Not all travelers are brave enough to set foot in India by stereotypes from food safety and food culture, to the most common problem of rape.
Jo Stewart is an Intrepid Travel site blogger. When she announced that she was going to India, her friends all felt excited but also full of concern. After the journey to discover the land of the gods, Jo proved to his friends that India is not as dangerous as people think. Here are the confession of Jo’s friends in India and the true story of female bloggers.
“I’m afraid I will have diarrhea.”
People are often curious about how Jo’s stomach is reacting to Indian food rather than caring about the beauty of the Taj Mahal. In fact, during his trip, Jo tried local dishes from traditional to luxurious restaurants, or sidewalk shops. No one in the group had abdominal pain or had to use emergency diarrhea medicine, only one person had constipation, Jo did not understand why? Of course, Jo’s group used bottled water but they still tried many dishes on the street and no one showed signs of intestinal disease due to eating.
Not all tourists are familiar with the image of animals walking on the streets as much as in India.
“I am worried that India is not clean”
Of course, not all tourists can get used to the sight of cattle herds from cows, goats and pigs to camels, horses and dogs walking on the road like in India. So the best way is for travelers to give up all unnecessary comparisons. Jo admitted she was somewhat surprised to see locals drinking holy water where thousands of pilgrims stepped on their bare feet.
However, she reminded herself not to compare anything to her homeland. Because if you pay attention to everything based on personal hygiene standards, perhaps visitors will miss many interesting things about the culture of the new land. For example, Jo almost couldn’t help feeling the spiritual atmosphere when people drank holy water in a Sikh temple in Delhi.
“I am a woman and I do not want to be a victim of harassment or worse than rape”
In recent years, the media has reported a lot about violent crimes against Indian women. This country is in the midst of changing the concept of feminism, so Jo believes that it should not be the reason for people to falter when they want to explore.
There is no denying that India is a challenging destination for female travelers but these cases cannot confirm that all Indian men are abusing women or every woman in this country. are victims of violence, harassment or rape. Once you are aware of your own safety, you should follow the group and the female guests always choose a cabin for women.
“I don’t think I will match Indian food.”
Indian food is not all spicy. Jo shared that every dish she tried was not so spicy, except that she inhaled chili powder when she went to a spice market in Delhi. Visitors can avoid spicy dishes by staying faithful to curry sauces like dhal, korma, tikka and tandoori, especially avoiding spicy curries like phaal or vindaloo. If you cannot eat spicy, you can use chapatti or naan.
“I’m afraid to use the squat toilet”
On the way from Agra to Delhi under the hot sun to 45 degrees Celsius, Jo gave up using the usual toilet flush, instead she bought an ice cream and ate it right after using the squat toilet. . Jo expressed her opinion that everything is not too big if people accept it instead of serious problem.