Travelling to India – Tips to Avoid Culture Shock

Travelling to India - Tips to Avoid Culture Shock

India is one of the most visited countries of the world. Indian diverse and hospitable culture amazes the tourists; however if you are visiting India for the first time, you are likely to experience a culture shock. Here are few tips to help you deal with the culture shock.

Outside the Airport

You will come to know that you have reached India as soon as you come out of the Airport. You will see people everywhere. You will perhaps even wonder how so many people came from and where they are heading, but wait. You still have a lot to see.

Roads and Traffic

Roads and traffic are quite chaotic, so you need to adjust with that. You need to be a bit careful while walking on the pedestrian or crossing roads. Roads are crazily noisy and you will see people honking horns as it is not considered a rude gesture in India. People overtake from either side, so leave the driving to the locals. You will see animals such as donkeys, cows and dogs on the roads. As Indians mostly wonder if kangaroos can be found on the streets on Australia, you can be sure that you will see donkeys, bullock carts and dogs on Indian roads.

Dressing up and Behaviour in public places

Most of the Indians are conservative and their dress up reflects that; however, you will see people in big cities wearing jeans, t-shirts etc and women wearing short skirts and tees etc. Small cities are still very conservative in their dressing style and women do not wear above knee length skirts or revealing clothes.

Customs and religious beliefs

It is a custom to take off shoes while entering religious places and when you go to someone’s place. You will see diversity in the way people greet. Mostly they join their hands together and say ‘Namaste’ to show respect.

Shopping, money and cards

You need to be a bit careful with money while shopping on shops. You will need to bargain. It isn’t a concern if you are shopping at outlets of multinational brands. Rely on your instinct or keep a local with you while shopping. Well known outlets accept visa and mastercards as well as diners card.

Transportation

Taxis, Rickshaws and Buses are the most popular transportation mediums. Taxis and Rickshaws charge you according to the meter. You can always ask for the tariff card which they have to carry. There are chances that they might try to overcharge you, but you can avoid that by being alert.