Combat Glossophobia – Fear of Public Speaking

Are you a Glossophobic?

Do you always search for hide outs and prefer to avoid facing an audience and speaking in Public? Do you start shaking, sweat, stammer, go blank, become hot or cold in face, spine or hands, or dry mouth as you stand on the stage facing an audience, ready to listen to you?

Fear of Public Speaking is called Glossophobia and among people, this fear is even above the fear of death. As many as 75% people in the world suffer from Glossophobia.

If you were nodding in agreement to the above statement, this book might be just your helpful handy guide. Public Speaking is a very integral part of being successful. You can’t succeed by hiding yourself and always avoiding situations to speak in public. This would mean lots of lost opportunities and a limited career graph.

Presenting to you all is my First E – book on Glossophobia. Click Here for the e-book

In this book, I have tried to address the issues that often become huge roadblocks to Public speaking and how easily one can overcome this fear and be a Confident Public Speaker.

Happy reading.

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Something New

Hello readers,

I had been a bit tied up lately and unable to post since a few days. I need to share what was actually keeping me busy off late and a bit still.. it is THIS….

My eBook Cover page

My eBook Cover page

Yes, I had been busy finishing off this task that I took up. My first attempt at writing something other than blog. It is soon going to be available online – kindle hopefully. I will keep you posted for that.

Till then, share what you think about this. Need your support and wishes.

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10 INDIAN ROYAL PALACES CONVERTED TO LUXURY HERITAGE HOTELS

India has been the land ruled by numerous Emperors. From the Magadha Empire to the Mughal Sultanate, India kept on peacefully shifting and adjusting to the grandeur of each Era and Empire and adding on to its Heritage and Culture of each Ruling Dynasty which is evident through the magnificently built Forts and Palaces that are a Marvel Architecture of Engineering. With India becoming a Republic of India in 1950, the Constitution abolished the status of Royalty and withdrew all the Royal Privileges, leading to conversion of some of the exquisite Royal Residences into Heritage Hotels. Here is the list of Top 10 such Royal Residences who now stand as Luxurious Heritage Hotels.

1. RAMBAGH PALACE, JAIPUR

Rambagh Palace

Rambagh Palace

Image Source: Taj Hotels Website

Also known as the “Jewel of Jaipur”, this iconic palace has seen a lot of transitions. From being the home of Maharani Gayatri Devi’s favorite handmaiden, Kesar Badaran, to becoming a Royal Guesthouse and Hunting Lodge, and later as the residence of the Maharaja. Built in 1835 moderately and later on refurbished for the Royals, the mansion was renamed Rambagh after the then reigning Maharaja, Sawai Ram Singh II. His grandson, prince Sawai Man Singh II, was brought here on his accession in 1910 who always dreamt of making Rambagh as his official residence while in England for finishing his studies. Soon after his return, he began actualizing his dream by converting Rambagh into the magnificent palace, taking inspiration from the Mughal and Rajasthani architecture. In 1925, Rambagh Palace became the permanent residence of the Maharaja of Jaipur. When India declared its independence in 1947, the Rambagh Palace became the Raj Bhavan or Government House and the Maharaja became the Raj Pramukh or the Governor. The last of the India’s princely celebrations in the Palace was the wedding of the only daughter of the family, which was a two week extravaganza and has successfully made a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the World’s Most Expensive Wedding. The Royal family of Jaipur stayed at Rambagh as their home until 1957, when it was first converted into an upscale hotel managed by them first and later in 1972, managed by The Taj Group of Hotels, Resorts and Palaces.

2. LAKE PALACE, UDAIPUR

Lake Palace

Lake Palace

Image Source: Taj Hotels Website

Earlier known as Jag Niwas, on the name of Maharaja Jagat Singh II, is one of the four islands in Lake Pichola at Udaipur. According to the legend, the young prince used to indulge in moonlight picnics with ladies of Zenana on the Lake Island Palace. It was soon found out by his father and the option of having a pleasurable pastime was closed to him. As a rebellious gesture, the prince built his own pleasure palace on a different island on the lake that begun in 1743 and was inaugurated in 1746. The prince named it as Jag Niwas. By the half of 19th century, weather and time started taking toll on the water palaces of the lake and in the reign of Maharaja Sir Bhopal Singh, Jag Niwas remained deserted and decaying. Later on in 1963, Maharaja Bhagwat Singh turned Jag Niwas into Udaipur’s First Luxury Hotel and in 1971 transferred its management to the Taj Group of Hotels, Resorts and Palaces. The very famous James Bond Film “Octopussy” was filmed on the premises of this beautiful Heritage Property.

