How to Dress in India
When you're traveling, you have to keep in mind that other cultures have another dress code. To be clear, here is a summary.
Avoid bare shoulders and bare knees. Dress code in some regions of India is very strict for women and we have to respect this. For people who think the weather is too hot for that, don't worry: a bare belly is allowed.
Jeans and tops are also worn by some Indian women so they are allowed. For visiting auspicious places look for a "churidar" and long tops which are called as "Kurtis" in India.Sari is not required if you don't want. You can find custom made ones in India. Also trousers with long tops can be tried.
Keep a scarf or a long cloth with you to cover area around neck and also face if required in emergency.
Don't go bathing on beaches naked or topless. Indian people also find a bikini disgraceful. Indian women mostly bathe while wearing a t-shirt and tights. If you don't want to wear a t-shirts and tights, you better look for a bathing suit or you simply don't go bathing.
For men, dress code is less strict. They can wear short trousers, but Indian people find it a little bit ridiculous for adults.
Don't wear leather while visiting temples. It is not allowed in some temples like Lingaraj Temple, Bhubaneswar.
Any type of clothing is acceptable in metropolitan cities as long as it is not exposing too much skin. People living in metropolitan cities have a modern mind and also dress in miniskirts, shorts, etc.
Do not wear short clothes while shopping on streets.
- Maybe you know other people who went to India. Ask their opinion when you're not sure if some clothes are allowed.
- Its not that strict just try to dress as you do, but its better to stay safe.
- Women should avoid wearing trousers when visiting rural areas or villages.
- Wearing Indian dresses to temples is preferred.
- Every dress has its own place in India too, so wear short clothes in clubs, hotels and long for places like street shops and outdoor visits.
- Worry not, in cosmopolitan cities like Bengaluru, you can wear whatever you like. This article is meant for rape-prone cities,like New Delhi.
- Inhabitants can be shocked or humiliated if you expose too much skin or disrespect the Indian dress code.