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Summer of 2015 – A Travelers guide to India
Thursday, April 23, 2015 7:37:29 AM America/Chicago
Summer of 2015 is now fully here, the sun is beating down on you and you have nowhere to hide but there is always a way to hide isn’t there? What clothes to wear? Where to eat? What to avoid? The burning question is when is the right time to do things? So here is the list of things for a travellers visiting India during its summer season..
- If you are traveling to India, carry minimal clothing – bring in more of cottons and avoid wearing something that shows too much skin, as you don’t want your body to be two shaded.
- A bag or soft-sided rucksack is a more practical option than hard cases when traveling around the country. Combine it with a foldaway day sack that will carry your essentials on day trips.
- In the big cities like Ahmedabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, etc you can wear shorts but we wouldn't recommend it.
- Take a white cotton salwar kameez and some full-sleeved kurtis for comfortable traveling, as heavy clothing will be difficult to wear for most travel within India.
- Full-sleeved clothes are ideal protection against sun tan during the day and mosquito bites at night.
- Be sure to have good sturdy shoes with you since your feet will get dusty and dirty while traveling.
- Sleeveless kurtis, if decent can be worn without any problems but they give less protection from the sun and mosquitos.
- If you are traveling out of the main tourist areas, the best and most comfortable wear are the local loose pants and long top called Lehengas, readily available and very reasonably priced.
- A sunhat is a must for the summer, and an umbrella is great for the rain and sun.
- Quality sunglasses are a must too.
- Make sure you take a good sunscreen with you because you will need it all the time.
- If you are traveling by train a pashmina or sweater will come in handy as the air conditioning can be fierce. For long or overnight journeys you will also benefit from earplugs, an eye mask and your own toilet roll. Your own cotton sleeper sheet is advisable too in case of bed bugs.
- Swimwear, take it with you as it's difficult to get and expensive as Indians never use or wear it.
- If you're trekking, merino wool is a good choice to wear against your skin as it naturally helps to regulate your body temperature. It keeps you warm in the cold, wicks away moisture when it's hot, and doesn't retain odours - even after prolonged wearing.
- Away from the main hotels toilet facilities will be basic and more likely a hole in the ground, take your own toilet paper and anti-bacterial handwash.
- No matter how good a sleeper you are we suggest you pack ear plugs this can feel like a country that never sleeps.
- Don’t drink or even brush your teeth in tap water. Consider taking a Water-to-Go Filtration Water Bottle.
- And another tip for trying to avoid "Delhi belly" is to have a mouth full of antiseptic mouthwash when you shower.
As the saying goes in India, “Atithi Devo Bhava” which means guests is equivalent to gods and is to be worshipped. If only the same theory could be applied to the services that tourists get to see then India would be a traveller’s paradise.
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