Is the Indian beach ready for the bikini?

Travel behavior: Do's and don'ts in India

The force of the Indian cities sometimes hits travelers right after getting out of the taxi: busy roads, begging children, intrusive traders. An adequate level of always reacting correctly is sometimes difficult to achieve in the hustle and bustle of everyday life in India. Here is a guide with stumbling blocks and recommendations for India travelers so as not to offend anywhere or to cancel politely and confidently enough.

How do I dress in India?

Weather dependent: Choosing the right clothing depends on the type and time of travel. In general, you should keep in mind that it can be quite cool in Rajasthan from October to February. For longer journeys such as a warm sweater should be ready to hand on the train. A pair of sturdy shoes are recommended for the dusty streets. A head covering helps against the strong rays of the sun.

Respectful clothing: Long trousers and long-sleeved outerwear are required for visiting temples and other holy places. When entering a temple, a mosque or a private house, you take off your shoes and leave them in front of the entrance. Those who find it uncomfortable to walk barefoot should have a pair of socks in their hand luggage.

Otherwise you should walk through the cities covered and appropriately without skirts and pants that are too short, at least your shoulders and knees should be covered with textile, if necessary with a cloth. This applies even more to India's beaches in less touristy areas, especially on the east coast. Here a bikini or swimsuit is practically unthinkable and as a woman you have little fun lying on the beach. On the other hand, it is different on the west coast around Goa and Kerala, where western tourism has long since arrived. There are also many Ayurveda hotels here with private beaches.

Photography in India

The land is full of colors! Saris, markets, bazaars - everything is colorful! Tempting to take photos, but you shouldn't take pictures without the consent of the people - a donation may be required afterwards. Many Indians are still ready and happy about a picture. A fee can be charged for temples and for other religious festivals, restraint is called for when it comes to photography. Especially the cremations at the Ganges Ghats in Varanasi are absolutely taboo! It is generally forbidden to take photographs of military installations, airfields, train stations, bridges and police stations.

Practical tips on how to behave in India

Handshake in greeting
Do not feel offended if an Indian woman hesitates to shake hands with you. Normally in India people do not shake hands, especially women, but greet with “Namaste”, a gesture that is reminiscent of a prayer posture in which the two palms are put together.

Tenderness in public
Public gestures of affection between men and women are not common in India and are viewed particularly disapprovingly by the older generation. So please avoid such caresses in public.

Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
Drug abuse and drug trafficking are strictly prosecuted. Possession of drugs is a serious offense in India and is severely punished! Some states, such as Gujarat, prohibit alcohol consumption by law. In conservative India, it is mostly hotels that have a license to serve. Travelers should not smoke or drink outside in public. Cigarette consumption can be prosecuted as a criminal offense in New Delhi.

Dealing with Begging in India
Alms generate even more beggars, but in no way solve the underlying problems! For these reasons, you shouldn't encourage begging with your generosity. If you really want to do good, ask your tour leader / guide about it and donate money to a school, an orphanage or other institution, but not to street beggars (even if they serve up very active stories!), Because people often sit in the background the real recipients who are not always in need.

Tourist "rip-off"
Beware of prospects who claim to advise you on your shopping spree and negotiate cheap prices for you! In such cases, it is very likely that you will be ripped off (see SIM card purchase).

At table with Indians
Table manners in India are very different from those at home. A typical Indian household may not have plates, knives, forks or spoons at the table. The Indians use the right hand to eat. However, this does not mean that guests cannot use forks or spoons.