The Truth about Travelling India… (not what you think)

The Truth about Travelling India… (not what you think)


Many travelers have the idea that India is a difficult destination to travel and in my experience I’ve found that to be true but not for the reasons. You might be thinking When people think about travelling in India, I think they think about a few different things number one they think about the heat As a Canadian I come from a very cold country so the heat was something I was definitely thinking about when visiting India but actually I found the heat not to be as big an issue as I thought I Mean some places. I’ve been were really really hot Varanasi got really really hot But the thing about the heat in India is you just have to learn to work around it You know in the very hot time of the day at 3 p.m. In the afternoon There’s only so much you can do and if you want to do a lot of stuff Wake up early or wait for the Sun to go down and then do some adventuring But if you if you have an idea before you get there that you are going to you know go visit some Temple and go visit some fort and do all of these different activities between like 1 p.m. And 5 p.m By the time you’re done You’re gonna be exhausted and you’re probably not gonna have a very fun day because you’re gonna be tired from the heat Or you can go to other destinations Altogether, I mean I’ve been looking north. There’s a city I want to go to called Shimla which is sort of at the foothills of the Himalayas and last week Shimla had snow So actually I’m waiting for Shimla till the end of my trip because it’s still too cold for me to visit So I’m waiting for it to heat up a little bit so The important thing to remember about India is there’s very many different sides to this country and very many climates as well The second thing people worry about in India is safety. I Have not had any safety issues whatsoever. I walk around with a big camera that I’m filming on today I’ve asked Indian friends of mine. I’ve asked other tourists like what’s been your experience Should I be worried with my camera especially like after dark? Should I be cautious? I can tell you guys without a word of a lie I feel safer here after sundown carrying my camera then I do in my city back home in Canada. I never feel as though I’m gonna get mugged. I never feel as though I need to hide my valuables I’m not saying you should come to India wearing like some expensive Rolex watch or something That’s just not a good idea in any foreign place when you’re traveling It just attracts the wrong kind of attention to you one thing I’ve noticed about India and this was told to me by a woman From the United States who actually she spent like a year traveling and living in India And she said that not only does she feel safe in India but if there’s ever any sort of incident Let’s say if someone were to steal your camera if you shouted There are always enough people around that, you know, fifty other Indians would be coming and helping you There’s just like the society here looks out for each other and they look out for you as well. Yes, there are scams Yes, there are things to look out for but From everything I have experienced and everything. I’ve heard from other travelers people across India are very respectful to foreign travellers and It just hasn’t been an issue The only issue I’ve had is like sometimes I film in train stations and stuff and a security person will tell me I can’t film there I Just got lesson. Number one from India. They don’t like cameras in the metro station, but still they are very respectful They say like sir, you are not allowed to film here It is not like they want to grab my camera and see my footage or anything like that it is always from a place of respect and If you come from that same place of respect You probably won’t have any problems and the third thing that people think about this is something I was thinking about before coming to India Is I mean if you do a quick Google search for like crowded India and train You will get all these images where it’s literally like there’s a train and there’s people on top There’s people hanging on from the sides and you start to think like oh my god is what? 1.5 billion people in India like how Will I just be like this like side to side with people all the time? And I mean like look I know this is just one example, but like I Have this rooftop in this hotel to myself right now If I look around I’m currently in Jaipur in Rajasthan And yeah, I just took a train here from Delhi and I had my own sleeping compartment like I had my own space my own reading lamp like I wasn’t hanging on to the side of the train, so the crowds again yes, they can be crowded but I think the only way the only time you will have a problem with the crowds will be if you come with an unrealistic expectation of what India will be like for example Sometimes people see photos of the Taj Mahal where it’s just one person in the front with the Taj Mahal behind it And it’s just like perfect image If you want that image, you better be lined up at 5 a.m to be the first one inside or else you’re gonna have like hundreds of people in the background because you know, It’s it’s a big country and there’s a lot of tourists Indian tourists and foreign tourists. There’s just a lot of people so sometimes that can be overwhelming if you’re not used to that but I Feel like I’ve quickly adapted to the number of people in India And also, I don’t know it kind of adds to the charm of the country It’s like for me as a filmmaker, it’s great because there’s always something interesting happening So for me, it’s not about the heat. It’s not about the safety. It’s not about the crowds it’s about The pace that some things happen in India Some things take a very long time to happen If you’re another tourist who’s travel in India, you probably know what I mean. If you’re an Indian, you probably know what I mean but Let me give you an example. So my last day in Varanasi I Wanted to do three things. I wanted to try some local meals. I Made a video about that when I went to the kasi chat and then I had to go to the Varanasi train station to my buy my ticket and Then I wanted to go see this Buddhist temple It’s actually the area where the Buddha went to give his first sermon after reaching enlightenment So it’s a very important place for Buddhism and I thought it would be cool to visit What actually happened was? well first I left my hotel and I had to go through the old city and all these alleyways and stuff and I Got a little bit lost because it’s such an ancient city with so many paths. It’s really hard to find your way around sometimes then I saw some kids playing like cricket in the alley and I started to talk to them and had a good time and it Was cool And then I finally made it out and I finally made it to this restaurant And then the guy who was working there started like giving me more food and saying you have to try this you have to try this and started talking to me and other people started talking to me and in the end it took much longer than I expected it to and From there. I wanted to take a tuk-tuk ride to get to the train station I had asked the guy at the hotel or the hostel that I was at What’s a fair price to get to the train station? And he said? You know, you can do it for 60 or 70 rupees. It’s like don’t pay more than a hundred 100 his max price So I started asking and trying to get this ride for a hundred rupees, but all of the two cooks they wanted you know 300 rupees or 250 rupees and I would try to get them down, but they wouldn’t go down and I just kept walking and trying to find a place where I