Asia - Indian Subcontinent
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I'll be going to India in early October.
It'll be my 3rd time in India, but I haven't seen that much yet.
Still, I think I'd much rather go somewhere high rather than anywhere else. In general I'm a big fan of nature as opposed to human artifacts such as Taj Mahal (however great they might be)
Is it a good time of the year to visit Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet etc?
Other than the business part of the trip, I will only have ca 10 days for the touristic part.
What do you recommend in that time span, mountain or otherwise?
How should I travel to Himalayas, by plane?
great trek! got to KP, try to leave at 0330am if your a bit slow so you beat the sunrise. i missed it but it dont matter cause that is one hell of a vantage point. i had a touch of alt sickness come on the previous afternoon, and it was like a very big bastard hangover. I just made it. i seriously wanted to turn back with every step, and i'm glad i did not. it lasted the next 2 days it took me to get down to NB where, i had a few beers and got a real hangover the next day. A real goody. Anyway, i"m reasonably fit and carried my own pack which was a bad idea by the time i got to KP because my 45 year old football knees started to pack it in, and that with the alt sickness meant i could not do the lakes and passes i had intended to do. So, consider this if you want to do the passes and lakes befor KP EBC!. On the last day down to lukla, I ended up getting a horse with a guide for 100 bu... more »
So I'm leaving for Nepal in 3.5 weeks. I'm from Australia and this will be my first time, I haven't had any injections for the trip - I wasn't planning to. I've had injections for Hep B, Hep A, tetnus etc when I was very very young.
Is this a stupid idea to go into this country with no immunisations? Initially I thought it should be fine, but family members are telling me otherwise.. What are your thoughts?
Hi all. We're a Canadian family of four who will be in India in November 2012. We're hearing that hiring a driver for a few weeks' tour of Delhi-Agra-Uhdaipur-Delhi may be way easier and cost effective than train travel. Thoughts? Recommended drivers? (Would of course rather hear from travellers, not drivers!)
may I get the weather update for September - will be spending 2 weeks
My mum and dad (in their sixties) will be visiting India for 18 days in September. They are well travelled and have lived overseas for many years of their lives so not unfamiliar with foreign climes or cultures by any means. Closest they have been to India was a trip to Nepal about ten years ago which they enjoyed although my mother found it a little confronting at times given the poverty and such like.
They fly into Delhi and plan to go to Agra, Jaipur, Pushkar and Bundi. Approx 3 nights in each place although are flexible with their itinerary. I have told them to knock one place out (probably Pushkar) to make it easier on themselves which they are considering. They want to do it independently which is great although I am a bit concerned about their ability to handle the rough and tumble now that they are a bit longer in the tooth. They plan to train and bus it.
Would be intere... more »
I have three weeks off in November and would like to see the Pushkar Camel fair. My current itinerary takes the usual Rajasthan route:
3. Pushkar (I'd like to be here from 11/19-11/21 to eperience the fair).
6. back to Delhi for flight home. Not currently planning on sightseeing in Delhi.
Jaisalmer is kind of out of the way, and I'm not too keen on very long train ride. So I could skip Jaisalmer altogether.
4. Jaipur (could skip this)
Varansasi is out of the way, but I'm not sure if I'll be back to India, so I'm tempted to visit it on this trip. It would be easier to do Varanasi and Agra back-to-back, but then I'll miss out on the Camel Fair due to the dates that I have scheduled off. If option 2 seems crazy/hectic then I'l... more »
Will be in SL over Xmas but flying out early (09.00) on the 27/12 does anybody have any suggestions as to where to spend the few days before we fly home?
I've had a look at Negombo - but generally the reviews are poor. We will probably stay at the airport on the 26th so have some time to travel to the airport but not sure of distances/trains/taxis etc, we will probably be around Arugam Bay before we move on to our final few days stop.
Also any advice on general what to see and where to stay would be great.
we are traveling with a 14yr and 9yr old and trying to stay v. cheap !-)
I'm planning on spending 6 weeks in India from mid/late October to the end of November/start of December.
I'm a 25years old female and will be travelling with a female friend.
I will be coming from Sri Lanka and going to Nepal after.
I'm really struggling to come up with a doable route. I would love to fit in as many highlights as possible! I'm interested in a mixture of everything - culture, nature, outdoor activities etc.
I can either fly into Chennai and loop around the south and then to the west (but I know its monsoon season around Chennai then)
or fly to Thiruvananthapuram or cochi and work my way up the west/centre of the country?
I will be on a tight budget so don't intend to get many flights and hope to get night buses as much as possible. I also love to be kept busy and would like to pack as much as possible into 6 weeks!
Any tips/route suggestions wou... more »
First if all thanks for taking your time to read this.
I have a 4 weeks off work in October and have decided to go to Sri Lanka. I am on a very small budget so feel like I need to know roughly what direction I will be heading in how long to stay in each place.
The concern is that I fly to India with work with work for 2 months in 2 weeks so everything needs to be in place before I go as I won't be returning home.
I know I need a visa and understand I will need it before I leave as they are not available on arrival...... Is that right?
Is this anything that I should take with me as a must (the hp sauce is already packed) such as a mosquito net?
In terms of an itinary I would like to go to kandy, galle and the rest i will figure out I'm sure. Would you recommend anywhere or anything to see?
Can you also recommend budget accommodation.
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I'm a solo traveller, I love trekking and being surrounded by mountains and blue skies and fresh air, I like having some company but I try as much as possible to walk away from crowds. How will November in Nepal look like in that regard? How does it compare to Torres Del Paine, Patagonia for instance? I spent 10 days there in early December last year, did the O circuit and it was fine, enough people to chat and have fun with, yet not overcrowded... Reading through the posts I get the feeling everyone is kind of rushing to 'do' EBC/ABC/etc... An option would be to avoid the main routes and choose less frequented areas... Or go later in the season, like Nov 15th - Dec 15th. What do you think?
Which of you learned travellers is in for this quicker trip to the beach? :)
I'm planning on crossing into India from Pakistan, Is it possible to organise the visa in my home country of Ireland, even though I don't have a inward or outbound flight. will It be enough to show train tickets and or booked accommodation.
It's been 4 years since I've been in India, I'm also hearing they only offer 3 month visas for tourists now :-(
My friend and I are coming to India for 2 months in March next year. The main places and sights we want to go too and see are below. Does anyone who has travelled India before have any advice on the best route to take? We don’t mind whether travel is on sleeper trains or by plane but would prefer the cheapest options. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Rajpath (wide boulevard)
Jama Masjid mosque
Pink City Jaipur
Blue City (Jodhpur)
Golden City (Jaisalmer)
White City (Udaipur)
Ranthambore national park
Punjab - Amritsar
The gateway of india
Elephanta boat tour
Kolkata more »
Bit sad to read the following in the telegraph here in the UK.
Government officials in Nepal have announced that, from September, it will be compulsory for all tourists who want to trek in the country, to be accompanied by at least one government registered porter or guide.
This is quite different to what a lot of people posting on here saying it will be 'no solo trekking'. or 'maybe some regions only'.
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