 3. UMAID BHAWAN PALACE, JODHPUR

Umaid Bhawan Palace

Umaid Bhawan Palace

Image Source: Taj Hotels Website

The Umaid Bhawan Palace at Jodhpur is named after The Late His Highness Maharaja Umaid Singh. Constructed somewhere between 1929 and 1944, it became a royal residence in 1944. Even today, a section of the Palace is the private residence of the Royal Family of Jodhpur which is currently headed by His Highness Maharaja Gaj Singh II. It was converted to a Hotel in 1972 and was managed by the ITC Hotels since 1978. Later in 2005, the management of this Heritage property went in the hands of Taj Group of Hotels, Resorts and Palaces. There is a Private Museum with a small but exquisite display section consisting of arms, antique furniture, clocks and priceless China Vases, all from the personal collection of the Maharajas of Jodhpur.

 4. DEVIGARH PALACE, UDAIPUR

Devigarh Palace

Devigarh Palace

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Another architectural marvel, Devigarh Palace in the Aravali Hills, Delwara Village, 28 kms from the city of Udaipur is an 18th century fort. Raja Sajja Singh was one of the lieutenants of Maharana Pratap who was awarded the principality of Delwara as a recognition of his loyalty and bravery towards Maharana Pratap against the Mughal Emperor Akbar in the famous Battle of Haldighati in 1576. Originally the construction of fort palace started in 1760s under the rule of Raghudev Singh II and as the rulers followed, further additions were made to this structure accordingly. Subsequently after the 1960s, this palace was abandoned. It was empty and in ruins for about 20 years before being acquired by an industrial family of Poddars from Shekhawati region of Rajasthan in 1984 who began the restoration work of the palace with a team of 750 people. It took over 15 years for its restoration and reconstruction. It is now managed by the Lebua Hotels and is an all-suite heritage hotel.

 5. GAJNER PALACE, BIKANER

Gajner Palace

Gajner Palace

Image Source: HRH Hotels Website

Gajner Palace was built by His Highness Maharaja Sir Ganga Singh of Bikaner in the early decades of 20th century. Built of Red Stone, it stands on the edge of the Gajner Lake. Spread over 6000 acres, this palace is at a 30 minute drive from the city of Bikaner. It used to primarily serve as a Hunting Resort by the former Maharajas for the visiting British Dignitaries during the days of Raj. Maharaja Ganga Singh used this palace for grand shoots and lavish entertainment during his reign. During Christmas Season, the Imperial Sand Grouse Shoots at Gajner Palace used to be the most awaited invitation. This hunting resort was connected to the main Bikaner Palace by rail in 1922. Hence one can still see the remnants of the historic railway station, an ancient temple and age-old Banyan trees.

 6. NEEMRANA FORT, NEEMRANA

Neemrana Fort

Neemrana Fort

Image Source: Neemrana Hotels Website

The Neemrana Fort, located at a 3 hour drive from New Delhi, is a 14th century fort. Neemrana became the third capital of descendants of Maharaja Prithviraj Chauhan III of Chauhan dynasty who moved out after being conquered in the battle by Mohammad Ghori in 1192. The site for Neemrana Fort was chosen by Raja Rajdeo and the fort is built since 1464 AD. The name Neemrana is derived from the name of a brave local leader as it was his wish after he was defeated by the Chauhans. The rulers of Neemrana were always proud about their clan and would bow to none. It continued under the British Raj as well, eventually leading to curtailment of their lands and merging them away with regions that entertained the Raj Authorities with Hunting and Champagne Breakfasts like, Alwar, Patiala and Nabha. In 1947, the façade of the fort crumbled, giving way to its ramparts, forcing its ruler Raja Rajinder Singh to move down from the place. Raja Rajinder Singh tried selling off this property for forty years but all efforts went in vain. In 1977, the splendid ruins of Neemrana Fort were spotted by Aman Nath & Francis Wacziarg who established a company by the name of Neemrana Hotels which is now managing the heritage property since then.

