Asia - Indian Subcontinent
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Please, I would like to know the best way to go from Varanasi to Bodhgaya, By train or by taxi ? I don´t have many time, so how many days do you suggest in Bodhgaya? How long the trip takes from Varanasi to Bodhgaya? I intend to go from Varanasi to Bodhgaya, back to Varanasi and fly to Kathmandu, Nepal.
My girlfriend and I - both fit and around 30 years old - are going to Nepal for 14 days in March. We want to do a trek which offers the best mountain views and cultural experiences you can get on a 5-7 day trek.
Which trek do you recommend?
I have been doing some research and is attracted to a half way Everest Base Camp trek or Langtang Valley trek (is it possible within our time frame?), but I have also read that at trek at Annapurna should be amazing. Don't take this into account though - I would very much like to hear your immediate thoughts and experiences.
Thanks a lot!
I am currently in Nepal (Pokhara) and am planning to travel in India in a couple of weeks, preferably Darjeeling initially.
I have been looking at the journey from Kathmandu to the eastern border of Nepal but have read the journey by coach is not advisable, I am aware of the option to fly but would like to save money if I can.
Has anybody done this journey before? The starting point does not necessarily have to be Kathmandu.
I want to do the Kangchenjunga base camp trek , and have a couple of questions :
2. Unfortunately we are short of time, and thought of doing only south base camp , but walking both the west and east valleys . Do you think it's "worth" the effort to get there for this itinerary? Is the way interesting ethnically? I usually enjoy trekking in more remote place.
3. Transport wise, if I understand correctly , Suketar airport is currently functioning , but there are no scheduled flights there ? So the fast way would be fly to Bhimnager and take a bus to Taplejung ? Is this a 2 days bus journey? Any other suggestions?
Flying to Delhi on 4th Sept and would like to see as much of the higher parts of Himachal & J&K as possible. All my state bus transportation.
The two month itinerary for this part of the trip is as follows.
train to Kalka/Shimla - Sarahan - Sangla & Chitkul - Rekong Peo – Kalpa – Puh – Nako – Tabo – Dhankar
- Ki & Kibber
Will put us onthe road to Leh around 5th Oct – plan to vist Leh, Choglamsar, Spituk and side trips to Panamik & Turtuk, Nubra Valley; Pangong Tso
Then: Alchi - Lamayuru - Kargil (a side week in Zanskar around Oct 17th) then to Srinagar (via Drass& Sonamarg) - Gulmarg - Pahalagam & Aru -Patnitop ending up in Jammu
My main question is will this fit seasons wise? - especially concerned about hitting Ladakh, Zanskar and upper Kashmir in mid Oct.
Also any tweaks, additions or comments on the plan would be great.
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I am going to Nepal in October (arriving September 27th and leaving October 24th) and am thinking about doing either the Manaslu or Makalu trek. I've heard that EBC and AC are filled with tourists in October, so I'm gonna skip those even though they would've been possible to do without guides and porters. As I am travelling on a budget I am a bit worried that these treks will be too expensive for me. Does anyone know what I would have to expect to pay for these treks? (I understand that different companies charge different prices, but a rough estimate would really help).
Does anyone have any other suggestions to treks that are less visited by tourists? I am an experienced trekker in fairly good shape, so I don't mind doing hard treks, nor do I mind high altitudes. Less tourists is a big plus, but if that also means less spectactular nature I'm not as interested. I don't mind trekki... more »
Hello there. I am looking to go to a different city this time in Nepal. I keep going back to Pokhara, and it is a good place, but I want to discover a place slightly less touristy, that still has decent hotels and infrastructure, something that I have found difficult to find in many other Nepalese cities. This is not a criticism, but at a certain age, I do appreciate the creature comforts of nice budget hotels, the type one can find in abundance in Kathmandu and Pokhara, thanks to the phenomenal competition, vying for tourist places.
What is the altitude of Hetauda, could not find that information. Also are there any trekking routes there for hill walking or similar?
Looking on google, Hetauda has the claim of being one of the 'greenest' cities in Nepal, and that sounds good.
