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Journey in India: a few tips to keep in mind

1. Be prepared to be overwhelmed. As soon as you step out of the airport, you'll be hit with a stream of taxi drivers, rickshaws and people offering you help. It's definitely surprising, if you're a 'soft' person like me, don't be afraid to say no... Be polite but don't smile to them. They'll take it as a sign that they might sell you something at the end. If you're not firm in your intentions, you might even find them grabbing your bags. 2. Use public transport. Don't be afraid. Even if they are mostly over-packed, trains and buses are the best way to get around any big cities in India. Seems weird but, in the streets, buses and trucks get priority over cars, tuk-tuk, scooters and bikes. The bigger, the better. When you get into these public transports, stay calm. People might push you to get in, don't take it personally. It's just the way they are maximise their personal space. And you should do the same. 3. Get up early to explore the city... and go to bed early. India's a tropical country so afternoons can be unbearable in terms of heat. Hit the roads around 7 or 8 in the morning so you can avoid the office traffic hits and the enjoy a bit of quiet moments. 4. Eat local food. The best part of India is the food. Pick places where you can sit and don't be afraid to walk around with your own bottle of water (just un case). There is no rule as to where you should go or not. Your digestive system will adjust after a few days to the local food but you'll never know which food triggered a little bit of diarrhea now and then. Just don't be scared to try stuff from the streets. I've never have any trouble with Indian Street food but I know some friends who had issues. It really depends on your constitution.

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