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Culture Shock - Traveling to India for the First Time

Experiencing Culture Shock in India

What is culture shock? It is the impact of traveling from a familiar culture and trying to adjust to an unfamiliar one. India especially is renowned for causing Westerners culture shock and this page is going to show you what is most likely to befuddle and confuse you when traveling to this beautiful but crazy country! I visited India alone and as a solo woman traveler experiencing the sensory overload of India could be a little much at times. I hope that by writing this article about what could give you culture shock in India may help you plan a first trip there.

This article is not trying to put you off visiting India - but rather to show you what is most likely going to make you think "argh! this wasn't in the guide books!"

The diversity of India - Your culture shock may be different to mine!

Take a look at the two photos below....he top one is Ladakh in the North and the below one is Kerala in the South - the same country but very different landscapes. This is a gigantic country and it isn't just the landscapes that are so diverse - the people, cultures and languages are too. So depending on where you go and travel to throughout India, your experience of the culture change could be very different from place to place. I started off in Delhi and traveled in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh before heading to Ladakh. The contrast between each place was very different, Ladakh is like another country compared to Delhi!

My point is, if you travel through this vast country you will experience different levels of culture shock and you will love some places and hate others and that is ok! You do not have to love everywhere you visit!

The differing landscapes in India

The mass of humanity in India can be overwhelming! - forget personal space in India!

With a population of approximately 1.1 billion in India, you are never far from humanity. If you like your personal space, forget it because you will not be getting any here! You will have to get used to being shoved, pinched and in close proximity to people all day, with people shouting in your face to get in their rickshaw, buy their wares or give them money.

Indian people are extremely friendly and hospitable though and the only time I felt overwhelmed was when people were trying to sell me stuff or beg which can feel extremely harassing and aggressive. Be prepared to be strong and stand your ground!

Indian people are very polite and will ask you lots of questions about your life, you may even be required to have your photo taken with complete strangers! Indian people also are extremely clean and well dressed, and I was told that they don't understand why rich western people come to India and dress like tramps - and nor do I actually, there is no need to look a mess. Seriously, if you keep yourself well maintained when you are traveling and make an effort to be neat and clean, you will find you are respected a lot more in your interactions with Indian people. Don't wear tiny shorts/skirts and low cut tops, buy some Indian clothes that will not only keep you cool in the heat but will also help you blend in.

There's a lot of people in India!

India is Beautiful...but dirty - There is a huge garbage problem

These photos aren't just small areas of India that you may occasionally see. Trash is everywhere in India.. It is (or would be) a beautiful country and all this litter everywhere is just horrendous. You will see people collecting trash to sell - like water bottles. You will see cows eating the trash, which gets caught up in their gut and kills them. The state of the Ganges is disgusting, polluted and dirty - and it is meant to be spiritual.

India is a very dirty place and the depth of the filth is something you just cannot comprehend until you have seen it. I recommend reading this excellent article Dirty India from Matador Travel

Pollution is absolutely everywhere in India

Traffic and transport in India

If there is anything that will give you culture shock, it will be the Indian traffic!

This ties in with the volume of people in India - there are lots of people so there's lots of traffic. And it is (to our western eyes) chaotic, dangerous and disorganized.

In Delhi I saw a beggar get run over by a rickshaw, right next to me, the wheels went over his head. He was bleeding badly and the driver who ran him over just got out of the car and dumped the begger on the side of the road.

In Haridwar I also saw a cycle rickshaw driver who had been killed by a truck.

I noticed that every vehicle on the road will play chicken with the other and what should be a two lane road becomes six lanes! Cows really do wander about in the traffic and taxis do not have seat belts or wing mirrors!

Drivers hoot and use hand gestures to communicate to each other, we don't understand but they do and you just have to trust that you will arrive at your destination safely.

Road accidents are very frequent in, check out this article from the Indian Express

I traveled mostly by train for long distances, and even the train stations were cause for much frustration and confusion for me! Often platforms are not numbered (but people still know where to go, apart from me!), buying a ticket involves a long wait in a disorderly pushing and shoving queue and long delays are frequent.

