We all agree that we need a vacation, even once a year and that during our free time, we want to go to a wonderful place that will keep us away from the pressure of the city we live in, away from the bills, from our workplace etc. It may be that we do not know where we will go for the holidays and what we will do, but we know that we need to rest, and be in a quiet place, where we can enjoy the landscape, the peace, and the beach,… Who does not like to be on a beach with this little sun that caresses our skin? Who does not want to change their habits? Travelling, bathing in rivers, lakes or beaches? Does taking vacations in the sun sound good to you? Well, we are going to talk about India, that mystical land, full of history, with wonderful people and where you can see extraordinary monuments.
This guide is for those who want to go to India and want to know a little more about this wonderful country before going. We show its charm because the experience of India must be lived, believe me. It is not something that we can only describe, you have to see things and feel the magic of the place.
We start with culture because we have to know where we are going.
Here we offer you a list of what this tourist guide to India contains:
- Indian culture
- The climate of India, what is the best time to travel to India
- The Festivals of India
- 10 experiences that you have to live if you go to India
- Transportation in India
- Traditional Indian food
- The Mehndi art of India
- Bollywood: what it is and how to visit it on your trip to India
- Medical precautions before going to India
Very different from our culture, Indian culture is one of the oldest in the world. It is a people that have many different beliefs, gods and cults. In addition to being based on religious beliefs, this culture is also based on food, artistic expressions, ceremonies, values and traditions. It is important to note that the cultural traditions of India date back to the mid-2nd millennium BC. in which the Rig-Veda (the oldest text in India, from the 15th century BC) was composed. Likewise, various elements of Indian culture, such as religion and gastronomy, have had an important impact throughout the world. In the specific case of the Indian religion, it has been the cradle of religions such as Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Jainism, with notable influence not only in this country, but also in the rest of the world, Buddhism being one of the religions most practiced today, with more than 500 million believers, of which 340 million live outside of India and its historical area of influence.
The Indian people are one of the people that we can say are most faithful to their beliefs. Every year they have important celebrations in honour of their gods, to develop their intimate relationship with them, for them, it is very important to celebrate their beliefs. Later we will talk about the festivals and celebrations of India where you can read more about the celebrations that are part of the Hindu culture. But I tell you now that the largest and most important religious celebration in India is the Kumbh Mela that is celebrated every 3 years, where the Indians and the people who come to participate in this celebration make a pilgrimage to the sacred rivers.
From the language of this culture we can say that it is one of the countries in the world that has several languages. Specifically, they have 216 languages spoken by groups of 10,000 people or a little more, but only 22 are official languages for use by local governments.
The traditional dances are as follows: Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam, Odissi, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Kathakali, Sattriya, Manipuri and are the classical dances of India. So get ready to dance 🙂
In northern India the meal is eaten with rotis which is an Indian bread and chapatis which is an omelet, and in southern India the dishes contain more rice. For more information you can read our guide on the 15 dishes of traditional foods of India.
The climate of India, what is the best time to travel to India?
India is a country that if you really want to visit, you have to know what time of year to go. India has three main seasons which are hot, monsoonal and cold. The best time to visit India is therefore between September and April. It is the time when it is cold and in areas where there are deserts the climate is less hot and you can walk on foot without having to endure the unbearable heat of India. I tell you that the temperature in India in these months can vary between 20 to 35 degrees Celsius, but in the hot season where the heat is unbearable in India the temperature can go up to 45 degrees Celsius. If you want to know the best time to visit India and the climate of each tourist region during the year, you can read our guide on the climate of India.
The Festivals of India
Live joy in India. Many people go to India specifically to participate in its festivals. Going to a festival in India is experiencing something different. In India, there are many festivals during the year, but some are more important than others. Of the most important are: Diwali, Khump Mela, Holi, Independence Day, and Republic Day. What you are going to love the most is Holi, which is the festival of colours where people in the street paint themselves with colours, they walk in the street, in these moments you can see an infinite joy in the face of everyone you will meet on your way. Diwali is a festival of light where the streets of India will seem to you like in a magical story because you will see lights on all sides, it is something spectacular. In our guide Festivals in India, Live the Joy! You can read more about the festivals of India, what time of year they are celebrated, why they are celebrated and what experience you can have in each one.
10 experiences that you have to live if you go to India.
