In this part, we will continue the list of 10 things you must know to know when traveling to India!
6. Giving gifts in India
Do not open the gift in front of the giver. Besides, do not use black and white paper to wrap gifts because these are unlucky colors. Should use blue, red, or yellow is most suitable. And do not give fragrant hooded flowers as a gift as Indians often use fragrant flowers in funerals.
Also, according to the Islamic conception, dogs are unclean animals, so dogs should not be given to Muslims. Muslims adore cows, so wearing cowhide gifts is also taboo in this country.
7. Do not eat beef, use cowhide products
Cows are sacred animals in Hindu beliefs, so when coming to India you should avoid eating beef, do not give gifts made from cowhide to indigenous people. This will commit a great deal, you will get in trouble if you do this. And never get angry or chase the cow in the street.
8. Contraband goods
The transportation and possession of weapons, antiques, electronic equipment, local currency, ivory, gold objects, and pornographic material are all government-regulated. Non-residents are prohibited from importing or exporting Indian rupees, while restrictions apply to residents.
The legal age for drinking is between 18 and 25 depending on the state, so do thorough research before you go. Avoid any local alcohol that is not recommended by your hotel manager or tour guide. And especially not drunk in public. Interstate alcohol transport is usually illegal due to different alcohol regulations, you may be stopped for random testing.
The ban on smoking and advertising tobacco, whether directly or indirectly, in public places in India, started on May 2, 2018. However, the law is not strictly applied, cigarettes can still be found on every street corner.
However, Indian law stipulates that a minimum sentence of 6 months in prison for small quantity possession is considered too personal consumption and a 10-year sentence for owning anything enough to sell. Convicted offenders can face a fine and a minimum prison sentence of 10 years.
The Indian legal process is cumbersome and lengthy so you should do your best to avoid any trouble with the law. Individuals who were arrested in a criminal offense can be imprisoned for many years before a judgment is made. Try not to forget that the death penalty is still given in this country. Always remember your rights and protect your innocence, but be polite.