Recently, many tourists have been attracted to India, where vacations provide an opportunity to immerse yourself in a unique color, get acquainted with ancient history, which gave us many things we love – incense, spices, tea and much more. It has been making travelers fall in love with it for hundreds of years, and in recent years it has been actively developing in the tourist direction, offering its guests a varied vacation.
Pros and Cons of India
Holidays in India, like in many other countries, have their advantages and disadvantages.
- Amazing national flavor
- Wide shopping opportunities
- Lots of interesting sights
- Local products like incense, spices, tea and cosmetics are very popular, despite the fact that the original ones are sold only directly in India.
- Almost everywhere people speak English, and in some places they also speak Russian, especially in Goa
- All prices are very low.
- Beautiful beaches are suitable for families with children, but this applies more to Goa
- The climate is very pleasant during the season.
- There is something to do at any time of the year
- Lots of fun really
- Nature is really beautiful
- Visa required (except Goa)
- Big cities are very dirty.
- Rest specifically in Goa will not let you feel the real Indian flavor
- The beach season is short, in the second half of summer it is already uncomfortable to relax
- Fraud and theft common
- Many do not like the mentality of the locals
- Noise and unsanitary conditions do not allow you to relax with children comfortably outside the resort towns
As a result, we can conclude that Goa is a great place for a comfortable beach holiday, and India as a whole is suitable for those who want to enjoy Indian flavor and plunge into Eastern culture, accepting all its shortcomings.
According to toppharmacyschools.org, the year in India is divided into three seasons – summer from March to June, a long rainy season from June to September and winter from November to February. It is generally characterized by high humidity in summer and dryness in winter, like any country in the monsoon climate zone. Since the country occupies a large area, the temperature in different regions is very different, and in the mountainous area there is generally a zone with a special high-altitude climate.
In the highlands of the Himalayas, of course, the temperature can drop below and even reach sub-zero levels.
Frequently asked Questions
How to choose a hotel?
The standard classification of hotels in India does not apply, but the following parallels can be drawn:
- Budget / tourist class = 2-3*
- Standard = 3*
- Superior = 3-4*
- First = 4-5*
- Delax = 5*+.
In general, hotels are of a high standard, there are many Ayurvedic hotels-clinics where you can not only relax, but also improve your health. Spa is available in almost all hotels. Guests are always welcome, the staff is very attentive and friendly. All this applies to hotels in Goa, except that in the North the level of service is slightly worse, but the prices for accommodation are much lower. There are many guesthouses in India – small low-rise private hotels with a homely atmosphere and inexpensive accommodation.
What to take with you to India?
In general, the set is standard. If you are going to the beach in the summer, then do not forget the cream, hat, sunburn and sunglasses. Be sure to put medicines for gastric disorders in the first aid kit – Indian cuisine is very specific, and not every stomach can handle it. If you are planning a hike in the Himalayas, make sure you have warm clothes and comfortable shoes for long walks in the mountains. Sometimes the electricity is cut off in cities, so a flashlight will not be superfluous.
What to do in case of emergency?
In case of emergency, emergency numbers:
- 100 – police;
- 101 – fire;
- 102 ambulance.
The staff speaks English. In case of serious problems, you should contact the Russian Embassy by phone: + (91-11) 268-737-99, + (91-11) 2467-85-64 (consular department). It is worth calling there if you lose your passport and other documents.
When is the best time to go to India?
In India, you can relax at any time – it all depends on the purpose of the holiday. The period from December to February is suitable for swimming, with optimal temperatures and lack of rain. From April to October it is very hot and rainy, this is the most uncomfortable time. In Goa, many have a rest all year round. It is not suitable for sightseeing – you can only stay in the northern mountainous regions. For excursions, the best time is from November to March, when there is no rain. You should get into the mountains from April to November, since at other times many routes are covered with snow. Skiing is available from December to May.
How are things with cellular communications?
Cellular communication in India is cheap, so it will be more profitable to buy a local SIM card. A call to Russia will cost you only about 10 centers per minute. Remember that each state has its own tariffs, and if you move from state to state, it makes sense to buy a new SIM card in each. There are a lot of operators, the most popular are Airtel, Idea and Vodafone. All of them fish well, including in Goa.