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10 Things You Need to Know Before Going to India

SmarterTravel

There’s no place on earth like India: It’s a kaleidoscopic mishmash of elephant gods, Bollywood, tech innovation, and abject poverty. India will push you outside your comfort zone—but it’s there that real magic can happen. These small things will help keep you from losing your mind on the road to enlightenment.

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Matt Jenkins is a former editor at Nature Conservancy magazine and the High Country News. He has written for The New York Times, Smithsonian magazine, Men’s Journal, and Saveur. He also recently spent a year-and-a-half living in Delhi and exploring India.

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