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What to wear in India

What to wear in India? What kind of clothes would be safe to wear there? What should I pack? Can I carry my shorts along? Should I carry cotton or linen or woollens or all? Should I carry flats or high heels? Are these questions in your mind too? Well then read along, as I pen down some basic tips that would help you pack that bag for your trip to India.

What to wear in India

"What to wear in India"

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The first rule of travelling in India or for that matter anywhere is to travel light, hence carry minimal clothing. If need be you can always purchase in India itself considering clothing is fairly economical here. The mindset across the world is as a country India is very traditional and conservative in terms of clothing and attires. However, there is more to that. If you are travelling to cities like Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune in India, the dressing is fairly modern and liberal so you can wear jeans, t-shirts and skirts too. The only point to keep in mind is dressing in a way to avoid unwanted attention. The tip therefore is to avoid any clothing that is too revealing. In religious towns and villages on the other hand it is better to don fairly traditional clothing.

The weather in India is usually hot and humid hence jeans at times can become uncomfortable to wear. So the alternative could be cotton pants or trousers for the ladies. It could be full length or knee length. You could team it up with shirts, t-shirts or tops. For men a cotton trouser with shirt is always the best option and you could go for shorts too.

Another factor to keep in mind while picking clothes is the hot sun and the mosquitoes in India. Hence to avoid that distasteful sun tan during the day and the mosquito bites at night it is always advisable to wear full sleeved clothes.

If your itinerary includes a place of worship such as temples, mosques or gurudwaras then women must wear long skirts or trousers; preferably with full sleeve shirts or tops and carry a stole or a scarf to cover the head. Also, one must remove the footwear before entering any religious place.

There is always the apprehension whether or not to wear sleeveless shirts and tops in India. The idea is if decent then anything can be worn without worry. Also, your backpack should always have a scarf or stole and an umbrella. The latter could serve you both in the sun and in rain.

If you are going to a beach destination then carry your swimwear along as Indians do not use swimwear that much and you may find it difficult hunting down the right one for you. However there are exceptions; there are no such reservations on the beaches of Goa.

India is very hot during the months of March to June hence pack light clothes, preferably cotton. Also carry lots of sunscreen and mosquito repellents along. Indian winters can be very extreme too, especially in the North, hence carry abundant warm clothes for a vacation in that season. Now for the footwear, it is always comfortable to carry flats and sneakers. High heels can best be avoided.

If you wish to blend in and want to explore some Indian clothes then you could wear Kurtis, Churidars, salwars and harem pants. These are readily available in the local markets and are comfortable too.

Dress modestly and you’ll sail through your holiday in India with ease and without any uninvited stares.

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16 Responses to “What to wear in India”

  1. Chris says:

    When is the best time to have a vacation in India?

  2. It’s great to see people of different culture, wore clothing from another cultures. It looks interesting and awesome.
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  3. Lee says:

    Hi we try to travel when we can. When we do we try to fit in to the culture and dress appropriately maybe not exactly like the locals. But so that we don’t stick out like a sore thumb. I think you get on a lot better like this.

    Thanks lee
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  4. James says:

    I agree with Shalu.India is best to visit on those months.Were planning to visit on December.

  5. I appreciated your professional way of writing this post thanks; you have made such a nice blog. I found in your website perfect for my needs it contains wonderful and helpful posts.
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  6. Nelieta says:

    Thank you very much for sharing the information. It is always important to read what the customs are in a country.
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  7. Martin says:

    Hey, I am from India.
    In India men mostly wears Jeans-T Shirts and women’s wear Kurtis-Sal war aw well as sarees.And yo know foreigner also like to wear this dresses.
    I am PROUD that I am Indian.

  8. Thanks for sharing the information about the visual diary for adventure through which we can travel. It’s really a great photo gallery.
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  9. November to February seems like a cold month, don’t you think so?

  10. Jessica says:

    I like your point with regards on your post, It seems to be interesting and great to hang out with friends.

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  12. Nice Information about What to wear During Indian Tour thanks for the update. This is my first time i visit here. i will sure recommend it to my friends and relatives to read it if they are ever visiting india Keep Going And keep Updating us

  13. Face Clear says:

    what you really really need is a good sunscreen product (broad spectrum) because sunray in India is very strong and can be harmful to your skin a lot. I don’t think clothing could be any problems.
    really thankful for your useful article here. very appriciate your post.


  14. Absolute Apparel says:

    Hello Shalu, you’re shared an amazing article. I think many foreigners who did not visited India ever but have planning to visit will find this article suggestions handy for what type of outfits really suits in Indian culture. Great work!! Keep it up…

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