It is well worth reading about how to buy a train ticket, the scams you may be up against in train stations and the many different classes of carriage in the trains, the Lonely Planet and Rough Guide books have great sections on transport. I found that it is best to research things like this as much as possible beforehand, it helps to know what you are up against!

Scams, Touts and Beggars in India

As a westerner, you will be a target for scams and beggars

You will read about scams in any good guide book and it is well worth making yourself aware of the various ways people may try to dupe you of your money! Check out this forum on indiamike.com with advice from other travelers about popular scams and annoyances.

Familiarize yourself with the typical scams you may face, but don't let the possibility of them happening to you ruin your trip. Remain relaxed but aware, keep your wits about you and stand firm against anyone persistent.

Beggars are everywhere, and some are very badly disabled and others are very little children. I was told that I would stop noticing the beggars and extreme poverty after a while, but I never did. See this link for rules for dealing with beggars in India

Getting Sick - the Travelers Trots

Getting diarrhoea in India is pretty much an inevitability. Even if you buy bottled water or use water purification tablets, just a bit of water in your mouth when you take a shower or using the tap water to brush your teeth can cause you to have a tummy upset. There are also flies everywhere, and if you manage to keep them off your food when you are eating, who is to know that flies didn't land on your meal when it was being prepared.

I had a stomach upset for 6 weeks during my trip there, it was unlike anything I had experienced before! You kind of get used to it, luckily I had no fever so I continued doing what I wanted for the most part. I just had to make sure there was a toilet within running distance! I only took medicine to help bung me up when I was traveling around, otherwise I think it is best to, erm, let it all out!

Make sure you stay hydrated and if it gets all too much get out to the cool mountains in the North or the beautiful beaches of Goa and relax!


Have you experienced culture shock? Tell me your views

Priya Singh on July 11, 2019:

Impressive writing. You have the power to keep the reader occupied with your quality content and style of writing. I encourage you to write more. India as a whole is an incredibly special place. India is also one of the most popular destinations among international tourist.

Krishna on May 09, 2019:

Yes, these are few - but adding a few here:

1: Indians eat with their bare hands (of course we wash it before using)

2: Indian food will be rich in spices.

3: India is heaven for Vegetarians, & to a great extent for Vegans too.

4: Ignoring street vendors, beggars is adviced.

Prerana Thombare on February 22, 2019:

I cannot ever understand why some one who visits India, writes all the negatives about the country. If thats the case, then please do not visit.

Yes, we have our flaws and we have our own shortcomings, but thats not the whole picture. No other country in this whole planet has so much diversity with along with so much population.

Have you ever thought that its such a challenging task to run the country like this. We have cleared filth and dirt from many parts of the country, our problem lies in unaware people (uneducated lot) and they are many...

Its a developing country's problem with many people from different thought process, upbringing, culture, language, varied economic background. Show me a country you can run like our's.

Proud to be an Indian

Chris whitey on November 08, 2018:

Totaly filthy scum bags wow

NUnu on July 05, 2018:

I had a nitemare staying a day in Delhi...such a horrible place. I cant even eat even in the hotel! Such a dirty place

Frank james on March 21, 2018:

No point in going to a filthy scamming , garbage dump like that. Waste of money , time and life. !

Mohit on December 15, 2017:

India is not a poor country. Indian middle class family have enough and enjoy a lot.our life style is very simple because we lives in realty of the world. We're there is many people garbage and dirtyness is common but civic awareness is increasing and you will see lot of changes in upcoming year.

Rameez on September 18, 2017:

You just generalized things and a lot of negativity everywhere. Every place has a wrong side to it. It's all about you. You said beggers, we also have states without single beggar. Water ain't bad when it comes to villages, and especially in kerala. We do have 2 wells at home. And people do come here for such 'dirty' experiences(slums, communities, poverty). Just that it isnt something of your interest. So next time you write something, make sense !

