I leave for Delhi on Friday 3rd Oct. The plan is to travel overland to Nepal for around 3/4 weeks then back to India, making my way down to Goa. I'm planning to stay in India for around 5 weeks altogether. Any travel tips, companions and advice for a femail travelling alone would be much appreciated!
Just a li'l advice that might help you:
- Never take things on face value, especially in the cities, in India or Nepal..i.e. Don't believe everything that people say to you.
- Unless you take the superfast AC trains...avoid travelling alone at night and also avoid taking cabs from anywhere. Use pre-paid taxi services or rickshaws to move around.
- Use ITDC (govt. corporation) or state tourism offices for all your info. and hotel reservations as they are quite reliable.
- Avoid going to the very cheap hotels as they are more of crime hotspots.
- Dont try trekking anywhere unless you are part of a group.
Would've helped you with more info if I had an idea of your itinerary.
Well you've chosen the best season to go to India as its festival time..catch Diwali for sure (festival of lights)!
Proper planning will give you the best experience in the subcontinent...hopefully its all done already.
Very much appreciate your advice. I think I've put in the ground work as much as I can, the rest is down to the experience! Thanks for taking the time to write......I'm sure I'll have a great time!
Cant speak for Nepal, but do agree with Romy regarding his tips. I am Indian and my wife from Spain. Recently visited india so will add some more tips.
- Wear full trousers and full sleves if possible.
- Be prepared to pay for entries in most monuments, which usually are free for indians or retively cheap. Ex. Taj mahal for an Indian is Rs 20 (.5$) and for a foriegn national $20.
- BTW 3rd is Dushera and 23 is Diwali. Indian Xmas.
- if you rent car, go for braded ones (Avis etc) they may cost Rs 100 more than others but are well worth.
BTW i am from Bhopal, Its a lovely place, and you are sure to pass through if you go from Delhi to Goa or Bombay.
One more thing train tickets need to be booked well in advance. Especially if you want to travel in AC 3 tier or 2 tier. Not recomended 3 tier general. Although I have heard that Shatabdi, the fast AC chaircar, is going empty, and much easier to get tickets with a couple of days anticipation, to some important destination, including Agra and Bhopal