Keep in mind India is hot year round. Even in the cooler months, the days can be quite warm. We recommend cotton and natural fabrics as they tend to be cooler, but some people like to wear the new synthetics that are designed to wick away perspiration – the choice is yours. As long as you are comfortable, that’s what’s important. If you are coming to join us from October to February, a light long sleeve is recommended as the evenings can be cool.
India is a conservative country – for women it is customary to cover your shoulders and knees. Carrying a light cotton wrap is a must, as you can always whip it out of your bag to throw around your shoulders if you are wearing something sleeveless, and they are also great to protect you from the sun.
Naturally a hat (Catherine prefers to use an umbrella), sunglasses and sunscreen are a must. Your favourite mosquito repellant is a handy thing to have in your bag too!
The vast majority of men in India wear long pants, but what the locals call half pants (shorts) are fine for every day wear. Should you be going to visit a place of religious significance, a family home or a restaurant or bar in the evening, then we suggest having a pair of long pants for these occasions.
Sturdy, comfortable shoes are a must even for in and around the city as the footpaths and roads often have obstructions and hazards, so protecting your feet is a very good idea.