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Where is best to meet other travellers in India...?

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1. Posted by Acdale (Budding Member 29 posts) 10y

Hi,

Next September i am going to be travelling round India for 2 months as the last leg of my rtw trip. I am travelling alone and was wondering where are good places to tap into a travellers network?

I was planning on flying into chennai then travelling down to kerala, up to Mumbai and Goa then fly up to Dehli. however I would like to meet other people at the start of my trip so would be willing to change my itinerary if there are places more suitable than channai for this.

I know that there aren't hostels in India but if anyone could recommend any popular guesthouses that would be great.

Cheers

Ali

2. Posted by Shrinagesh (Full Member 102 posts) 10y

Pl go to BroadLands lodge which is a very popular place for foreign tourists..

Pl head toward Triplicane for the Broadlands Lodge.

Ever autorickshaw (the yellow and black motorized tricycles) driver knows the "Star Theater, Triplicane". From there you can find the restaurant called Hotel Maharaja and from there you can find Broadlands Lodge around the corner.

You can find foreigners here who may become your travel companions.

3. Posted by masterblaster19 (Full Member 119 posts) 10y

Acdale,
It also depends on what time of year you are travelling there. i spent two months there in may and june. for the first month i can count how many backpackers i saw, in Mumbai, Goa, Delhi, Rishikesh. Which was good for a while because you really felt like a traveller not a tourist. but it did get lonely without somebody to share and swap experiences with. However, at that time of year places like manali and leh are teeming with backpackers. It really depends on the season.

4. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 10y

Yeah, it definelty depends on what time of year you go, and the traveller scene will be where the good weather is.
By September I think the South will start to get busy with travellers, but not as much as Dec-Jan. I think though no matter the time of year, Chennai is not the place to meet travellers. It really isn't a very exciting city and most people head out as soon as they get there. So the place to go is Mammallapuram an hour or two to the south. You'll find travellers there. Pondicherry, and Madurai also have alot of tourists, though none of them attract the backpacker scene like other parts of the country, like Goa, Rajasthan and the Himmilayas. Kerela has its share of travellers, and a good place to start is the beach town of Varkala. Cochin also has a small backpacker scene. And of course, just about everywhere you go in Goa will have more travellers than locals.
However, if you really want to be where the travellers hang out, then the North is a better bet. Towns in Rajasthan, like Jaisalmer and Pushkar have more travellers than you'll care to see, as do a few places in the Himalayas, like Rishikesh, Dharamsala, and Manali. Varanasi is also one of the biggest draws for the backpacker scene.

Specific hotels? Just about any place that gets a good review in Lonely Planet will be filled with other travellers.

5. Posted by Shrinagesh (Full Member 102 posts) 10y

Quoting Shrinagesh

Pl go to BroadLands lodge in Chennai which is a very popular place for foreign tourists..

Pl head toward Triplicane for the Broadlands Lodge.

Ever autorickshaw (the yellow and black motorized tricycles) driver knows the "Star Theater, Triplicane". From there you can find the restaurant called Hotel Maharaja and from there you can find Broadlands Lodge around the corner.

You can find foreigners here who may become your travel companions.