Photo gallery: 10 travel tips for your first trip to India

This exotic destination can be overwhelming. Here are 10 ways to make the most of your first trip to India without overdoing it.

By Doug O'Neill

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1. Avoid starting your holiday at the biggest airport in the biggest city

There are over a billion people living among India's heady kaleidoscope of spices, saris and scenes straight out of Slumdog Millionaire. If you can travel to India, you can travel anywhere.

First-timers might want to avoid starting their trip in the megacities of Mumbai, Calcutta or Delhi.

Opt to fly into a city such as Chennai (formerly Madras), which is large by North American standards but more manageable for jet-lagged travelers. Chennai also offers aromatic spice markets, historical landmarks, public gardens and Marina Beach – the second largest beach in the world – and it's close temple-laden cities of Mamallapuram and Kanchipuram.

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