It will come as no surprise that India is a bit of a culture shock. India is such a vibrant diverse country that is quite different to Western culture. But then the differences are what makes travel so exciting. Even expecting certain things, the experience is something else. Here are my favourite “culture shock” surprises about India.
1 Juxtaposition of new and old
India is super modern at times as well as deeply traditional. It’s a land of extreme contrasts; new and old, poor and rich, high tech and …well, no tech. It’s hard to sum it all into a simple stereotype.
Locals photographing tourists.
Normally tourists photograph and stare at the locals at get their selfies with them. But in India turnabout is fair play; locals are fascinated by and want to have their photographs with the tourists. Families want to pose with the Westerners. People will stop to stare and watch unabashedly the tourists. Women are more likely to be watched, and the more different you are to what Indian’s are used to, the more they will stare and take photographs; pale skin, red hair, blond hair, tattoos, etc. Mostly is simple curiosity.
No need for rollercoaster or theme park rides, a tuc tuc ride through heavy traffic dodging traffic, cows sitting in the middle of the road, pedestrians, wild dogs,