Don’t try to cram too much in to your trip:
Travelling in India can be an assault on the senses – usually in good ways – and therefore it’s important to soak in the texture of each place before you move on to another destination. Though it’s tempting to fit in a lot of places within a short span of time, it can be quite overwhelming to travel this way. Tip: On a long vacation, try not to have too many consecutive travel days in your itinerary and spend at least 1-2 nights in one given city.
Don’t leave it till the last minute:
During the peak travel periods (September till Mar/Apr for most of India, and summer for the hills) hotels fill up, flights can get expensive if booked within the last week, and train availability is difficult – it’s prudent to make reservations and arrangements a few months in advance and not leave everything to the last few weeks.
Don’t come to India without a Visa (for non-Indians):
Many foreign Nationals forget that a Visa is necessary for travel to India and you will not be allowed in the country without one! The last thing you want is to be refused boarding or entry for not getting your Visa on time.
Don’t take things personally:
While traveling in India you will come across the unpredictable and the chaotic, the unbelievable and the unhygienic. Sometimes there will be traffic Jams, delays or roadblocks for no conceivable reason. Basically if sometimes things don’t go your way, you have to roll with the punches, otherwise it can really get to you. For most travellers, India is a magical, fascinating place to travel, you just can’t get frustrated with the unexpected or the uncertain – it’s a great life lesson.
Do not miss out on the chance to do something Authentic:
Travel guidebooks and pre-packaged itinerary aside, India has a lot to offer in terms of the spontaneous, the magical and the bizarre. Try something off the beaten path, not everything worth seeing is only on Trip Advisor or Lonely Planet.