Random poster on March 17, 2017:

If you're going to go to India and just come back and whine about it, then don't go there at all. If you want to avoid sickness then get a malaria shot before and take the malaria medicine. If you actually know what to do, you will never get sick.

Really? on March 12, 2017:

India is an open sewer/floating mortuary, and you are scolding westerners silly enough to waste their tourist money subjecting themselves to this septic hell about dressing dumpy?!

Honestly?

Raj on March 04, 2017:

Yes its a poor country, its per capita gdp is 2000 dollars, mexico is something like 10,000, plus there are billions, have you ever tried to keep a home clean, that was built for 4, but with 25 residents, its impossible, so the combination of poverty and population has caused this, not all states are this poor, so you will see variety, if you do not want to see masses of poor people then stay the fuck away, visit europe instead, wait for 25 years and revisit

Call of Travel on October 20, 2016:

I've been visiting India for about 4 years now and I still cant get over how dirty it is. Unfortunately there seems to be little civic avareness when it comes to preserving the environment and common space.

The way I see it it's a mix of a lack of awareness, poor Government policies and of course the mentality of "whatever is not my household is not mine to any extent and I dont care about it"

realhistoryindia.com on August 20, 2016:

The beautiful part of india is from north-east indians/kashmiri/himachali(northindians). Rest of india is dirty & both inside & outside

Delan Cooper from Australia on March 08, 2016:

Once, around two years ago I visited Northern india. I flew from Bangkok to New Delhi and from New Delhi to Srinagar, the Northern part of India (Pakistan border). It's really different between the Capital and the North, the Northern is such nice view. And then I took a bus down to New Delhi and visited small towns along the way, ended the trip at New Dehli. I spent 2 nights in New Dehli, I felt like 'yeah, I'm now in India' I was really impressed how people live their lives there. To be honest, I really enjoined India, seeing something different from my normal life makes me see life differently.

Garima Sharma from Sydney on December 04, 2014:

Well...it's an honest outsider view and a touristy one at that. Yes, India is a lot more easier to travel if you have friends in India. From the last few years, the Indian government is trying hard to introduce ways to be more friendlier to international tourists who often come to soak in spirituality, yoga, lots of colours, meet backpackers, affordable shopping and more. But which country doesn't have downsides? Its just that India is such hugely populated that it does get overwhelming for people and that includes Indians like me. But one thing's sure, people world over continue to be fascinated by India. There are a lot of positives to this country and perhaps you could read a bunch of travel books on the incredible India! or even a true story like Shantaram which almost got made into a movie starring Johnny Dep. Good luck with more hubs :-)

Sara on September 22, 2014:

Did anyone reading this article notice the part about beggar run over blood or maybe about the horribly disabled beggars or the infant beggars?!! All of u are just going on about India and culture and blah blah.. Jeez do u people even have a heart?! As for the person who wrote this article thanks for the info on India but rather than just talking about the country's filth I feel appalled that u didn't apply any focused attention towards the poverty in India. In fact you applied the words "harassing and aggressive" to those poor poor people. White girl if u went though even a fraction of what try experience u would be murdering or a penny. I've traveled to India as well and I get that they don't leave u alone but jeez woman have some sympathy give the beggar some money and get it over with!! How much will it cost u? $5 or maybe $10??? As much as ur favourite frappicino? U wana culture ur self by traveling to India and blah blah because u think it makes u a more attractive person or cool or whatever goes through ur selfish head ! In my opinion and the opinion of any caring person u just became uglier..... As for you Indians that have commented on this post why didn't you say a single thing about the poverty? I guess to all you heartless people the look and smell of a country is more important than tortured human life....

If India wants to grow up then it should change a lot more than it's muck and filth... It should start with it's own people!

veiled_wonder on February 22, 2014:

as an Indian..I couldn't have given a more honest and comprehensive account of my daily life! a great read...thanks!!

theworldagent on October 19, 2013:

This is really making me want to go to India. I haven't been able to check that off my bucket list yet.

abcplumb on June 15, 2013:

Aaahh this bring back memories... I miss India

Klaartje Loose on May 30, 2013:

Yep, I did. In India, the first week of my first travel there. It was all so overwhelming... But I came through it and stayed for another 3 months ;-)

desilegend on May 28, 2013:

Beautiful images. I had the same culture shock when I visited India for the first time!

