First time alone traveller!! ADVISE NEEDED!
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Dec 7, 2012 6:43 AM Last Post By: flanagan
Dec 5, 2012 6:43 AM
First time alone traveller!! ADVISE NEEDED!Yo
Im a male looking to going traveling india alone for 6 months, i have been doing my research but still have couple of questions and wouldn't mind some advise!!
I was wondering what sort of budget i would need to stick to for going for this amount of time?
(i would like to travel down from the north to the south)
how the best way to get around? taxi? train? plane? etc?
where abouts are the best places to go?
any other general advise would be well appreciated!!
cheeeeeeeers budddddddys!! :D
Dec 5, 2012 8:20 AM
1A budget of 9-10000 USD should suffice for that period of time. Best way to get around is by taxi and plane. Best place to go is Mumbai and Goa. Other general advice: Don't drink the tap water.
Dec 5, 2012 8:22 AM
2Your questions aren't really specific, which doesn't help to answer them.
Generally, the best (and cheapest) way to get around in India is by train.
"Best places" cannot be answered since you didn't say what you enjoy (culture/architecture(mountains/desert/jungle/beach/party etc etc.) and you would get many different answers for this (read a gudebook, mate!).
As for budget, this also depends on how you travel. Need fancy hotels and stuff?
I'd say a decent budget for traveling 6 month in India is ~ €3500. With that you can do alot and don't need to always get the cheapest. You could propably do with much less, but it might also mean less fun and/or missing out on some things. One the other end of the scale, much like everywhere, the sky is the limit..
Well you wrote you did your homework, so then you shouldn't really need to ask these questions but instead ask some more specific ones. So please DO your homework and come back then.
Dec 5, 2012 8:26 AM
3#1 10k? You serious? People are fancy these days. Also, fun advice on Mumbai and Goa being "the best" places to go. Let me guess, you have only been to these two places and not much else, right?
I mean, com'on, Ladakh, Kerala, Varanasi, Rajasthan; Hampi etc etc the list is endless on awesome places (that are much more interesting than friggin Mumbai).
Dec 5, 2012 8:36 AM
4Choice of places may be very time specific- for example, summers can be very hot (Delhi and surrounds can regularly reach 45C in June). So when are you coming?
As others have mentioned, choice of places will depend on your interests. Right now, it's a very vague question.
Try to keep your arrival and departure points specific. Again, due to weather.
Dec 5, 2012 12:06 PM
Dec 5, 2012 8:28 PM
6you have 6 months, so you can do a lot! maybe not everything, but a lot :)
one trip that i really think you should consider is 'chasing the ganga'... i did it a couple of years ago, on my own so not part of any tour... you start from gangotri, the source... and then make your way down... via road / train... don't waste it on planes as that spoils the experience and continue across the plains till you reach the bay of bengal at the sunderbans... and maybe also see the royal bengal tiger! it took me a month. and i had booked trains for night travel so that it also saved me hotel stay...
it was a trip of a lifetime... you see the changing landscape, culture, people and interplay between all of these. so i wld seriously recommend that!
my blog post about it... doesn't capture the essence of that journey... the lifeline of india
have a great trip.
Dec 5, 2012 10:46 PM
7my personal favorite places:
Golden Temple at Amritsar (although not the city itself so much)
i think trains are the best way to get around, much more relaxing than busses. have never flown within india.
hard to answer about budget because everyone is completely different. i travel\eat pretty cheap and usually pay maximum 350\singles 500\doubles (maximum!!) for hotels...... eat cheap street food, cheap thalis, etc. also use sleeper class train. it helps that i don't like a\c because then things are cheaper.
any specific questions, let us know!
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Dec 7, 2012 6:43 AM
12In July 1995 I too, together with 4 more tourists did the same near Madras. The film was "Kala Pani" about that famous prison on Andamans and how bad English were. Sadly, year later I checked in some video shop in Bombay and we were not in film but that day of filming was incredible laugh and we of course got money,beer,food and were brought back to Mahabalipuram.
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