 7. FORT CHANWA, JODHPUR

Chanwa Fort

Chanwa Fort

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One of the prominent civil servants to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II of Jodhpur was young man by the name of Kaviraj Muraridanji, a proficient politician and wise administrator. In 1894, he received the district of Chanwa Village as his Jagir where he built a small safeguarded Haveli. Muraridanji lacked a male successor to his Jagir and in 1941, fell victim to a law of “Khalsa” according to which the estates lacking a male successor and a recognized adoption in the lifetime of the deceased Jagirdar (Property Holder) were automatically resumed by the State, after his death. Ironically, this law was introduced by Muraridanji himself in the best interest of the State. In 1948, Maharaja Dalip Singh, youngest son of Maharaja Umaid Singh, was granted Chanwa Village in Jagir but the haveli turned fort got neglected for years and started to decay. Maharaja Dalip Singh then decided to convert the neglected and decaying fort into a glorious and enchanting Heritage Hotel open for travelers and tourists in 1992. Since then, after years of restoration, Fort Chanwa Luni has been back to its prestigious charm and glory. It is owned by Maharaja Dalip Singh and Rani Madhu Devi.

 8. AHILYA FORT, MADHYA PRADESH

Ahilya Fort

Ahilya Fort

Image Source: Ahilya Fort Website

This fort is built with possibly the most dramatic and unique setting. Being about 250 year old, it rests on the edge of a cliff, facing and giving out an astonishing view of the kilometers wide sacred river Narmada and the Ghats immediately below.  Maharani Ahilya Bai Holkar ruled this place from 1765 to 1796 and built Ahilya Wada. The fort encloses shaded courtyards and verandahs on different levels that are linked by stone walkways, centuries old buildings, numerous gardens, hidden terraces, ancient turrets and battlements. In the year 2000, Prince Richard Holkar, the son of last Maharaja of Indore and his American Wife converted Ahilya Wada into a guest residence known as Ahilya Fort. Should he be in the fort, expect to be taken care of in style.

 9. JHALAMAND GARH, JODHPUR

Jhalamand Garh Fort

Jhalamand Garh Fort

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Jhalamand Garh Fort, in the Jhalamand village, 10 kms from the city of Jodhpur, was built by the rulers of the Sisodia Clan of Mewar region. They are he descendants of the famous warrior Maharana Pratap of Chittorgarh. Thakur Gambhir Singh Sahib was granted the Jagir of Jhalamand for rendering outstanding services to Jodhpur State. Now, this castle is converted to a heritage property and is run by the Jhalamand Royal Family itself and is a recognized member of the Heritage Hotels Association of India.

 10. AJIT BHAWAN, JODHPUR

Ajit Bhawan

Ajit Bhawan

Image Source: Wonders of Rajasthan

Ajit Bhawan Palace at Jodhpur, was built in 1927 for Maharadhiraj Sir Ajit Singh who was the younger brother of Maharaja Umaid Singh of Jodhpur state. For decades, it was the home to the Maharajas. Later on in, it was transformed to a Heritage Hotel, believed to be India’s First, by his Son and daughter-in-law, late Maharaja Swaroop Singh and Rani Usha Devi.

Disclaimer: I do not own any of the pictures used above in this post. The sources are well mentioned and linked below the pics for further information. Due credit goes to the original photographers of respective images. Also, use of the above images is completely for a descriptive purpose and not for any commercial gain. 

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The Art of Public Speaking

In the highly competitive world today, one has to be an all rounder. We all want to be impress. The latest scenarios have completely changed from what they were earlier. Confidence Building and Personality Development starts from a very tender age in present days. You might have graduated form the best of the university and got best of the grades, but if you do not have effective communication skills that impress, your career might take a back seat.

Public speaking has always played a major part in a person’s development. Time and again we do come across situations which require speaking to an audience; either making a presentation, lecturing a class, speech on your friend’s wedding or just addressing your team on the job and plenty more, they all reflect the confidence level of a person and leave a long lasting impression about you.

