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1. Posted by indio (Budding Member 84 posts) 9y

Hey everybody

I've got a few questions I hope somebody can help me answer. I'm off to India the 1st of Feb for 6 months. I'm flying into Delhi, arriving early in the morning on the 2nd. Thing is that I have to be in Trivandrum which is obviously in the other end of the country around the 6th. I'm planning on taking the train... does anybody know how many days it will take me approx. if I only do the necessary stops on my way there. (I will have plenty of time to go back up that way after my time in Trivandrum where I'm doing a work placement in a rehabilitation centre)
Also I have got all jabs I need except from the rabies one. I'm thinking of getting it down there, does anybody know about the possibilities for this?
I thought I had more questions, but I can't think of anymore right now!
Well any general advise that i can't read about in the books will be greatly accepted

Peace!

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Indio

I cant answer all your questions. But i do know that train travel in India is very slow. Dont know exactly how long your journey would take though. I dont have any India info, at hand.

About the rabies shot. U dont need to have a vaccination, unless u get bitten. U can have a shot, just in case u get bitten, but the chances of being bitten are slim. In fact i was only ever bitten once, in all my travels. That was by a monkey, in Thailand. I had not had any rabies shot. I spoke with a nurse, in Thailand. She said, i had 2 weeks, after the bite, before i had to get the first shot.

Mel

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

I looked it up for you. It is a long haul so you should consider some stop-overs. The 3062 kilometers are done in approx. 50 hours. Happy journey;)

4. Posted by indio (Budding Member 84 posts) 9y

Ha ha... welcome to India!! Lets start off with a 50 hours train journey! That's me thinking it's a good way to get introduced to the country! Ehehe! Thanks for looking it up... much appreciated!
I guess I won't worry too much about the rabies then.. though last time I was in Thailand I ended up buying and rescuing a monkey, so as long as I stay clear of that this time I guess I will be fine ;)

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

Quoting indio

I guess I won't worry too much about the rabies then.. though last time I was in Thailand I ended up buying and rescuing a monkey, so as long as I stay clear of that this time I guess I will be fine ;)

I never bothered about rabies. The jab is expensive and the chance of getting rabies is only real if you go to rural areas. In the city is also a slight chance but you should better look out for crazy cardrivers;). I have been twice to India without the rabies jab. I am still alive. If you have more questions concerning India don't hesitate.

6. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Indio
What did u rescue the monkey from?
Not humans?
I would think it is humans who need to be rescued, from those thieving pests?

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 17, 2006, at 11:53 PM by Mel. ]

7. Posted by aprilsgal (Full Member 161 posts) 9y

hey...
To go to trivanbdrum by train would take u 2- 2 and a half days... try booking in ac coach for a more comfortable journey. u can also make it much quicker by flying - a number of low cost carriers are available.

8. Posted by skv (Inactive 9 posts) 9y

Hi

I would also recommend that you fly instead of going by train. If you are anyway planning on taking time off to see india then you could probably spend time in delhi till 6th, travel to jaipur (hawa mahal and other old monuments + very good for cheap ethnic shopping) and agra (taj mahal and other monuments). Delhi , jaipur and agra form the golden triangle. then when u r back in delhi, take a flight on 6th to trivandrum. Its cheaper and allows u to spend time seeing the sights mentioned above.

there are several low cost airlines that offer you tickets at extremely cheap rates including spicejet, go air, indigo and air deccan.

9. Posted by indio (Budding Member 84 posts) 9y

So can I buy the flight ticket when i get to Delhi or? Thing is that i had a quote made for a ticket here in Denmark and it was over £200 which I found really expensive!
Yeah i rescued my monkey from the evilness of human... it was being so badly mistreated that my heart was bleeding from seeing it. Gave it to a place called the Gibbon Experience in Huay Xai, Thailand which is a conservation project mainly for Gibbon monkeys. I was there doing a three day trek and found it the perfect place for her. I know now from people who have seen her after I left, that she is happy and well, jumping around the jungle being very naughty towards the locals and the tourists with her monkey friend

10. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Tragic that people were doing such awful things to the monkey, that u had to buy it, to put a stop to the abuse.

One of my worst fears when travelling is that i might see some horrible cruelty being inflicted on a person or animal, that I wont be able to forget it.

Mel