Tips and tricks for bus travel in India

If you want experience India like a local and not like a tourist, then you should explore it on a bus, because then you will be able to immerse yourself in the myriad hues and colours of the entire nation. You will be able to smell the scent of the earth, feel the magic of the air and enjoy the fragrance of flowers as you traverse the length and breadth of this enchanting subcontinent called India.
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1. Tread the untrodden ways :
Do not go for the conventional, instead look for unconventional getaways around you and take a bus to that place. Trust us, it will be worth the effort, as the journey will bless you with scenic views and friendly people. Yes. We have observed the people from these obscure towns and villages are the friendliest, because they hardly get any tourists and when they do, they make sure that they are treated like kings and queens – em, not really, yes but they will make you feel at home, literally. Primarily because, the accommodation in these places is limited, and in order to best enjoy the place, homestays are recommended. So you will be at home, sans the monotony of being there.Exciting,right?
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2. Make the fullest of the stops :
So, when the bus stops at a local restaurant or at any checkpoint, get off, and enjoy the place to the fullest. Try eating the authentic local cuisine at the place, and also talk to the locals and find out what their culture is all about. It will give you more idea about the place you are about it, and you will end up making more friends (off facebook!)
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3. Carry clothes to cover if you are cold :
The temperature in an AC bus and even otherwise can become uncomfortably cold at times and warm during others. It is always better to carry a small sheet or a shawl to cover yourself at night when it is a bit cold, especially if you are going towards the cooler regions of the country, because you will be able to sleep comfortably if you are not cold, and enjoy your day properly.
4. Research and book your bus tickets online and well in advance :
Well ‘The early bird gets the worm’ has not been said without any reason. It holds true in most of the cases and certainly in this one. If you book your bus ticket early, there is a good chance that you will get an early bird discount and it will also save you a lot of time. In fact, if you wait for the last day to book your tickets, then you might have to pay a lot more than the actual cost, and you will not get the seat of your choice. Also many websites have good deals on online bus bookings, and a simple search will lead you to them.
5. Talk the talk :
Learn the local language of the people of that area and try conversing with the driver or the conductor in that. Trust us, the response you get will make you fall in love with India and its people!.
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