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Hello, I am going to Buthan in November 2012, with a Buthan agency and would you like to know if anyone has any recommendation on short hikes that are possible to be mixed in with their standard programs.
Also, would you have a favorite agency or do all of them offer similar tours in Buthan?
Thanks a lot,
I'm hoping to go travelling in the summer and have always wanted to go to India and Nepal. Sadly, the only time I'll have could be August which I'm aware is monsoon season. Does anyone have any experience travelling in India in August? Does it make travel unbearable and is it worth waiting until I get a chance to go in better weather?
Also I'd be travelling alone, are these all right countries to travel alone?? I'm male so know it's safer than a female travelling alone, but am concerned it might be quite boring and a bit lonely without company... Though I guess I should also be asking if it's easy to meet people in hostels etc as it seems to be in other countries like Australia.
We can't find a guide for visiting the hill tribes called the Mru who live south of Bandarban near the town of Alikadam on the Matamuri River. We arrive Chittagong on April 8 and leave on April 13 and think we need a permit to enter that area to visit tribal people. Anyone able to recommend a guide who can start the process for a permit which I have read takes 7 days. Thanks so much.
I will be in Nepal from March 28th to May 5th. I have an open itinerary during that time, but am so far leaning toward doing the Annapurna Circuit, including the Sanctuary. I hiked the sanctuary in 2006, with friends, but am doing this visit alone. I am seeking trekking partner(s). I am open to other routes. Hit me up if you are interested, or just want to bounce ideas off each other to help be better informed.
I have done some investigation into the Annapurna Circuit, and understand that the road being built on the East side of the trek may make it less enjoyable than it was just a few years ago. I am wondering if this is the best time to do the trek or if the road has already done its toll on the trek. Any information would be appreciated.
I will be in Nepal this Summer. I am planning on spending 6 weeks in Kathmandu, Then a trip to Pokhara for at least 2 Weeks, Maybe a month, Then travelling onto India. However the Indian Visa must come from Kathmandu? would it be practical to acquire the Indian visa before going to Pokhara, or come back to Kathmandu, get the visa and carry on from there? How long is an Indian visa valid for before you have to enter the country?
Going to Sri Lanka for about 15 days in second half of May. Any comments on itinerary and ideal ways of getting between places would be appreciated.
Our budget will mostly be for public transport - could stretch to car and driver for a few days in the hills or for Yala but not the whole trip - for the bits that are not round trip assume we'll need to get buses where trains are not available. Know this is a lot to fit in but time off limited!
Day 1 - arrive airport morning, colombo - ideally night train to trincomalee (anyone have an idea how likely we are to be able to get a sleeper reservation on the same day)?
Day 2/3 trinco, diving, snorkelling
Day 4/5/6/7 - travel to dambulla/kandy (by bus?) - cultural triangle, elephants, tea plantations. Is it possible to see all this from a base in Kandy or should we split nights between dambulla/kandy/nuwara eliya?
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I'm planning a trip to Sri Lanka from 13th May for 2 weeks. We want to fit in at least 1 or 2 dives during the coast part of our trip but not sure we'll have time to make it over to Trincomalee where conditions are best. It looks like diving conditions are not perfect on the West Coast but do dive companies still operate out of Bentota/Hikkaduwa/Unawatara towards the end of May?
My partner is very experienced - rescue diver/Sport diver but I am open water with about 20 dives (not great with too much surface swell and problems clearing my ears - but fine once I'm down with small currents/ drift diving).
Would also like to do some off-beach snorkelling - any recommendations?
Hi Fellow travellers
Is it possible to do a trip to Tibet from Kathmandu?. I would like to fly to Lhasa, acclimatise and then take guide plus 4x4 & permit etc. to Shigatse, Gyantse, etc and also going out to Mount Kailash and return to Kathmandu.
Are there agencies in Kathmandu who could arrange everything for this type of trip? Can it all be arranged before I arrive in Kathmandu?. Or is it better from Chengdu?
Had been thinking of going to Chengdu then Tibet and exit Nepal but as I would prefer to spend some days in Nepal rather than China hope I can miss China altogether.
I thought I had posted this message this morning but can't seem to find it anywhere so apologies if it is somewhere in the forum.
many thanks for your help and advice
I am making arrangements for a 2 week trip to Sri Lanka and would be grateful for any advice on how I can get from Galle to the Hill Country, hopefully Ella. I understand there is 1 bus a day but do not know the time.
Hi, I am looking for a reliable taxi with A/C to take me from a hotel near CMB airport to Koggala.
I prefer to see if I can arrange something in advance rather than be at mercy of hotel when I arrive.
Can anyone recommend someone with contact details, email etc please.
Also what is typical price and time for this journey? I will be looking for return trip also.
Thanks in advance, its my first time in Sri Lanka.
Am planning a 3-week trip to India in April. Lots to see, but not much time. Oh well....
We will be staying mostly in the Rajasthan area. However, we also want to do a national reserve. We are contemplating 2: Sariska and Bandhavgarh national parks. Here are the pluses & minuses:
Pluses: Tigers, proximity to our travel bitinerary
Minuses: Not sure if we will be able to see tigers
Pluses: Nearly assured to see tigers
Minuses: Very far from Delhi/Agra/Rajasthan cities we want to visit, and not easy to get there.
Does anyone have experience with Sariska? Did you see a tiger? Anyone been to both who would care to share his/her epxeriences with either park?
Thanks much in advance!
I recently visit the Kami Mata Temple near Bikaner and I have a question. Rats are known to be proficient breeders. In an environment like at the temple, where they are protected from predators, and fed, it seems to me that the number of rats should rapidly rise to a much greater number than what you see when you visit.
Does anyone know how the population is controlled?
like it is already written in the lonely planet India we have been ripped off by a fake tourist information arriving at about 4:00 a.m. in Delhi.
BUT: The taxi driver who took us to that fake info was from the prepaid taxistand. He lied to us when he said the city is not accessible, but we trusted him because he was from the advised taxistand. The touristinfo he took us to was:
Delhi Tours and Transportation, 23/90, P. Block , Connaught Place, Opp. Shivaji Stadium Terminal Bus Stand, New Delhi-110001,
Phon: 0091-11-43302245, 43007591, e-mail: email@example.com
They did a fake phonecall to a guy telling us we could not come to the hotel. Later when we checked at the hotel they said they have been waiting for us and did not receive a phonecall.
The people at the hotel have not been very helpful and kind of aggressive as well:
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I'm driving from Delhi to Dharamsala in early April (trains all sold out, don't want to fly). Can anyone recommend somewhere nice to stay around the mid-way point? It could either have something interesting to do there, or just be surrounded by natural beauty. Any ideas most welcome. Thanks.
Quick question re: how to get a TIMS card in the midst of a holiday.
We arrived in KTM yesterday (19 Feb) and are catching an early morning bus for Pokhara on the 21st to do the Annapurna Sanctuary.
We went to the Nepali Tourism Board today, who informed us that the TIMS office in KTM is closed for the next two days due to a holiday. As we will be trekking without a guide (need the green card), we can't pick up a card at a trekking agent. Under normal circumstances, we could probably get the card in Pokhara -- however the bus arrives an hour after the Pokhara TIMS office closes.
As we don't seem to have any other options, is it possible to get a TIMS card at the trailhead? And, if so, are the fees double or triple what they would normally be?
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