In the imagination of Westerners, this great country is associated with a whole bunch of often misleading images, which means that it has been difficult to perfectly understand what we will find there. And if you don’t know a country, you’re apprehensive about going there. And yet, it only takes a little information to allay all fears!
First of all, it should be noted that India is very diverse, the populations of the North are not the same as in the South, and there are many differences between the inhabitants according to their place of residence, in their lifestyles, their traditions, etc. You may even feel like you are visiting different countries just by taking the train from one region to another. As for popular images like these women with colourful saris or these views of temples on the edge of vegetation or bordering the water, yes, they will indeed see them, so there is no need to hesitate, do not worry and fly to India, you will be welcome.
How to get there?
The easiest solution is to choose a tour package and let you be guided. Many tour operators offer destinations in India but often in Northern India, more rarely in Southern India. The other solution is the “backpacker” method, by far the most economical and pleasant as long as you enjoy adventure and are healthy. For example; from France, the flight ticket will cost you between 560 and 1000 euros depending on the season. Feel free to compete with other airlines. Most flights from Paris arrive in Mumbai (Bombay) or Delhi. Domestic routes provide connections to many regional airports. Remember that some airlines require confirmation of the return flight at least 72 hours in advance.
Be scrupulous about your hygiene in India. Wash your hands as often as possible and especially before eating. Avoid drinking tap water. A small medicine kit will be useful for small problems (aspirin, dressings, antidiarrheal, antiseptic, sterile needles, water purifying tablets…) Once there, remember to protect yourself against mosquitoes. India is indeed in an endemic malaria area. Feel free to ask your doctor for an antimalarial drug. Sleep under a mosquito net that you have bought and treated before you leave.
If you wear glasses or contact lenses, consider taking a double one.
There are no compulsory vaccines to enter India, but some will not be superfluous: diphtheria, tetanus, polio, hepatitis A and B, typhoid. For more information, contact a vaccination centre. If you travel during the hot season, make sure you drink often and eat a balanced diet. If you’re worried about not getting used to Indian cuisine, take vitamin supplements with you.
Have a roll of toilet paper and soap handy (you will find these items almost everywhere). Don’t think that travelling to India will endanger your health. All you have to do is follow a few simple hygiene rules to make everything go smoothly.