When people think of India, they usually picture the northern portion of the country — New Delhi, Agra or Rajasthan. While those destinations are famous for a reason, South India shouldn’t be overlooked. In particular, the ancient spice trading center of Kochi offers visitors a glimpse at a part of India with a completely different language, culture and history than the North.
India is at once fascinating and overwhelming, with new sights, sounds, smells and experiences at every turn. It’s possibly the most different place you could possibly visit, and to ensure your trip is as rewarding as possible, here are a few tips on what not to do in India.
Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan and India’s first planned city, known for its pink hued architecture, colorful bazaars and rugged desert landscape, makes up the third point (along with Delhi and Agra) in India’s Golden Triangle. Named after founder, warrior and astrologer Maharaja Jai Singh II, much of Jaipur was built in just eight years starting in 1727.
No matter where you go in India, you’ll find diverse cultures, colorful markets, beautiful monuments and a religious fervor that permeates daily life. Make your trip to India the rewarding cultural experience it should be by taking a few simple health and safety precautions while you travel.
Varanasi, one of the oldest and most sacred cities on earth and a major pilgrimage site in India, hugs the banks of the Ganges River where much of daily life happens along the city’s 100-odd ghats. Locals and pilgrims come to these waterfront steps to bathe, perform rituals, meditate.
While India may not sound at first like the ideal family destination, traveling with your children there exposes them (and you) to an entirely foreign culture and way of life very different from what you’re used to. Traveling to India with kids can be a very rewarding experience for everyone involved, especially if you take some time to adequately prepare for some of the challenges Indian travel poses.