Serendipity Holidays Tourism Tips
- Respect the privacy of the wildlife, this is their habitat.
- Beware of the animals, they are wild and can be unpredictable.
- Don't crowd the animals or make sudden noises or movements.
- Don't feed the animals, it upsets their diet and leads to human dependence.
- Keep quiet, noise disturbs the wildlife and may antagonize your fellow visitors.
- Stay in your vehicle at all times, except at designated picnic or walking areas.
- Keep below the maximum speed limit (40 kph/25 mph).
- Never drive off-road, this severely damages the habitat.
- When viewing wildlife keep to a minimum distance of 20 meters and pull to the side of the road so as to allow others to pass.
- Leave no litter and never leave fires unattended or discard burning objects.
- Respect the cultural heritage of the country, never take pictures of the local people or their habitat without asking their permission, respect the cultural traditions of the country and always dress with decorum.
- Stay over or leave before dusk, visitors must vacate the Park between 6.00 p.m. - 6.00 a.m. unless they are camping overnight. Night game driving is not allowed.
Luckily, Indians are lenient toward outsiders who aren't constantly mindful of the decorum of Indian culture. Notwithstanding, to enable you to abstain from humiliating errors,
here are a few things not to do in India.
1. Try not to Wear Tight or Revealing Clothing
Indians embrace a moderate standard of dress, especially in rustic territories. Western dress guidelines, including pants on ladies, are presently pervasive in real urban areas.
Be that as it may, to be tolerable, you should keep your legs secured. You'll seldom observe a sharp looking Indian man wearing shorts, or an Indian lady wearing a skirt over the lower legs (in spite of the fact that the shorelines of Goa and undergrads are basic special cases!). Of course, you can do it, and no doubt nobody will say anything. Be that as it may, initial introductions tally!
There's a typical discernment in India that outside ladies are wanton, and wearing unseemly attire propagates this. You will get regard by dressing minimalistically. Covering your legs and bears (and even your head) is particularly significant when visiting sanctuaries in India. Additionally, abstain from wearing strapless beat anyplace. In the event that you do wear a spaghetti tie top, wear a shawl or scarf over it to be humble.
2. Try not to Wear Your Shoes Inside
It's great habits to take your shoes off before entering somebody's home, and it's an essential before entering a sanctuary or mosque. Indians will frequently wear shoes inside their homes, for example, when heading off to the washroom. In any case, these shoes are kept for local use and never worn outside. Shoes are some of the time too expelled before entering a shop. On the off chance that you see shoes at a passageway, it's a smart thought to take yours off too.
3. Try not to Point Your Feet or Finger at People
Feet are viewed as unclean and subsequently it's imperative to abstain from pointing your feet at individuals or contacting individuals or items (especially books) with your feet or shoes. On the off chance that you inadvertently do as such, you ought to apologize straight away. Likewise, note that Indians will regularly contact their head or eyes as a show of conciliatory sentiment. Then again, it's an indication of regard to twist down and contact a senior individual's feet in India.
Pointing with your finger is likewise discourteous in India. On the off chance that you have to point at a person or thing, it's smarter to do as such with your entire hand or thumb.
4. Try not to Eat Food or Pass Objects With Your Left Hand
The left hand is viewed as unclean in India, as it's utilized to perform matters related with heading off to the washroom. Accordingly, you ought to maintain a strategic distance from your left hand coming into contact with sustenance or any items that you go to individuals.
5. Try not to Be Offended by Intrusive Questions
Indians are extremely curious individuals and their way of life is one where individuals do anything besides tend to their very own concerns, regularly because of an absence of security in India and the propensity of putting individuals in the social chain of importance. Therefore, don't be astounded or outraged in the event that somebody approaches you the amount you procure professionally and a large group of other personal questions, all upon first gathering. Also, you should don't hesitate to pose these kind of inquiries consequently. As opposed to causing offense, the general population you are talking with will be satisfied that you've taken such an enthusiasm for them!
Who recognizes what interesting data you'll realize also. (In the event that you don't have a craving for coming clean to questions, it's superbly satisfactory to give a dubious answer or even lie).
