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1. Posted by Clairabell (Budding Member 17 posts) 9y

Hi guys,

My partner and I are planning a RWT next September and our first stop will be India where we plan to spend about a month (this is very flexible).

My question is where in India is good to go? We are not seasoned travelers and as this will be our first stop I do not want to be shocked into hiding in my hotel room. We want to experience the culture but I have heard that India can be a pretty shocking place due to poverty and would like to know where people would recommend as a gentle introduction.

All advice would be appreciated

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Hi Clairabell, India is not only poverty. But you could get some cultureshock when you first arrive. My advise is just to endure an eventual cultureshock. It will be over in two days. Just go out and try to get used to the new surroundings. You will see that you get used to poverty and beggars very soon (it never feels normal though). You will see how fantastic India is. I hope you fly on Delhi. In that case you should go to the state of Rajasthan. It's beautiful there. This is the area of the Maharadjas and big palaces. The people of Rajasthan are very colourful people. Some cities you should visit here are Jodhpur (blue city), Udaipur (monsoon palace), jaipur (pink city), Jaisalmer (golden city), Bikaner (rat temple) and Pushkar (hindu pelgrimage centre). Of course you should not miss out the Taj Mahal in Agra. This is easily done by train on a daytrip from Delhi (approx. 2,5 hour). In Jaisalmer or Bikaner you could do a camelsafari. Its a great experience. You will pass several desertvillages and you will see how the time stands still here. And how the locals life. You spend the nights underneath the stars on a sanddune. A month is a perfect amount of time to enjoy Rajasthan.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 15, 2006, at 6:26 AM by wouterrr ]

3. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 9y

Agree with Wouter... a first visit to India should definitely include Rajasthan. And, maybe you could include a bit of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla or Kullu and Manali, for a bit of the Himalayas, contrast to the desert and dunes.

4. Posted by ristinw (Full Member 53 posts) 9y

hi, i also think of getting to india on April. But i heard that people need to have injection going to india, is that needed?? How safe there if travelling alone a female?

5. Posted by masterblaster19 (Full Member 119 posts) 9y

The himalayas in september may be very cold, no?
I would aggree with the other lads and say a month in rajastan would be great. I myself never went there because i was there in the monsoon season (way too hot in the desert). But it seems to appear like the 'real india' people imagine before they travel there.
In relation to the last post. I would not travel to india as a woman alone. I was groped and mauled a lot when i was there and i was with my boyfriend. I would have been very nervous being a lone woman traveller. but everyone is different, im a bit of a coward anyway!

6. Posted by hil357 (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

I've never been to India, but when I do I'm going to Calcutta. I know a lot of people associate Calcutta with Mother Teresa and poverty, but I've done a lot of research and it is really a beautiful city with so much culture and history. During the '50's it was known as the "paris of the east" and today you can see the remnants of that. For some reason Calcutta just really holds a fascination with me and someday I'm definitely going.

7. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting ristinw

hi, i also think of getting to india on April. But i heard that people need to have injection going to india, is that needed?? How safe there if travelling alone a female?

Hi. You need some vaccination for India. You should ask your doctor for details. I got jabs for hepatitis A and B (twinrix) and typhoid. I also got an injection for Tuberculosis. At the end of your trip you should check via X-ray if you have tubercle in your blood. Female travelling alone in India. I know a few girls who did it on their own. If you want it you can do it.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 24, 2006, at 8:56 AM by wouterrr ]