Cynthia Haltom from Diamondhead on May 09, 2013:

I haven't travelled to India it sounds fascinating.

anonymous on April 29, 2013:

Very Nice Article,,

I\ve been in India for 2 times..

1st time in April 2010 in a vacation with my wife and sun(6 months)

we have been to Banglore, maissore, Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Kashmir.

it was horrible experience for us..

The country is extremely dirty almost everywhere.

Hotels are in too low standard comparing with Indonesia...

we face a huge problem with our sun to find a food for him such as Cirelac ( it is not available in most groceries and pharmacies) which are extremely small and limited local brands choices.

Banglore was much more clean and organized than delhi, Agra and Jaipur.

we were so depressed because our expectation was much higher..

we spent 12 days before we move to kashmir..

when we moved to Kashmir , it is totally different story, |

Nice landscape, Nice people, clean area,

thanks god that it was our last destination in the trip,

My Advise for people sharing with me the same mood ,, Kashmir is the choice.

since I started my own business in Ethnic wear industry , India is one of my major supplies source , so I wen there again in 2012 .. I asked my wife to join me but according to our previous experience she refused and she said: I will never ever go back again to India ..

I believe it's good place for western people who want to try new experience, dirty crowded smilly places, for people who are looking for relaxation, enjoying nice weather or landscape or high standard services I believe many other places will be better.

anonymous on March 26, 2013:

As an Indian, I must say your depiction of India is honest. Yes it is very diverse. Even I feel overwhelmed sometimes. I would just like to add that food is not bad or contaminated everywhere, it is mostly the street food. If you go to a nice restaurant there is no chance of flies or getting sick. The thing is, the street food is very delicious and we forget how it was made. Don't get tempted, avoid street vendors(there are clean ones too, but it is best not to try unless recommended by somebody) and order your food in a good restaurant. They are pretty cheap and will serve you hygienically prepared food. Welcome to India, enjoy the spices and take the memories home!

anonymous on March 17, 2013:

Even after living in India for 2 years, I still discover cultural differences. Which other culture has a concept of a return gift?

I wrote a post about my culture shock when I first came to India on my blog: www [dot] gabrielasteiner (dot) com

Although the culture shock is not pleasant at first, I think overcoming it is part of the exciting travel experiences in India.

LisaDH on March 10, 2013:

Everything you've said here is very true about India, but I absolutely love the country. I've been there three times. Bach time I've had at least one day when I asked myself, "What the heck was I thinking?" and yet I would go again in a heartbeat. I've been to other countries in Asia, Central America and Europe, but none has impacted me the way India has. The culture shock is huge, but so are the rewards.

NibsyNell on March 10, 2013:

Really helpful and informative lens! :) Have always wanted to go to India... hopefully I'll fulfil that dream one day!

uneasywriter lm on March 03, 2013:

I have been to many countries in Asia but yet to be in India. Culture shock huge in my first Asian travel (Philippines), after a couple weeks there on the first trip I have a better idea of what to expect. Good lens!

PurplePansy LM on February 25, 2013:

I am an American, born and raised in the USA. My dad is from India, but he left when I was little. I keep thinking that someday I will go and see India, but I have to admit, I am a bit scared to go. The culture is so very different from here. This is a great introduction to some of the things about India that are most shocking. Watching Bollywood movies like you mentioned above is a good way to gradually learn more about India's culture. Although many movies have a great deal of American culture put into them in order to make them more appealing to American audiences.

Karen Kolavalli from Lexington, Kentucky on February 09, 2013:

Thanks for saying what everyone is afraid to say about their experience in India! It can be totally overwhelming to a foreigner, whether you have traveled extensively to other places or not. Good luck, James1978, with getting over your culture shock "after a few days." ;-) The Culture Shock India book is one I'd recommend, definitely.