6. Always Be Polite
The utilization of "please" and "thank you" are basic for good habits in western culture. Be that as it may, in India, they can make superfluous custom and, shockingly, can indeed, even be annoying! While it's fine to thank somebody who has given an administration to you, for example, a shop right hand or server, pampering thanks on companions or family ought to be maintained a strategic distance from. In India, individuals see getting things done for those whom they are near as certain in the relationship. On the off chance that you express gratitude toward them, they may consider it to be an infringement of closeness further, the formation of separation that shouldn't exist.
As opposed to expressing profound gratitude, it's ideal to demonstrate your gratefulness in different ways. For instance, in case you're welcome to somebody's home for supper, don't state, "Thank you to such an extent for having me over and cooking for me". Rather, state, "I truly delighted in the nourishment and investing energy with you." You will likewise see that "please" is utilized rarely in India, particularly among loved ones. In Hindi, there are three dimensions of custom - cozy, natural and pleasant - relying upon the structure that the action word takes.
There is a word for "please" in Hindi (kripya) however it's once in a while utilized and suggests completing some help, again making an unreasonable dimension of convention.
Something else to remember is that being neighborly can be seen as an indication of shortcoming in India, particularly on the off chance that somebody is endeavoring to trick or adventure you. A docile, "No, much thanks to you", is infrequently enough to stop touts and road merchants. Rather, it's important to be increasingly stern and compelling.
7. Don't Outright Decline an Invitation or Request
While it's important to be confident and state "no" in certain circumstances in India, doing as such to decay a welcome or solicitation can be viewed as rude. This is since it's critical to abstain from making an individual look or feel terrible. This contrasts from the western view, where saying no is essentially being forthright and not giving a false desire for responsibility. Rather than saying "no" or "I can't" straightforwardly, receive the Indian method for answering by giving sly answers, for example, "I'll attempt", or "possibly", or "it may be conceivable", or "I'll see what I can do".
8. Try not to Expect People to Be Punctual
There is time, and there is "Indian Standard Time" or "Indian Stretchable Time". In the west, it's viewed as discourteous to be late, and anything over 10 minutes
requires a telephone call. In India, the idea of time is adaptable. Individuals are probably not going to turn up when they state they will. 10 minutes can mean 30 minutes, 30 minutes can mean 60 minutes, and an hour can mean uncertainly!
9. Try not to Expect People to Respect Your Personal Space
Congestion and shortage of assets lead to a great deal of pushing and pushing in India! On the off chance that there is a line, individuals will surely attempt and hop it. To keep this from occurring, the individuals who are in the line will ordinarily stand so near one another that they're contacting. It can feel frightening at first, yet it's important to counteract individuals from cutting in.
10. Try not to Show Affection in Public
There's a joke that it's alright to "pee openly however not kiss out in the open" in India. Sadly, there is truth to it! While you may barely care about holding your accomplice's deliver open, or notwithstanding embracing or kissing them, it's not fitting in India. Indian culture is traditionalist, especially the established age. Such close to home acts are related with sex and can be viewed as revolting in broad daylight. "Moral policing" occurs. While it's impossible that, as an outsider, you'll be captured it's ideal to keep loving motions private.
11. Try not to Overlook Your Body Language
Customarily, ladies don't contact men in India when meeting and welcome them. A handshake, which is a standard western motion, can be confounded as
something increasingly close in India if originating from a lady. The equivalent goes for contacting a man, even only quickly on the arm, while addressing him. While numerous Indian agents are accustomed to shaking hands with ladies nowadays, giving a "Namaste" with the two palms together is regularly a superior option.
12. Try not to Judge the Whole Country
In conclusion, it's imperative to remember that India is an exceptionally differing nation and a place where there is outrageous differentiation. Each state is exceptional and has its own way of life, and social standards. What might be genuine some place in India, may not be the situation somewhere else. There are a wide range of various individuals and methods for carrying on in India. Consequently, you ought to be mindful so as not to make cover determinations about the entire nation dependent on restricted involvement.
Page updated on 01/09/2019