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1. Posted by Jenny_h (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

Hi im planning a trip to India. Ive been to Thailand, Cambodia Vietnam etc backpacking alone on my last trip and found it fine and quite east to meet other fellow backpackers. I was just wondering if India has the same backpacking vibe about it where you are more than likely to meet people in guesthouses etc. Do they even have guesthouses.
Is it the sort of place where ill be on my own for a lot of the time. Ill be going to the main tourest places but is it popular with other single backpackers.
Just a little nervous that ill be spending three months on my own!!
Thanks
Jenny

2. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 9y

India is not quite as solo backpacker friendly as Southeast Asia. Thailand tends to attract alot of 20 something, first time traveling, want to party and meet people, type of travelers. It's not like that as much in India. Travelers tend to be a little older, and often in couples. There we many many places that we went in India where we hardly seen another young backpacker, and we rarely met people on buses or trains.
However, having said that, there are many places in India that are exactly like Thailand as far as the backpacking scene goes.
In the hotter months, McLeod Ganj and Manali seem to have more backpackers than Kao San Road, and in the cooler months, Goa pretty much mirrors Koh Phagnan. Finding fellow travelers to hang out with in these places is as easy as in Thailand. In Rajasthan you'll find Pushkar to attract hordes of backpackers, and you'll find quite a few in Jaisalmer as well.
Varanasi is a draw for backpackers as well. In the South, Varkala in Kerela has a similar scene to Thailand, and Hampi is a bit of backpacker ghetto where you'll find more than enough people to meet.
In any of these places, guesthouses will be full of fellow foreigners and you'll meet loads the same as you would in Southeast Asia. Restaurants also cater to foreigners so you'll meet people there too.
In major cities much like in Bangkok there are areas where backpackers tend to hang out. In Delhi, Paraganj is a mini Kao San Road, and in Calcutta I think it's called Shudder St. In Mumbai you'll find heaps of travelers hanging out in Colaba (sp?).

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

hi Jenny,

There is not much to add to what Dave has mentioned, he is at his exquisite best when it comes to describing the Indian experience.

I would just like to add that:

1. Dress modestly
2. Avoid hanging out too late at night in isolated places
3. If ur lost, always seek help from the ladies or older men, avoid middle aged men, who knows they can turn bad

Wish u all the best
Arif

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5. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 9y

Quoting arif_kool

There is not much to add to what Dave has mentioned, he is at his exquisite best when it comes to describing the Indian experience.

Thanks Arif

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

Quoting Degolasse

Quoting arif_kool

There is not much to add to what Dave has mentioned, he is at his exquisite best when it comes to describing the Indian experience.

Thanks Arif

:)

7. Posted by Jenny_h (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

Thanks guys. I think ill stick to the tourist places now as dont fancy being on my own.
Are there any other bust tourest places i should add on my places to visit?
Thanks again

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

hi Jenny,

Since u have quite a lot of time in India, i would advise u to spend more time in Kerala, which is aptly called the God's own country. In Kerala, the traingle of Munnar(hill station), Thekkady(wild life reserve) and Alleppy(Centre of backwater activites) are not to be missed. This state has a number of backwater cruises to suit every budget. Spend some time in Allepy so that u can enjoy cruising in and around Allepy like the Vembanad lake is beautiful. Moving from alleppy u can visit trivanduram, Kovalam beach and Of course the tip of India, Kanyakumari

Arif

9. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 416 posts) 9y

Varkala is another backpacker friendly (as in you'll meet people) spot in Kerala and it's beautiful to boot. You'll find people to tag along with.

10. Posted by Jenny_h (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

Thanks everyone, ill put these places on my list and be sure to go to them. Hopefully ill meet people to then go to the less touristy places with, if not ill stick to my list and keep meeting fresh faces
Any other ideas keep them coming, thank you!!!!