Your career graph majorly depends on how good or bad public speaker you are. It can make or break your career. Being Confident is the key. But how to boost self confidence. Read on. Continue reading

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Recipes That Make Me Drool

The mouthwatering Indian Dishes I can’t ever miss to have!!! Have a look

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Hello foodies,

This post is one of the kinds that all food lovers would really enjoy going through. I am a food lover myself, and hence thought of compiling a list of few of my favorite dishes that really make me drool at any given point of time! Check them out.

Delicious Starters

SHAAMI KEBABS 
 
Being a complete non vegetarian, the shaami kebabs get the first rank on my list. The way my mother makes them, they literally melt in mouth. Surprising thing, she doesn’t have to use any fancy ingredient to make them soft, smooth and deliciously inviting to the eye and the palette.
 
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Made of keema boiled along with chana daal, onions and garlic, black peppercorns and then ground to a smooth paste on a stone Sil Batta (for the rustic flavour); mixed with chopped onions, finely chopped ginger, green chillies, mint / coriander leaves…

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10 Interview Etiquette

So, you have finally got your interview scheduled and are preparing day and night for it. I have discussed the 10 Tips to Prepare for an Interview in my previous post. But only brushing up your knowledge and putting on your best suit is not enough. You also need to pay attention on how your actions and your body language once you enter the interview room. Remember, your endless knowledge is tested later, first impression is just by the way you walk in.

So, here is my post on few things one must keep in mind once you are IN the interview room. Read on.. Continue reading

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The Web is Your Oyster: Where to Find Free-to-Use Images

Hey check out this cool post about Free Images for your blogs.. Happy Blogging!

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For many of you, images are an integral part of your site. But sometimes, you might not have the right photograph to use for a post. As we’ve mentioned before, you can use the Creative Commons to search for images you need across the web, from Flickr to Wikimedia Commons, and source and attribute images that you find.

This spring, WordPress.com announced embed support for Getty Images, which means you can also access and share photos from Getty’s extensive library for non-commercial use.

We’ve recently noticed other sites that compile great images that are free to use for your personal projects — like your blog — or commercial work. Let’s take a peek.

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10 Tips to Nail That Interview!

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Interviews are something that always fill us up with various emotions all at once – excitement, joy, enthusiasm, and at the same time nervousness, fear of the unknown & impatience. It is that ONE golden chance where you can prove your worth and get a step closer to your dream. How to prepare for an interview has always been THE MOST important question in everyone’s mind.

Here is my post today on a few things to be taken care of while you go for an interview. Remember, your success in an interview also depends upon a lot of other factors too apart from your personal ones. But, as they say “Try and Try until you Succeed”, so never give up. Failure happens when one stops trying. So, now, let your nervousness and fear take a backseat and read through the points below.

  1. Prepare answers for some very common yet important…

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10 Tips to Nail That Interview!

Interviews are something that always fill us up with various emotions all at once – excitement, joy, enthusiasm, and at the same time nervousness, fear of the unknown & impatience. It is that ONE golden chance where you can prove your worth and get a step closer to your dream. How to prepare for an interview has always been THE MOST important question in everyone’s mind.

Here is my post today on a few things to be taken care of while you go for an interview. Remember, your success in an interview also depends upon a lot of other factors too apart from your personal ones. But, as they say “Try and Try until you Succeed”, so never give up. Failure happens when one stops trying. So, now, let your nervousness and fear take a backseat and read through the points below.

