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1. Posted by SwissGilly (Budding Member 21 posts) 8y

------Calcutta - Goa - Tamil Nadu (auroville) - Chennai to Denpasar - make my way up through South East Asia, Hah Long Bay - Hong Kong - Tokyo - Mexico....

Big trip slowly coming together any advice on how to get from A to B. What to do what no to do...
will be landing in New Dehli February...have no time limitation

would like to travel as little as possible by plane.
From Borneo up to Hong Kong - public transport
Would like to be in Tamil Nadu in August
Is Tokyo too much fo a shock after chilled beachesa dn greenery?? I am a small town girl :)
24 year old on my own, love adventure, love to meet people, very interested in ECo Villages and sustainable development practices, want to learn skills...

thnaks alot for your help!!
I can't wait!!!!
Gilly :)!

2. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

Depends on your style of travel. But SEA overland routes are nice.

If you are arriving in India I see you mentioned Nepal, this is by far the best place I have been in a long long time. Make sure you give it some time. Very different to India, from Varanasi to the border is very doable and although tiring is a great experience.

If you need any info of some good places to stay or travel in those areas just message me or look at my blog, it's a bit of a read through but I think I mentioned the places I stayed there too.

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

Take an overnight train from Delhi to Varanasi and travel in Air conditioned 3tier sleeper which is much safer and it costs slightly more than an ordinary sleeper class ticket.
visit Varanasi and then depart for Gorakhpur by a day train which would take around 6 hrs
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.

4. Posted by SwissGilly (Budding Member 21 posts) 8y

coo thanks for the advice, definaetly feels more real to get "Trueadvice" rather than travel agent chit chat.

Was actually planning on doing it in the other order though, New Dehli, than nepal, bhutan and varanassi, then train to Goa?
is that possible? are there trains from new dehli to nepalese border?
will looking for places in Nepal thats for sure... i think i can spend three weeks, and thena short stint in Bhutan of not too expensive:)
Whats it like in Nepal in November?..or it may be February? - im not a fan of the snow..... :)

thansk again,
have a nice monday !

xx

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

Quoting SwissGilly

Was actually planning on doing it in the other order though, New Dehli, than nepal, bhutan and varanassi, then train to Goa?
is that possible? are there trains from new dehli to nepalese border?
Whats it like in Nepal in November?..or it may be February? - im not a fan of the snow..... :)

U have to take a train from New Delhi to Gorakhpur which is around 50-60 kms from the Nepalese border. There are good overnight trains from Delhi to Gorakhpur . 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.

Then if u return back via Gorakhpur, u can reach Varanasi in around 5-6 hrs by train. Stay in varanasi for a dew days then from there to Goa is quite far.....it would be better to take a train from Varanasi to Mumbai and then from an overnight train from Mumbai to Goa.

Nepal is doable in Novemeber or Feb with not much snow around. For us it is a bit cold but u must be used to such conditions:)

Hope this helps

Cheers
Arif

6. Posted by SwissGilly (Budding Member 21 posts) 8y

ok i've been to check out Gorakhpur and it looks just right, seems to be the best way into Nepal. I would have liked to go via Bangladesh but i guess you can't have it all!
what you suggested seems cool, Varanassi to Mumbai then down to Goa. I hear that the strip of coast down to Goa is the best for food fanatics, which I am so it may be a really fun adventure :) Im ok for long travel ( i think) not too fussy about comfort...a little less ok with pickpockets or real danger...but i guess with 16hours on a train you learn to adapt :)
From Nepal to Bhutan (for a week) is that just a crazy idea? Its funny cos as you see I am from Switzerland, this tiny country, so i keep imagining that I can go and see all these countries because they won't be far apart... here if you drive more than 6hours you've left the country. But Asia is different... i wanna see it all but have to put myself on Asian scale :)!

so no visa preparation before , i do it all on arrival ?

thanks

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

What abt indian visa, hope u have it in advance:)

I am not sure abt Nepal and Bhutan, please check the visa issue there. I believe Nepal should not be a problem. We Indians dont require a visa for Nepal so many a times i have bicycled all the way to Nepal from Gorakhpur(It is my home town, though i live in mumbai now). It was real fun crossing the border on a bicycle.

I have been to Switzerland and i know 6 hrs in train means either ur in Italy or Austria:). I travelled by train from Vienna to Zurich. Nepal to Bhutan for a week looks tough but i think u can manage it.

Mumbai to Goa overnight train itself is gr8, u get variety of stuff in the train itself, the coastal strip is famous for sea food. Regarding train travel, i would recommend you to travel by AC-3T when going for long distances, the fares are not much higher than the ordinary sleeper class. U can check it for urself on www.indianrail.gov.in

Additionally take the following precautions:

1. Dress modestly, dont hang out late at night at isolated places. If ur in place like Mumbai u can hang around the whole night as it never sleeps
2. If ur lost, avoid seeking help from middle aged people. Seek help from elderly people or women and in india almost everyone can speak some English
3. Try to have ur train tickets and arrangements in advance as far as possible

Wish u all the best

Do let me know if u need any more info:)

Cheers
Arif