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India, arriving late Nov 2004 till late Jan 2005

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1. Posted by min (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y

Any travel buddies out there or other travellers to meet up with?

2. Posted by citybell (Full Member 419 posts) 12y

Welcome and glad to note that you are intending to visit India.
What are the places youw ant to visit? Is this the first time to visit India? Have you got some idea the places you want to visit? After receipt of your reply, will discuss where to meet up.

3. Posted by BasiaAlm (Full Member 61 posts) 12y

Hi, min and city bell

I am a bit older, but also a female :-) and plan to be in India from December 2004 for up to 5 months: I promised to volunteer for a local ngo in MadrasChennai?) as a development consultant for 3 months, but could use 2-3 month travelling around India first. I would like to go to Delhi, Agra, Rajastan, I'll probably start in Goa, though, since there are plenty of cheap charters from Scandinavia to Goa (I'll be in Italy from mid September to mid November, but need to go to Stockholm for a family celebration in mid November, so I'll fly to India from there). I would welcome any suggestions from city bell. I am interested in both culture and nature.

4. Posted by citybell (Full Member 419 posts) 12y

Hi Basia Alm

It does not matter if you are a male or a female and young are old....what is impotant is one should be young at heart and enthusiasm to see/visit new places..
Chennai(earlier name Madras) is the capital city of Tamilnadu state of India.Compared to the north, you can feel vividly the culture of the people espcially of Tamilnadu.You will be amazed to see the temple architecture and their interesting religious beliefs.

Would you like to visit Goa, agra, Rajasthan first or later after completing your Volunteer work? Accordingly could suggest places of visit. Nov to Jan is the peak tourist season in the north, especially and so advance reservation is must. Tourist season is not so hectic in the south except towards year end and around mid Jan.

You will enjoy visiting good beaches, palaces, Hill stations, castles during your stay in india..more importantly the different cultures(food habits, methods of dressing etc..).

If you wish to visit before your volunteer work then visit Goa, Rajasthan( udaipur, Mt.Abu,Jodhpur,Jaiselmer,Jaipur)Agra, Mathura and Delhi.From Delhi you can visit Hyderabad Bangalore and Mysore from where you can go to ooty and on to kerala before you arriving in Chennai to take up your Volunteer work.
Incase you wish to see visit all these places after your Volunteer work then we can discuss after your arrival in chennai more meticulously.

5. Posted by BasiaAlm (Full Member 61 posts) 12y

Thanks, city bell, I guess you live in Chennai?Great, looking forward to meeting you. As for the sex of the travelling partner I was thinking it would be fun to take the "maharadja's train" (Indian orient express) in Rajastan, and sharing the cost of a compartment with a fellow traveller would make it more affordable. I have read about this train in a wonderful book, sort of my retirement travel bible (beside the UNESCO's world heritage site list, of course) "1000 places to see before you die."A Very handy travel planning tool.

6. Posted by citybell (Full Member 419 posts) 12y

Regarding trains mentioned by you, suggest you to visit the website www.palaceonwheels.net and www.theluxurytrains.com
You can choose the trip to your liking. You can choose a trip to Rajasthan including Agra. Yes if the occupancy is double or tripple the cost is lowered to USDollars 350/285 per personrepectively.
If you wish to enjoy an unique train journey, suggest you to travel between Mettupalayam(about400kms fom chennai) and Ootacamund(also known as OOty) in Tamilnadu.

Would you be touring Inida after or before your volunteer work in Tamilnadu?