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21. Posted by scifo (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

usha, It would be better to go with someone rather go alone. Eventhough Indian is a major tourist destinations, Its not safe for an 18 yr old female who is travelleing alone. -snip- For backpackiung tours, I think the best destinations are sikkim, assam and other north eastern states.

[ Edit: sorry, no promos in the forum please. ]

22. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

Quoting usha

Thanks for your response, aharrold. Did you travel through India alone or with other people? Were you able to meet other travelers in the same situation as you and travel with them for awhile, or were you able to meet any Indians that you actually trusted and became acquainted with? What sort of accomodation did you stay in?

I travelled by myself for the most part. I almost always stayed in the cheapest of the budget hotels, because hostels were very difficult to come by in India even in the big cities. If you go to Mumbai, spend a bit more and do yourself a big favour and don't stay at the Salvation Army hostel. That place brings a new meaning to the words trashy and inhumane living conditions.

I did not meet any Indian people at all I trusted. I met some that start off seeming trust worthy, but then just as you sort of let your guard down a little and think well they may actually be genuine instead of a con, they do exactly as you initially expected. After the first 10 Indian people who I had any dealings with tried to rip me off, con me or treat me like I am an idiot, I just lost any trust that I thought I could have for Indian people.

India is a place that you'll either love or you'll hate as can be demonstrated by reading what someone else said about being there two times for very long periods of time. I think I would rather have been bitten by one of the wild dogs, get infected by rabies and die preferably quick than spend 5 months in India like one of the people who replied did. Hopefully you are one of those that loves the country and has a great time, but don't set your expectations too high like I did, because I was very dissapointed with India after dreaming of going there most my life.

If you haven't previously been overseas, one thing you are definitely doing in your favour is seeing the place that will give you the biggest culture shock probably anywhere in the world. By doing this it will mean it only gets easier from then on when it comes to foreign countries. I've been to 48 countries now and India is at least 3x as big culture shock to anywhere else I have been and that also included China which can also be pretty difficult. So if you are like me and not like that guy who has be twice for 5 months each time, don't think all of Asia or the world is as hard to cope with, because it sure gets a lot easier.

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 18, 2007, at 2:54 AM by aharrold45 ]

23. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 9y

seems Aharrold had a terrible experience while travelling in india. But let me tell u guys India is much more beautiful and enjoyable. Some bad experiences can be there for travellers in any part of the world but that should not deter prospective travellers from travelling to India.. Just take the normal precautions as is expected for a traveller and i assure u would have a hassle free experience. I feel sorry for Aharrold and would like to invite him to visit india again to remove his misgivings and carry back a positive image of INDIA

Arif

24. Posted by Vorks (Budding Member 49 posts) 9y

Hi Guys,

I'm visiting delhi at the end of this month with no accomodation! =( I was going to stay with a friend but something came up and now I can't.

Anyone has any recommendation for nice hotel? Budget is around US$60 for twin room (travelling with gf) and would prefer something safe and nice.

Thanks in advance! =)

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

Quoting Vorks

Anyone has any recommendation for nice hotel? Budget is around US$60 for twin room (travelling with gf) and would prefer something safe and nice.

wow that is a lot of money for one night. if u want something safe and nice then I recommed the guesthouse of Home Away from Home. Its in south Delhi (south extension part 2). it is a stylish residential apartment. meals are available. there are 2 rooms which are nicely furnished. double with A/C is 1500 rupees (price include breakfast). its owned by an Indian woman. South Delhi has some excellent sights which are visited from here easily (e.g. qutab minar, INA market). besides, the delhi metro takes you everywhere for few rupees and its clean (from north to south, west to east). so take autoricksaws to the metrostations only.

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 18, 2007, at 10:42 AM by wouterrr ]

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

Quoting aharrold45

I think I would rather have been bitten by one of the wild dogs, get infected by rabies and die preferably quick than spend 5 months in India like one of the people who replied did. Hopefully you are one of those that loves the country and has a great time, but don't set your expectations too high like I did, because I was very dissapointed with India after dreaming of going there most my life.

India is certainly good for a HUGE cultureshock.
I also dreamed of India very long, was actually dissapointed in the beginning as well (when I walked around in dodgy paharganj where it was hot, dusty, smelly, full of crowds and TOUTS). but you need to see the difference between a tout in the touristic areas and a "normal" Indian outside the touristic areas. Indians are trustworthy but NOT in Agra and also not in Jaipur and also not in any other tourist INFESTED place;).

27. Posted by usha (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y

so where would you recommend going to experience the real india and meet real indians?

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

Quoting usha

so where would you recommend going to experience the real india and meet real indians?

I was a as green as you when I visited India. I just ask you to notice the difference between someone that is out for your money and someone that is a real Indian. people that look smooth, talk smooth english and start talk to u all of a sudden, is a TOUT, nine out of ten (especially in the touristic area). Ignore them also when they push u to talk with them. Ignore the "why don't u want to talk to me", "I am your friend"....these are out for the MONEY and are not interested in YOU as person. if someone starts talking to you for example in the sleeper train...that is all different and a lot less smooth (with less routine)....that is a normal contact and its very nice. Indians are very social and friendly. U should not ignore the the touristic places like Agra, Jaipur and Delhi. I ask u to ignore the touts in those places. Delhi/Agra/Jaipur are the worst infested with touts.

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 19, 2007, at 5:06 AM by wouterrr ]

29. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 9y

wow, i am really amazed at Wouterrr's incredible reading of the tout's and the real indian's mind....hats off to u

Arif

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

Quoting arif_kool

wow, i am really amazed at Wouterrr's incredible reading of the tout's and the real indian's mind....hats off to u

Arif

I don't know if you were sarcastic here. but you don't know how to react in the beginning (when u first visit India) if someone starts to talk to u out of a sudden (and then ending up in a shop). especially on foreigners. because their target are the foreigners because the Indians know about them. so I hope u were not sarcastic here.

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 19, 2007, at 6:48 AM by wouterrr ]