9 Summer Travel Tips For First-Time Travellers To India!
Are you travelling to India for the first time? Worry not. Read through our carefully curated list of summer travel tips that will help you cope with Indian summers!
9 Useful Indian Summer Travel Tips You Will Thank Us For!
Some of these summer travel tips will not only give you interesting tips to handle the heat, but will also help you deal with what it is like to travel in India, in general. Regardless of the weather, be it summer or winter, some of these tips is going to make your life easier. Wondering what? Read on!
1. Minimise Your Usage Of Air-Conditioning
A common mistake made by travellers is that they unknowingly expose their bodies to extreme temperatures. It is only natural to fall sick if you keep oscillating between air-conditioned rooms and sunny roads. Imagine how you’d feel if you were to step out of a freezer and walk right into a furnace! That’s how your body would feel when you keep going in and out of AC rooms during India’s peak summers. You will only end up feeling twice as hot and twice as tired since you are not letting your body adapt to the heat naturally.
Our Summer Travel Tip:
Don’t set the AC temperature too low. Adjust it no less than 5 degrees of that outside, or simply avoid using the AC altogether. Try using ceiling fans as much as you can, especially before you leave the room. This will help your body cope with the heat outside.
2. Stay Hydrated At All Times
Our list of summer travel tips in India will be incomplete without this point. It’s important that you drink a LOT of water and eat healthy while travelling in India during summer. If you are travelling with the Deccan Odyssey, you can request the staff to make fresh juices for you. You can carry them along when you go sightseeing. Remember, NEVER drink or eat off the street, unless the staff recommends so.
While colourful street stalls look tempting and seem hygienic, they may prove otherwise. Be open to tasting Indian food while in India. But don’t go overboard with spicy food if you are not used to eating them. Eat leafy salads and fresh veggies that aren’t over cooked; rest assured the Deccan Odyssey will take care of your needs.
Healthy Summer Travel Tips:
Go easy on alcoholic and caffeinated beverages, and stay away from red meat while you’re at it.
Opt for freshly made juices instead of canned ones.
Don’t drink tap water, buy bottled water instead, and avoid opting for ice at local food joints.
3. Wear Light & Breathable Clothing
Pure linen and organic cotton will work wonders as they are extremely summer friendly. They are highly absorbent, light-weight, and so breathable – perfect to tackle Indian summers! In our summer travel tips, needless to say, dark colours absorb heat and light-colours such as white, yellow, beige, etc., repel heat and keeps you cool in summers. Buy a pair of traditional Indian Kurta or Salwar Kamez with you if you feel like getting the Desi groove on.
Bonus Summer Travel Tips:
If you want to go all in on the Indian attire, try the Khadi and Hemp clothing. These fabrics are native to India, and are hand spun, skin friendly, and chemical-free. But, make sure that you buy them only from certified brands and stores.
All hell will break loose if you don’t buy genuine Khadi and Hemp fabrics, and won’t serve the purpose of purchase!
4. Go Easy On Hair Products
Sorry to break it to you this way, but Indian summers are not meant for fancy, greasy and heavy hair products. In our list of summer travel tips, this may seem unimportant, but little things like these matter when you are in a sunny, almost burning and crowded street. The hot and humid climate will make your scalp sweat profusely. Sweat, dust and oil will end up mixing with your hair product making a gooey layer.
Our Summer Travel Tips:
Go easy on your usage or use none at all.
You can keep it simple by covering your hair with a scarf or a hat.
Take a cold shower when you get back to your hotel to wash the heat off. You can apply a leave-in conditioner while you sleep.
5. Don’t Cut-Short On Sunscreen & Hand Sanitizers
When you say summer, you say sunscreens and sunglasses! Apply and reapply sunscreen whenever you feel like it. Wear long-sleeved, light clothing to keep you from getting sunburned if you might be spending long-hours outdoors. Remember to carry a pocket-size hand sanitizer and an insect repellent with you at all times.
Summer Vacation Tips To India:
It is preferable to use high SPF (above 40), and water-based sunscreen over an oil-based sunscreen in India, unless you want have greasy skin all day.
6. Do Your Homework & Keep An Open Mind
This goes without saying that India can be intimidating to first-time travellers. The rushing crowd, loud honking of vehicles, vast cultural differences and peoples’ ways of life, in general, will take you aback, and probably leave you stunned. India is a land of diversity, both geographically and culturally, where every state differs drastically from the next.
Did you know, there are 22 major languages in India, written in 13 different scripts, with over 720 dialects? Well, that’s just the beginning. India is eccentric in every way, and has never failed to surprise visitors.
Bonus Tips for First Time Travel to India:
Check your itinerary and learn a little about the places you are going to visit. This will help you understand the whys, who’s and what’s of India, better.
Take your time to familiarise yourself with Indian culture, stay calm and don’t sweat the small stuff.
7. Get Vaccinated
If you are worried that you may get sick when you travel to India, it is essential that you consult your doctor first. Also, get medical advice on your ongoing medical condition that might get worsened if you already have a condition. Senior travellers may be need to take more precautions than others.
Bonus Medical Travel Tip:
Begin taking your vaccinations at least 6 months before you travel. Some procedures take longer than others.
8. Decide When You Want To Visit India
The best time to visit India depends on where you want to go. If you wish to explore India’s famous, Golden Triangle or want to see the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, or the incredible Thar Desert in Rajasthan, winters are your best choice. Also, if you want to visit India’s coastal belt including famous destinations like Goa and Andaman Islands, do it during winters or post-monsoons. Winter falls between November and February, and the pleasantly cool weather will make for a great holiday.
Contrary to popular belief that it is always hot in India, there are places where you can witness snowfall in India during summers! The far-north Indian states in the upper Himalayan ranges is where you must head to, if you want wear winter layers during summers! If extreme cold is not your thing, you can head to the gorgeous hill stations on the lower Himalayan belt, too. The best time to visit hill stations like Manali, Shimla, Nainital, etc. is between late February to June and September to early December.
Bonus Summer Travel Tips:
Most people visit the Southern and North-Eastern states of India during winters, but witnessing rainfall in these places is simply spell-binding. If you have visited India during summers or winters, do plan another visit to witness monsoons in India. The landscapes completely transform during this season; the greenery and the scent of the earth after rainfall will make you wish to stay back forever.
9. Choose A Trustworthy Tour Operator
The biggest mistake that you could do if you are traveling to India for the first time is planning a trip on your own. While it is absolutely fine if you wish to explore on your own, first-timers in India always fall for manipulative scam artists in the streets of Delhi. It’s advisable to have a tour operator manage things for you, rather than wandering around in a crowded city.
Bonus Tips for First Time Travel to India:
Steer clear from auto-rickshaws and local cabs, and use the metro instead. You can download apps like Meru, Ola and Uber cabs instead of using local transport. Use coupons and discounts on your apps to book your hotel stay instead of bargaining on your own. Or simply pre-book your holiday from a trustworthy tour operator (check reviews online first) and lay back.
If you are travelling with the Deccan Odyssey, you have nothing to worry about. You will be in good hands and the staff will take all responsibility of your safety and ease of travel.
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