Travelling to India is often considered as unsafe or rather arduous by foreigners as well as locals! One of the reason being the myths about India that have gained popularity in other countries as well as in different states within the country. Sadly, people believe that traveling to India will only bring them annoyance, inconvenience, and strife.
But, hey! That’s not true!
India has so much more to offer than the inconvenience one believe they will face. It has vast beaches, calming lakes, picturesque landscapes, and amazing architecture, one of the seven wonders, warm and welcoming people, adventurous treks, great falls, majestic rivers, world-class facilities, natural calm and much more.
Mainly because of the distorted notion of the country, that is based on myths about India which are mostly untrue, people shy away from packing their bags and traveling across the magical land.
SOME OF THE COMMON MYTHS ABOUT INDIA WHICH ARE NOT TRUE ARE
- INDIAN IS A LANGUAGE
Ha-ha of course not. There are numerous languages being spoken throughout the country. Hindi, being the most commonly used across the states.
2. ALL INDIAN FOOD ARE SPICY
Indian food will make one run to the loo owing to its spicy content. Well that’s not true at all. There’s some crazy spicy stuff out there like bhoot jolokia or naga chilly and then there’s the calming South Indian curd rice which chills the tummy. The foods in North East Indian states are also mostly devoid of spices.
3. INDIA IS HOT AND SWEATY
Well, to be honest the humidity in India is at a higher level but then again India has some of the most diverse weather. From great mountain ranges of Himalayas, to sunny beaches which one can see in the West or South, to deserts in the West and rain forests in the East, not to forget the natural beauty of the north-eastern states. Accordingly the climatic conditions vary within the country. It’s up to the travelers which part of the country they want to explore.
4. INDIA IS A COUNTRY FOR HINDU PEOPLE
As a matter of fact, India is a secular country housing people from all religions and sect. Every religion and every culture is given equal importance and status in our diverse nation.
5. INDIANS HAVE A FUNNY ACCENT
Anybody speaking a language other than their mother tongue most probably has an accent and I think we should be proud of it.
6. INDIANS ONLY KNOW ONE LANGUAGE WHICH IS HINDI
Well, it’s not true. English is one of the official languages and is actually the main language which connects people from across the country.
7. UNAVAILABILITY OF NON INDIAN CUISINES
Having the best of Non Indian cuisines is so easy with branded outlets at every nook and corner of the prominent cities that I don’t even have to bust this myth actually.
8. INDIA IS UNSAFE FOR FEMALE TRAVELERS
Being a local, I am aware of the various threats that Indian women and foreign visitors face alike: staring, groping, stalking, and most seriously, rape. With such threats forever hanging over a female traveler’s head, it makes sense to wonder if India is worth the worry and hassle.
One reason: No country will fascinate you more than magnificent India.
While one might encounter men who would stare inappropriately but there are countless others who in no way treats women as a sexual object: farmers and drivers, shopkeepers and waiters, teachers and officers. men with warmth, kindness, and compassion. All we need is to be cautious and respectful towards the local culture. India is worth it !!
TIPS FOR A FIRST TIME TRAVELER
1.Avoid drinking tap water.
2. Let your stomach acclimatize for a few days before launching into a street food feast.
3. Anti-bacterial wipes and anti-bacterial gel are handy to keep in the day bag for a last minute clean up before eating with your fingers.
4. Pick the perfect route
India packs a lot into a massive space, and one will never have time to see it all in one trip. Tailor the trip according to ones interests. Be realistic about how much one can fit in.
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