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1. Posted by ge_orgie (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Hello all ... I'm a copletely untravelled newbie but I can feel the travel bug itching inside me (or maybe I'm just sick of canberra) and first stop is definetely India ... from there who knows.

I'm planning to spend 6 months aprox in India, starting early 2006 (yeah yeah i know i'm getting a bit ahead of myself :p) and I am really interested in any advice that anyone has. i don't want to do a well worn tourist track when i get there, I'd like to stay in traditional villages and really experience the true India.

Thanks in advance ...

Georgie

india.trip@gmail.com

2. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Hi G!

I think you cant beat the Rough Guide to give a good overall view of the country....check out the website...you'll probably find a lot you need to know in there...or some good starting points anyway.

I'm going to India late 2005/early 2006 myself. If I find any interesing info I'll pass it on.

Welcome to TP.

E

3. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

what I have heard India is really not welcoming for single young females.

You migh find their culture oppressive and shocking

4. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

I agree with MASSAGEUK about the single girl thing. I have lived & worked in India. I wouldn't recommend it as your first place to visit. It can be a real shock. Perhaps you could fly to Bali or Thailand on the way. India is a former British colony. Lots of cricket and other western ways. Spirituality is promoted a lot in tourist brochures, but don't expect to earth (or sky) to open up for you.

5. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

I am not sure - but female oppression in India, bigotry and conservatism might be coming from the traditional cast system (still deeply engraved in Indian culture).

SE Asia is different, open and tolerant - but I would hesitate about Malaysia and Indonesia (with the exeption of Bali). Probably something to do with religious believes.

6. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

The educated girls seem to be doing all right for themselves in India, but those in the lower castes have a bit of a problem being "dowry brides". A dowry has to be paid for a husband. There are regular reports of husbands demanding more dowry after marriage. In some cases, if the woman doesn't cough up ... then acid is thrown over her face. This practice has just started to be recognised as a form of domestic violence. :(

7. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting MASSAGEUK

SE Asia is different, open and tolerant - but I would hesitate about Malaysia and Indonesia (with the exeption of Bali). Probably something to do with religious believes.

Single, white girls should be prepared for some serious harrassment in parts of Malaysia & Indonesia

8. Posted by Lion king (Budding Member 14 posts) 11y

Going to India sounds like a good idea for those disillusioned in "western life", whatever that may mean. Good luck. As for advice... how about a trip to your local dairy?

9. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting Lion king

Going to India sounds like a good idea for those disillusioned in "western life", whatever that may mean. Good luck. As for advice... how about a trip to your local dairy?

Hey Lion King
What kind of "trip" are you on ?

10. Posted by Lion king (Budding Member 14 posts) 11y

My life, Wocca. And you?