could get a fair price because 300 was far too much And finally, I found one of the guys who bicycles, you know, you you’re in the backseat and he is bicycling He looked he had his big smile. He’s like, where are you going? Where are you going? You know, he was this little guy but like he was very excited to take me on this ride. So I said I’m going to translation only 100 rupees and he’s like okay hundred rupees hundred rupees So I get in the back and the hot Sun is coming down because there’s no there’s no there’s no roof it’s just me sitting there and the traffic is crazy and He had some little accidents not not accidents. But like in the Indian roads, you’re always kind of bumping into people and like it’s That’s another story driving is a bit crazy here and it was taking a long time like the traffic was barely moving After 20 minutes, I checked my map and I saw like we still have so far to go. Like how long is this gonna take? After we got away from the big traffic She actually stopped and like went to get some water which which is fine because it’s a hot day, you know But then he was having a long chat with the guy at this little shop And like I’m just sitting there like okay, let’s go. I gotta get to the train station finally comes back and keeps going and He dropped me not at the train station, but on the other side of this very busy like Road area like just a huge Just mess of traffic. He just dropped me there and said okay train stations over there And he suddenly he wanted a hundred and fifty rupees And I was thinking you didn’t even take me to the destination this took much longer I mean you stopped for a long time Like no like I will give you the hundred rupees but that is plenty of money and he started to get a little bit annoyed and then another Indian guy working in a shop came over and started to argue and he was telling the guy take him to the train station take him to the train station and Then like after I gave him 100 rupees, I just walked away I was like, I don’t have time for a 20-minute conversation about this right now. I Settled my part of the agreement. I’m just gonna go I Finally make it to the train station and I need to buy this tourist ticket for the special train that I wanted the high-speed train to Delhi and You get there and it’s not very clear where to go and there’s this tourist information Office that I go to and I go in there and there’s three Indian employees, but they’re all talking to this woman who has questions about exchanging money and she has a long conversation She is speaking In Hindi, I believe like a bit of English a bit of Hindi So I understand a little bit, but I’m just sitting there like, okay, like where do I get my ticket? finally, I have a chance to ask where to go and they direct me to this other room and There I have to sit in this big room and wait while other people talk to this one woman who was working at the computer and And I and some people who are watching are probably saying I should have just booked it online or used an agency well In India, it’s always a bit more complicated than you expect to to book it online. You need a certain Indian Railways like ID number and tipica with an agency There are only only certain trains they can book for you And for some reason this high-speed train said it was sold out But if I go to the train station, they will have special like tourist quota tickets So that’s what I was doing. And finally I wait and By the time I get up there and I get my ticket and stuff The Sun has already gone down like it is already like 6:30 at night The traffic is still is maybe even more crazy And the idea of going to the Buddhist temple is completely gone And in that moment I was also like very sort of Mentally tired. I was just like, okay. I had this crazy Drive. I had this crazy experience I just want to get back and like rest for a little bit and have some dinner and go to bed And that is the thing about India Looking back talking about it now. I think that was actually a funny day and I had a great experience at the restaurant and When I finally did speak to the woman at the train station, she was an angel. She was very helpful. Very very helpful but That is the experience with India. You meet really cool people but sometimes the journey to get there can have unexpected twists and turns and If you plan too much for one day you might have a bad experience because Plans are always changing in India, you know, you know like the train will always be late the two toque will always have some like some issue or Sometimes there are power outages. So the day when I actually did take my train to leave Varanasi there was a power outage so I met some other foreigners who were there to buy tickets and This guy this Italian guy had been waiting for two hours and the whole system was down He’s just waiting all day for the power to come back so he can buy his ticket And if you’re from a country where it’s very easy to book train tickets and stuff like that it can be very hard to stay patient and calm in those moments because You just feel like like why is this happening? Why is it so difficult to do something? That should be easy and So for me the hardest part about traveling in India It’s not so much India it’s like a battle with yourself it is like reminding yourself to stay patient and just to enjoy the journey because India is a lesson in patience and If you can just take things slow and enjoy whatever comes you will enjoy it and I didn’t get to go to that Buddhist temple but I Mean the whole principle of Buddhism is about finding peace with yourself, right? To some degree if I can find peace with myself in that Situation in the translation or that situation with the toot-toot driver? Then I don’t need to go to this Buddhist temple because like the experience of traveling through India Can bring you a similar feeling of peace if you allow yourself to? to just reflect in those moments and actually Relax, take it slow Lose all expectations of what your time in India will be like and just enjoy whatever comes Because there is magic to be found in every corner of this country and I find the people who have the most Problems or the most negative experience in places like India? Are the people who have very set? Schedules, you know today we are going to do this this this tomorrow We do this this this and then we go here then we go here India does not always work that way Travel does not always work. That way life does not always work. That way there will be times when things go wrong and what I’ve learned from India is just to just to go with the experience to Remember the good moments to remember the good people that you meet ask for help from locals whenever you have the chance because they will be very helpful and Just go without expectation and you will fall in love with India All of the stereotypes aside all the things you hear about maybe India’s dangerous. Maybe India’s too hot. Maybe India’s too crowded Forget that those are the ideas you have before you come to India But they’re not the truth as always. I’m not here to paint India as being a perfect country. It’s not but I’m also here not to focus on the bad and the lies and the stereotypes because you see what you want to see if that’s what you believe you will see that if You look for something different If you look for the beauty, if you look for the cool people if you look for the unforgettable experiences Then that’s what you will find That’s what I’m looking for on the new travel and that’s what I’m gonna keep showing you guys in India So I hope you enjoy this video as always i’m dan from the new travel. I’ll see you next time

