Quoting Lil Liz
how long does it take by train to get from the North to the South?
Is it better to fly? I have a friend who keeps going back to Kerala because he loves it so much. I'd really like to go to...
A long, long time by train, Clara
Dekka Air offer good domestic flights and prices
...actually clara...india just cannot b defined as a country..its mamothin culture and diversity..many people different opinions ..so the best would b to stick to a plan that u formulate and stay by that itineiry..many suggestions will come ur way..each of the states will ask u to patronise them as each is so distinct and equally beautiful and appealing as the other....there is a whole world within india.....now i come from mumbai the commercial capital from the state of maharashtra and i m going to sing its praises..similarly some people down south will wax colloqial about the south and kerala..so ther...as for me i m in the travel biz..and my first question would be ...what would u like to c in india..the mountains..the sea ..the beaches..monuments..culture..places of touristic intrets..historical...basically india offeres all..it is u who should decide..once decided ..the programme can be finetuned ..i will only be too glad to help..so shoot away ..and let me know..
Right now I'm planning to start the trip in Dharamsala, over there settled the refuge Tibetan people and home of Dalai Lama, from there I'll start to move towards Calcutta.
Hey Sep, I've read in books about Tibet, that the refugees and the government of Tibet are in Leh since China overtook Tibet (Ladhak area). And I've read that Leh has kept even more their original tibetean culture than Tibet itself....so if you wanna see those kind of things I advise you research about this city.
p.s.: I'm going to India in February and going there also....
Sep, im off in February too and after a few days in Delhi, our first plan is to go north to McLeod Ganj in an attempt to meet the Dalai Lama, then back to Delhi to get a flight to Nepal.
Clara, if you are in Northern India for a while, consider Nepal. You can fly into Kathmandu from Delhi for £46 one way and back to Varanasi for £28 one way, last i looked. The treks are apparently fantastic, we are going to Namche Bazaar in the Everest region, for views of Everest, we've looked into it lots and we are going to do it without a guide (with the full blessing and advocation of everyone ive spoken to that has done it).
Our plan is:
Lukla (for Everest Trek)
...but as Michelle has highlighted, there are lots of other options in the north as well.
Anyway, Good luck chuck.
Nepal is another place I'd like to go someday- those flights sound pretty good value Joe!
I may be tempted to stretch the 6 weeks....
I’m glad both of you (michellemm and WeeJoe) are planning to visit Dharamsala (after your trip in February) you can write me some tips about this region, I’ll appreciate that!
It’s a pity that Tibetan people have to live there, but give us a chance to know another culture inside India. WeeJoe, I hope you have a chance to meet Dalai Lama!
WeeJoe, I’m also planning fly Kathmandu and trek from there to the Everest camp base. Do you know how long it takes to make this trekking? How are you planning to do it, I understand that you know people that has done that before. Which is the best option? (I don’t want to spend more than 10 days)
From what i have gathered, it may be difficult to reach Everest Base Camp and back to Kathmandu within a 10 day period. Our plan is to fly from Kathmandu to Lukla (with Yeti Airlines, type this into a search engine as they have quite a good little website with timetables and rates). From Lukla we will trek to Phakding (a few hours) and rest up for the night in one of the many lodges there and in the morning, make for Namche Bazaar. The trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar should take no longer than 6 hours but we have been advised that there is quite a steep ascent (apparently like climbing stairs for 3-4 hours straight) and it is very tiring, but very achievable. Bring lots of water on this part of the Trek as the body will not be prepared for this change in altitude and of course, obey all the advice regarding altitude sickness i.e. If you feel the sickness, halt your ascent, if you dont acclimatize...descend, and keep drinking the water (the body needs oxidation and moisture because you will lose more of both when breathing at this altitude). Namche Bazaar is a bustling Sherpa market village (apparently with fantastic bakeries!) and you can see Everest, Lhotse and Nuptse from there, there will be all sorts of climbers there from casuals like me to experts hoping to conquer the great mountains. This is on the route to EBC, but we will just stay in Namche for a couple of days (perhaps ascend to the Temple at Thengboche) before returning to Phakding and Lukla.
Apparently the treks are well signposted (from Lukla to Namche Bazaar, it is as simple as following the Dudh Kosi river upstream) and you will undoubtedly meet other trekkers in lodges or along the way. Just bring a decent sleeping bag, plenty of drinking water and remember that if you meet any Yak, stay to the inside of the mountain path (they have notorious tempers!).
The Lonely Planets, 'Trekking in the Himalayas' handbook looks fantastic (i read through quite a lot of it in a bookshop last week) so you may want to pick it up, also when you read about Namche Bazaar, don't be afraid to email people who have done it before and ask their advice, they seem to love recounting their experiences) or Lonely Planet have email addresses on their website for people who are experienced in these treks (and were only too pleased to offer me advice).
Anyway enjoy yourself, it is the part of my trip that i am looking forward to with the greatest enthusiasm.
For those who are going to India, I found a very very nice forum, specific to India: www.indiamike.com
You can have all your questions aswered there....
....thanx, michellemm..great site ..i just got registered myself..