Which is why if you are interested in travelling with me, it would be great to meet up a few times to plan/get to know each other first. I live in the London area and am looking for a travel buddy to go to India with me around July 09. I have never been before and would love to go for a long time and really experience it properly but I am a student so money and time is an issue. I am ideally looking to go for a month-six weeks.
As a female, I def don't want to go on my own and don't mind if you are male/female but I would want to go with someone who is pretty independant and feels like they can look after themselves. It would be good if you were on a similar budget to me too (i.e- not much!)
This whole thing has been on my mind since I read the Gregory David Roberts novel "Shantaram"...it's probably quite clished but it's made me really want to go. Maybe someone else out there has had the same idea!?
I'm pretty easy going but strong minded at the same time and at the end of the day, just looking to have a totally different experience and a fun one at that!
Let me know if you are interested.
im worried as well.
as a male i just cant go on my own, even if im independent.
so how can i trust you ?
Shantaram is a superb book and one that is widely available throughout India. Tons of people read it as they travel the country so you will definitely meet people who share that interest with you.
As for travelling with people and potentially meeting in the UK before you go etc then good luck with that. If it doesn't work out don't fret. The easiest way to meet like-minded people to travel with is to go to a recognised backpacker area, eg Paharganj in Delhi or Colaba in Mumbai (both of which would be good starting points as you can fly into either city from the UK) and staying in a good guesthouse or hostel. See your guidebook for details.
Why not fly into Mumbai and head almost immediately for Leopolds cafe? Its easy to find, there are places to stay very near the cafe and you will be able to meet people there. Just go there, look for an interesting lookign person and ask if you can sit with them. If they say no, they say no. If they say yeah you can start a conversation and see what happens from there. Chances are you will meet someone cool, they might be heading somewhere you fancy going and you may very well end up travelling together.
With the risk of sounding pompous, lots of people backpack in India and the same guidebooks tend to be read by the majority. Therefore you find lots of people in your age range, socio-economic sphere, from london or nearby heading for the same places to eat, stay, sight-see etc.
If you do end up heading out on your own to India you won't be on your own for long and will liekly make some really good new friends.
Enjoy it, India is a magnificently exciting, challenging, stuimulating and fun country to visit.
Any more questions please just ask.
Self-confessed India nut and 3 time visitor
p.s. forgot to mention, July is a particularly unpleasant time to travel in India. The monsoon is in full swing and the only areas really enjoyable to visit are the mountainous areas such as himachal pradesh, sikkim or perhaps kashmir. The plains (virtually the rest of India) are wet, hot and diseases tend to spread more. That said, it is cheaper and there are less tourists at the main attractions. If you can go late spetember onward s it will be more fun!!
How long were you planning on staying out there for?
I am leaving to India in March then will be heading over to Nepal after for even more "Enlightenment" =D,
I myself and completely spinning out about going to India, i have done Thailand no problem on me own, But dont know why so worried about India, So i am brining my friend with me too, I am a 22yr Male, My friend is 26yr Male,
We would have been in India for already 3 months by July and maybe head up to Nepal,
But if you never managed to find anyone and were worried about the whole "alone" situation, More than happy to help,
We will be checking this constantly while we are on our travels for like minded people..
Bear in mind, we are quite the crazy time, My friend and I are wanting to dabble alot in Yoga/Indian Martial arts/Charity or volunteer work etc, We want to stay away from snazzy hotels and meet the "real" locals =D
Either way, traveling is ALOT of fun, and part of the experience is to meet people while your out there, Just keep your wits about you and dont attract any unneeded attention, as long as you "look" like you know what your doing its usually safe...
Either way hope you have a fun trip!