James1978 on December 23, 2012:

I've visited lots of countries, but I haven't yet been to India. I don't have a problem with culture shock because you normally familarise yourself with your new surroundings after a few days.

RuralFloridaLiving on December 21, 2012:

India would be a great place to visit--especially if one had time to visit the diverse ecosystems of the country.

LouisaDembul on December 17, 2012:

Culture shock- oh yes! But not in India, yet. It's a country I would really love to visit.

Amy Trumpeter from Oxford on December 13, 2012:

I have travelled a great deal - Russia, China, America, Rwanda and most of Europe. But the culture shock I experienced in India beats them all! It's always funny when you get a 'free' rickshaw, and you know that you will have to eat in his brothers restaurant and stay in his cousins hotel if you take it! India is one of those places that you love and hate at the same time, there's no where like it. Also, it is so diverse within India that you could travel for months and feel like you are changing country because the differences in landscape and culture can be so dramatic. Also thanks for sharing Shantaram - great book. Love this lens.

rt8ca on November 25, 2012:

Would love to visit India one day but the people and crowds could be overwhelming! Recently visited Bangkok, Thailand and was amazed by the mass of people! Thanks for Sharing this great lens!

ZandriaKajewski on November 24, 2012:

London to me was a bit of a culture shock. It was dirty, polluted and the drivers did not pay attention to the road.

TedWritesStuff on November 23, 2012:

Not really.. but it is a country that many a traveller, including myself, feels is a challenge both mentally and physically! Makes you appreciate some of the smaller pleasures in our western world that everyone else seems to take for granted! (clean streets for instance!)

ocoyorg on November 11, 2012:

The stunning thing about being in India, with all the noise, chaos, and surprises is that it all seemed so normal. People of all kinds, animals, and machines living in a kind of harmony seemingly not possible. You mentioned the traffic accidents. One sadhu joked to us that the proof of God in India is that there are not more accidents!

victoriahaneveer on November 02, 2012:

Not really although I've traveled a lot. I just enjoyed it.

best dog shop on October 22, 2012:

Yep, big time in Nepal and India. I had to sit down with a cup of thee and I just sat there with a complete blank on my face fro hours. I just couldnt take anything in because it was so utterly different from any other experience I had every had. after that I had no problems any more with culture shock on new trips to India.

sherioz on October 21, 2012:

I have certainly experienced culture shock. India was only one of the places. I was lucky in India to have joined my daughter who had been there for several months by the time I met up with her there. That made it easier for me - she met me at the airport, reserved our hotels, bought the train tickets and so on. Your lens brought back good memories for me.

craftycollector on October 17, 2012:

Yes, particularly in northern China, where my husband was teaching in a university. He was there 12 years, and I visited, and spent some time teaching in the University. In north east china, Jilin province, many of the people are very poor, living on about 30 dollars a month. Poverty in warm climates is often shown on TV, but the poverty that provides much of the culture shock factor is very different when winter temperatures are cosistently 19° Celsious below freezing.

ismeedee on October 01, 2012:

Fabulous lens! I've added this to featured lenses on my lens about The God of Small Things!!!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 20, 2012:

First time I was in Poland. I can't eat raw meat and we were guests in an important dinner, just my husband and myself. I thought of just getting invisible for once.

I had been to India and I really find it interesting but can't get used to the number of people at you all the time.

Unusualhomes from London on September 17, 2012:

Great lens, I have always wanted to travel to India and have been put off by the potential hassle when I get there...maybe one day!

AmandaTWaH on August 26, 2012:

I've always been interested in India but didn't know about a lot of this stuff! Great information.

Ann from Yorkshire, England on August 23, 2012:

Fascinating lens with great photos - I haven't visited India but have experienced culture shock elsewhere in the world.

