Thursday, March 30, 2006


Travelling in India can be tiring as one has to adapt to the crowds, noises, spicy food, warmth, bugs, stares, animals, smells, traffic, diseases, pollution, gigantism, diversity, lack of privacy, poverty, beggars, touts, etc.

At one point or another, you will be pushed out of your comfort zone. For me, being continuously observed (well, stared at!) was definitely the biggest hassle.

To fully enjoy the country, take your own needs into account. This would differ from person to person and might include: avoiding large cities if crowds make you uncomfortable, taking vitamins if your new diet makes you feel weak, deciding in advance on your "beggar policy" if you struggle with insisting beggars, etc.

And be open-minded!

What would prevent you to go to India?

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Mohan said...

Every human is supposed to be socially adaptive, coz nothin is permanent in this life. Crowds, noises, pollution, etx are common phenomenons in this world. u cant go away from them.

erasmus-in-india said...

"Crowds, noises, pollution, etc are common phenomenons in this world". True, but those phenomenons are particularly present in India...

"Every human is supposed to be socially adaptive". True again, but some human beings have a tough time to adapt to a new environment. India is so different that some people simply cant handle the chock.

Anonymous said...

Interesting post. There are other books about "travel madness" in India, such as "Global Nomads" written by Anthony D'Andrea. Cheers.