India Local Customs

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India Local Customs

  • MISCELLANEOUS

    Goa Local Customs

    Raksha bandhan (the bond of protection in Hindi) or Rakhi is a Hindu festival which celebrates the relationship between brothers and sisters. Sisters tie a rakhi (a holy thread) around their brothers' wrists. The brother in return offers a gift to his sister and vows to look after her. This festival is typically an occasion for celebration by the...

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  • LITTLE THINGS TO KNOW

    Mumbai Local Customs

    Mumbai's Passport Office, being the only one in the region, caters to the residents from Greater Mumbai, over and above districts of Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Aurangabad and Beed in Maharashtra. Apart from this, it is also the sole destination for people applying from Daman and Silvassa, which come under the Union Territory of Daman & Diu and Dadra &...

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  • Daily life

    Delhi Local Customs

    Indians love their motorbikes... I think is more of them than cars. In the morning whole family (4 ppl) will straddle motorbike to take them to their daly work or school. In the chaos which is Delhi traffic,the motorbike can navigate quite sucessfuly, so is widely used.

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  • While travelling in Hyderabad...

    Hyderabad Local Customs

    Most travellers dont realize that Hyderabad is a very conservative city due to the presence of Islam. I knew that it had deep roots with Islam but I had no idea that certain parts of the city were as conservative as they are. Most women dress in abayas and a majority of the them wear hijabs and veils. India is a place where travellers wear less...

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  • RELIGION

    Goa Local Customs

    It is well known that cows are sacred to Hindus, but knowing this didn’t really prepare me for some of the (to Western eyes) unusual sights we came across. Not only do cows wander freely on town and city streets as here, but also on the beach (photo 2). And the cows are very definitely in charge. Time and again we witnessed local drivers getting...

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  • CULTURE

    Mumbai Local Customs

    If you're travelling in India it's a good idea to wear khadi. This is the name for hand-spun and hand-woven cotton. It was a symbol of Gandhi's independence movement. But more importantly for the visitor it's the most comfortable thing you can wear in this country when the temperature rises. Ready-made khadi shirts and trousers (kurta/pyjama) can...

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  • General Informations

    Delhi Local Customs

    Playing some music with friends at university... Local bands are often on view at college/ university annual festivals. The season begins towards the end of summer, and goes on for a while. That apart, several lounges and restaurants also have live music with local bands often performing. Olive and laidbackwaters are two such, besides many...

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  • The People, the flavour

    Hyderabad Local Customs

    Diwali is known as the 'festival of lights' because houses, shops and public places are decorated with small earthenware oil lamps called diyas. These lamps, which are traditionally fueled by mustard oil, are placed in rows in windows, doors and outside buildings to decorate them. The lamps are lit to help the goddess Lakshmi find her way into...

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  • BEACHES

    Goa Local Customs

    Fascinating watching the local fishermen at Coco Beach. The effort that is put into fishing appears tremendous. Starting with wading out with the long fishing net to create a loop, then with as many hands as possible dragging it back ashore.

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  • ON THE STREETS

    Mumbai Local Customs

    When you walk around the streets of Mumbai and its suburbs you may notice tiles of various deities hanging low on the city walls. Public urination is a common occurrence - and a public/health nuisance - in Mumbai. Officials needed to find a deterrent and seem to have hit on an unusual solution. Walls around the city have been adorned with colorful...

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  • Weddings

    Delhi Local Customs

    Well Marriage in India is a very important part of the whole family of the groom and bride. Mostly they live as a Joint Family (Extended Family) and majority of marriages are arranged. So a marriage in India is a union between two families and that's why the do a lot of preparation, negotiation , consultation and agreements before the wedding....

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  • MISCELLANEOUS

    Mumbai Local Customs

    Whilst visiting the Haji Ali Mosque in northern Mumbai, I noticed loads of people clambering on top of the rocks that lie at the end of the causeway that connects on the mosque to the mainland. I've no idea why there were so many people here or what they were doing so if someone can fill me in then let me know!

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  • National Museum

    Delhi Local Customs

    National Museum - Located on Janpath, National museum is one of the treasure houses of the our glorious past. The museum has a large collection of excavated items many of which date back to 2nd and 3rd century B.C. The museum has separate section for the Harrapa (Indus valley civilisation) collection. Recently the museum added a very interesting...

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  • RELIGION

    Mumbai Local Customs

    Although Bombay has one of the largest concentration of followers of the Jain religion in India, this community constitutes only a small minority of around 4% in the city. Jain temples are scattered around Bombay, but for foreigners and non-Hindi speakers (like me), these temples sometimes may be difficult to distinguish from Hindu temples. One way...