100 thoughts on “The Truth about Travelling India… (not what you think)

  1. Hii.. i travel by trains at least once a month.. and I've never booked tickets at counter bcoz that's very hectic… I always buy tickets online.. all u need is just one account.. and book tickets anytime anywhere…
    Never try go to station and buy tickets there.. it's too difficult and too time taking.. instead spend 5 mins to sign up on website.. and enjoy the ride..

  2. I am Also Not using tuk tuk use uber and travel with travel agency which i am doing while going abroad. I Think people of canada have no basic knowledge or practical mind.

  3. In india the journey is the fun not the destination so enjoy every bit of it but u need to be independent not depending upon the others people here are very helpful but the people trying to earn from tourists are also there so thats a part of ur travelling and the people ask for some extra money thats not scam its business if u r aware of the fair or price no one will argue but u also need to be open with it

  4. You need to have a sharp and focused mind when you are out if you want to do things in time, you'll obviously get frustrated, and talk to people from india online make some friends who'll help you out with how to travel here, because it's not very tough, but not very easy too if you ain't familiar with how to work shit out, good for you that most indian know understand and talk in English very well

  5. Mentally tired … Sounds like what most of indians feel everyday i guess 🙂
    Thanks for visiting and experiencing india

  6. Going back to India in few months, Canada is beautiful but lonely . In India any random person starts chatting somehow never feel alone but here … no one actually interested in convocations just do your stuff and go to bed .. sometimes feels like with time i may need some depression pills. India is not perfect but alive people love or hate but some how communicate .. sometimes when there is too much system for everything its kind of boring. Machine give tickets or you may have pass no need to ask for directions google maps do that for you why????

  7. As an Indian I feel I need to apologize for your bad experience and appreciate your honest words and speaking positives about my country.
    Tuktuk, Rikshaw & Tourist Guides guys can sometimes be annoying charging you more as you are a tourist. It also happens with domestic tourists. They always figure out you are a tourist even if one is a Indian from another state. For foreign tourist I would suggest perfer a Taxi if you have to do things within a time. Local people will always guide you not to pay more. You can take tuktuk or Rickshaw ride when you have plenty time. There may be few people here trying to take unnecessary advantage but lot more to help you.

