Asia - Indian Subcontinent
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My partner and I have decided to go to India next November, as we are looking to experience somewhat of a culture shock- something that is different to hopping on an easyjet over to Spain, or going to the USA. We are incredibly excited, but do not know where to start.
We were going to join a tour group, maybe by Intrepid and the like, but i have read that it is pretty easy to do India independently- is that true?
All we know is that we want to start off in the North, and end up on a lovely beach in the South for 3 days or so.
We want to do the main sites, such as the Taj Mahal etc. I'd say that we'd want a mix of seeing cities, as well as the rural areas- i'm quite interested in sailing along the Ganges.
Well any advice on routes would be much appreciated, especially as we only have 3 weeks to do it in :(
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Hi Can I buy a local sim card for my unlocked iphone 3gs in Sri Lanka. If so what is the best one to get and is the coverage good. We'll be staying mainly in the south and up in Ella
Can anyone tell me if the road from Manali to Leh is still open. I's appreciate any information. Thank you very much.
I will be arrive very late at Chennai Airport. Is the airport the best place to change Australian dollars or is there a place in the city that will give a better rate? If so, where? I plan on changing enough cash for the whole trip here.
I realize that this topic may be covered in the Lonely Plant guidebook but for reasons I won't go into, I am not buying it.
I need to know if i get bangladesh visa on arrival for 30 days is it most likely i will get an extension for another month or two and how much does this cost for americans?
I tried to get a bangladesh visa in nepal and they are rude and wont give me and told me to get visa on arrival.
I also googled the bangladesh embassy in nepal found out some were criminals amd have been fired from their office.
Us embassy said that forighn affairs can renew the visa if they want to but will they? I need to know if its a good chance they will or will not because it would cost me a fortune to leave the country in a plane with one day notice.
We are visiting Nepal for 3-4 weeks in December with our children aged 5 and 9 and would like to take them trekking. We trekked the Annapurna cicuit 15 years ago (has it really been that long!) so we kind of know what to expect. We didn't use guides or porters then but we know we need help this time. Is it easy enough to arrange a good guide on arrival to Kathmandu. We also need someone who will help our youngest and carry him at times (he is small). Can anyone recommend a guide and/or porters, or a good local company to go through. Any other tips or suggestions on good places to trek with little ones would be appreciated. We would like a trek that lasts around 10 days. We plan to take things easy so the kids can enjoy themselves. Thanks.
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I plan to go to Dharamsala for a 2 week vacation in mid November. Would like to stay in Mcleodganj and Bhagsu. I heard the weather in November is pretty nice. I wanted to find out if anyone else is planning is go to Dharamsala during the same time. Also, are there any good hostels or less expensive but clean hotels where i can stay for close to 2 weeks? How good is the bus journey between Delhi and Dharamsala? All kinds of suggestions are welcome. Thanks much.
Arrive in Varanasi on 25 December. Really looking forward to going back - last time was 10 years ago. Back then I just rocked up and got a room without any problem. When looking at TripAdvisor and the like I notice people nowadays are pre-booking. Is it necessary to do this in Dec/Jan?
Also would be interested to hear from anyone as to how the place has changed in the last 10-15 years. Does it still have the same rythyms and feel or has modernity caught up with it?
I will be arriving in Kolkata October 26 and will explore the city for a few days before heading north to Darjeeling and Sikkim. I will spend a good 5 days or more there before heading to the south of India. Probably Pune and then Kerala. Let me know if you're on a similar travel path and perhaps we can cross paths.
Hello I am connecting through Colombo and have the option of having the weekend there. This would be arriving at 13:00 and departing at 18:00 the next day Sunday.
Are there some interesting places and sights that I could see that would make this worthwhile? I suppose I should just stay in Colombo rather than trying to head straight out of the city.
The alternative is I fly straight to Bangalore and but I still have a 6 hour connection in Colombo so I may as well see some of the city???
I prefer to trek with a companion, without a guide nor a porter to EBC. I will be arriving kathmandu 13 Nov 2012. I am looking forward to getting you as my new friend :)
I am in Sri Lanka from 12-21 jan 2013. I am a 22 year old female solo traveller and am looking for places I can go to meet like minded backpackers. Interested in surfing, safari-ing, adventure, hiking, culture and having a bit of a party! Are there any busy hostel / gathering places I can visit at this time? Or any budget grop tours available? Thanks!
I am planning for Annapurna circuit trek along with few friends. We are planned to start our trek on late October and our main destination includes Tilicho lake and crossing Thorang la pass. My question is
1. Since this time is a main tourist season, will it be hard to find accommodation during this time of the year especially in places like thorang phedi and tilicho base camp?
2. What's the temperature like at this time of the year around manang, tilicho and thorang? Weather is unpredictable on mountains but in General what's its like. Will we have to walk through the snow to cross thorang la?
I'm also looking for a place to stay for 8pax near Kalmakanda & Tahirpur. It's only for 1 night.
Are there also restaurants overthere where we can eat something and small shops to buy water?
Looking forward again to your answers!
I love Bangladesh more and more.
Really looking forward to be there.
I'm planning on trekking to Everest Base Camp in March 2013 (so about 6 months out) and had a quick question about buying an airline ticket.
My friends and I will be leaving from Atlanta, GA, USA and need to be in Kathmandu on March 3, 2013 and we were wondering when the best time to buy the airline tickets were for the best deal. There doesn't seem to be a ton of information on when the best time to buy it is, but there is a very large disparity between prices currently out.
So...when would be the best time to buy the tickets and is there anything I should look out for (sites to avoid, etc.)?
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