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India & Nepal 2008 am I mad

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

Hello, I now need more feed back on whether I am mad to travel to Nepal and India alone!!! I will be 26 when I leave, I have not been outside of Europe, but I would say I am a fairly strong independant person, I know it will be very hard and scary at first, but I just want peoples opinions on how safe and enjoyable it is to travel to Nepal and India alone, besides I gather I would meet lots of other travellers!!????. I have my heart set on these stops first, but am having alot of mixed advice some saying dont do it and some saying the opposite. Would love to hear from anyone, especially any female travellers who have done these trips alone.

My initial plans are to fly to Delhi stop here for a few nights then to travel via train etc to Nepal spend roughly a month here, and then back down to India to travel around here. Alot of people seem to say fly to Nepal but then others say it is a great but hard experience to go overland. I want to experience as much as possible even though again it might be hard.

2. Posted by hobo1985 (Inactive 52 posts) 8y

i am off to india on my own in less than 2 weeks for 2 months. If you've got my heart set on it, the only obstruction is the mind. I am 22 and lived and worked abroad in 3 different countries. My mate went trekking through nepal on her own 2 years ago, when she was 20. As with every trip, exercise caution and be safe and you wont have any problems. Dont think your invincible and you will be fine.

happy travelling

3. Posted by 1excursion (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

Hi Claretrick,

There is no need to worry about, living and working in Travel agency in Kathmandu, Nepal, I can assure you its a very safe. There is nothing to be afraid of travelling India and Nepal. Although, you have to be a little careful of your personal luggage while traveling alone. There are 100s of traveler traveling alone and for the first time in Nepal and India each day....traveling alone has a differet excitement, you get to deal by your own, meet new people and make friends from dofferent country, the experience you get by traveling alone is way more exciting. As I my self talked to single traveler, they first used to think as you but when they traveled there is no more scary stuff. But it doesn't mean that you becare less while traveling alone.

As you mentioned that you wanted to visit Nepal, you should visit Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, Nagarkot, etc,

Kathamndu is best for seeing and acknowledging, the ancient art, temples, palaces and local market,
Pokhara best for mountain view trekking in Annapurna region, relaxation sightseeing
Nagarkot Best for relaxation, glorious mountain view,
Chitwan wild life, National park on elephant ride
and there is lots of other places...and trekking region...s

Best wishes:)

Shrawan

4. Posted by sradwxi (Budding Member 82 posts) 8y

im just about to leave on my first trip alone, by chance ive met someone on here who will also be starting the same time and place as me which helps a lot, all of my friends think im mad to do it but ive been there before on package holidays and im the type of person who likes to get into the cultural side of things, i can tell you that india is a very friendly place, 99% of the population will welcome you with open arms, but there is also the other small minoroty that you do have to watch.
but then isnt it like that at home?
some places have a higher percentage of bad elements
i know theres a bit more than that near me so basically im going somewhere safer than my home town
yes im male but im in the same position, just remember, dont take anything of real value and you have nothing to lose
nepal is an unknown for me but last year when i was in kerala, i met a girl who was travelling there alone, she didnt seem to have any worries, i also met some people who had just been there and they said it was just as safe as india
you will be ok as long as you keep your head on
same as anywhere
dont worry just book and go and things will fall into place
carl

5. Posted by twinsing (Budding Member 38 posts) 8y

Hi there, am an indian female, always travelled with family when I was there. Hmmm, as a local I would say it is not as safe as most other asian countries, but I think if you are wary and careful, it is pretty easy to stay out of trouble. But be very careful about your belongings (it is definitely not SAFE). In public transport, lock all your stuff, in long distance trains choose upper births. And whenever there is a chance, always bargain (taxis, 3-wheelers, shops) because they always over-charge foriegners. And clothes, the more the better (even though, its so hot=p), if you want to avoid the perpetual staring.

But it is a very friendly country and most people speak english. Student hostels I have heard are pretty safe.

Have fun! Rest assured, we have a really beautiful country and you will go back with a lot of adimiration for smaller things in life. Hope I didn't scare you =)

6. Posted by sradwxi (Budding Member 82 posts) 8y

i know exactly what u mean twin, definately with regards to the bargaining
all tourists are overchanged, even when we think were getting a good deal
99% of the time we understand that we have to pay more than locals because in most places they only have a tourist season of 6 months
the rest of the year nothing much happens
so a little extra during winter helps during the monsoon
i went into a shop one time in goa and bought something for 90 rupees, i thought it was a bargain till i read the label on that back which said rrp 10 rupees
hehe
thats just the way is it
carl

7. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 8y

Hello Claretrick:)

I went to India alone.
I suggest that u read all the safety and health advise in the Lonely Planet of India book. That will help u stay safe. But certainly go. India is and amazing travel experience.

Mel

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

It is pretty safe for a solo female travelling in India, just follow the usual precautions as is expected for a tourist
Try travelling in AC-3tier coaches in trains, the fare of which is slightly more than the ordinary sleeper class.

Additionally, take the following precautions:

1. Dont hang out too late at night, especially in isolated places
2. Dress modestly
3. If ur lost and need help avoid middle-aged men, seek help from women or elderly people
4. Try to book ur train/air tickets in advance

Quoting claretrick

My initial plans are to fly to Delhi stop here for a few nights then to travel via train etc to Nepal spend roughly a month here, and then back down to India to travel around here. Alot of people seem to say fly to Nepal but then others say it is a great but hard experience to go overland. I want to experience as much as possible even though again it might be hard.

There is no direct train from Delhi to Nepal u can follow the following route:

Take an overnight train from Delhi to gorakhpur and travel in Air conditioned 3tier sleeper which is much safer and it costs slightly more than an ordinary sleeper class ticket.

From gorakhpur u can reach the Nepal border at Sonauli in 2 hrs by bus, where u can complete the visa formalities and take the bus to Pokhara and Kathmandu from the Nepalese side of the border.

Do let me know if u need more info:)

Arif

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

Thanks all so much for your help and advice. India here I come!!!

:):)

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

Wish u all the best and have a nice trip:)