After travelling around Northern India for 21 days, we've learned a little about what makes a happy trip so I've gathered together a list of tips to help with both the preparation and planning for the perfect trip. From visas to health considerations, these tips will help you get used to the cultural differences between the UK and Northern India.

  • Make sure you get your tourist visas in good time. You'll also need to check that your passport has enough time left on it. Check when you're organising your visa.
  • Make sure your injections are up to date.
  • Travel adaptors are European and there are charging points in all hotels, trains and some buses.
  • Most hotels have free WIFI.
  • You can't take money out of India. We took cash and changed it as and when needed. There are ATMs available too at most places but a lot were broken.
  • Buy the local mosquito spray (odomos) while you're in India. It's better than the stuff you can buy in the UK.
  • Use anti-histamine tablets or locally bought calamine lotion to stop bites itching.
  • Only drink bottled water and drink lots of it.
  • If you get diarrhoea mix up a solution of water, lemon, sugar and salt to rehydrate yourself (tip from local doctor)
  • Take hand sanitizer gel with you and use it before every meal.
  • When sleeping on overnight trains, use your rucksack as a pillow to protect against theft.
  • Take toilet rolls with you and carry at all times.
  • Agree prices before starting any activities.
  • Don't walk alone at night. Use a trusted rickshaw, tuk-tuk or taxi driver to transport you around.
  • Allow plenty of time for travel as traffic is horrendous and things rarely start on time.
  • Women should cover their knees and shoulders. Many Indian men will stare at Western ladies as they are curious so minimise this for your own good by keeping covered up.
  • Be aware that pretty much everyone is trying to make money out of tourists so be very careful of being scammed.
  • Lastly, be mentally prepared for the difference in culture, smell, hygiene, traffic and noise. It's a wonderful country but this can be a shock to the system when you first arrive.

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