It is easy for travellers to stereotype a nation based on its popular attractions and culture as shown by global media. However, if you are one who truly likes to have in-depth travel experiences, breakaway from the following myths and plan a fulfilling trip to India.
- Myth #1 – Taj Mahal is the Highlight of India
While there is no doubt that visiting the Taj Mahal can be an awe inspiring experience for all, there are a dozen of other sites in the country that are sure to bring out a similar reaction among tourists. If you truly wish to go into the depths of Mogul architecture during your travels in India you may also find charming wonders scattered in New Delhi, Fatehpur Sikri and parts of Rajasthan. Besides this, Udaipur, Ranakpur and even parts of South India should be considered when charting out your journey.
- Myth #2 – You Need to Haggle Everywhere but in Government-Run Stores
First of all, many tourists find it confusing to determine if a shop is government-run or not. Depending on where you are, you may not necessarily need to haggle on the prices, especially if the prices on the items are well marked. However, if you are in a tourist area and buying tourist-marketed souvenirs, you may need to bring out your haggling skills.
- Myth #3 – Yoga Experiences are Easy to Find
While this may not be exactly a myth, international tourists find it challenging to find the exact style of yoga that they are familiar with back home. Take into account that yoga as a practice is very wide spread and differs from region to region. Ask you tour operator for recommendations on reliable yoga retreats in and around the cities you are visiting.
- Myth #4 – You Cannot Leave India Without Visiting Rajasthan
If you love to explore palaces, sweet food, lakes and dessert lands, Rajasthan is definitely a state that must appear on your list. However, understand that India has something for every kind of traveller. If you love to explore big cities, you may wish to head to Delhi or Mumbai. If hill sides are your thing, you may want to skip Rajasthan entirely and spend your limited time exploring Himachal Pradesh instead.
Many tourists also assume that women are only allowed to wear ankle-length skirts and pants while in India. It is important to note that dressing appropriately and respectfully mean different things in different parts of the country. While you can dress down in Goa or a night club in Mumbai, you may have to adhere to norms while visiting temples in South India.