  8. Ideally find a local Friend in every place you visit…that will make your visit wonderful.Mysore in south India is a wonderful historical city, make a trip if you can.?

  9. You have to be tough with them when they behave like children. Force them to pay attention to you when they refuse to. Yell at them when they do dumb things, but don't get angry.
    Also you are male, so India is not dangerous for you. Women need to be far more causious.

  10. Btw those train photos are fake ….like a spoof of our crowded trains , not to be taken literally , of course the authorities won't allow a train to move like that !

  11. Once when I went to see the Taj Mahal, we were evcuated. Because Prince of some where (I don't remember) came. But we could see inside and I can say all those Google images with one person is of some Celebrity

  12. Yaa….this tuktuk drivers even cheats on the indian tourists….so better to book a uber or ola…..even u r having a short ride

  13. I am not a big fan of cheap tourists to India. You live in seedy places, eat at cheap restaurants and walk around slums. You guys do a great damage to brand India.

  14. Use cab services like Ola cabs etc so that you won't get such experience. Also prebook train tickets using internet or some internet centers who can book for you even you don't have any app.

  15. I travel through Europe and everything is fast and on time. India might frustrate me. Maybe we need to slow down like u said.Good video

  16. I absolutely enjoyed you way of explaining all this. Actually, I'm going to use it at my English lessons for my students' listening practice, if you don't mind. I 100% agree with you about the way things work in India, though I experienced the same in Thailand and Malaysia, I think, it's all similar in Asian countries, which teach us patience and trust to the world.

  17. Ya thats kind of the problem when you are in one of the most populated city may be in the world. And I really like the experience of yours about the patience. Thats it what teaches you every single day.

  18. 1. You will get a disease forever and fall sick.
    2. Get robbed and cheated
    3. See people shitting on the street or spitting on walls or digging their nose all the time.
    4. Observe people staring at you. If you are a woman you will see sleazy ppl drooling at you.
    5. Umm what else…. see what bad infrastructure looks like.

    I travelled the world to see that making a decent road is not too difficult.

    Im an indian and i dont feel safe or comfortable here. Dont know about you.

    P.s. if you do feel stupid and decide to come looking at some nice picture, be sure to be rude, blunt and crude if someone tries to sell you something or guide you to some place.

  19. 2 Safety: lol you are a white caucasian man. you already have privilege the second you step foot into India airport. ask a women about safety and its a whole different thing. especially for Indian women more so than white women. because white is in India is considered more privileged.. and that American women saying she feels safe in India is because she is white. LOL… so funny how white people will never experience what indian women experience every day. and about helping you in India again goes back to being white. it all works in your favour.

  20. hmmm… actually he faced the true india… even tuk tuk scam us too.. natived indians.. nothing to worry.. just pay wat u feels is correct… only thing is that you ask for help any random person that situation.. anyone will come resolve the issue… but those people wont come for a native one.. but for foreighner they must…

  21. " At the end of the fight,
    is a tombstone white
    with the name of the late deceased.
    The epitaph dear
    a fool lies here
    who tried to hustle the east.
    — Rudyard Kipling.
    Cheers.

  22. what is a big concern to me in India as a tourist is the street dogs while many are docile and tame , I did encounter many dogs who were savage and who did target me as a tourist and left the locals alone ,
    One hotel , I stayed at the dogs would wait for me outside the hotel so I could not walk down the street and in another city in India about 20 wild dogs chased me down the street so I could not return along the same street .
    Over 35,000 people lose their lives each year in India to rabies so it is a serious matter .
    The dog issue needs to be addressed as the dogs would not lead a very happy life trying to survive on the streets
    As a tourist I did walk around the streets late at night in complete safety from any problems with humans

  23. Thing is you are a white person and stupid Indians have the mentality that white people are "upper castes" and you can't say the same for blacks/colored people. Kids, those waiters/restaurant people won't even be nice to black or south Americans. My 2 cents. P.S I am indian as well.

  24. If you have to buy train tickets buy it online on IRCTC.co.in .. You can buy it from your laptop or from your phone.. it is this to easy..

  25. I'm from Shimla.. One thing you will notice there is nobody would ask you to take a selfie with them. Liked you video. Wish you had a great time here.

