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1. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 11y

hi guys. i'm planning on spending a couple of months in india during my trip to asia later this year. i'm flying to bangkok in august and spending about 4-5 months travelling in laos, cambodia and vietnam, as well as thailand. then i was thinking of flying to india and home from there.

this is going to be my first trip to asia and also the first time ive travelled solo. i'm quite concerned about going to india on my own. is it realistic to spend a couple of months there on my own? should i do an organised tour? are there gonna be other travellers there travelling on their own who i could meet up with?

i don't mean to sound like a wuss, but i'm currently trying to decide between going ahead with my india plans or maybe going to sabah, borneo instead. any help would be greatly appreciated.

cheers, joey

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

Joey,

I think you should definitely go to India - you mightnt get the opportunity too soon again. I'm going in October and i'm planning to spend about 6 weeks there. It looks like such an amazing country. I dont think you are in any more danger there than you are in any of the other countries that you are visiting. From what I can gather attacks on tourists arent that frequent. As long as you're not flashing your money or expensive equipment around you should be safe....and I suppose it's probably also a good idea not to take off on any mad expeditions into the heart of the countryside alone!

A friend of mine is just back from volunteering over there and he is raving about it. He said that a surprising number of ppl speak English and he found the Indians to be very gracious and hospitable.

Anyway, I'm 25 and female and im going solo too if that makes you feel any better

3. Posted by sureshs (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

welcome to india!

i would suggest going to kerala first and then goa (mumbai is near to goa where you will take your flight back)

many people do speak english

4. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 11y

i was more worried about the health aspect of travelling to india solo. i don't much fancy having a bout of amoebic dysentery in a hostel with a squat toilet. especially if i'm all by myself! i've spoken to STA Travel and changed my ticket from an open jaw into bangkok and out of mumbai, into a 12month return to bangkok. i'm gonna head into malaysia and over to borneo instead of india.

i chickened out! still, i'm gonna spend at least 6 months in se asia and i think thats still plenty of amazing travelling to look forward to! i'll save india and nepal for next time.

joey

5. Posted by vagabond (Full Member 104 posts) 11y

Well, if you are a little carefull in eating - Only eat in Standard restaurant and not on street carts or small restaurants and drinking - Drink only mineral water made by known companies or soft drinks , it shouldnt be a problem. Medical help is pretty easy to get in most parts of India and is pretty cheap

Anyways, now that you have changed your plans, may be you can use these next time

India is beautiful, dont miss it

6. Posted by vagabond (Full Member 104 posts) 11y

Oh and unless its a Dharmshala - charity run hostel, most of the places (atleast where tourism is common) would have hotels and guest houses with "western style" toilets.

7. Posted by epiggy (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y

im off to india in two weeks - march 7 - to start my overland trek. due to get to london by june 6.

i totally understand - TOTALLY - the concerns you had joey. its a pity you chose not to go but hey there is adventure travel and then there is just having a shit of a time! im trying to work myself up for the indian experience - butr indian food and bollywood just doesnt quite crack it.

pc

8. Posted by joey22 (Travel Guru 561 posts) 11y

cheers! i was beginning to feel like a wimp, but then i thought, "hang on a minute, i wanna have a good time not be constantly ill or worrying about getting ill". i still reckon im in for one heck of an adventure in se asia. im still going to cambodia and vietnam etc. i cant wait! india isnt going anywhere, so i'll go one day! joey