Do not go
don't buy any weed off anyone in a uniform
Take the normal precautions you would when travelling abroad and enjoy your trip.
Do not listen to those rednecks who have never left their home and are horribly intolerant of everything foreign.
The only thing that I'd tell myself is be very curious,open minded,and respectful of others,and see if I can find that garden I was in-when SWARSATTI,greeted me, and asked me,if I wanted to stay,and learn-or move forward,to which I answered "stay & learn". I'd just like to thank Her.
I wouldn't walk, it's a long way. Go by plane. :D
You won't feel so sorrowful if you go to Calcutta. And, don't drink the water, or bath in the Public Ponds.
The Cooks, in India do not ruin the food..... The food ruin's you. Your first trip to the bathroom should break you in, really well.
eat, pray, love
What Nimbus said. Also, it is a huge country with remarkable things to see; the juxtaposition of extremes in everything you can imagie.
I would want to visit the Taj Mahal. I have been told it is so beautiful that people faint, cry and are just generally overcome in its presence.
Be a bit careful where you go and if you're travelling alone, see if you can find an honest and honourable guide to take you around.
get your shots
If your first stop is a large City then don't immediately be overawed by the congestion, masses of people and general hustle and bustle as you may want to return home immediately.
Give it at least two days to become accustomed to it.
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Don't ask what the food is, just eat it.