India has always one of the hottest (pun intended) tourist spots throughout the world. Most of us love to have people over, as we love to celebrate, and the more the merrier! It has gathered international fame over time through several celebrity visits, ranging from the Beatles, Madonna, Mick Jagger, Brangelina to the very recent Leo Cap!
So are you planning to come over soon enough and wondering what to wear when you visit India? Don’t worry, for we’ve got you covered! Read on, and you will have with yourself a comprehensive guide on what to wear when you visit India, anytime you plan to come by!
Tourists’ Guide On What To Wear In India In Summers :
Now as said above, India is in general, a very hot country. So unless you’re visiting the northern parts in and around the Himalayas (or other hilly regions), it is suggested that you forget about them heavy jackets or thick sweaters and thermal pants.
However, keep in mind that wearing a tank top or roaming around shirtless isn’t something you’re expected to do unless it’s beachy. There, everything goes (quite literally). But for the other exotic spots in the country, we have the following line-up ready for what to wear when you visit India during the summers.
1. Kurtas :
Kurtas are a type of Indian clothing that is considered really quite hip(pie) in the far west. They are generally a longer tunic worn over legging-style trousers (Pyjamas) and are very common in India. We highly highly recommend both the long and short versions of them. You can purchase Kurtas in India after you arrive if you just want cheap clothes in a lot of colors, but we recommend you have at least one to wear when you arrive. Kurtas are a convenient way to visit India and should be considered for your Indian checklist.
2. Cotton/Linen Shirts :
If you’re hitting the city or planning to head out for dinner, a polo shirt may not be what you might want to wear in India. Instead, you would want to think of a pleasant breathable cotton or linen shirt. You can always choose to add both long as well as a short sleeve button down to your Indian checklist so that you have options. Button-down shirts, specifically made from cotton or linen are breathable and fit very well with the other things on our tourists’ guide on what to wear when you visit India.
3. Cotton T-shirts :
When deciding what to wear in India, make sure to look for natural materials such as cotton! Cotton t-shirts will keep you comfortable and help you deal with the extra load of foreign humidity if you sweat in the Indian sun. Most common cotton t-shirts are both pocket friendly and go well with whatever is advised in this article.
4. Chinos Or Linen Trousers :
While you can want to carry jeans when you decide on what to wear when you visit India, we suggest that you choose a pair of lightweight pants instead. Indian men do wear denim, but it is preferred that one wears lightweight trousers and joggers for the length of the journey. Chinos or Linen trousers are advised for this purpose. They go perfectly with a cotton t-shirt or laid back shirts, and they keep you comfortable and shaded from the sun on your journey.
6. Cotton Shorts :
For them hotter, more humid places in the country, you may want to opt for simple cotton shorts to keep you cool. For the more urbane, you may want to avoid the standard shorts and go for 3/4ths or Bermuda Shorts. This is said keeping in mind again that they can be combined with every top wear suggested in this article.
7. Shoes :
Breathable shoes are advised for this purpose. Anything that lets your feet take care of its sweat by itself is a go-go. You will find a wide range of footwear in several places in India which are quite quirky and beautiful. But for the purpose of packing, we suggest simple slip-on sneakers or sandals to keep your feet cool. For jungles, if you can, do wear boots. If not, try to get sandals or sneakers with a nice grip on the sole.
8. Accessories :
Definitely remember to pack some Sunglasses and hats or caps to protect your head from the scorching Indian sun. Try to go for sunglasses that give better coverage than the more trendy or appealing ones. Wraparounds, Wayfarers, Clubmasters, and Aviators are suggested. Polarised lenses will give you an easier time with vision while going easier on your eyes.
You may want to include a cotton scary as well. They will come in handy when visiting several temples and/or mosques, where you’ll be asked to cover your heads out of respect. This will be a must when visiting several places in Delhi or the severely underrated Munroe Island in Kerala, the God’s Own Country.
Tourists’ Guide On What To Wear In India In Winters?
Indian summers aren’t really that cold, except for the hilly or mountainous regions, as discussed above. You will barely expect a chill at night, as in most places, the winter temperature goes around 20 degrees in general. So you can go light on the winter protective gear if you’re planning on visiting the not so mountainous regions of India.
1. Jackets :
You may want to pack both sleeved and sleeveless jackets for your visit to India. Do not go for the thick ones, for they may be a bit extreme for the general Indian winter. A nice hoodie or a fleece or padded sleeveless jacket should be enough to keep the cold away and make you comfortable whilst you see this crazy, quirky country. If you are planning on biking, you may want to consider a nice technical/field jacket or a decent leather jacket. However, we suggest you wear jackets made of PU leather, for our support to the PETA cause. Denim jackets are also a nice go-to for a more casual look.
2. Jeans/Corduroy Trousers :
Jeans or Corduroy trousers are advised to keep away the winter chills from getting into your bones. They are quite cosy in winter, and we suggest a snug-fitting one for your comfort. They are of the perfect thickness for the Indian winters and give you great leisure in choosing your other apparels whilst choosing what to wear when you visit India in winter.
3. Full Sleeve Button-Down Plaid Shirts :
For winters, we suggest some relatively thick full sleeve button-down Plaid shirts. The preferred materials are thick cotton or wool. Not only do they look amazing in the Indian climate, but do well to serve you against the gentle chills during the morning. They can also easily be doubled with some light jackets for the nights.
4. Beanie :
One of the utter essentials for what to wear when you visit India during the winter is a beanie. Beanies have various types of knitting and other specifics that you can select according to our outfit. It is one of the most economical additions to your winter essentials. Not only is it a trendy accessory, but it also keeps the ears wet. You can bring one from your own country, knit one(!), or buy one for dirt cheap in any apparel store or outlet here in India.
5. Shoes :
If you are planning to go to the jungles, or are planning on doing a lot of riding, we prefer boots for this. Other than that, simple sandals or comfortable sneakers are perfect to rise up to the occasion.
What To Wear When You Visit Any Temple/Religious Site In India?
When visiting temples and other religious sites on your own, or as a part of a tour, be on the lookout for signage that will warn tourists to dress in a certain way to access the temple. The Government of India recommends that certain religious establishments ask tourists to cover their heads or to remove their shoes, and to cover their legs and arms. Certain places may have more complex criteria, such as the putting on of a certain colored sash or bandana as a head-covering. Take your hint from the other tourists who are leaving the place.
India is a beautiful country with loads of places to see. People come here for a myriad of reasons and usually go happily back to tell their own great Indian tale. We hope this article helps you pack wisely so that you know what to wear when you visit India and go back to tell your own version of that story. And hey, have a great journey ahead!
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