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I was trying to plan a trip, a spur of the moment type of escape... I was trying to find out some info regarding hammock camping in Nepal as well as surrounding countries about the availability of camping with a hammock. I need to know if there are enough trees... I've seen a lot of pics that depict bare land. If anyone has hammocking experience and knows what I am looking for that would be great. Otherwise, I'll need a couple of trees, 5" in diameter or so about 12-15 ft apart. I already have this type of gear and prefer it. "that way we don't have to sleep with our heads in the mud."
Also, not just Nepal. Possibly Bhutan, parts of India, China and the likes.
Hi , We will be entering Yala from Tissa should we take Malaria pills? Or will covering up and DEET be good enough ?
So I see that people have been asking about cheap accomadation/travel in the Maldives, and really havent got too much of a reponse from the TT community. So i just travelled there for 4 days, and can confirm it is possible to do the Maldives on something close to a backpackers budget. Still, dont expect things to be India cheap and you will still have to pay a lot for activities (although a fraction of what 99% of maldives foriegn tourists are paying in their resorts). Sooo...
You can find dirt cheap flights to Male, if you are going between Sri Lanka and India, spend say an extra $150-$200 and you can go via the Maldives (with varying airlines). Once there, take a dhoni from the airport to Male for 10 rufiyaa (US$1 = about 15 rufiyaa).
Accomodation...the first night you'll have to take a room near the boat jetty in the range of $40-$75, especially if you arrive late. Places i... more »
Hi all, so I just finished a 24 day trip to Sri Lanka this January and thought I’d do a accommodation/sights guide, as these will make up the biggest part of your expenses travelling there (local food and especially transport is cheap).
Some people have done these already recently for places around 2000Rp+, so this one is aimed at real budget travellers generally looking for the cheapest room they can get, in the 750-1500Rp range. I found 1000Rp is just about the best you can get in SL and often needs bargaining for. So these are usually basic rooms with bathroom, fan, reasonably clean, ground floor, definitely no bells or whistles. Much below this price, you’d be quite lucky to find a similar room, otherwise things are much more basic.
Note prices are well beyond what’s listed in the LP. Always ask if there’s an extra service charge or tax. It’s in the order I did the trip;
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Hello I am going to Baltistan during late April / beginning May for trekking. I will go from Islamabad to Skardhu
by public bus and then to Ashkole and start trekking there. Any tips / ideas / info will be welcome. thanks
The news media makes it sound like every place in Pakistan isn't safe, but I've always found Pakistan to be safe for tourists as long as one don't wander off to explore unfamiliar neighborhoods in the troubled areas. If you are not involved with any ultra activity, you have no more to fear in Pakistan than you do in your home town.
This will be my third visit to Pakistan, I know this country is full of wonderful people as a tourist I met wonderful people every where.
I am wondering when is the best period I should go to North (Gilgit Hunza or Skardu) if I would like to view cherry blossoms. Also, would this actually coincide with any festival there so I go there ?
Comparing spring in Kashmir and spring perhaps in Hunza or Skardu and the neighboring places, which is more beautiful?
Hi we arrive at midnight by plane and will stay 3 nights in Mumbai before taking a midday flight to Bangalore. Can anyone please suggest the best location for accomodation, considering our late arrival and then lunch time departure. Suggestions as to a clean moderately priced hotel would be appreciated. Thanks
Thank you everyone so far who have contributed to helping me organize Indian tradiation foods state-by-state. I just finished visiting Kerala, and managed to taste a couple things. I couldn't find many of the items from the previous list due to most being breakfast/lunch dishes, and I went out at night mostly. I hope to have better luck in Karnataka. The 6 months India gastronomic trip continues to Karnataka. If you can, please help to sort the different foods to their geographic area, and obviously if there are mistakes, please let me know. Thanks again.
Coastal - * Patrode, * Neer dosa, * Appam * Beeja manoli upkari, tendli, cashewnuts poriyal* Jack fruit dishes * Maavina Saaru * Saala - * Manni - * Ole Bella (Palm jaggery) * Halasina/genasina Happala rulanv - phovu - Soda sharabat and ragi water - Buns, Goli baje, ambade, ragi dose * fish curry (mangalorian style), koka... more »
Nice travelogue about a new train service from the Northeast to Kerala. A "metaphor for uniting India"?
Can I check if the following items are available for hire/purchase in Kathmandu (or Lukla/Namche)?
1) Inner lining for sleeping bag (silk/fleece/cotton?)
2) Iodine tablets (not solutions; for water purification)
Hello- I am travelling to Jaipur alone for Holi this March and was wondering if anyone knew of a good hostel to meet people to participate in Holi with?
My son and I are hoping to trek the AC starting March 10. We are packing to carry ourselves, but may end up hiring a porter in Pokhara.
We have three questions:
1. Clearly it will be cold (likely snow) at Thorung La Pass, but what weight of sleeping bag is required in Tea Houses. I am a hot sleeper and would love to get away with a down 0 Celsius bag, but am concerned that the Tea Houses may require more;
2. Lonely Planet writes that hiring a porter in Pokhara is not difficult, but suggests that enthusiastic porters from lower altitudes will not have proper gear for Thorung La, and won't speak much English. We don't need a guide, but are there lots of guide/porters who are properly equipped in Pokhara or do we need to incur the expense of hiring in Kathmandu?
3. How does one get from Pohhara to Bhulbule, and if time is a factor, does it make sense to try and get a jeep from Jom... more »
I am planning to fly into Colombo on the 13th Feb. I was planning on just staying around there as I'm travelling on my own and was just going to sit on a beach, however I am very keen to travel to Yala to go on safari for a day or two (as long as it may take to see a leopard...).
Please could you recommend how I would best get to Yala to go on a full day safari from Colombo area? Female, budget. Should I get a car and driver? Is that prohibitively expensive? And would I stay overnight somewhere nearby?
Thank you very much for any advice!
Hey Folks, our trip to Nepal is planned, flights booked, and we are arriving mid-April. I've read lots suggested "What to bring lists" and some of them include almost everything except the kitchen sink. However I cannot find one that suggests how much to bring for the 16-day trek.
We have trekked before and we have all the needed items, however we have never done a trek this long and while we are willing to wear clothes until they can walk by themselves, I really don't see us wearing the same ones for all 16-days. I'm open to any suggestions you might have as to how many changes of cothing would be appropriate, or what number of certain items we should bring. I'm trying to make sure I keep the weigh below the max for the porter. Also there are two of us and I was planning on just one duffle bag for both of us, but not sure if that works for the porter. What works better for the po... more »
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