It’s true what they say, India, New Delhi in particular, is as hectic as everyone makes out! Although don’t let that put you off visiting one of the most unique cities in the world. Here we break down what to expect when arriving in India.
What To Expect When Arriving In India
Our India experience started off with what can only be described as organised chaos! We’d read over the ‘do’s and don’ts’ before our travels and were well aware it was going to be a huge culture shock upon arrival. Although Delhi surpassed all expectations.
Delhi – A Crazy But Cool City
Before we left the UK the most important thing we’d agreed on was to head to India with an open-mind and to expect ANYTHING. Well, during our first few days alone in the capital we got EVERYTHING.
From crossing the highway with elephants and camels to being squashed on the metro at rush hour. Oh and not to mention the amount of cows, pigs and horses just chilling on the streets.
So in the short amount of time it took us to find our hotel when arriving in India, we soon learnt the easiest thing to do is make solid eye contact with every person and respond with a firm ‘no thank you’.
Apart from that, once we adjusted to was an awesome city. Take a few days in Delhi, don’t rush through! Adjust yourself to the food, currency and most importantly culture. There are a lot of lessons to be learnt for the beginning of your trip here but it will prepare you for an amazing Indian experience!
Transport From New Delhi Airport
From the moment we stepped off the plane, we were greeted by madness. We were bombarded with questions, offers and people begging for money.
We recommend taking the metro as transport from New Delhi airport, it’s super efficient and costs only 50 Rupees per person.
Indian Sim Cards
When it comes down to Indian sim cards it’s a choice between Airtel and Vodafone. Although purchasing a sim card when arriving in India isn’t so simple.
A lot of places will ask for a local to go with you or you’ll need a residential address to verify. If you can live off wifi we’d recommend it. Otherwise you can try asking your accommodation owner for help!
Luxury – The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa – One of the top hotels in New Delhi and just a 5-minute drive from Place.
Mid-Budget – The Prime Balaji Deluxe – Offering a 24-hour front desk to assist guests and complimentary airport pick-up this hotel gives bang for its buck.
Backpacker – Joey’s Hostel – With super friendly staff, daily tours of New and Old Delhi and a real positive vibe it’s somewhere that takes the edge off the unfamiliar.
You can also check out the prices of other places to stay in Delhi here.
Or for which route to take of India, make sure to check out our Backpacking India Itinerary & Route.