What is important to know before traveling to India?
India is the seventh largest country and with more than 1 billion people, it is the second most populous country in the world! This land of so many colours and flavours can be overwhelming, but it’s beauty is incomparable. Although the Taj Mahal is the main destination, there are marvels such as Biwi ka Maqbara in Aurangabad or Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi that shouldn’t be missed. Religion is also an interesting part of India, since this country is the birthplace of 4 of the world's major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism.
India is usually depicted as a dangerous country, but it is generally safe for tourists in comparison with neighbouring countries. Locals are usually nice and friendly, though rape rate is significantly high. Therefore safety should be a concern for female travelers in India. As a female tourist in India, you should take precautionary measures. For example, avoid being alone in poorly lit areas, let someone know where you are at all times, ask your host about the surroundings and how safe is the region in you are visiting.
Yes, you can exchange work for accommodation in India at hostels, camping sites, NGOs, guesthouses, farms and more. There are Worldpackers hosts in Jaipur, New Delhi, Mumbai and many other cities in India. Check our host list and make a profile for free. The profile should include the skills you’re good at and the ones you wanna learn, travel photos and a bio about yourself. Once you provide info and find a host, you can schedule a trip by becoming a member of the Worldpackers community for only $49 a year!