I'm travelling to India with my gf and another couple round January. Any information is welcome since we haven't got a clue as yet. Where to go, what to do (or what not), expenses, internal flights, is it worh visiting Nepal, do you rent a car.... is driving safe?!! cleanliness!!!!.....(something that worries me), accomodation....Anything would be appreciated.
Well, firstly, you will have to decide where you are heading to. The North or the South of India. North india has more historic value with palaces than of the south. South has the most relaxed and fantastic nature.
secondly your budget:
there are no shortages of 5 star facilities in India, you can get facilites better than in the west but on the cost of western prices. it is rather stupid to travel 5 star in india, because when you step outside these flash hotels, you are stepping into the real india which is still the 3rd world.
For a person concerned with cleanliness, moderate budget is recommended. something like a 1000-1200 rupee per day which includes you decent accomodation, food, local transport, sight seeing etc.
The local flights can be bought off cheap if booked well in advance, but be aware- things seldom works as planned in india. you end up stresing to keep your preplanned time-table, and you will have a rather unpleasent holiday. so, go with the flow. pick a few main spots of interest to travel (like the cities), leave a few days for surprices (just because you heard that there is this wonderfull waterfalls 50 kms off town and want to see it ) - ans surprices are something you will never be short of.
Driving is not save in India, not specially for a newcommer. Hire a cab or transport, let the chauffeur take the stress for you.
Read your travel guide front to back and front. never forget insurance, pills and injections.
try sampling some hot food and season you stomach for hot food a few weeks befor you arrive in India, it would be a shame if you don't get the oppertunity to taste the fantastic Indian cuisine.
Travel with an open mind, it will take a few days for you to settle down from the culture shock of choticity- but once you have tamed it, you will enjoy the wonder called India.
before any1 can suggest/guide you
you need to decide upon a few things...
No. of days
What would you like to see (Himalyan mountains in North, High altitude deserts: Leh /Laddakh /Spiti
Sub Tropical climate and beaches in the south Sandy Desert in the north west India has a lot of natural beauty to offer so decide what you would like to see n then one can give suggestions accordingly)
Hotels/ Hostel etc depend upon your budget
Internal; flights are pretty good n cheap chk out www.makemytrip.com
though you may face delays due to fog at that time of year.
one little piece of advice DO NOT DRIVE IN INDIA!!!!
Hmmm India is ...well a developing nation... its got bits that are not the tidiest spots in the world but what city/country doesn't ...i guess what im saying is its not a cesspit
But avoid having tap water as your immunity system may not be able to handle that.
The food is brilliant but you might wanna start building some resistance to spices.
Chisk n Pastitsie may be slightly hard to find but there is a large variety of food available and Must be experimented
As ridethe gun says...come with an open mind you will grow to love india
Keif in Ti (excuse my Maltese spellings)
Have a lotta Maltese friends so picked up a few words here n there
Well said above just want to add something more:-
Decide which side of India you want to travel like North, south already spoken above
What kind of Hotel you require here in India you won't get he service 2*-3* similar to your own country or somewhere else so better opt for 4* and 5* Hotels.
Buy your ticket either air or train well in advance so can get good rate and seats
Most of travel ompany doesnot accept payment by foreign credit due to large scale of fraud cases
Always dringk bottled water
Try to be in group or just avoid to travel alone in dark
Hope that would help you
I beg to disagree with ridethegun on one point.
South has been relatively unharmed by invasions and
hence one can see Indian culture in its
purest form. The Mysore Palaces, the Madurai Naicker Palace are just
magnificent. The temples of Thanjavur, Madurai and Srivilliputhur are
If it is early January, make a trip to Chennai directly where hundreds of Cultural
events take place. Hyderabad is a perfect example of cultural fusion between
Hindu and Islamic societies. The Malabar Coast and Kerala can be a treat to the mind.
I would suggest that after making a visit to Delhi-Agra-Jaipur, you can move to the
South which also offers almost everything India offers..Mountains, Beaches,etc.
India is a big country with much to see. What specific interests ur looking at, like culture, beaches, mountains, wildlife etc and how time u have for this trip? If u answer this, i can help u with more suggestions
Nepal is definately worth a visit, u can either take a flight from Delhi or travel to the town of Gorakhpur in UP, then take a bus to the Nepalese border, after crossing the border and completing the usual formalities u can catch the bus to either Kathmandu or Pokhara from the Nepalese side of the border
i live in Western India (Gujarat).
this site will help you : www.trainenquiry.com , it has got 'Tourist Info.' & list of 'Special Trains' for foreigners.
i would not like to impose anything on you but there are some places in India which define 'India'. To get a feel of the 'Spiritual India' visiting Banaras(Varanasi), Rishikesh ,Haridwar would be a gr8 experience.
If you need any help i would be glad.
Wish you good Luck for your journey !
I stand corrected , thanks Shrinagesh