Travel Tips

Look your Best in Indian Attire

Being the land where unity prevails in diversity, India offers variety in every aspect, be it culture, climate, geography or ethnicity. The diversity is well discernible in the different types of attire people adopt as per the region, religion, customs and culture. Indians are very colorful people and the same is reflected in the clothes they wear.

Conventional clothing in India

In order to enrich your traveling experience, you need to get mingled amongst the Indian population. For that you need to know how Indians conventionally dress up.

Traditional clothing for Indian women includes Sari, Salwar Kameez and Lehenga and Dupatta. The quintessential sari, appearing like a dress, in fact a five to six yard long fabric cloth that can be worn in different ways. This national costume is worn with a closely knit choli and petticoat.

Next to sari, comes the Salwar Kameez which is also worn in numerous parts of India. The Salwar is a loose-fitting trouser worn tight at the waist and ankles. Trousers are worn along with an elongated top known as kameez. Salwar kameez is most popular in Punjab and is often worn with a Dupatta. Lehenga and Dupatta is a traditional costume with a touch of elegance. It constitutes a top, a long skirt and a Dupatta.

Conventional Attires for Men mostly include dhoti, a long cloth wound around the waist and legs along with kurta, a tunic. Kurta is also worn with lungi and pyjama, a trouser generally made of cotton. In formal events, especially during weddings, many men wear sherwani, a long buttoned coat which is often accompanied by a turban.

Clothing tips for travelers heading towards India

India has pleasurable weather conditions all through the year. In some places like Delhi, Rajasthan and Gujarat, the climate can get extremely warm and arid in the summer season. In almost all the other states in India, the summer season is tolerable, for foreign tourists also. To make your clothing experience is India as comfortable as possible, read through.

 

Light colored clothes made of cotton will perfectly suit the Indian climate. Once you plan to visit India, it is advisable to carry with you sweat shirts, cargo shorts or trousers and other informal clothes. In case of footwear, it is comfortable to wear sandals, slippers or sneakers.


 

Remember that you won't be allowed to wear the footwear inside many religious spots. In many places you will be provided alternative slip-ins and you are advised to use those, rather than walking barefoot.


 

As a westerner, you might not need warm clothes in India. However, it is good to carry sweater and other casual winter clothes, especially when you are planning to visit Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and other north-east states during the cold winter months. You might require                         gloves in these areas when there is a considerable drop in the temperature.

 

It is good to carry an umbrella or a raincoat even when you are not visiting India during the monsoon months. You can come across mild occasional downpours in some areas irrespective of the season.



If you are travelling with kids, carry basic warm clothes and also rainy season accessories for them.


Sweat shirts, shorts and trousers are good attires both for women and men. A number of female westerners also dress in Indian clothes such as like saris and Salwar kameez, which in fact appear very elegant on them. Getting dressed up in Indian clothes while visiting India will                       help you to mingle with locals better.

 

India is a land of culture which is also upheld through the different outfits that Indians wear. So, whenever you are visiting India, make sure that the clothes you wear are comfortable and do not go against the conventions of the people.

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