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  • Birla Temple

    Delhi Local Customs

    The Birla Temple (Lakshmi Narayan Temple) : This temple was build by G. D. Birla in 1938. This beautiful temple is located in the west of Connaught Place. The temple is dedicated to the goddess of prosperity and good fortune. The temple has well grafted gardens. It is also known as the Birla Mandir.

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  • Lucky charm!

    We all notice lemon and chilly hanging on most of the doors in India. Any idea what it is for? Usually a lemon along with seven chilly is hung with a string outside the door and this is done to bring fortune and success in the house. Lemon and green chilly tied on a thread are hung outside the door to keep away Alakshmi, who is considered ominous....

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  • Holy Cows!

    We did see a lot of all sorts of cows wandering around in the roads, but found out the actually belong to people and go home at night. They appeared to be taken care of and fed, plus eat whatever they can find in the trash people leave on the side of the road, which most likely has things like vegetable scraps . They were probably much happier cows...

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  • Holi! Indian Festival of Colors

    We were fortunate enough to be able to celebrate Holi with a very nice Indian family at their home ( tour guide set this up). Everyone got white outfits ( looked like pyjamas) and the party started at about 10 AM. I think that is the earliest I have ever been to a party! Everyone puts colored powders on each other, especially the guys and kids. The...

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  • STARING

    Don't be offended if the locals stare at you, because they are only being curious. In a country with so many people there is a lack of privacy or personal space. Just smile if being stared at and probably you will receive a smile back.

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  • VISITING TEMPLES

    When visiting temples remove your shoes when entering and dress conservatively in order to show respect for the Indian places of worship. Try not to wear shorts and cover your shoulders as Indians take their religion very seriously.

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  • Why do cows lie down in the middle of...

    because they can, because they are sacred, and because they can do what they please...Great to see.

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  • WOMEN TRAVELLING ALONE IN INDIA

    Women, foreign and Indian, often have to face unwanted attention.When travelling alone looking, staring and/or harrasment often happens in crowded places such as on public transport or in queues. Where possible, use "ladies only" queues and sitting areas on transport. Trains have separate coaches for ladies. Some buses have sitting areas for...

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  • Respecting the culture of India

    Be respectful of local customs, and religion. Don't be rude, especially to people less fortunate. ALWAYS keep a sense of humour...try and see the funny side(and there are many) Treat taxi-drivers well but be alert-do not be too friendly either-some chance their luck.If they ask if its your first visit to India- say YES and they will not take you on...

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  • Goats: Indian Sheep.

    Second only to cows, Goats are ubiquitous. They are in the streets, sleeping under cars, the are garving cricket pitches, standing in flocks on concrete, they are in Mumbai they are in the Thar desert. Every mutton dish in India, isn't mutton (tender Southdown or Merino leg offcuts), no its goat. Sinewy, grissly goat. They are simply everywhere....

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  • Elephants in India.

    Indian Elephants are very sociable animals and march from forest to forest, seldom staying in one for more than a few days. However, few males in their youth prefer to lead a solitary life. When on the move, the females lead the herd, with the tuskers lagging behind, unless alerted to some approaching danger. Indian elephants are found across...

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  • Sweepers, Dalits aka The Untouchables

    However the more I have read the more i realise that the untouchablity feature in the caste system is one of the cruelest features of the caste system. One could even maintain that it is one of the starkest examples of prejudice. Mahatma Gandhi certainly thought so, maintaining that there are two kinds of Slavery in India - Women and the...

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  • Ram Leela

    Ram Leela celebration forms an integral part of the cultural life of the Hindi-speaking belt of North India. Ram Leela is an enactment of the exploits of Lord Rama (an incarnation of God in human form) as he appeared on earth many thousands of years ago.This Leela (or play) illustrates the various occurences that took place during His descent in...

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  • Photo photo photo!!!

    I wandered around the stunning sites watching elegent Indian ladies with their sarees flowing and floating, adding colour and texture and grace to the environment, their make up and hair in place, their jewellery shining and sparkling.... and they would, always friendly and very politely, often shyly and usually giggling, approach me (puny, white...

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  • Dress code

    As a general rule of thumb any female over the age of about 12 keeps her shoulders and legs fully covered. Obviously temples/mosques and other religious sites may request that arms are completely covered and heads too - always good to have a nice, big scarf in your bag for this purpose and saves paying to hire something).There is a little tolerence...

