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1. Posted by EllsBells (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

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Hello There!

I am a 22yr old female who has worked abroad the past year and is now back in the UK planning the next adventure..

I have always had a calling to go to India so that's where I'm planning on going..
I have asked my friends if they'd like to come along but they're all either in committed jobs or relationships and are unable to come away with me :(

My plan is to fly into Mumbai early January, see the sites there and then head down south to Goa and Kerala and spend sometime on the beaches partying and dancing and just plain basking in the sun!

After I would like to travel over to the south eastern side and aim to go towards Varanasi and all along the recommended sites there, maybe spend sometime in an Ashram and then end up flying back from Delhi. If I have time I would like to go into the Himalayas and go trekking and take in all the breathtaking sites there. I have just bought a travel guide so I'm in the middle of getting an itinerary together..

I am planning on getting the 6 month visa so I give myself plenty of time to do what I want to do and what I would like to see.

I have never travelled as far abroad on my own and as I would be willing to do it accompanied or not, it would be nice for someone to accompany me for the first leg of my trip at least!

Ideally looking for a female of a similar age, who is open minded, good sense of humour, responsible and knows how to enjoy themselves! I am an easygoing, happy, upbeat person and enjoy meeting new people and experiencing new things! I hope to really get stuck into this new adventure so if you're one of those people that will go with it and not fight it then I think we'd have an aweseome time!

I am currently based in London so I'd be happy to meet up for a coffee and a girly chat and we can hopefully share our plans and ideas!

Ciao for now ;)

Ellen

x

2. Posted by itamarb (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y

Hi Ellen,

Few tips and notes:
1. Make sure your visa allows you to stay 6 months. most visa are valid for 6 months but allow a maximum of 90 days per stay (then you must leave the country and re-enter, sometimes it is allowed only after spending at least 2 months outside India)
2. Try also in www.indiamike.com, http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/index.jspa, http://www.travbuddy.com if you haven't already
3. In case you will not find a travel buddy before you leave - Don't worry! it is very easy to find travel buddies in India.

Good luck with your journey!

3. Posted by nivasindia (Budding Member 6 posts) 5y

Ellen

Welcome to India. I am based at Madurai City, Tamil Nadu state. My name is Srinivasan, m/42 and doing business here. If you wish to visit South India and particularly Tamil Nadu, don't hesitate to contact me. I will guide you.

Visit http://payanam.in for domestic cheap air tickets. http://irctc.co.in for Train Tickets. If you need any assistance, mail me at nivasindia at rediffmail.com

Thank you

Regards

SriniVasaN

4. Posted by ceasar (Budding Member 3 posts) 5y

I start my trevel to India from December 30 in Delhi (flight across London). I'm 20 year old male. If you interesting let me know ;)

5. Posted by Robbie1989 (Budding Member 23 posts) 5y

Hey dude =)

I want to travel in India too. I am looking to go into Europe in Jan '11 but I really want to travel India. My only problem at the moment is money for me. I know for a fact that I will have to work on my travels. I will have enough to get to India and maybe live for a few weeks with the cash I have now.
How will you finance your trip? Have you saved enough to go already? I live in North Wales and I am 21 Male. I know your looking for a female really, but incase you dont get a reply, then I would like to join :)
All I need to know really is how you go about getting a visa, how much it costs, how long it takes to proccess and what how you will fund your travel :)
Cheeers

Rob :D

6. Posted by EllsBells (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

Hey Rob,

I'm open to options to be honest! Would just be nice to arrive into India with someone rather than on my own!

I have heard you can survive off very comfortably £500 a month..

I just googled about how to get my visa, printed it off the web and I've filled it all in now so just need to get passport photos and then send it off. Think it's about £55 for a 6 month visa..? Think it takes a couple of weeks, it depends if you go the embassy or send it off in the post.

You also need to get some vaccinations.. I'm booked in to get my Yellow Fever next week but you also need to get Hep A, Typhoid and some others.. make an appointment at your GP and they'll advise you what you need and what you can get on NHS. The soonest appointment at my GP is after the date I'm planning on leaving so I'm having to go private :(

I'm planning on going with £3000 and a credit card for emergencies. Should be more than enough for 4 months.. I've just been googling and reading other peoples stories and blogs etc to get all the info!

Hope I've been helpful.. still new to this myself!

:D

7. Posted by megtravels (Budding Member 23 posts) 5y

Hey,
I've just come back from India. I was staying at a children's home for 3 months helping out and playing with amazing children who sometimes or usually seemed much more sensible and knowledgeable than i did. Don't go to India with expectations, just let it envelop you and don't try to fight it or you'll be overwhelmed. I'd suggest going with a male for the first part, especially if your up north as they don't recognize women as much. It would save you getting into a taxi and feeling insecure there by yourself with a male driver whose constantly peeking over at you. Also, DON'T wear anything skimpy. Go loose baggy clothes and no tank tops or tops that show cleavage. I'd suggest buying the typical salwar kameez and tuni (pants and short leaved top that covers your bum with a backwards scarf across your neck) when you get there as you'll fit in better and the locals will think that you know what your doing so will respect you more. Just for fun i'd suggest trying to use your hand to eat as they do (right hand only), although probably not in fancy restaurants. It takes some practice, but watch the locals and learn from them. I had no choice but to eat this way at the children's home in Hyderabad, and learned to love it and was really disappointed to have to pick up a knife and fork again on returning home to Canada. I loved it there and am going back as soon as i can... don't pity the people there, they are wise in many amazing ways even if they don't have loads of money. If you want to help i suggest giving your money to well established organizations or volunteering somewhere instead of giving money to beggars on the street, but that's up to you... it breaks your heart to see some parts of India, but be strong and take your cues from the locals even if they sometimes seem harsh... they know the ways there better than you.

8. Posted by Robbie1989 (Budding Member 23 posts) 5y

Hey, Wow 3000 is alot haha. I know for a fact that I wont be able to save that much by then, I think I can save upto 700 ish by Jan. That money would go towards my flight and visa etc. 500 a month is alot. I went through Europe for 6 weeks on 450. I camped alot and used some hostels.

I wouldnt mind coming over with you to be honest. Im just not sure you would be happy with the fact I wont have alot to go with :)

Rob

9. Posted by mark1989 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5y

Rob im more in your boat with the spending mate. Have you done any planning for your europe trip? Im working in London but will be handing in my notice at the end of november, to work one last month (december). Im south african but been living in London this year doing the 9-5 haul... keen to get out there, travel around without much of a plan, work along the way where possible (dont want this to be an expensive thing, it would take away from the experience). Most important thing for me is to take it easy and enjoy myself and potentially have a great year/years. I also fancy spending summer months in greece or somewhere beachy working in a bar/club.

Let me know your plans if you interested in doing some travelling mate.

Mark

10. Posted by Robbie1989 (Budding Member 23 posts) 5y

Hey mate.
I havent done any planning mate. I will use skyscanner.net to find the cheapest flight to a European country and fly there when the time is right. I havent go a job at the moment because I have just finished in the army, but I am saving for the trip as best I can.
I am up for going anywhere after xmas is over. If you wanna join, then lets go and hit the road my friend :)