Traveling To India From A Native’s Perspective

Chaotic, overwhelming, and beautiful is how I, as a foreigner would describe India, a South Asian country with a rising population. But I also believe that India is so much more than those three words. So how is India really?

This is from Krupa J., a native Indian who used to live in Kerala, a state on India’s tropical Malabar Coast and is known for its palm trees and beaches.

Here are two pictures of the beautiful Kerala:

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So without further ado, let’s learn more about India from her!

  • What language should foreign travelers learn before traveling to India?

I think foreign travelers should know English or Hindi since most people in India can understand those two languages.

  • Do you think it is safe to travel solo? (As for both male and female)

It’s not safe to travel solo as a woman in India.

  • What currency should travelers use while traveling to India?

They should use rupees (₹1 = $0.015)

However, foreign currencies are accepted at most money exchange facilities. I would recommend to carry some money in dollars and exchange it because if they don’t know how to use rupees, they might get tricked. Also, there are ATM and money exchange places near tourist sights as well, so exchanging currencies should be easy. 

  • Can you talk about Indian weather?

Weather in India varies dramatically. The Northern part of India is covered with snow. The Southern States and the Western States have a tropical monsoonal climate, while the Eastern States is hot. Therefore, the best time to travel to India will usually depend greatly on the destination that you want to travel to. 

  • Any recommended places for travelers to visit?

I would recommend places like Mumbai, Delhi, Goa, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Kerala from which I have traveled. These places are warm and there are many beaches.

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Humayun’s Tomb in Mumbai

And check this out 10 pictures that truly define Mumbai!

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Goa, known for its beautiful beaches (5 beaches in Goa that foreigners love!)

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This is the famous Taj Mahal in Delhi, but Delhi is more than just the Taj Mahal, so check this link out  Things to Do & Attractions in New Delhi

  • Best time to go to India?

I would say that the best time to go to India is during winter, so from October to March. It is when the weather is relatively cool and pleasant in most places. From the end of February, the weather is really hot in India. The summer in India is always hot, sunny and dry. 

  • Any interesting festivals that travelers should attend?

I think they should attend Holi (Festival of colors), Diwali (Festival of lights). These two are my favorite festivals. But it would depend on their interest in culture and religion.

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Holi is a Hindu spring festival, also known as the “festival of colors” or the “festival of love”

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Diwali or Deepavali is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated every year in autumn in the northern hemisphere

  • And finally, what are some Indian foods that you think travelers must eat while they are in India?

Well, Vegetable Pulao, Chole Bhature, Chicken biryani, Kaju Katli, Marzipan, Ladoo, Kaju Katli, Almond Halwa, Jalebi, and Peda. They are all good. 

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