  26. We would like to welcome you again in Winters to Chandigarh . Temperature in Winters is around 5 to 15 degrees . In 2 Dollars you can enjoy buffet lunch or dinner in Air conditioned restaurant . Try to hire OLA or Rapido Bikes at very less price . Indian trains charge most cheapest tickets in World. Try to do little homework online first . Every experience will be changed if you are technically advanced.
    If you will be trying the basis mode of transportation than you may experience little difficulties otherwise if you will maintain some standard than we have the best trains to offer you , but only thing you will have to do is pay money little extra . If you will be searching evething below one Dollar price than obviously things may go wrong . So better next time , try to use internet for every situation no matter Hotel booking, Cab or Bike booking or for ordering food and even Trains and bus booking everything is available at best affordable prices .
    Only thing you need to be smart .

    This video is much better to know about India
    https://youtu.be/_sbCoWXW1C4

  27. Yeah…Filming in railway station is not allowed…Even taking pictures…my camera was confiscated once..but they gave it back after they deleted d pictures…

  28. i belong to varanasi..
    and i also saw ur ride i recognised the place.
    from there to train station it is 150.
    150 rupes is equal to 2 doller for 10 km .

    The rishsaw pular was asking a fair price.
    may be the hostel receptionist don't know the right price.
    or he must have told u about the shared price.
    and also rishsaw pular did a mistake by acception low price for the first time.

  29. Varanasi is an ancient city ..where millions come to pray to Kashi Viswanath .
    Its lanes r narrow and congested ..

  30. That is why most Indians begin their day at sunrise. Try to do as much as you can in the day. If does not happen, try the next day.

  31. What you have experienced as a foreign tourist, is also a common experience for native Indians. Too much planning is not recommended for travelers. Planning with flexibility is always the norm. As suggested in many comments, eating street food is not recommended. Videos are not allowed in many places. Think what chaos you can see in a country of 1.3 billion people. Witness the beauty of a country with the largest democracy in the world, functioning with great integrity for the last 70 plus years.Observe the co-existence of multiple religions, Languages, culture in a single sub-continent called India. Enjoy the contrasts in every aspect of human life. And we welcome the tourists from the entire world with open arms to witness the emerging next superpower as the gap between poor and rich are narrowing, and the middle-class population is increasing rapidly. Thanks for your video. Enjoyed!

  32. Booking train ticket is a min task in india if u dont have IRCTC number creating one is easy and it's an online process

  33. Sorry you didn't get to go to the Buddhist temple. When you plan much for a day always accompany an Indian with you. ?

  34. You did find the Buddhist Temple, only you didn’t realize it, Peace from the hustle bustle world you came from ❤️?????✌️

  35. Bro india is full of diversity come to himachal Pradesh , gujrat, uttrakhand Chandigarh these are really most beautiful places and u will also notice the diversity.
    And yes talk to people u will feel safe and also travel with indian people instead of travelling solo u will not face price or any other safety issue?

  36. Form bangladesh due to (pakisthani terror) attack indian govment has take some action on terror and they ordered to stop filming in crowded place like metro station …

  37. I request foreigners not to stay at Paharganj at Delhi or at old Delhi areas as these are very worst place in delhi.old delhi areas are worst.you will get all thieves,illeterate and slum ppl over there.please don't visit even if you are foreigners and even in group also just because of less price hotel accommodation.better you should visit south Delhi areas where you can get good accommodation and food.as a foreigner you should be very careful while visiting to rajasthan,delhi,utttar Pradesh, madhya pradesh,Haryana, Bihar etc northern states especially.dial to 100 number from your phone to police if you fall in trouble.please avoid to meet and mingle with strangers.south indian states are safer for foreigners.its always better to avoid staying at old delhi areas.uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and kashmir,Ladakh in north india,north eastern states,south Indian states,west part of indian states are better place to visit for foreigners.if you are traveling at Delhi then please use metro train for easy transportation.instead of cannaught place(CP) it's always better to visit Khan market or south Delhi areas.

  38. Its filthy and polluted and it stinks. Everywhere is full of bacteria and the flies are terrible. Unsanitary shit holes that dont flush omg the stench, I nearly fainted. The noise, the heat, the no fresh air and the abused and neglected animals made me cry. Every afternoon at the same time i heard the cock fights and was unable to block it out. India is not for the fainthearted, I dont want to experience it again sorry but no offence intended to the helpful and lovely people I met. It was just a lot worse than I anticipated as i have an OCD cleanliness issue and I couldnt cope with the sheer force of humanity and the germs.

  39. Wow man…
    Yes, you had a bad experience but the way you explained it and you are saying that you have learned something from that too, it really touched my mind..
    that was awesome, i think thats your kindness of your thoughts and I think with that positive attitude, anyone can achieve what he wants to, in his life.
    love you man☺️ God bless you✌️

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