  1. Prepare answers for some very common yet important questions – Every interview has few common questions that we often fail to prepare for taking them to be too easy to answer, but in fact, they are the ones that trick us out when asked. Well prepare answers for some common questions like –
    • Your Introduction
    • Why do you wish to be a part of the organization?
    • Why did you leave your past employer?
    • Why should we hire you?
    • What are your weaknesses?
    • What do you know about our organization?
    • Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
    •  Do you have something to ask us?
  2. Read about the Organization – Going through the website of the organization that you are going to give interview for is always an added advantage. Having a prior knowledge about the company will give you a more clear picture of the kind of skills required and where & how you can possibly fit in. In case the interviewer asks something about the organization itself, your answers will reflect your keen interest and seriousness about being a part of that organization.
  3. Update your Resume / CV – The CV that you are carrying must have been constantly updated. By doing this, you are presenting yourself as a developed person with recent skills and achievements that match the current scenario and requirement.
  4. Format / Proofread – The CV must be free of grammatical errors and well formatted and aligned. It gives an organized and cleaner look about your details as well as your personality.
  5. Keep your things prepared a day before – Be organized. Ready your interview folder a day before your big day with almost two copies of your updated CV, recent passport size photographs, a pen, glue stick, and a few blank sheets. This will save you the last minute rush.
  6. Get those basics right – Brush up the basics of your subject as basic questions also form a major part of the interviews. Other technical questions are of course necessary too, but they will be a lot easier to answer once you get your basics right.
  7. Whats happening around – Be aware about the recent past, ongoing and upcoming important events / issues in the world and politics too. Brush up your general knowledge.
  8. Formal Attire – Choose a well fitting (Neither too tight nor too loose) Formal attire for the interview. Keep the colors subtle. A business suit or formal trouser, shirt and a tie are always the best choices. Ladies can go in for formal sarees as well. Your shoes must also be formal and not noisy.
  9. Be on time – Its always better to be at the venue a few minutes prior to your interview. It gives you time to freshen, tidy up and relax before you go in.
  10. Keep Calm – No body is a fortune teller and can not tell what is going to happen next, so relax. Listen to some soothing music that lets you calm down. You have prepared yourself very well and are good to go. Believe in yourself, be  confident and calm, give your best shot. This helps.

The points above are not really rocket science but very common ones. But often in the rush of the hour, we forget a few. I hope these help you out. Soon, I would be posting on Interview Etiquette. Keep reading.

Please do not forget to leave your feedback in the comments section or on my e-mail.

Happy Reading. 🙂 Good Day

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11 MUST HAVE THINGS FOR YOUR BACKPACK WHILE TRAVELLING TO INDIA FOR THE FIRST TIME

India is a beautiful country. Located in South Asia, it is bound by three mighty seas – Arabian Sea on the West, Indian Ocean to the South and Bay of Bengal to the East. In the North, India has the mighty Himalayan Ranges having its own secret world full of adventure, thrill and excitement and lot of snow.

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The country has so many cultures and colors of its own. Home to a rich heritage, history, flora, fauna, culture, language, food and faith, it has always attracted attention of travelers and tourists and has been ranked as one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world.

It is one place that welcomes you with its arms wide open and with all the love offering you thousands of places to see, adventure, leisure, luxury and everything in a modern environment yet keeping its traditions alive and making you a part of it. For Indians, Guest is God and they leave no stone un-turned to make you feel that way.

But travelling to India also has its own set of rules and precautions to be taken care of following which, you will have a smooth and hassle free traveling experience of a lifetime. If you are or planning to travel to India, here is my list for you about 11 articles that you must carry for sure.

1) TRAVEL GUIDE TO INDIA WITH A ROUTES MAP PREFERABLY

India is a vast country and trust me VAST! Not even all the natives can tell you the correct directions every time. So carrying a direction map is a complete must have!

2) NECESSARY TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND A POUCH

Travel Documents will depend on the policy for the country that you are coming from. So keep a check list of all your necessary travel documents and do not forget to bring them along. Carry a comfortable small pouch to keep all your travel documents, Passport, Visa, Identity Card, Money and other Cards safely and wear it under your shirt to keep it safe. A pouch is way better than having a wallet in your pocket while you visit crowded places, markets or anywhere else.

3) COMFORTABLE SHOES / FLOATERS / SLIPPERS

India is best enjoyed on foot. You will have to walk a LOT in India. Be it Markets, Local Sight Seeing, Shopping Malls, Bus / Metro Stations etc. Also, the roads are not same everywhere. Somewhere you might find them smooth as a runway and somewhere they are like just ok. So, to avoid ankle sprains or calf muscle pulls or pains, do not forget to carry a pair of comfortable Platform shoes, slippers or floaters, whatever you are comfortable to walk in long distances. This will definitely keep the leg cramps at bay.

