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First Visit to India: 15 Tips

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Have you been dreaming about visiting India, a mysterious country of legends and fairy-tales? You are not afraid of all the stories about dirt, poverty and diseases, aren’t you? Then this country is waiting for you! Surely, such a travel requires special attention and preparation. The country has unique laws, culture and traditions that you should better follow. Here are some basic tips for you.  

  1. Choose the best time to travel to India

Well, India is beautiful in any time of the year. But it is considered that the best time for tourists is from October till March. If you choose mountain areas to go to, though, summer is also a great choice.

  1. Buy tickets and book accommodation in advance

The time we live in is great on so many levels. Today you can buy plane tickets not leaving your comfortable sofa. There are many websites that search for comfortable and inexpensive options for any destination you choose. The sooner you buy a ticket, the cheaper it is for you. As to the accommodation, it is also better to think it through before you go there. There are many types of accommodation you can choose from and book in advance. You can search for accommodation in India online to find a suitable option.

  1. Get vaccinated

Don’t panic, you can actually do great without vaccination if you follow the simple rules of personal hygiene. Don’t forget to wash your hands and any fruits and vegetables you eat. Be careful about the products from the street markets. If you decide to buy something there, don’t eat it without good heat treatment.  

  1. Travel around India on your own

As soon as you accustom yourself to this country, get away from the crowd of tourists and start a solo-trip. India is a magical place that can show something special to every person.

  1. The odors are everywhere!

No matter how much you prepare yourself for the smells, at first they will haunt you. The smell of landfills intertwining with the aromas of spices will make you wrinkle your nose. Don’t worry, very soon you’ll learn not to notice all the stenches and smell flowers and aroma candles.  

  1. Unbelievably crowded streets

There are a billion people living in India. The constant welter makes you dizzy and dazzled. In these surroundings, you can get tired quite fast, that is why try to change the scenery going to the mountains, woods or a village.  

  1. Communication and language

Don’t worry if you don’t know Hindi; everyone in India knows English. The most important thing is to smile and to be polite; in this case, you’ll always get help and support.

  1. Photo as a keepsake

There is a superstition among Indians that a photo with a European person brings luck. So be ready that local people will ask you for a picture with them. 

  1. Street markets

If you want to feel all the local color, you cannot but visit an Indian street market. There are many of them in every city, big or small. On these markets, you have to bargain with sellers because they usually say the ten time bigger price than it actually is. Try not to leave all your money there on the first day; it is very possible!

  1. Be careful with beggars and mendicants

They usually stick together in groups. As soon as you give a penny to one kid, there will be a big crowd of other kids asking for the same.

  1. Don’t forget that there are lots of monkeys

A huge number of monkeys live in India. People even build temples for them. Be careful if you don’t want to lose some of your stuff. There are people who teach monkey to steal expensive gadgets from tourists. Be alarmed!


  1. Capture the beauty

India is full of mystery, beauty and marvelous views. You can take pictures on every step you take and you’ll have great shots. 

  1. Forget about the guidebook

No one standard route can replace you own desires and discovering.

  1. Don’t try to see the entire India in one day

Trying to visit all the great places in this country in a couple of days, you’ll lose a lot and won’t feel the actual atmosphere of India. This country is incredibly and you won’t be able to travel through it properly even in two months. Think of a route that will be appropriate for the time you have and enjoy what you see.

  1. The most important tip

Don’t trust everyone’s stories, tips and thoughts. Give India a chance to show itself from all the sides and then make your own conclusions. 



Home Things That Can Help You Fight Depression

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Living and working in the city, we feel emotional overloads and our nervous system is often tired and it suffers much more that our bodies. Physical activities for many people now, especially office workers, are not the part of the job but the way to relax.

Some people run, some go to a swimming pool or a gym, some works in their garden or garage. Don’t forget that your home can be another place for these rare but very useful physical activities. 

What to do is your own choice. Some people like washing floors more, some enjoy ironing; some prefer bringing books in order, for example. Those, who don’t know it yet, may be inspires by the following things.

Close to nature

It is proved scientifically that people need organic environment around them, at least the elements of it. In other words, we feel better in the open. People, who live in the countryside, have some advantages in this matter. They can easily have some occupational therapy; even after work they can mow, dig or get out the snow. Living in a city apartment, such things are difficult to arrange, but still you can do something.   

If you have plants, take care of them; it calms you down. Water them, make light soil, throw withered leaves away and clean other leaves from dust. Maybe some plants need to be transplanted but you always don’t have time for it. If you feel down, now is the time to do it.


What to choose? 
Routine things that you do in your home every day will probably not be very helpful. As a home therapy against bad mood, better do something nontrivial, something that you always shelve.

If you want to do something calm and relaxing, wash a chandelier, bring your medicine chest in order throwing expired things away, put pictures in photo-frames, etc. If you are ready to do something bigger, redesign your place.

Theory and practice of small things

Seeing the results of your work is the main condition. Don’t start doing massing things when you are stressed. Don’t tear down your wallpapers hoping to hang the new ones by the evening and don’t start a thorough cleaning having only one hour to do everything. Give yourself some simple concrete tasks that you definitely have time and strength for.

For example, you can wash a microwave, clean a teapot from scale, bring your clothes in order, etc. You can do that easily and have your portion of satisfaction. It is important to stop in time so that you are not stuck in the endless things to do. 

Sorting things and throwing some of them away requires some mental effort. If you are too tired, don’t start it. However, if there are some things that you’ve been wanting to throw away for a long time, do it now!


Beauty is important

Well, everything depends on your mood. Sometimes it is necessary to do something small like cleaning the mirrors so that they shine. Or you should concentrate on something aesthetic. If you feel depressed, cheer yourself up with some new décor. Buy flowers and put them in a vase. Change a tablecloth into something new and bright. Use a new counterpane or bedclothes. Such small things can actually bring joy.

For man there are some more constructive things: fixing faucets, switches or anything else broken, hanging shelves, hooks, etc. Anything that requires drilling is a perfect thing, as men love to drill.

Doing things around the house is great not only for your physical comfort, but also for your mental stability. Any labor is good for our emotional state, so find something for yourself and do it when you are down.


About the author

Jane Smith is a qualified decorator and interior designer in Bangalore who works at the real estate website. She has a lot of experience in interior décor and its influence people’s lives.