(Closed) Travel to India- anoyone? Advice needed!

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Post # 4
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  • Wedding: May 2014

topeonyornottopeony:  I was there in December/January.  It was HOT but the weather was unpredicatble.  I suggst layers.  There are places that require modesty (covered shoulders, knee length skirts or pants).

The cost of things is all over the place.  It’s crazy crowded and LOUD!

Post # 5
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Worker bee

For business casual, slacks or a knee length skirt with a nice blouse or shirt will work fine. For sightseeing pack linen and other lightweight or natural fabrics; avoid strappy spaghetti tops and short shorts but mostly anything else is fine. Be sure to carry a shawl or cardigan because the air conditioning can be brutal and it doubles as a head covering if you plan on visiting any temples, etc. Remember to drink only bottled water and enjoy the visit! India is a little ‘too much’ of everything and as far as assaults on the senses go, people tend to love or hate it so if you go in with an open mind you should enjoy the trip!

Post # 7
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topeonyornottopeony:  we loved it.  Bottled water is a must.  Also be cautious of fresh fruit unless you’re staying at a really high end hotel where it’ll be imported.  Foods with high water content can make you sick the same as the water can.

We found that bottled water was pretty cheap and easy to come by most places.

Post # 9
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Busy bee

topeonyornottopeony:  I would visit the forums at trip advisor. it’s a heavily trafficed site so you’ll get tons of travelling advice there!

Post # 10
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topeonyornottopeony:  I’ve never been, but know several people who have (for business and personal) and all said it was a great experience. There is beauty and magnificence, but also poverty that most people in the west don’t see very often. I’m jealous — I hope you have a wonderful time!

Also, google “squat toilet”.

Post # 11
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Helper bee

topeonyornottopeony:  Ohh lucky!!! I spent a few months in Bangalore for work and loved it (mostly)! I had a hard time packing too. I ended up wearing lightweight knee-length dresses or tailored cotton pants every day- both for work and sight seeing. Sandals are a necessity- women even wear them to work. (Bring a few pairs with you. The ones they sell there are poor quality and come in tiny sizes only.) There are tons of shopping malls everywhere, filled with familiar stores like Zara, but the Western clothes cost more than they would at home.

Even though Bangalore is a pretty modern city, I still didn’t feel comfortable wearing shorts, thin-strapped tank tops, or skirts above the knee (even with pantyhose). Some of the women in my group did but it attracted negative attention. People always stared at us no matter what, but it was usually in friendly, curious way- some even politely asked to take pictures with us. Celeb status 😉

Bring at least one light weight scarf. (You can buy more there- they’re so beautiful!) It is crazy dusty and you’ll want to cover your face a bit walking on the sidewalk or riding in a tuktuk.

Where are you going exactly? This advice might not be relevant for other parts of India- I think the regions are all a bit different. Ahh I’m so jealous! Eat lots of palak paneer for me. The stuff we have in the states is just NOT the same. If you have any more questions, shoot em my way 🙂 

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