I have been in India now since monday. It`s my first travel I ve ever made on my own, and I didn t really had a plan, because everybody told me that that would be unnecessarily, that everything would work out great. But you know, it just doesn t work out. THe first four days I stayed at an indiers place in new delhi, almost doing nothing because I was afraid to get out alone and he would n t let me do anything or show me anything. I never meant to stay in Delhi that long, I wanted to go to Ladakh to make a trekking. So now I have taken the bus to Manali, but the road to Leh is closed. I asked the travel agencies and they say it is advisible not to make a trekking cause of the bad wheater. So now I m really desperate. I can t stand being on my own, doing nothing for much longer, not in a city anyhow. So I m really looking for a partner here. I have contact with a good guide in Kathmandhu, so I think I will just get to Nepal as soon as possible, but that is not so eay , first I should go back to Delhi and wait for my passport there. Does anyone now how long that will take?
And a more important qustion; is anyone going there, or just wants to do a good long trekking in the mountains, I don t care anymore where, as long as it is away from citylife, and preferably not on my own anymore. I can be a quiet funny compagnon you know, I just hoped I would meet some people easier.
So if anyone could help me with advise or something. I really want to get this travel started, cause right now I m feeling like giving up.
I can understand ur problem, road to Leh close around this time, sometimes a bit earlier or later. We can very well spend some time in Manali and explore the surroundings like the Solang Valley, Kothi, Marhi and the Rohtang pass and if u like u can visit other towns of the state like Mc Leodganj, Shimla etc. If u intend to stay in India for some more time, u can cover the Golden triangle Delhi-Agra-Jaipur. Moving down south u can explore Mumbai, Goa, naturally beautifull state of Kerala and the temple towns of Tamil Nadu.
If u like to go to Nepal, why do u need to spend time in Delhi, as we can get the visa at the Indo-Nepal border. The best overland route is to take a train from Delhi to Gorakhpur. There are at least 4-5 overnight fast sleeper trains between Delhi and Gorakhpur. Check the Indian railway website www.indianrail.gov.in for the exact times and fare details. Train tickets can also be booked online on the official site www.irctc.co.in.
Catch a bus from Gorakhpur(just outside the railway station) to Sonauli on the Indian side of the Nepalese border. The journey takes around 2-3 hours. Cross the border on foot, complete the visa formalities and catch a bus to Kathmandu or Pokhara from the other side of the border. There are frequent buses to these destinations. Gorakhpur has good train connections with rest of India!!
Hope this helps
Seems I have been in your situation when i first travelled to India, cultureshock? Delhi can be pretty dodgy, especially if it is your first trip. I also stayed a few days hiding in my hotelroom. But you just need to go out and beat that city. Right now it is the city I most love of all the places I have visited. I can tell you that Delhi is safer than Brussels or Antwerp and even Oostende, although you wouldn't expect that. My advise is to go out and surely you'll meet travellers. I met 2 people I travelled with for 3 months through entire India after I arrived in Delhi. For you it is also good to go to Connaugt place where you can eat in fancy restaurants (more than 10 euro it won't cost but it is fancy) or some places in South Delhi. The south seems a bit more civilised with big lanes and nice green parks. Old Delhi and main bazar is quite a jump in the deep. Good luck, you will manage because even I managed.
[ Edit: Edited on 12-Sep-2009, at 06:31 by wouterrr ]
I can tell you that Delhi is safer than Brussels or Antwerp and even Oostende
I've done Oostende, Brussel and Antwerpen - oh and New Delhi too. And I can tell you the bits in Delhi I saw weren't as safe as the other 3. I thought it was just an awful place. Likewise Calcutta too.
OK so I was working and had very little time for play, but we had our drivers car door smashed while we were parked up for a meeting, one of the women had her purse stolen out of her handbag (yes I know she should have been more careful, but anyway), the porters at our hotel all had coshes in their pockets and pickpockets were as abundant as stray dogs. Nice people overall, but watch the shirt on your back generally. I felt extremely vulnerable. The areas we were advised to avoid after dark were so numerous that it was hardly worth even thinking of going out at night. We did in a taxi though, but didn't stop anywhere. Just a few photos and back to the hotel.
I can tell you that Delhi is safer than Brussels or Antwerp and even Oostende
I've done Oostende, Brussel and Antwerpen - oh and New Delhi too. And I can tell you the bits in Delhi I saw weren't as safe as the other 3. I thought it was just an awful place. Likewise Calcutta too. OK so I was working and had very little time for play, but we had our drivers car door smashed while we were parked up for a meeting, one of the women had her purse stolen out of her handbag (yes I know she should have been more careful, but anyway), the porters at our hotel all had coshes in their pockets and pickpockets were as abundant as stray dogs. Nice people overall, but watch the shirt on your back generally. I felt extremely vulnerable. The areas we were advised to avoid after dark were so numerous that it was hardly worth even thinking of going out at night. We did in a taxi though, but didn't stop anywhere. Just a few photos and back to the hotel.
I can only speak for myself. I never had problems in Delhi. The only things I know is that I felt safer in Delhi than in my own city most of the time (in the quarter of Rotterdam I live right now I tend to be very cautious on what is happening around me). Delhi is pure chaos, noises, smells, colors, make you make you feel crazy at times (especially in combination with the terrible poverty you come across in Delhi regularly). I stayed 4 weeks in total in Delhi so maybe not long enough to see the real dangers of that city. The only danger in Delhi I personally felt was being ripped-off by taxidrivers or to fall for tricks which I lost soon enough. I believe that going to slumareas is not a good idea but I think no tourist would go to such places at night. A smashed window of a car is bad luck but for me personally not a reason to feel unsafe, luckily you haven't been attacked/robbed by someone. Someone steeling from your car happens in the best of places, also in a village like Oostende. Delhi is probably a city that you love or hate, there is no path in the middle. As for Calcutta I believe it is even safer than Delhi. I lived 4 months there doing my final thesis but never encountered one situation in which I felt unsafe. At first it seems all very dodgy and intimidating but it turns out to be not as bad as it looked earlier. But again, that is my personal experience.
It's just so crazy isn't it? How people have a totally different experience of a place, from someone else. I just did not like India at all. Everything was just so 'looking over my shoulder' all the time. Mad as it seems, I have spent nights out in Rotterdam too and never experienced a single second of bother. Same goes for other cities in Holland and Belgium.
I feel so short changed when I come away from a country feeling totally deflated and disappointed, as I did with India. Same goes for Thailand. I just didn't gel with the place at all and I travelled a lot of it for nearly 2 months. I really couldn't wait to move on. Yet Japan.. Oh tomorrow for another year please, oh yes yes yes yes please. I adored every square inch of it, both in the countryside and right across Tokyo. What an incredible city. Same goes for Mongolia. So I 'do' like very much, parts of Asia. It's just me I guess.
[ Edit: Edited on 14-Sep-2009, at 11:07 by BedouinLeo ]