First time visiting India - help!

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1. Posted by sunshine9 (Budding Member 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I'm an American travelling to India for the first time with my husband (who's originally from Punjab).
I'm very excited and looking forward to this trip.
We're also travelling with our good friend who's from South India.
So my question:
We were planning our trip which would be for 5 weeks throughout North and South India.
My husband and our friend warned me about dressing proper and modest.
I'm told to wear baggy clothes covering most of my skin. (salwar, etc.).
I'm also told to avoid wearing jewelry.
Are there anyother things to consider being a female travelling to India?
Are sari's appropriate?
Anything else to look out for?
Thank you

2. Posted by tharavadu (Inactive 6 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


Comparatively South India (Kerala and Tamil Nadu) are more safer place in India. You dont need to wear Saree or Salwar while you are in India. However, it is advisable to wear moderate dress. In South (Kerala) there are beaches, backwaters, hills, plantaions, wild life, art etc. etc. and living expenses are comparatively less. If you are interested to visit Kerala, you are welcome to contacct with me... I shall provide possible help. Mail me to -snip-


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3. Posted by niteshb_in (Full Member 30 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

You dont need to worry too much if you are with your husband. Still it is advisable to be in modest dressing.

Those dress codes are for those women travelling alone and feeling too free to expose too much. Sometimes such women end up in serious trouble (more than staring)


4. Posted by gurdeep101 (Budding Member 46 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


u dont need to worry too much ..

dress conservatively ... regulation jeans / trousers will do nicely

if u are comfortable in what u are wearing u will be fine ... otherwise u are concious of whats happening around you.

take a cab wherever you go ... preferably have the hotel where you are staying book it; that way it helps to avoid unfriendly instances.

when you are travelling out of the city then jewellery should be avoided.

look out for new things and experiences ... thats the reason u are visiting India ... enjoy the food and culture, the people, the rituals .. the works..

India lives in her villages ... visit a few especaially in Punjab ... they reakky live it up over there

have fun .

5. Posted by Aman (Full Member 59 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hello Sunshine,

Till the sun shines , you dont need to worry too much about your dressing. Also when you are with your husband you can wear comfortable or dress of your choice. But still as a matter of precaution wear indian dress when you are alone/ at night/ or when you are in a remote area/village. you can wear any comfortable dress as you wish when you are with your husband and when you are in a busy market place or city. Because i often see women travelling alone in markets in shorts & T-shirts. But thats a rare scenario which is only in big cities. Try to avoid heavy jewellery in busy public places/roads/markets. In my opinion as you are here only for 5 weeks (yeah 5 weeks are very less for india) so i think it will be interesting and enjoying on your part to "Try out Indian dresses like Sari ". This will serve both purpose as you will find it very interesting/adventurous as you are not used to these and also it will add to your safety. Also you will look much more beautiful in Indian dresses like sari added with Bindi/sindoor. You will enjoy the enriched cultural life of Punjab, South India as well as other parts of India. Hence considering these facts take your decision. Good Luck.....

6. Posted by Aman (Full Member 59 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Sunshine if you are not confortable with any of indian dresses like Sari or Salwar as well as also doubtful about your local dresses then as gurdeep said Trousers and Jeans would be fine at any place in India.

7. Posted by sunshine9 (Budding Member 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Thank you all for your replies. Actually, I'm very comfortable wearing salwar kameez and sarees (as my mother-in-law kindly taught me how to properly put one on). And, surprisingly, I'm very comfortable wearing both. I'm also planning of purchasing some suits while I'm there (and perhaps some elegant sarees for my mother-in-law and sister-in-law).

I'm certaily still planning the trip. Studying a bit of Indian art history, there's a lot I'd like to see as far as the temples (especially Himkund - sorry if I've mispelled).
Since my husband's family is from Punjab (Chandigahr), we'll be visiting family members (Masi-ji especially!).
And, our good friend is from South India and he also has family we will be staying with. Assurance that the food will be very very good!!
I hear there's nothing like a home cooked Indian meal straight from India! Yummy!
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