Your vacations in India cannot only consist of resting, going to the beach if you go in the tropical season, or eating delicious Indian food. You must also experience the magic of the places in India. There are 10 experiences you must have in India, like living the history of hundreds of years in Agra, Uttar Pradesh or falling in love with the sunset in Udaipur or living the history of hundreds of years in Agra, Uttar Pradesh by visiting the Taj Mahal, the mausoleum of Itimad-ud-Daulah, the tomb of Chini Ka Rauza… We strongly recommend that you live these experiences. And if you are a fan of nature, you can get excited in front of the Valley of Flowers, Uttarakhand in India or take an excursion in Kerala. For more information you can read our guide on the 10 experiences you must have in India.
Transportation in India
If you go to a place you should know how you can move. Indian transportation is quite different from what we have in Europe. Yes, it is true that you should practice your patience since transportation in India is somewhat complicated. In this country, there are several means of transportation that are trains, buses, tuctuc, rickshaws, taxis, motorcycles, camels, jeeps, the subway and even cars. You can rent a car or motorcycle to get around, but for medium or long distances the most common means of transport in India is the train.
Bus travel is very common for short distances, you can find private companies with buses that are like new, with air conditioning, but we also want to point out that a new bus does not mean that it will always have air conditioning.
The tuctuc are small cars that go from one point to another, they do not travel long distances. Something that will surprise you is that the elephant is also used as a means of transportation in some areas of India. For more information, you can read our guide on transportation in India.
The delicious food of India
Indian gastronomy is very varied and full of flavours. Many seasonings and spices are used in Indian food. They have some typical dishes that you will love. The way of cooking is different from our way of cooking. The food is always accompanied by a sauce, sometimes rotis, which is a typical Indian bread, or rice. Rice is an important dish in Indian cuisine. To cite traditional dishes we can mention the tandoori chicken, which is roasted chicken in the oven with spices, and the pakora, which is a snack and is a dish of fried vegetables with a mixture of chickpea flour. As international dishes from India, we can mention the Samosa, a dish of dumplings stuffed with potato, onion, peas and other vegetables depending on who prepares it. It is served with cumin and spicy. There is also talk of chicken tikka masala, which is one of the most international Indian recipes. For more information, you can read our guide on the 15 Super Delicious Traditional Food Dishes of India.
This art is one of the main and oldest in Hindu culture. Mehndi is the temporary application of henna as a skin decoration in India. You also see this type of art in Pakistan and Bangladesh, and also in the expatriate communities of those countries. They are called henna tattoos, but in India Henna is traditionally applied during special occasions such as weddings and Muslim parties or during festivals. This art is performed in a traditional way with a henna paste in which powdered henna obtained from the dried leaves of the henna plant is mixed, mixed with lemon juice, black tea, eucalyptus oil and sugar. Do not worry, you will not have any allergies since it is a mixture that is prepared only with natural ingredients, which minimizes possible cases of allergies. But before the tattoo is done, a small amount of the paste will be applied to the skin and you will have to wait a few minutes to confirm that there will be no allergic reaction. In our article on the arts of India, we talk in more detail about the mehndi, which is considered an art in honour of a goddess.
For more information, you can read our guide on Mehndi art in India.
Recommended vaccinations before going to India
There are no mandatory vaccinations for those who want to go to India, but, although India is a country full of mystery, history, flavours and activities such as festivals and celebrations, it must be borne in mind that health in India is not the same as in Europe or other big countries. India is ranked among the countries where pollution is quite high. This means that there is a lot of fumes from cars that move from one point to another, there are many of them that are not in good condition, the dust that exists, the tropical climate, the existence of animals such as camels, elephants and others In an environment where people live, all of this causes diseases to which our body is not accustomed. There are certain recommendations that we want to give you to protect you from any type of disease.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs first of all recommends that anyone who wants to travel to India get vaccinated against hepatitis A, tetanus and typhoid fever to avoid any problems on their trip. If you prefer, you can consult your doctor and ask about how to solve this process. It is also advisable to get vaccinated against Yellow Fever, especially if you are going to spend a lot of time in India, but also against Polio and take measures against cholera and dengue.
Always carry an emergency kit to protect yourself. In this medicine cabinet, in addition to putting medicines against the diseases mentioned above, you can have a good antiseptic soap, and apply it to the little ones several times a day and, as we already know, always before each meal. Also think about taking a good antibacterial dry gel type soap that you can apply at any time of the day. In our article the recommended vaccinations before going to India you can read more about how to protect yourself when you travel to India, what to bring and why to get vaccinated.
You already know what you need to visit India: your valid passport, your visa, your emergency kit, and your camera for the beautiful photos you will take. Let the adventure begin! You can process your visa with us and you will get your visa within 5 days, but most of our clients have obtained their visas within 72 hours.
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