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  • cocout water!

    just go ahead and drink this delicious,nutritious drink.no worries of contamination and it is so refreshing and healthy,anytime,anywhere ...

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  • Random signage and posters in India

    Walking through any Indian city or village, I love to make a note of signs and posters that are 'unusual'- Despite the obvious language barrier, they are inventive and mostly very eye-catching. I thought that I might share a few ...........Kolkata had a couple of politically interesting ones on the steps of the Queen Victoria Memorial , and in the...

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  • local Indian food (Roti)

    In India, bread is eaten more in the norther regions of the country because of its dry climate.There are varity of breads consumed in India like roomali roti. naan, alloo parathas.....etcSo dont miss rotis or naans....

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  • Chai stop and maybe shop?

    Chai (Indian tea) is the lure.Buying their wares is the hope.It is customary in India that upon entering an shop (of almost any kind) you will be offered a seat, and a cup of chai. This is an Indian welcome. Often the shopkeeper will a send out a helper discreetly for the chai, and it would not be polite to refuse, in my opinion. Sometimes it is a...

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  • dress modestly

    It would be better if women while travelling in India,especially in remote or rural areas dress modestly.You could wear trousers,jeans or skirts,but too much exposure of skin could lead to embarrassing stares from locals!!In many places of worship in North India, the head needs to be covered with a scarf.

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  • THE IMPORTANCE OF BODY LANGUAGE IN INDIA

    Feet are considered to be the lowliest part of the body.Therefore it is good mannered to remove shoes before entering an Indian home.Placing feet up on furniture is bad mannered. While sitting on a floor, in Indian manner, you will notuce that Indians usually sit with their feet tucked under their legs instead of stretched out. Avoid stepping over...

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  • Piled High for the winter

    Another common thing dotting the fields and roadways (more in north and central India), besides the mounds of piled grass and grains, is a lot of towers of hand-shaped and hand-stacked dried cow disks. These could be used as fertilizer, but will more likely be used for heating/cooking fuel during the colder and wet seasons.The women walk the fields...

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  • the head wobble

    Indians who want to express a "yes" or "it`s possible" would usually "wobble" with their head from left to right, a gesture that can easily mistaken for a "no" by western tourists. So don´t be surprised, the head wobble is a positive confirmation in India, and not a "no".

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  • BEST-FRIENDS HOLD HANDS

    A common sight in India is to see men and boys holding hands while walking. This has NOTHING to do with their sexual preferance. I have no idea how,when and where this habit originated from- but after much discussion with many friends in India, I am positive that it is just a display of friendship.NBI have just been informed by my friend Jagdish...

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  • littering

    The one thing that annoyed me here (a problem not limited to India though) is the littering and the lack of an efficient waste disposal. There are places where littering is less of a problem (Backwaters Kerala, Coorg, Varkala, for the most part Mysore and Bangalore, Pondicherry), but especially in Tamil Nadu, it was pretty bad. Partly it is the...

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  • keep your entrance tickets !!!

    This might seem trivial, but in Europe I am used to buy an entrance ticket, go past the guy who checks the ticket, and then forget about it or throw it away. In India, if you visit a temple or a palace, for example, it might well be that the ticket will be checked several times at several entrances. So better keep your ticket until you have...

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  • THE INDIAN "HEAD WOBBLE"

    A first time visitor to India may become confused by the Indian head-wobble. Its a sort of up and down and sideways wobble/shake of the head. To westerners- this may seem to be a negative sign. After all, we shake our heads from side to side meaning "NO".But in India, the opposite is meant. So, the sideways head wobble means "YES"It is used by...

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  • Diabetes capital of the World

    Indians are always telling you how good they are, and usually they are talking about Individuals rather than groups, but in this aspect they have outshined every one. At a recent International Congress, doctors after doctors from various Institutions in India mourned about the fact that their country has indeed become the Diabetes Capital of...

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  • Try the Pan

    Pan is available at most road side tobacco stores. Pan is an Indian mixture of beatle nut, spices, seasonings, sometimes honey spread all rolled up in a beatle leaf.The practice is simple, simply put the rolled leaf and its contents to the side of your mouth and slowly chew the wad. The juices and flavors that come out are the desired effect. If...

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  • Deities

    India is a land of millions of deities, gods and goddesses. People here, in general are very religious and observe rituals very sincerely. Tourists can find temples of various sizes at every street corner and religious ceremonies are very frequent. It is also common to come across the chanting of religious songs and 'mantras' being played on...

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