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India and Nepal 2008 - can anyone help

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1. Posted by claretrick (Budding Member 47 posts) 8y

Hello there I am 25 soon to be 26 and am off on my ARW Trip in Sept/Oct 08. My plan is to go to Nepal first for 3 or 4 wks and then on to India for 3 mnths or so, like I say I will be travelling around the world but these are my first port of calls. Can anybody help me! I will be flying from the Uk and I presume I would have to fly to Delhi, and then travel to Nepal from there????? I really dont have any idea! I will be travelling alone too!! Like I said my plan is to then work my way around India for roughly 3 mnths, I know I will be there during there festive season, which should be great. I presume I will have to organise my first couple of nights accomodation in Nepal, but from then on do I book as I go, is this relatively easy and safe. I would be greatful for any information, as I am travelling alone I feel I need to plan more than if I had a companion.

Thanks so much to anyone who can help

:)

2. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 8y

I flew to nepal from the states via london and then through Abu Dhabi, UAE, there are plenty of options. You should be able to find accommodations as you go. you will go to Thamel the backpackers district and then just start shopping. there are tons of options. you could find someone at the airport to share a taxi into kathmandu. i was the same age as you when i went (alone) and felt perfectly safe. it was very easy to meet people as well. you will be fine. good luck and happy travels!

3. Posted by claretrick (Budding Member 47 posts) 8y

Thankyou so much for your help. I guessed as much but its always nice to hear from peoples own experiences. I have no doubt that I will meet lots of great people along the way.

4. Posted by Lilibellil (Inactive 16 posts) 8y

What a fabulous trip! I'm a little surprised at Soupatrvlr's comfort with traveling alone in South Asia. I am a little younger than you, but the "roadside romeos" don't seem to discriminate based on age who they pick on. I hope you don't mind bluntly sexual male "attention" (harassment), but even so, I would encourage you to carry pepper spray (a good idea if you plan to travel at all to Africa), not be under the influence of any judgment-impairing substances, and ideally, to travel around with a buddy. White women are targets not only for sexual advances, but also theft, kidnapping, etc. Be careful (I wouldn't travel alone in India, but maybe I'm paranoid).

On the fun side of things, I would Highly recommend making your way down to Kaniakumari, the southernmost tip of India. Since you have time, traveling by sleeper trains might be a good option (better if you're traveling with someone). They're cheap, not too bad, and you might see some great scenery during the day. Although slower than European trains, they're cheaper (and you'll save money on a hostel) and more social than flying, and you won't have to book ahead. You may meet some other travelers, or some locals heading home, and you'll get a better sense of the community.

I would agree with you about the importance of planning ahead a bit for this trip, if only a few nights ahead. India's not like the continent, it's not as easy to show up in a city and find a place to stay. Be prepared for hitches and stumbling blocks, but sometimes those are part of the joy!

Wishing you much fun!

5. Posted by soupatrvlr (Respected Member 385 posts) 8y

Quoting Lilibellil

I'm a little surprised at Soupatrvlr's comfort with traveling alone in South Asia. I am a little younger than you, but the "roadside romeos" don't seem to discriminate based on age who they pick on. I hope you don't mind bluntly sexual male "attention" (harassment), but even so, I would encourage you to carry pepper spray (a good idea if you plan to travel at all to Africa), not be under the influence of any judgment-impairing substances, and ideally, to travel around with a buddy. White women are targets not only for sexual advances, but also theft, kidnapping, etc. Be careful (I wouldn't travel alone in India, but maybe I'm paranoid).

i did often encounter this type of attention, however, I have found that most of of it has been very juvenile and mostly harmless. just ignore them and eventually they will leave you alone. a pair of dark sunglasses always helps. the chances that you will be alone the entire time is very slim. you will find that while traveling alone, you will make friends much faster and find a variety of companions along the way. just hold your head up high, keep a defensive stance and most men will leave you alone. if you are very uncomfortable, make sure you don't smile at them too much and try to keep a straight face...sometimes this is very hard as its also very funny.

i've never travelled with pepper spray and personally think that this is a bad idea since in the off chance you use it and it enrages the "attacker", it could cause you more harm in the end. in a situation where you are being unduly harassed, appeal to any women around you. look on the man/men with scorn and call them shameful. you will usually find great protection from other women on the streets as well as men that find their behavior embarrassing.

this probably doesn't need to be said, but, dress accordingly and behave appropriately. in india/nepal, don't show your shoulders or legs from the knee down. take your clues from the locals and you'll know how to dress. and i agree with lilibelli, if you are going to party it up, just be careful. you'll be fine! goood luck!

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