India survival guide I

India is country where everything is possible. Even time travel is feasible here, especially in Delhi! Not many cities have seen so many different rural periods in the past as Delhi. It’s a city where grandiose monuments and tombs still smell of moguls and where elegant New Delhi alleys are rubbing shoulders with bungalows from British reign. There is so much to experience in Delhi – it’s like a country itself.

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In Delhi traffic gets a whole new meaning. If one can drive here, one can drive anywhere. And for the full experience make sure to honk as many times as possible:) I would say that the best way to get around is using these infamous rickshaws (tuk tuks), which might not suit for everyone. But they are the quickest when it comes to traveling around the city. Another quick option is metro, but the stations are often super crowded and there are too many pickpockets, so one needs to be extra careful. And the last but not least option would be an official taxi or a private car. Taxis are also reasonably priced, even on long distances, but due to the traffic in New Delhi they are often the slowest option. I decided to use a private car service for one day, but unfortunately my driver wasn’t very cooperative. What upset me was the fact that the driver showed no interest entertaining my wishes, instead he took me to places he felt I needed to visit. I always plan my points of visit well ahead, so I always have a rough idea what I am going to do the next day, but that day I saw nothing!

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Dressing in India is fairly important and the keyword here is modesty. They say that in Delhi it’s fine to wear shorts and tops, but to avoid any extra attention I recommend leaving them home. Cropped tops are acceptable only under saris! When walking around the city one can see people wearing mainly traditional clothing, women are in saris, men in loose trousers and plain shirts. What I love about this culture – one can never be too colourful! I was tempted to get a sari myself, but having seen the effort that goes into putting it on AND that it’s even more complex to make sure it will stay where it needs to stay, I decided to go for a traditional dress. And ironically – I got a black one!

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