Travelling in India
From the Thar desert to the tropical lagoons of the south, the Arabian sea coastline to the majestic Himalaya, travelling in India offers a headache-inducing variety of cultures and landscapes. Colourful festivals, fantastic ruins, rich and diverse wildlife…it’s difficult to know where to start. On the flip side, first-time travellers can be faced by an overwhelming barrage of noise, dirt and touts.
Getting out of the cities is a good way to escape some of the chaos. It’s important not to try and cram in too much in one go when travelling in India. You’ll just have to go back next year.
An upset stomach is common, particularly if it’s your first time travelling to India. Only drink bottled water, or swap it for coconut water in the south; avoid fruit that you can’t peel yourself; and try and eat in places packed with locals.
Travelling in India itself can be done by rail, in spite of the vast distances; the Rajdhani Express connects Delhi with most other state capitals. You’re as likely to encounter chickens as people on the trains, which are bursting with life; and for long haul journeys, you’ll get tea in bed and some fantastic views. Our favourite is the Himalayan Toy Train from Siliguri to Darjeeling.
People who go travelling in India tend to go back again and again and again. Hoping to inspire you to do the same, here is Mpora’s India travel guide and top tips.