Carol Fisher from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK on August 23, 2012:

I've always wanted to visit India even though I know it will be a big culture shock as you show here.

bigjoe2121 on July 27, 2012:

wow. don't think I want to go to India. :(

anonymous on July 20, 2012:

This is a great lens - a real down to earth account of some of the realities of travelling in India. The traffic I think was the biggest one for me - took me about a week to pluck up the courage to cross the road!

waldenthreenet on June 17, 2012:

What is culture shock not sure. Yes, India is poor and poverty is sometimes overwhelming for me. But it's a spiritual journey for me. Congrads on your Squidoo level 61. Be glad to compae my India experience with yours. Thanks.

swatisingh lm on June 01, 2012:

you just need to see the right places

wolvyz on May 19, 2012:

When I visited India, I was shocked about the amount of people in India. I mean I had heard about it before but seeing it in front of you was a different thing.

THEHuG5 on April 18, 2012:

Wow this is an interesting lense! I really enjoyed the pictures and the information you provided about India. As someone who loves to travel to new places, India is definitely on my list and knowing these things are helpful. You were so brave to go there by yourself! The traffic situation of reminded me of my time in Europe were it seemed like there were no road rules at all and people just kind of did their own thing (like not stopping for pedestrians).

Traveling often leads to getting sick when you go to a new place. I wish it were easier to avoid. I'm glad you warned people about beggars and scam artists. It was the same in Europe and I wasn't prepared for it at all before I got there but by the time I left I was able to stand my ground. A lot of common sense and a little firmness will take you a long way! Nice article, keep up the good work :)

nikitakapoor on April 10, 2012:

These are the extreme scenes that you are showing, generally it represents mostly North and Central India. If you go to the extreme South, Kerala, you do see some of those scenes (after all, the typical Indian has no sense of collecting garbage and discarding it properly), but not in the same scale that you show. Or extreme North (himalayas) you won't see such crap! India is beautiful, you just need to see the right places!

anonymous on April 06, 2012:

The extreme scenes you show are generally representative of mostly North and Central India. If you go to the extreme South, Kerala, you do see some of those scenes (after all, the typical Indian has no sense of collecting garbage and discarding it properly), but not in the same scale that you show. Yes, as an Indian who has lived all of my life in the West, I do see some of those scenes, but I learn to accept them because, after all is said and done, there are very few places as charming, mystical and, in the case of Kerala, as beautiful, on Earth. With all its flaws (what country does not have them - look at the ghettos in L.A. and Chicago), India ROCKS! I love visiting!

anonymous on March 29, 2012:

Whatever people say. I like India. The culture is so wast and great that it changes from mile to mile. I experienced this when i travelled to ladakh with Roads Less Travelled (RLTGo.com) a perfect travel company handling off beat travel destinations. They are just awesome

satisnet-tech on February 24, 2012:

Whatever others say about India.

But experience while traveling India is really incredible.

We can see the age old tradition, history, culture, respect of every religion, different tasty food varieties and the best one is simplicity.

Just try to void the negative points and see the positiveness.

I bet that you might not enjoy the same and feel the rounding trip anywhere outside India.

VinayVallabhaneni on February 19, 2012:

Interesting... Having been in India never noticed places like you did, but people here are habituated to these kind of things, there is a hope in every Indian that some one will change their lives and the fact is that if they don't react by them selves things will never change but remain the same.

vkumar05 on January 30, 2012:

Moving from one culture to another will always lead to a shock, but it is generally short lived. Having a positive attitude can make it even shorter. Great Lens.

tcorbs on December 27, 2011:

I've never been to India, but my trip to Australia was breathtaking. See my lens about Australia travel here: http://www.squidoo.com/top-10-travel-tips-for-aust...

emmaklarkins on October 08, 2011:

Very well done! I went to India for a wedding, and I agree, it is a total culture shock!

learningspanishf on September 15, 2011:

great pics! I lived in India for a year, and I think you have done a great job with the info, contgrats

David Dove on August 31, 2011:

Looking forward to hearing more about it, will come back from time to time.Thank you

GypsyPirate LM on August 31, 2011:

Wow. You painted such a wonderful and complete picture of your experience in India. Thank you for sharing!

