I am planning a trip to Thailand & India (6 months in each).
Its my first time travelling and i have a couple of questions!
I am at ease with my trip to Thailand because i know where to go when i get off the plane. Ill just head for Kho San Road and stay somewhere there, I heard ill meet people to then travel around with.
I have absolutley no idea what to do when i get to India. My plan is to do whatever most backpackers do but mostly Goa & Karela as the time im going weather is best in south India.
The questions are
1. Where shall I fly to? Tha main airport i guess!
2. What do most people do when they get off the plane? Where do they head? Any ideas???? I want to be able to meet other backpackers to then travel with!
Im absolutley clueless about India so ANY info will def be usefull!!!!
In Goa and Karela u will certainly meet plenty of Western foreigners. Like on the Khao San Road, there will probably be plenty of guided tours u can go on, for sale. On tours, u will have guaranteed company, all the time.
On the otherhand, if u become an independent traveller, u will still meet plenty of people. U will also meet more variety of types of people and have more interesting unpredictable experiences. And a little lonliness now and again wont kill u. It would be a small price, to pay, for the stories u would have to tell your grand children.
Hi Jay, I would recommend Goa first as there are so many travellers around and it will be easier if you want to go further north to the interesting places such as Rahjistan and so forth. Kerala is fantastic but you have to fly into Trivandrum which is a culture shock if you havent visited India before. The resort of Kovalum is about an hours taxi away but pretty much used by two week tourists so more expensive. Goa is a bit more easier. Think about going to Nepal for a month, Katmandu is the most fascinating place on earth and the treks around Pokhara are a must, be careful though, of the political situation, watch your step but dont miss Nepal.
Ok..i understood your problem. You have difficulty with regard to India is due to the reason that India is too big and whatever time you have with you(a week or two, a month, or a year or more) can be spent easily in India and India has all--desert, mountains, beaches,forests, etc etc...besides being cheap to travel.
6 months is a good period to see most of the important places in India.there are two ways of doing this...one is that you can travel from North to south and the other from south to north.If youa re the first time traveller, it is better fro you to start from South to North so that you can get accustomed to the Indian way of life.
At first let me know as to when would you like to land in India. April/May, generally, are the hottest months in India.July to Sept are the rainy season in most parts of India. So suggest that from Sept/Oct to Feb/March are supposed to be the best season to visit India.
Suggest you to have a guide book and choose the places to visit(or atleast have a rough idea) and then come back here to ask sugegstions.Then it would be easy to suggest.Ofcouse you can feel free to ask me too by a private message.
Ofcourse you can meet other travellers too.
Most travellers have some kind of a schedule(rough schedule atleast depending on number of weeks they have) and so they plan accordingly before they visit.They head strainght to that place and begin their journey!
As an example, if you wish to visit South first, you can arrive in Chennai(on the south east coast) and work your travel downwards until you touch theland's end and then make your journey from the west coast and go up the north. Or it can be vice veersa also...all depends on your convenience.
Just to make it easier for you....(just to give you a broad idea)main places could be such as Chennai, Pondicherry, Thanjavur,Madurai,Kanyakumari, Trivadrum, Alleppey, Thekkady, Munnar, Cochin, Bangalore, Mysore, Hampi, Goa, Mumbai, Udaipur, Jaipur, Jodhpur,Jaisalmer, Agra,Khajuraho,Varanasi,Kolkotta,Puri, New Delhi, Himalayam places up to Ladkah.
The list is exhaustive to write down all the places here.
Surely you will have a nice and interesting experience in India.
Best way to see India, hands down, is by train. Get a map of India and a guidebook. From the guidebook, jot down a lit of places you want to see - 6 months will allow you a reasonably leisurely journey to see nearly everything you'll want to. (When are you going, BTW?) Once you're done jotting down the names, find the places on your map, and figure out a reasonable order to visit them all. Then book your train tickets online - you'll need to do this well in advance because tickets get sold out very quickly, especially to the popular destinations. For more flexibility, book only the most popular destinations for now, and figure out the inbetweens once you get there.
Kerala and Goa are great places, but there's so much to do and see in India. Give yourself a rough guide - X number of days at beaches, Y number of days in rainforests, Z number of days in the desert, and how many days do you have left over to see the Himalayas?
So that's my best advice: since you seem to be in the initial planning stages, read a guidebook and get an idea of what you want to do. We can help you fine-tune your plan.
U probably know this, already. But just in case u dont. Get the Lonely Planet books for India and Thailand. They are a bit expensive, but worth every penny. Around 25 Euros each. They will give u advise and information about where and how to travel, and will explain safety issues, money issues etc etc. They even give suggested routes.
i would advise against the lonely planet for india. i want in india last yearfor a few months, i met up with a girl in pondicherry who i began travelling with who had the brand new lonely planet (i think i came out about september) and i must say it was terrible. the inforamtion on transport was wrong the maps were really bad and most of the hotels were twice the price quoted. I found india extremely easy to travel in, MANY people speak english so you can always just ask someone, they have excellent public transport (it doesnt always run on time but it always runs) and i think you have a much better time when u go on work of mouth advise rather than out of a book that every tourist has - the most amazing places i went to were not in any of the travel guides. Having the book is like a security blanket and in india u have to learn to let go and just run with it or u will have a terrible time. (however a the thai book might be a lot better, i dont know i didnt read it)
hey jay . . thats a decent chunk of time you have for india . . though even a lifetime is not enought to explore this diverse country .. still tryin to do that myself
But in 6 months u can do a bit better then just goa & kerala . . though thats what many travelers do..so u should...but u could explore a bit more down south . . some lovely places like lakshwadeep islands etc
will not rattle off where u should be going ... think you need to spell out what ur interests are..when u plannin to come n wots the budget like .. n probably u could get some useful information ..
am sure u would hve an awesome time
Thanks for all your ideas and info. Ive read through my post and realised actually how brief it is Sorry about that!!!
To put you in the picture, im travelling to Thailand first for 6 months and then plan to get to India by October '07 and stay for 6 months! I have a bit of a money issue (£2500 MAX saved for India) so i have to do it on a budget! This is why i thought id stick to South India because i may not be able to afford travel costs. Also the time of year i plan to go the South has the best weather. I read that somewhere but it could be wrong.
Thats really why im so confused, i was thinking there may be some sort of trail that most people go on but ill have a read about it and plan it better? I dont want to come back home and realised that ive missed out somewhere along the lines!
Are there any places that i SHOULDENT miss?
What would YOU do if you had the same time and budget?
Thanks for all the info guys its been really helpfull, Im so excited aout my trip now and cant wait to eat the Thai and Indian food!!