India is one of the most captivating, exotic and colorful destinations all over the world. But visiting India and travelling all over India is not an easy task due to which visitors and tourists often make sometimes little and sometimes dreadful mistakes, which make their tour experience dull and one which they would be glad to forget. Patience, the key for a vacation in India, is required for the experience to be mind- blowing and one that is to be cherished for life.

Here are top five mistakes that visitors to India have been making, and which you could be prone to making!

1. Heading Straight For The Taj Mahal

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Number one on our list is an all-time favourite but an over-rated cliche of a destination – The Taj Mahal! One of the ‘seven wonders of the world’, the Taj Mahal is a huge tourist attraction for its beauty, history and cultural significance, and without a doubt it is the jewel of the subcontinent. This is the most famous spot in India and is visited by millions of tourists every year. But only visiting the Taj Mahal does not give you an authentic experience of the real India. Surely, India has a lot more to offer than just that one shrine of eternal romance and love!

A really good tour of India would cover the beauty of the south, the culture of the east and the history of the west as well. The lagoons, backwaters, temples and islands of South India are must-visit locations for the beauty and serenity of these places. The forts and palaces in the western states cherish the historic lifestyle of the country’s previous rulers and kings from different eras. The culture of the eastern states will surely fill the tourists with joy and love for the country and the cool mountain air will refresh their souls. So why limit yourself? Expand your horizons and take full advantage of all that the diversity of India has to offer!

2. Rushing

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India is not a place to be rushed; it requires a lot of patience and careful to truly have a successful vacation in India, particularly if you’re a budget-traveler. The population, poor roads and infrastructure make it very difficult to move quickly from one place to another and thus can make the journey frustrating, stressful and tiring. This makes the tourists miss the surprises and local connections that make up for some ‘Incredible India’ moments.

India is a massive country with vast a cultural diversity and a wide variety of heritages. So instead of experiencing the whole country in a short period, one should take the time to experience a region or state completely during the limited time interval.

 3.Adapting to the culture

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Tourists seem to underestimate the culture shock that they are in for when they land in India. Visiting India for the first time can really be a challenging assault on the senses at first and it would be a mistake not to take a couple of days to adjust to the culture and lifestyle to avoid the overwhelming feelings, and thus ruining the trip.

India is one of the craziest countries in the world. It might just be more different than any other place you may have visited before. Learning about the rich Indian culture before visiting India can prepare the tourists to go easy on the culture shock. Being open-minded and accepting that things work differently here can prepare one to adapt to the way of travel to suit India.

4. Trusting people too easily

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In India, tourists face a lot of scams and hassles. When visiting India for the first time, tourists really need to be on their guard to avoid getting scammed and ripped off. You definitely don’t want your money or your personal documents (like passports, visas, plane tickets, etc.) to get stolen the moment you decide to take that nice stroll in the street market! Researching about the common scams that happen in India is crucial and be careful about whom to trust especially around tourist spots and places like airports, train stations, bus stops and taxi stands where tourists often get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of people who try to get their attention and make them part with their money in some way or the other.

After visiting India once, one can surely recognize who is genuine and who is trying to cheat them. But not being naive and always trusting one’s gut instinct can be a life-saver. Not being afraid to be assertive and stand up for oneself helps tourists if they feel they are being taken for a ride or made to feel uncomfortable. Always be on your guard and pay very close attention to your surroundings. And make sure your personal belongings are tucked away safely!

5. Letting the little things get to them

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Travelling in India can be stressful, tiring and frustrating, but it does not always have to be so. India is so different from anywhere else that sometimes things don’t go as planned. Tourists get overcharged or ripped off but sometimes they just have to give in and not let the little annoyance get to them and ruin the trip. Of course, that does not make It acceptable in any way, shape or form. But, just in case, God forbid, something bad does happen to you try not to let it affect you too much and render all that financial and emotional investments go to waste. Sometimes it can be hard, especially when visiting for the first time, but just take each day as it comes, relax and make the best of the Indian experience!

India can be a trans-formative travel destination if one goes with an open mind and a positive attitude – it might just change lives! Surely, you are in for an incredible ride!