With the emergence of internet and social media, Traveling is becoming popular and more people are choosing to travel and more out of their comfort zone. Unlike earlier, planning a trip has become very easy without you requiring of the expertise.
With my limited experience of traveling throughout India, there has been some things which worked for me and some which didn't but resulted in a good learning experience. This is an exhaustive list, you will do better to use it appropriately according to situation and personal preference :)
1- Traveling by train is the best way to tread through India
I have been traveling all my life, and have done almost 3-4 train journeys in a year covering length and breadth of India. I have been to Guwahati, Hyderabad, Delhi, Madurai, Pushkar, Goa from Mumbai. Travel time has been somewhere from 8 hrs to 50 hrs. And all of it truly been an experience to cherish forever. From meeting fellow travelers in the train, trying local cuisines at various stations, passing through mountains, long railway bridges over rivers and much more. I am sure you will not regret if you plan your next travel by train. Always book well in advance as the seats fill very fast. Advance reservation period for trains is 120 days and you can book it here.
Link of the official Indian Railways website https://www.irctc.co.in
2- Eat where the local eats
Indians love food, and every place has its own delicacy. It is often very confusing to judge a place from outside, specially when its about food joints. All of them look very tempting and restaurant owners are so welcoming. But I always follow this well known principal of eating where the local eats.
Whenever i travel to a new place, I ask Pan wala's, vendors, Shopkeepers etc. for the best places to eat food/ or where they themselves would have their meal. Surprisingly it has worked almost all the time without any sour throat or bad stomach. There are two advantages of following this technique - Saves time/money and doctor visits :)
3- Use local public transport
I always prefer to do sightseeing in the local public transport, it allows me to interact with the local public and get to know their culture even better. You may even come close to becoming a local citizen even if its just for a short while! And I am sure even the locals would love to chat with you and get to know about your experience about the place. You may even get invited to their place for lunch. It may not be as comfortable as compared to the Air conditioned tourist cab, but i am sure you won't regret it in the end.
This is all i can think of at this point.. May be i will post some more soon in the next post.. Till then Keep traveling and exploring. There is no better time than now.