India is beautiful.
It will surprise you in many pleasant and less comfortable ways. Here are some pros and cons of traveling in India.
The pros of traveling in India
1. Cheap food & accommodation
You can either go to fancy restaurants, choose for high-end accommodation in India and pay a high price. Or you can, if you want to, go for cheap stays and eat local Indian food for a small price. The difference between cheap and expensive is huge in India and this is a benefit if you can manage to be happy with a basic room and cheap Indian food.
2. India will allow you to travel light
In India, you not necessarily have to bring a lot of travel gear unless you are planning on going hiking in the snowy peaks of the Himalayas. The rest of the country has a warm climate so you don’t need to bring a lot of clothing. Traveling with a light backpack allows you to get around more easily and if you run short of clothing or travel gear, you can always buy new goods in India.
3. Get astonished by India’s cultures & religions
Culture and religion is life in India. It’s everywhere and you get to see features of it everywhere and all the time. There are many temples and many Indians still wear traditional clothing and during the early mornings and late evenings, you can hear prayers in the background on the city noises. Culture and tradition in India still warm peoples hearts and it will also warm your heart if you put your mind to it.
4. Transport is good and affordable
Getting in around in India is easy, it can be cheap and there is always a bus or train to your next destination. If you prefer a bit more comfort, you can opt for a higher class AC train seat or a private driver. But taking a (sleeper) bus or a sleeper class train seat is good enough and it will save you a lot of money.
5. Treasures of natural beauty
India holds a few climates and when it comes to natural beauty, there are many options you have. You can visit the desert, climb high peaks in the Himalayas, wander in jungles or big urban cities. If you want to spend some time on the beach, Goa is a great option. Within a country like India, you can spend a lot of time visiting every corner. And every corner will reward you with a different kind of natural beauty.
The cons of traveling in India
1. It’s a huge country
Getting around by plane in India is the quickest option for traveling long distances, but it’s often cheaper if you take a bus or train. However, it might take you very long to get from one place to another by traveling over the land. If you are planning on traveling around India by bus or train, keep in mind that you will have to spend many hours on the road because of all the long-distances.
2. Getting used to Indian food
Indian food is abundant everywhere in India. You will need to be able to enjoy a lot of curries because they use their spices well, but for a foreigner, you might not be used to these spices in the same way. It might happen that you get dull of Indian food after a few weeks. Make sure to try out different curries and get some variation in your meals. Tip: Malai kofta is a recommended Indian dish to try out!
3. Overall hygiene
Travel in India will ask a lot of you in the beginning. There are open sewers on the street and you will see garbage in some areas. The tap water is not safe to drink for a foreigner and the restrooms are not always super clean. You will need to take care of your personal hygiene. Always wash your hands, only drink bottled water (only sealed bottles) and try to filter out the less pleasant sights with it comes to hygiene to fully enjoy your holiday in India.
4. The loud Indian traffic
The traffic can be loud in India. Honking is common and everybody honks for about any reason. It can become annoying after a while when you walk in the smaller streets. Try not to get annoyed too much because of the traffic. The traffic here is unique and it will really surprise you in pleasant and less pleasant ways.