India is a beautiful country, blessed with varied landscapes and rich culture and history. However, most people who travel to India or within India have several misconceptions about the nation. Most movies have showcased India as a dirty country and media portrays it as unsafe for women. But are all these preconceived notions about India, that are born in one’s mind due to some negative publicity really true? Well, we have busted the top 10 myths about India for you! Keep reading!
1. Traveling alone is unsafe
It’s a preconceived notion that India is unsafe. Well, India is different as compared to other foreign countries but it’s not as unsafe as the media makes it appear. India is a paradise not only for solo travelers but also for the ones who travel with family. While the nation has had its share of tragedies, it doesn’t make it a less explorable place. One must certainly take precautionary measures while traveling solo in India, but isn’t that the case while traveling alone, in any part of the world?
2. It’s always HOT
No, that’s not true! One can enjoy a perfect, whitewashed with snow kind of winter in India too, during the winter months. While it doesn’t snow all over India, it does in some Northern states of India, where the winters are certainly not hot. Also, the climatic conditions differ in each region of the country, so it’s totally wrong to believe that it’s always hot in India.
3. No food without chilies
Well, not all Indians have a great tolerance for spicy food. While some of them enjoy food with loads of chili powder, many add jaggery to their food. Also, if you inform the waiter in advance that you want your food to be on the blander side, the cook would be more than happy to oblige. Coz Indians strongly believe in ‘Atiti Devo Bhava,’ which means a guest is equivalent to God.
4. India is the land of snake charmers and elephants
No, you won’t get to see elephants majestically walking down the streets in every nook and corner of India. In fact, you will find them only at the popular tourist destinations, as they attract more crowds. As for snake charmers, you may meet some in Rajasthan. But if you expect to find one on the streets of Mumbai, Delhi or some metropolitan in India, you will be highly disappointed!
5. All states in India are over-populated
Though India’s population is 1.2 billion, it’s not equally crowded everywhere. If you were to visit Leh, Ladakh, Sikkim, Nagaland or other North-Eastern states, you will love the serenity that these places have to offer. Of course, the popular cities are populated, but that’s not the case, especially at most of the famous tourist destinations.
6. Everyone is a Yoga guru
If only! However, not everyone in India practices Yoga. Also, there are different techniques of Yoga. So it is advisable to read and understand everything about Yoga before enrolling at any institute. You can click here to check the top Yoga centres in India.
7. All Indians are vegetarians
When will stereotyping stop, we wonder! India serves meat, chicken, pork, beef, squid, fish and almost everything that is non-vegetarian and legally edible. What more! At some places, it is difficult for vegetarians and vegans to find something that’ll suit their taste buds. It’s not that we want to brag or anything, but we’d like to tell you that you will find the most delicious and pocket-friendly non-vegetarian food items in India.
8. India is a dirty and poor country
India is a third world country and it’s still developing. But it’d be wrong to generalize the entire nation to be poor and dirty. Most movies like to showcase only the slums in India, depicting the entire country to be dirty. Well, well, Mexico, Egypt and even the continent of America houses slums; Does that make each of this place dirty and poor? We ought to tell you that, in India, you will find some of the most lavish villas that can make you go green with envy!
9. Communication is a great barrier
Nope, it isn’t! While Indians have a different accent while speaking English, most Indians can speak the language. You’d be surprised to know that a lot of locals in Goa can speak Russian too, as most tourists who flock the place are from Russia. India is a highly tourist friendly country!
10. You will most certainly be scammed
Every country has its share of scams for tourists. One must read about the scams that are popular in the region that you are traveling to, and be aware. However, it’s wrong to assume that you will find yourself in the middle of a scam, each day you travel in India. While it’s advisable to check twice before couchsurfing or paying to stay with a local family, we must tell you that not all Indians want to dupe you.
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