Different sets of travelers will have different experiences, based on many factors. But one thing which all should bear in mind is that India is a challenge, and a state of mind.
India does not exist to suit you. If you want to embrace India, it is your duty to accept that this chaos is a way of life and way of thinking that you, the foreigner, must learn to live with in order to get to India’s blessings.
People will stare at you...
|Boy at a Chai Walla (tea stall) in Mumbai|
|Curious Boy in Rural Rajasthan|
[Single women, be aware that men may try to touch you (they seem to think we don't mind...let them know clearly if you DO mind).]
|This Young Mumbai Shopkeeper Called Out "Take my photo, Miss!"|
Try to learn a bit of the language and culture.
Learn the value of the currency and local going rates!
Don't be afraid to make stupid mistakes (this one is particularly difficult for me).
|Rajasthani Men at Kumbhalgarh Fort, Rajasthan|