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)”

  • Ankur Chatterjee says:

    I think you made a mistake… You asked a stranger to drop you at the station on a bicycle but you had an option of a tuk tuk …

  • if you are mentally tired , then what about indian employees who are everyday changing 4 trains for earning for living . Now new traffic rules came into the india . Now tell me you are talking about peace in india.

  • Pranay Srivastava says:

    It is a pity that you had lot of hardships in exploring VARANASI due to traffic because it is a bit congested and we also have to have patience.
    But otherwise VARANASI is a very great place which captures the essence of Indian culture.Please do visit VARANASI again😊

  • Try to be honest with yourself and tell the truth , you're beating around the bush people don't want lectures in philosophy they want to hear the truth nothing but the truth. You probably know by now I am a Pakistani😁😁

  • Terrorist attacks are the main reason, 26/11, bomb attacks etc bcoz of these in some public places like railway station shooting is prohibited

  • fairly accurate. take metro's or uber or ola instead of tuk tuks. at night if alone traveller, avoid taxi's in remote places. 5% drivers maybe risky. never know maybe you encounter someone from the 5%.

  • India is intense.. when u get here u will want to leave.. but when u stay long enough, either u leave a changed person or you will fall in love with india

  • Rational Insider says:

    Look if you come to India don't go for the cheapest hotels restaurants vehicles or in train never purchase the cheapest general ticket. They are here to cater our lower class and people along the BPL. Maintain your standard and you will get all the facilities.

  • They suggested you to pay 60-70, but it's hard to get these deals, lots of bargaining … But really if your time is expensive than pay little more and you will get on time…

  • This gentleman is very genuine, practical and down to earth.he took things as they came and took took them in his stride.We Indians should apologize to this young person and countless other tourists who might have faced similar situations.come on India

  • I had actually watched your video on Canada months ago when I was about to go to Winnipeg for a summer internship, and here I am now, watching your video on India 😀
    Great channel!

  • Myth n Misconceptions about India – India is Cheap… No its not…. Foreigners just want to tavel India for 1000$ which is not possible i mean if you want bad experiences…. my message to all who are planning to come to India… Jus spend some money here India is not cheap.. I mean you gotta lose out pocket to have good…!!

  • अगर चाहते हैं विदेश में एंटरटेनमेंट देसी तो फॉलो/शेयर करे देसी v/sविदेसी
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4zdLk3f1y0&t=178s

  • Yes brother .. we need to change the attitude of the tuktuk ppl.. they need to be educated better how to treat guest.. we are sorry.. we find a way to sort this.. thank you..

  • subham mukherjee says:

    One thing people say to us that after going back to their country from India they had whole different appreciation for their own country .India is so diverse and overpopulated that it's really hard to get things done on time .So fellow tourists those who want to come India keep in mind that "patience is the key to solve every problem here".

  • Rishika chaudhary says:

    This video was so enlightening for an Indian like me. Nice to know an outsiders view. We should make travelling easier in India.

  • I as an Indian totally dependent on your GPS .
    I book train bus taxi on the go ,(online)
    Traffic jam is beyond anyone's control
    Visit India after November !

  • India has lot of struggle bcoz western people's came nd killed in the name of God… And taken all money to their country….. Now they are calling poverty.. Nd more…
    INDIA NEVER ATTACKS ANY CULTURE AND COUNTRY.. THAT'S WHY WE CALLED PEACEFUL COUNTRY OF THE WORLD.

  • Very well done, thanks for this thoughtful video. Also, I dare Americans to sometimes just pay what something is worth to you, without getting upset over what amounts to 1 or 2 dollars. Make people smile and throw down, you'll have a great time!

  • ys status maker says:

    This is not indian trains.. Railways not allowed in up on trains… When you come agai. I will fack you hard… And shut your mouth.. Ugly face….

  • He's so right like there are scammers in India like any other country but best thing is if you'll just ask for help from locals they'll help you you just have to ask to 2-3 people to help and many will do everything to make sure youre fine

  • the tuk-tuk drivers do this specially to foreign tourists, whom they believe do 'not know the prices' and are 'really rich and will pay almost anything'

  • These problems which faced are becuase of cheap traveling, travel cheap but same time travel smart . Now days tuk tuk and Uber Ola at same prices almost. Walking on roads are not as in Canada or European nations becuase of population her especially in big cities and you as a foreign traveler travel in big cities like Delhi Mumbai Jaipur where already too much crowd. Train stations are not like your country becuase in india train is cheapest mean of traveling as we have all kind of reservations in trains most of them are cheaper for long distance where you will found a huge crowd.

  • As for indian vlogger bikers leh ladak is a youtuber destination & for foreign india is a destination for a becoming a travel vloger

  • India is a country where you can find your desire facility via how much you spend money. You can book the online train ticket from IRCTC website without the need of any Indian ID number; in short, anybody can reserve a ticket online.  For local transportation, you can use Uber, Ola, Zuganu(it's tuk-tuk app).

  • Priyanjan Kumar says:

    Book tickets online , cab , train , flights , everything you can book online without having to line up at station. I wished someone would have informed you abt that,

  • just reach IRCTC.nextgen in india for train bookings make an account book tickets just give 30 minutes to the website you will able to do it yourself

  • For once an honest and balanced vlog.
    My simple advice to travelers – if you come expect the ease of doing things the way you are used to, why travel at all?
    The ability to take things as they come is very important part of leading happy lives.

  • Sarah Mahalingam says:

    Maybe because you are not a woman so your chance of getting raped or molested is much less of an issue? Lol. I'd like to hear from a female tourist. I've heard enough of personal account of female tourists being groped or worse. The issue surrounding India is less of theft but more of a woman's safety over there. You are lucky nothing worse has happened to you YET. Also you can almost passed off as a fair skin Indian than a western foreigner, so that prob makes you less of a target if you don't open that mouth of yours.

  • you raised a very good point about trying to do things and getting nowhere. That pretty much is how things go about in India vs the western world. People in general do not value others' time, for eg. your experience at the train station or even with the rickshaw puller.

  • Install these apps before coming to India
    Ola Cabs or Uber
    IRCTC for train tickets
    Trivago or OYO for hotels
    And you'll spend 80% less than they scam price you.

  • No this is not real some of the pictures are from other countries.in India it is not allowed to travel rooftop of a train i am sure if you do dis you will be fined about 1000 even you can get behind the bar.😁🤣.

  • Even though you had a troublesome day but it reached u alot . And that's what India does . It's such a amazing country.

  • I will be in India 5Nov to 3Dec. My train tickets are already confirmed and I allotted 4 days per city to allow some delays and indulgences hahahaha many thanks to your advice.

  • Broo We always respect the old proverb "atithi devo bhava"… Although some are a bit exception AND
    You do have irtctc for booking any train tickets throughout India

  • India is a country of 1.35 billion people . Everything will go slow like queues and traffic . You have to manage . Every country is good and bad in some way or the other .

  • I want to go to India this December or January, I’m 60 and I will travel with my son of 21 who had moderate autism, what would you suggest on safety and places to go? Thanks

  • Beware of tourist destination and Hotel charge here in India because on seeing foreigners like you they increase the prices and as US dollars and Canadian dollars are more powerful than INR so they would try to scam you this is an advice of an Indian to always bargain

  • Their is an official railway app for booking tickets, other apps i suggest are red bus,uber or ola for local rides they also have like auto's.

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