7 India Travel Tips For Backpacking Rajasthan
Backpacking Rajasthan was our first experience of some of the best places to visit in India. It was an incredible experience which we will never forget. If you want information about India, read on for the lessons we learned first-hand on our epic 2,366 km road trip around Rajasthan.
1. Indian Rupees Cannot Be Exchanged In Advance Of Travel
So, what does this mean for us as travellers? Before embarking on my trip to India, I checked out the India travel advice on the UK Government’s website. Currently, this advises that visitors (including tourists) are not permitted to bring any number of Indian Rupees into the country check Travel Advice Money
2. Tipping In India Is Appreciated
3. Toilet Roll Is An Essential Packing Item
4. Thali is Great Fast Food
5. Avoiding Becoming A Selfie Star Is Impossible
The only time I have come vaguely near to celebrity status was when my photograph was published in the local newspaper after appearing on a school float in the village procession. From our arrival in Rajasthan, locals asked for selfies with us wherever we went, regardless of whether we were in the best tourist places in India or Off the Tourist Treadmill! This is not something you read about in an India travel book!
Embrace the experience and see it as an opportunity to find out about local people. One of my favourite memories is having my picture taken with a little girl in front of the Taj Mahal. It made her parents’ day and it was rewarding to make a family so happy with such a small thing! Click here for information about travel gear.
6. Arranged Marriage Is Still on Trend
Even today, parents and other relatives still decide who is a suitable match based on religion, caste, cultural background, horoscope/birth chart, professional stature and physical appearance. In rural areas, the art of matchmaking remains relatively unchanged. However, in other areas of India, 21st century technology has made an impact on the traditional role of the matchmaker which is being replaced by computerised programmes.
7. Lord Ganesha Street Art Has a Romantic Significance
Hidden away in the backstreets of Jaisalmer fort, Lord Ganesha is boldly daubed on the wall next to the entrance of many houses. It turns out that these vibrant splashes of street art are the equivalent of a Rajasthani wedding announcement. Painted a week before the marriage, this quirky wedding graffiti shows the name of the bride and groom along with the year of their marriage. Romantically, these murals will remain on the wall forever, unless another marriage takes place within the same family. Click here for a full guide of Rajasthan and Click here for our full guide about Udaipur.