4) EAR PLUGS

Like any other European country, do not expect a quiet environment in India. It is a noisy place for people coming over from other countries. If you are travelling in local transport or even by trains or bus, the noise can make you go bonkers. If you are OK with the honking, loudspeakers, songs, then you are most welcome to enjoy but if not, they are essential for you.

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5) TORCH

Yes, you might just come across a power cut in India and would need it handy. 

6) MODEST & COMFORTABLE CLOTHING

India is a very modern country but at the same time, due to its rich and very ancient culture, it loves to be traditional. There are certain rules to be followed in terms of your attire while you are in India. One will find n number of religions being practiced by people all on the same land. During your visit, you will be visiting a lot of temples, shrines etc. where people with only modest clothing are allowed.

You will have to be covered modestly as a mark of respect to the religious faiths of people and avoid hurting their sentiments and falling in a thick soup. This will save you from a lot of criticism, arguments, undesired embarrassment and stares.

Apart from being modest, the clothing should be of comfortable & cool fabric, preferably, cotton or linen. Avoid bringing frilly, satin or silky clothes, unless you are attending some event, as they are going to make your travel uncomfortable due to extreme heat and humidity. You can choose long skirts, cotton dhoti pyjamas (they are very colorful and eye appealing, very much available in the Indian Markets and easy on the pocket too).

7) ENOUGH UNDERGARMENTS & COMFORTABLE TOO

India has extreme weather conditions. It can be soaring with temperature up to 45 degrees in summer. So if you are planning to travel in summers, you should carry adequate number of under garments to soak up the sweat and avoid getting your favorite dress all drenched up and sweat smelly with all those sweaty patches all over. For ladies, it is a must to wear while you are in India for your own safety and precaution.

8) SUNSCREEN LOTION, HAT & SUNGLASSES

The sunshine in India is too much and while you travel throughout the day to markets, restaurants, streets, museums etc. it can tan you even if you don’t plan for it. So, you should be carrying your favorite Sunscreen Lotion for sure and never forget to apply it before going out. A HAT is again a must have to protect your head from direct heat and avoid getting headache or heatstroke. Sunglasses are of course going to protect your eyes from the heat glares and the hot air in the afternoon.

9) ELECTROLYTES & MEDICINES

The heat here can make you go dizzy when you are visiting places as most of the historic monuments require a lot of walking. Also, at times, due to sudden change of place, and food, you might experience stomach upset or nausea. Therefor it is a must to carry few medicines that are usually for common cold, stomach upset, vomiting, headache, fever etc. and also Electrolytes along with. You can keep the electrolytes with you while visiting monuments to keep yourself going and energetic all the time.

10) WATER FILTRATION BOTTLES

Another backpack must have is the water filtration bottles with you. You will be getting packaged mineral drinking water in most of the places in the country but it is not always necessary that you might get the genuine ones EVERYWHERE. Suppose you plan to visit few villages or the rural India to get the rustic experience, you might find it difficult to get packaged mineral water for drinking. Hence, to avoid any kind of stomach issue, it is always better and safe to carry few water filtration bottles as they will come handy to drink water anywhere anytime. Pick the best brand.

11) BUG SPRAY OR LOTION / MOSQUITO NET

India has a very rich fauna, flora and varied climatic regions and so it is home to a lot of insects too. The common hosts you will meet include common house flies, mosquitoes, ants, bugs, bees, moth, dragonfly, wasp, cockroach, beetle, spiders, bedbugs, fruit flies etc. Some of them have a dangerous bite effect. Your encounter with them is not very likely to happen if you are staying in luxury hotels, but if you are planning on going for Budget accommodation, either hotel or hostels etc., you should be carrying a good bug spray or lotion with you. If you plan to trek in the outskirts and will be spending a night or few outside the cozy comfortable hotel room, you must carry a mosquito net along with to save yourself from the mosquito bites. If you do not wish to bring the load from home, you can even buy these from India as it has a good range of bug sprays available.

This above list is not an exhaustive one, but these are the ones that are important. There are a lot more things that you can carry along as per your convenience, but India too has a very developed market. You can always search whether it is available in India or not to reduce your luggage load. 

I hope this list helps you out planning your visit here. Do not forget to leave your vauable feedback in the comments section.

Happy Travel!!!

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