Asia - Indian Subcontinent
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We will have a short holiday in Kerala and will take a trip to one of the National Parks.
I hope to get recommendations to either Mudumalai or Wayanad as we do not have time to visit both - or is it possible on the same 3 day trip out of Kochi?
I'd love to visit next February, but have some concerns since the US State Department warns against travel near election time. While I often find the State Dept warnings to be overly cautious, I'm wondering if anyone can comment on the general post-election moods in Bangladesh. I realize that there are a lot of "ifs" involved here and that no one can accurately predict what will happen, so at this point all we can do is speak in generalities. Do the losing parties tend to stir up trouble immediately after elections, or is there a bit of calm? I'll have a month to visit, so a day here or there stranded due to hartals won't ruin my trip.
Seeking tour operator recommendations for a short (3 nights max) trip to Bhutan from India or Nepal. I know that's quick, but that's what I've got.
Any recommendations from experience are most appreciated. I'm not looking for the most luxurious travel company, just one that is reliable.
Looking for a decent place to get an authentic Thali whilst in Delhi. Reasonably priced, nothing fancy-pants; I'm looking for good, wholesome all-you-can-eat food. Where's the best place? And when do they serve?
We are planning on a 20 weeks-trip through Asia and for the moment we thought about going to Nepal, India, Sri Lanka and Myanmar. Ever since we read some negative posts about Sri Lanka on this forum (mainly about being an overprized -compared to nearby countries- island with lots of people trying to rip you off) we're asking ourselves whether it's a good idea to go to Sri Lanka.
Instead of going to Sri Lanka (4 weeks) we're considering going to the Andaman Islands (2 weeks) and also spending some more time (2 weeks) in South India. (For now we restricted ourselves to mainly Kerala, Hampi and Tamil Nadu in the South.)
Would you recommend going to Andaman Islands instead of Sri Lanka?
Thanks a lot !
My wife and some friends are starting to plan our trip to Sri Lanka and possibly to India are getting very excited. Haven't done a ton or research yet, and thought before we got our guide book and started planning it would be a good idea to hear some of your experiences, place we can't miss, places we can, and what we can do in 5-6 week time period.
We really are into most anything and everything when is comes to traveling. We keep hearing that Sri Lanka is the place to travel right now, so were gonna go for it before prices keep rising. We haven't been on a trip in a year now, and we have the itch big time to get out of our town! We have been saving and we still need a bit more before we can take off. Were aiming towards January, let me know if you guys suggest otherwise. I read a little on the weather, and it looks like that is dry season? I may be wrong.
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My wife and I will possibly be living in India next year.
Which of the following cities would you say is the best choice (to live in)?
Decent healthcare, safety, low pollution and good flight connections would obviously be big plusses.
A nice 'feel' to the city would be one as well, and of course the friendliness of the people in it
(some of these parameters are arbitrary of course).
Hope some of you can help make this decision a bit easier by sharing your experiences in these cities...
Thanks in advance!!
as i have a double entry visa to india with the permission to visit sikkim for 15 days...... what i have done already...(fly to india, visit sikkim, go back through kolkata/delhi back to europe.
So is my 2nd entry to india now already used (because i was in sikkim...) , or not??
i just read.heard mixed answers, so i want to make sure that i can reenter india (2 month waiting period is over ...) without any hassles, or do i need a new visa
(also considered the 6 month validation, thats all ok ...)
thanks a lot to all your visa experts!
Hi, I'm in the process of creating a rough budget for my trip to India. I was wondering if there was any estimated cost of eating in India per day with a lowish budget. I plan on staying in hostels for most of my stay, and only eating at basic restaurants and street vendors. I would be staying around cities mostly.
I have an obsession with seeing all of the 8,000ers up close.
I was wondering if anyone knew if it is possible to go on the normal EBC trek and continue on past Goyko Ri and trek to the base of Cho Oyu and then returning and going to EBC?
Also, is it possible to hike from EBC along the south face of Lhotse and then continue another 10 - 15 miles to Makalu?
All the Makalu treks I've seen on the internet arrive there going far to the east and then hiking to the base camp while trekking in a north-northwest direction. Is there a reason for that?
Any help would be invaluable. Thanks!
I'm heading to India in July and August (mostly Rajastan, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh), and it has suddenly occurred to me that I may want to rethink my usual choice of footwear. I tend to wear teva style sandals most of the time, for comfort, but am worried about mud-borne parasites and bacterial infections, and the prevalence of puddles in monsoon season! I obviously want something that will stand up to 6 weeks of wandering around carrying luggage in heavy rains without breaking or going mouldy (or cause my feet to be too nasty and sweaty!). I have survived the SE Asian monsoons, but I'm told that the Indian monsoon season is something else!
Also was wondering about how much room there is to haggle over room rates in monsoon season.
What do you think?
All advice greatly appreciated. Thanks Thorntree people! Happy travels all.
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We did the way to India by car and to take it back home we'd like to send it by sea in container. Can anyone suggest a reliable shipping company from Delhi/Mumbai/elsewhere?
Hello, I'm travelling to Sri Lanka late august this year, visiting the cultural triangle, and would like to spend a couple of days at the seaside, chosing Nilaveli as a destination. I have find out there is little choice for accomodation: best resorts have very high prices and often bad feedbacks; guesthouses seem to be not comfortable enough. Can anyone suggest a nice place with all basic comforts and reasonable price? Is it a good alternative finding a hotel in Trincomalee?
I would also appreciate your opinion about the beach (I've read a few negative reports on it and some not enthusiastic about Pigeon Island); in fact I could also skip Nilaveli and stop later in Tangalla, but I'm afraid of the weather in that period, is it good for the beach?
We're visiting jaipur next week for 3 days. i wanted advice as are 3 days enough to get to see jaipur because we're only planning to visit jaipur from the state of rajasthan (jodhpur jaisalmer udaipur are excluded as we are bound by time) before we make our way down south. should we go with 3 days itself or stay for longer in jaipur. i know we cannot get to know the entire state in just one city but want to make the most out of it.
Also can we take a detour for a day just before we leave i mean is any place worth a day's trip from jaipur?
any help appreciated
I'm travelling next 29th May from Arugambay to Negombo, if someone want to share a private transport, please let me know!
And any idea how can I go from Ella to Arugambay?
Thanks a lot!
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