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Going to a new place is definitely a different experience that is loved by everyone. The idea of exploring new attractions brings a feeling of excitement and thrill. You can also get to know the customs and traditions of the place that you are going to. In all, it is surely a wonderful experience that one can cherish for a lifetime. You may also think that if you get lost in a new place, what should be done or how to avoid it. If you are planning to go to Maharashtra, here are some of the important travel tips that can prove useful for you. In this article, we will talk about the necessary travel tips that can prove fruitful and make your journey safe.

Travelling to Maharashtra is definitely very easy as the people are very friendly and will help you with the routes and directions. Even Maharashtra government had made adequate arrangements for the tourists so that they can have a great and safe trip. So you can say that you will have a superb time exploring Maharashtra and other popular cities.

Even the foreign tourists love to explore the colorful traditions of this state and that is why, it is one of the most visited states by foreign tourists. They get to know the Indian heritage and the existing culture.

But the foreign tourists should know what kind of clothes is best as Indian culture is quite different.

Common Tips

  • Before you enter the religious places, make sure to remove your footwear’s.
  • Consuming alcohol and speaking in a loud voice is strictly prohibited.
  • Women should be well dressed and cover their heads when they visit religious places like temples, mosques and Gurudwara.
  • While entering the mosque, you have to put your right foot forward and then enter the place.
  • Leather items like camera, handbags, belts and wallets are not allowed in few Jain and Hindu temples so make sure that keep them aside.
  • While visiting any religious place, wash your hands and feet properly with water. This is a custom to purify yourself.
  • The visitors while exploring the Gurudwara should ensure that their feet are not pointing towards the Holy book and do not bang with people offering prayers.
  • When visiting Buddhist monastery make sure to spin the prayer wheel in the clockwise direction. The same has to be followed in stupa, monastery and Mani wall.
  • The chairs in the monastery are only meant for the monks, so the visitors should not sit on them. You can sit on the floors outside the monastery.
  • If you get a chance to meet the head of the monastery rimpoche (head lama), you should not turn your back but wait until they leave.
  • It is necessary to be courteous when you visit the monasteries. This is usually done by lowering your hat or even lowering your umbrellas.

Safety Tips

  • Women should wear decent clothes so that people do not tease them. Revealing clothes can invite trouble.
  • Do not roam around alone during the night as it may not be safe.
  • Keep distance with taxi drivers or tourist guides.
  • Do not eat anything given by the strangers as it may contain poison or harmful substances.
  • Do not carry lots of cash with yourself as you can get into trouble and invite problems for yourself.
  • Respect the sentiments of other people and never show disgrace in any way. Indian people are connected to their religious beliefs and cannot hear anything about it.

Health Precautions

  • Keep away from eating at the roadside vendors because their eatables are not hygienic and there are chances that you may ail with stomach infection.
  • Do not have cut fruits from the local restaurants as they are very unhealthy. If you still are fond of eating, make sure that you eat cooked or baked food which is less harmful for your health.
  • Carry water bottles with yourself but do not drink water available at the dhabas or the roadside stalls. The water is impure and may cause many diseases as well.
  • Always purchase sealed water bottles from the vendors which are pure as well as healthy.
  • If you are fond of eating non-vegetarian food, make sure that you choose the best restaurant and not the local roadside corners.
  • During the summers, you must carry lots of water as most of it is lost while sweating. So try to drink as much water you can.

Other Useful Tips

  • If you are a foreign tourist, make sure that your passport is ready. US travelers can apply for a passport at the U.S. Passport Agency in New York or other countries like Boston, Washington DC, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco and local courthouse. Carry a citizenship proof, birth certificate and recent size photographs of size 2.5 x 2.5 inches.
  • If you are travelling by air, ensure that the luggage limit is followed. It is usually 66 pounds (30 Kilograms) in all the airlines while it is 33 pounds (15 Kilograms) for first class. It saves your time in going to the custom department, registering and reducing the luggage. Do not carry unnecessary things as it will just add to the weight. So make sure that you carry stuff for 2-3 days only.
  • If you are fond of your toiletries, do carry them as you might not come across a vast range of products to suit your taste. Mostly, the Indian toiletries are not able to impress the foreign tourists.
  • In Maharashtra, you will come across a lot of beggars in front of religious places, on roadside and everywhere, do not give them any money. Though the government is taking strict action against them but the cooperation from the visitors is also needed. Do not interact with them or share any kind of personal stuff.

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