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on August 14, 2011:

Appreciated your lens on the culture shock that you experienced in India. Two friends of mine recently traveled there and experienced much of what you describe. They found it stressful. I do wish to travel to India and so everything I learn in advance is incredibly helpful. Thank you.

sukkran trichy from Trichy/Tamil Nadu on August 11, 2011:

other side of india. thanks for sharing your views about india. ~blessed~

sammittal on August 02, 2011:

You are right. India is not developed as US, UK and Japan, but it is developing very fast. You can see changes in Delhi. It is right the population in India is also growing very fast. Government work for control it and trying to provide best facilities.

NAnand on July 29, 2011:

Nice write up. Loved the honesty.

justholidays on July 27, 2011:

What an interesting read! There are a few things I definitely enjoy when I read your lenses: everything is detailed and highly informative although also quite entertaining, it makes me feel like if I had gone to India, see what I mean?

Then the other thing, the lazy person I am doesn't like to move from her home and through your lenses, in less time than it takes to say it, I travelled across the oceans and visited many different places.

Since I can't go on holiday, I thank you twice for the joyful trip!

DuaneJ on July 17, 2011:

Hi..thanks for complimenting the cultured nature of Indians...I am Indian and believe me, there are some wonderful clean places and not all of it is dirty. I was wondering if you could mention some of India's history...we were independent in 1947 after centuries of invasions culminating in British rule for which we won a war through peace...(not easy..when almost everyone wants to fire a weapon in this day and age)...Back here, temples, mosques, churches co-exist..There is so much more that I can go on and on about...It would be great if your lens could touch on some of the goodness of India...because every country has its dark areas....

reasonablerobby on July 15, 2011:

What a great travelogue. I have never been. I tutor lots of Indian students here in the UK and I assume they have comfortable lifestyles back home not like some of the scenes you have witnessed.

thesuccess2 on July 15, 2011:

I flew out to Bangkok, after 20 hours or so being mollycoddled in a plane I remember my bewilderment when I first stepped out into street, the heat, the noise, the bustle, culture-shock, nothing my brain could attach to. I had no plans or itinerary , I realized I had to take a decision, any decision, I saw someone I recognized from the plane and said where are you going, I shared their taxi, stayed at their hotel, never saw them again by the way.

eminenzmedia on July 15, 2011:

Hi LKW31,

I appreciate you for putting up so many things about India.

I would request you if possible for you to put few good things as well. You have put up a traffic video of Old Delhi, I will request you, if you have any video of South Delhi put that as well.

I am a Delhite and I would like to be very honest here that the video you have published is true but it is one part of the coin. Show the other side also.

By posting here I don't intend to hurt you or criticize you but it is just a request from a Delhite

Richard from Surrey, United Kingdom on July 13, 2011:

I haven't been to India myself, but my brother travelled to Goa and shared what he witnessed there with me. I can only imagine the culture shock visiting there as a single woman.

Kathy McGraw from California on July 10, 2011:

This first hand account of your travel shock gives me a real good idea of what to expect. It reminded me of Romania, the beggers, tons of trash, and no personal space. I was very surprised to see the beauty in that one picture as I never thought of India as being anything but overcrowded cities. Thank you for this very interesting expose. Blessed by an Angel :)

Sue Mah from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 10, 2011:

I can understand your culture shock when traveling to another country where they do things so differently from your own. We have quite a big community of Indians living here so I guess the culture shock will be less for me. Very good photos into life in India. Blessed by a Travel Squid Angel and added to my lensography on South Asia countries.

Addy Bell on July 09, 2011:

I've only travelled to the UK, France, Italy, and Switzerland. The culture shock wasn't too bad in those places. But I'd love to go to India some day.

littlelotus on July 09, 2011:

I'm from Indonesia.... I can somewhat relate to some of the things you write about here :) Don't think it will be much of a shock for me to visit India..... very beautiful pictures btw :) I don't travel much, and so far haven't had any culture shock experience.....