Sorry about the bad english but I try, we are a Belgium couple that want an experience for life, we take a brake for 3 mouth starting november 2007, we wanne see Nepal-India-Sri Lanka.
Are there any people with suggestions about hostels, route,trains,airplanes, everything is welcome on this time.
It is our first backpackers trip and yes we are a kind of nerveuse
Ps: Sri Lanka will be no problem we have a friend living there but the best way to get there is that by flight our is there a boat?
With lots of regard
Bjorn and Nancy
Hi Bjorn and Nancy,
To reach Sri Lanka, there is only one option, i.e. of flying. There was a luxury cruise ship between India and Sri Lanka started somewhere in the past couple of years but I don't think it is still running and anyway, it would be more expensive.
I think it is cheaper to travel first to Sri Lanka in your three country or last on your way back to your home country. A flight into South India, usually has a stopover in Colombo which you could make use of, without additional payment. Then you could make your way up India and take a flight from Delhi or Calcutta to neighbouring Nepal.
On the other hand, it might be good to start with Nepal, as Nepal is great for trekking and finish up in Sri Lanka for a more relaxing holiday by the southern beaches, with your friends.
Enjoy the planning,
Hi. in addition to Ahila.
I agree with Ahila to start in Nepal and finish in Sri-Lanka. Book from Belgium a single flight to Kathmandu. When you arrive in Sri- Lanka book a flight back from Colombo.
The time of the year is the best. In Nepal you will have the best views during November. Around Kathmandu and Pokhara are very good trails for some trekking.
Travel by bus from Kathmandu to Darjeeling (the famous tea) in India. Then take the train south to Calcutta (Kolkata, huge interesting kolonial city). Travel west by train to among others Varanasi (Hindupelgrimage), Delhi (capital, big historical city), Agra (Taj Mahal).
Then its time for rajasthan, the best of India. Visit cities like Jaipur (pink city), Jodhpur (bluecity), Jaisalmer (golden city) and udaipur (monsoon palace). In Jaisalmer you should undertake a camelsafari and sleep underneath the stars on a sanddune.
Travel south by train to Mumbai (Bombay), just a mustsee. Travel south by train to Goa (great beaches with palmtrees, hire a scooter to explore Goa). Go further south to Cochin (for a boattrip on the backwaters) and Kollam (just great).
Travel south to trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram...). Catch the plane to Colombo for 50 euros or so.
For questions about Sri Lanka, ask Ahila.
Adding to what your friends may have planned for your visit, it might be good to consider the following route within Sri Lanka:
(1) Inter-city train to Kandy: Visits to the Temple of the Tooth, Day excursions from Kandy to Sigirya (5th C rock fortress), Dambulla (cave temple for sleeping Buddha) and the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage. Other close-by attractions are in Peradeniya (my favourite place in Sri Lanka). It is simply a beautiful area amongst green hills and one can go climbing the hills or enjoy the Botanical Gardens or simply visit Sri Lanka's largest University premises.
Udawatakele is supposed to be a very beautiful natural reserve close to Kandy but I have not had the opportunity to visit it yet.
(2) Train to Nuwara Eliya: It will be quite cold up in the mountains, so it is advisable to take your woollens, if you decide to go there. Besides the colonial remnants, there is the World's End, a place great for hiking and also associated with the epic Ramayana. There is also the famous Adam's Peak, a pilgrimage point for all religions and also enjoyed by hikers. There is another botanical gardens there called the Hakgala gardens, less ordered than the Perdaniya ones.
Also, there is the famous tea factory visit that most tourists like to take and that can be arranged by the hotel where you stay at.
(3) From Nuwara Eliya, you could take the bus down to Galle and from there go to the beach in Weligama. It is a beautiful beach, with some unique fishing done. Great for photos! Then, you could make your way up along the coast, back to Colombo either by trains or the frequent buses, stopping at any of the beach that catches your fancy.
With the current situation, this is all I would advice. There are some great ruins at Anuradhapura but it is so close to the North and also experience tensions that it is better to avoid the area. Also, Polonnaruwa where the ruins are closer to the East. If anyone does visit these two sites, it is best to go with a guide otherwise the remnants of the ruins don't say much of their ancient history to the visitor.
Hope this helps as a guide!
I just wanne thank you all, I will concider all that stuff, thanks