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If you have a few weeks to spare before leaving the sub-continent and you want a hefty dose of Tamil/Chola history and culture, would your time be better spent in Tamil Nadu or Sri Lanka?
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I am traveling to SL for a total of 44 days this July and August. I have looked at the visa application process and I think I can enter with the 30 day visit visa, and will have to then extend it. I've also seen that I can download and print the form for extending the visa on-line.
Does anyone know where I need to go to process the extension? Are there agencies that will help with this (for a fee of course!) and any idea if extending is expensive?
Many thanks in advance,
Are the routes and paths of the poon hill trek pretty easy to follow or would hiring a guide be preferable?
My family and I are heading off (from Aust) to SL again next month for, sadly, only a couple of weeks. Wondering if anyone has any suggestions about local community projects who we could support/engage with in our time there? We are travelling up to the Cultural Triangle, the north-west coast, Tea country around Nuwara Eliya and then the south-west cast around Bentota. Financial support is one thing but also wondering about bringing items with us to support their work?
Is the Chomolhari trek possible in August? I realize that there are problems with roads then, lots of rain, and obscured vistas; however, many years ago, I hiked the Annapurna circuit during th monsoon, and we had the whole thing to ourselves, and it was definitely worth it. What do people think about Bhutan?
Also are there any areas further north, closer to Tibet that might be drier that time of year, and worth visiting? Also, any areas in more remote areas that see fewer tourists that might be interesting for trekking or a cultural experience?
We are a family of 5 going to Andaman Islands in september 2013 planing to stay on Havelock and maybe Neil Island. We would like to do a lot of snorkling and hope to find some places where we can snorkle right from the beach. Can anyone recommend some god places/beaches whre that is possible?
Any recommendation on where to stay?
Thanks for any thoughts on this
I m planning a trip to Delhi, in early Nov, ETA: 3 Nov.
My first trip to India, short budget trip 4 - 5 days.
Anyone travelling on the same date, please let me know.
We could travel together.
(Sorry if this not an appropriate forum) I'm interested in volunteer work in Nepal ... either as EFL teacher (my job) or just mucking in with manual work (etc). I'm happy to give up the time (2 months) pay for all direct costs, but don't want to part with a ton of cash to a random organisation of questionable integrity. A google search just throws up a load of greedy organisations offering dubious placements. Any advice of how to go to Nepal (loaded with useful medical and / or educational provisions, for example), and feel you are doing good and not being exploited?
Looking for a Gem little friendly restaurant in central Delhi or near Connaught circus.
Budget 1500 INR for two with booze.
Italian,French,Thai or exceptional.
Thank you for sharing.
PS:My favourites in other towns
We are a family of 5 (2 adults and 3 children 9/7/1) who are going to Sri Lanka in August and September 2013. We would like to do a lot of snorkling but it is a little difficult for me to finde out where the snorkling is best. We are either going to Nilaveli/Trinco/Vakarai or to the south/southwest beaches. Any thoughts would be mush appiciated.
Can anyone recommend some great nepal blogs that are about a year old? I'd love to find one that would be from someone of similar age (late 20s/30s) and mindframe (Culture & Adventure)
I'm thinking about heading in October but want to read some first hand experiences as I've never been and Kathmandu sounds a little too crazy for me!
Thinking 2 nights in Kathmandu, 2 in Pokhara and a 3 night hike and have time for a third stop (Have 9 nights in total) but not sure where! Not interested in visiting Chitwan so any recommendations close to either Pokhara/Kathmandu would be appreciated!
Very, very sad news - there was a huge fire in Thamel in Kathmandu last night. According to current reports there were no casualties, but the magnificent Pilgrims Books was destroyed.
This really was a wonderful bookstore, with an incredible stock of rare and out-of-print books and a maze of upstairs rooms crammed with a truly eclectic range of titles.
There were almost certainly plenty of specialist books on Nepal and the rest of South/Central Asia in there that would be completely impossible to find anywhere else. The thought of them all going up in flames is horrible.
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