How about transport to and from Kathmandu to Hetauda? I assume local buses only, which I find a bi... more »
So, we are starting to plan a trip to Bhutan for mid next year, and we are looking for all and any info on traveling there. We have gathered that there is no independent travel there (correct?), but we cant seem to make sense of the visa costs? it seems its $250 per person per day (which is pretty hectic when you are traveling on the South African Rand...), but I cant seem to see what that includes? Is it just for the visa?
So that is my first question, my second is, if we do need to use a tour group, can anybody recommend a good one?
Any other advise is more that welcome, thank you!
me and 3 friends are heading to Sri Lanka just before Christmas. We're hoping to avoid the crowds, and as it is off-season in the east coast, I was wondering has anyone been there at that time before. How's the weather? How much does the monsoon usually effect? Little rain is ok, huge storms are not. Is it worth going if we want to enjoy beachlife, surf and so on?
If east coast is off the table because of the monsoon, best spots in the south are probably around Tangalle and Mirissa, if I haven't been mistaken. Is it hopeless to just pop up and try to find cheap accommodation at Christmas time? With cheap I mean as cheap as possible.
One more thing, has anyone been to Hurulu Eco-park? Worth going?
Thanks in advance!
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My friend and I are planning a trip through South East Asia for 2 months and then a month in India. We are considering taking a guided tour through India for a couple of weeks and are wondering what peoples experiences/ recommendations are on these? What are good companies/ tours to go with? We are two girls in our early to mid-twenties & wondering what the average ages are on these tours too?
Any advice or feedback would be appreciated :)
A friend and I are traveling to India for 12-14 days this October. We will start in Dehli and do the sites - TM, Varanasi, Khajuraho and back to Dehli. I would like to cap off the trip with someplace specia/peaceful/spriritual in the mountain area. I assume Rishikesh/McLeod are major tourist nightmares - yes? What are suggested alternatives? Someplace scenic, an interesting town, easy travel destination. I am willing to fly there. What is Corbett Tiger Reserve like?
My name's Jesse, I currently work in Afghanistan and will be heading to Sri Lanka for 8 days in October. I'm just now starting to research about the country and am in need of some itinerary recommendations, realistic ones, of what I could see and do in this amount of time.
Everyone I know just heads to the beach and stays there for the entire time. This is not the type of experience I want. I want to eat the food, interact with the people, see the nature, and get to know the culture of this island gem!
From what I've gathered, staying in Colombo isn't really recommended as there's not much to see or do. I know that nearby Negombo is popular with beach tourists, and staying on the beach for a day, two max, isn't necessarily off my radar. Other than this, I don't know anything about traveling in the country.
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Apologies if this has been posted/replied to before...
I am a British passport holder in the UK and want to apply for a double-entry tourist visa because of the two-month gap now required between visits.
My plan is to fly London-Delhi and spend about a week or 10 days in India before flying onto Singapore. After about three weeks in Singapore/SE Asia I want to fly Singapore-Delhi to spend about another week in India before flying back directly to the UK. There would only be about three weeks to one month between my two planned entries into India.
I have a confirmed itinerary/flight bookings and can get the tickets issued if required for the visa application. However, one of the visa agents - VFS - claims on its website that double entry tourist visas are only granted if the second entry into India is from a neighbouring country, that apparently includes Thailand.
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Please, is it possible to buy TIMS for individual trekkers (and entry permit) in Jorsale? Is it an official possibility? We will arrive to Kathmandu in the evening and we want to fly to Lukla next day in the morning. Thanks.
Hoping someone can give some advice. Travelling to India in January - spending first 2 weeks around Rajasthan and ending up in Delhi. There will be 3 of us, girls travelling together. We have 10 days between Delhi and our flight home in Mumbai.
Thinking Amritsar (2 days), Rishikesh (3 days), Varanasi (2 days) then down to Mumbai for 3 days before flying home.
Any advice appreciated re: how to get to each place, is it easy to get between these places, are these the best places to choose, enough time in each place? Also, will Rishikesh be a good place to have a few days downtime, not too hectic there? Is this a good mix of places to see India for the first time, after going around Rajasthan?
Was thinking Goa and Hampi but dont think theres enough time, and would like to make sure we cover off the North pretty well.
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