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A common feature of every travel diary, Rajasthan is a hot-spot for tourists across the world owing to the state’s rich authentic culture and aesthetics. However, there are a few things one must avoid when traveling to Rajasthan.
1. Packing Troubles
Rajasthan’s weather can be inconsistent. Even though the temperature is on the higher side mostly, it could get really cold in the winter here. Its always recommended to pack for both the heat as well as the cold.
- The highest temperature recorded in Rajasthan was 51°C
- The lowest temperature recorded in Rajasthan was -0.8°C
2. Don’t let locals manipulate you
Even though most of the people in Rajasthan treat you as one of their own, don’t let a travel guide lead you to shops owned by their friends or relatives. If they’re claiming to get you cheaper deals, its probably that they receive a commission for it and could mislead you.
3. Don’t settle for more
The shopkeepers in Rajasthani markets are opportunists. They will not shy away from quoting a high price for tourists to make more profits from you. It is always recommended to bargain, and never agree to the first price offered by the shopkeeper.
- Sadar Baazar in Jodhpur is famous for its collection of utensils and kitchenware
- Johri Baazar is famous for traditional jewelry collections
4. Avoid street vendors
It is always better to go to stores with a government certification of authenticity, for genuine handicrafts and other products, since there is assured authenticity, which isn’t the case with street vendors.
- Markets in Alwar are famous for Kagzi Pottery
- Markets in Jodhpur are one among the most popular shopping destinations in India
5. Avoid dressing inappropriately
The people belonging to Rajasthan are slightly conservative, which is why it is necessary to dress appropriately, in clothes which are not too revealing. Most temples do not allow people in shorts and half pants.
- Traditional Rajasthani clothing has been designed to make the person feel comfortable
- Ghagra-choli and Dhoti are made from cotton
6. Safety around Animals
Rajasthan is famous for its wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, which is why certain etiquette needs to be maintained around them. Feeding animals, throwing things at them is dangerous. Elephant and Camel tours should be done under supervision.
7. Avoid superstitious gatherings
Rajasthani people are religious and fall prey to many superstitions. They perform acts of superstitions in public to draw attention to themselves. Avoid such gatherings as there are chances of getting physically hurt.
8. Avoid fake saints and priests
It is not advisable to take offers of spiritual advice and remedies from quacks, god men and saints, considering the fact that there is no way to distinguish the genuine ones from the crooks, who are just looking out to trick you and make money.
9. Try to learn the language
Avoid relying only on your travel guides for communication. It also helps to know the language, so that strangers and shopkeepers don’t try to take advantage of your unfamiliarity with the place and language.
10. Food specifications
The food that Rajasthani’s consume is usually spicy, hence it is important to explain your tastes and specifications to them. It is also safer to drink bottled water and eat well cooked food from a clean and hygienic place to avoid falling sick.
One can only be too careful in a place like Rajasthan. At the end of the day, all tourists want is to enjoy their vacation and safely return home.
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