to choose public transports like buses and trains for local traveling. It’s one of the cheap and most beautiful ways to travel in India. There are a lot of things on the trains that will surprise you.
4. HOW MEN CAN GET HANDSY
Let me clarify it in the starting only that this statement does not apply to all the men out there in India so don’t make a bad image of Indian males based on this statement before reading the full thing, please. There are people who can be handsy so you have to be careful especially while traveling on trains.
Some men will try their way and some of them will even try to touch you on unexpected places. It’s like they have a curiosity which they want to fill or they have seen anything like that on the television or movies which they want to experience. Matters related to sexual interaction is a taboo in India and in case of sexual affairs, men don’t know how to handle them(not all of them).
5. YOUR SMILE MATTERS
Let me share with you another controversial topic about India. It’s actually hard to believe that a smile can be misinterpreted by someone because there are moments when you(especially women) find people nice but there are some men who will take your smile as your permission or hint for something sexual. So you have to be careful about your smile in front of people you don’t know.
It’s normal if you smile at them asking for directions or if you are sitting next to them on train or bus or anywhere. But there are times when men misinterpret this and try to sir next to you or stare at you in an unusual as if they want anything from you and make you feel embarrassing.
6. ENGLISH IS NOT THEIR NATIVE LANGUAGE
If you want to experience public transport(buses, rickshaws, and trains) in India without having a travel guide then you to keep that in mind that not everyone here knows English. If the conductor or the bus or the driver of the rickshaw are telling you that they don’t know English then believe them else they will find it really difficult to help you reach your destination which will lead to an increase in your fair.
This is very important while you travel in India. Either you can use Google Maps to find your route easily or just opt for Uber or Ola for your simplicity and comfort while traveling.
7. YOU MIGHT GET MISINTERPRETED FOR YOUR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
People here have a strong inclination for their beliefs. So, just expect that people will judge you or you can even get looks. So be careful with how you act around with your partner or how you dress. It is nothing but a general way of respecting the culture of the country you are visiting and not getting misinterpreted by the people of that country.
8. LARGE CROWDS ON STATIONS AND YOU GET PUSHED
Another way of travel this time within the city is by the city train. The cost of this travel is incredibly cheap just a few cents USD. And also a very fast way to travel and a lot of the locals travel this way. What you need to be wary of is that most of the time you’ll be standing. Unless you’re one of the first in the train and that when there’s a stop. There’s just so many people who want to go out and go in at the same time, so expect pure chaos.
There are actually sections only for women also in the city trains. So, if you are not comfortable then you can travel to the women’s section specially built for their security. Or if you are going for a long journey then you can opt for a first-class ticket.
9. WOMEN ARE CONSIDERED SECONDARY
Sadly, this is the truth. Especially in a country like India. Well, if there’s already gender disparity in a lot of areas in Western and other progressive countries, what can you expect in a developing country like India? We even met women who are parts of the higher society who had the chance to grow up in a much open-minded way. And they also believe that women are looked to as second class compared to men. They get lower respect so yes, they have to make their name harder than men in power.