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1. Posted by Netney (Budding Member 5 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

Hi
I am planning a trip to India in late October, first stop Rishikesh, and have got no definite plans yet as to where I would like to go, there are so many interesting and beautiful places. Would love to travel by train and spend some time working my way down from Rishikesh to Kerala. I am both excited and anxious, its a kind of mid life gap year for me (52 and finding myself!). I am pretty capable and a friendly open minded person and love an adventure but also anxious around the practicalities of traveling through the country alone. All the hassle and bustle in train stations and hoards of people, its tough to be an independent assertive woman alone all the time! especially in such situations that I am sure I will face. Also practicalities of 'who will watch my bag whilst I nip to the loo' come to mind. So I thought I would put myself out there and ask if anyone knows of any 'notice board' (showing my age here) type of portal where people can connect and possible plan travelling together through the country? I could leave it all to chance but would like to be a bit more proactive about it. I may end up spending 4 months in Rishikesh.... which may be a good thing, who knows.. So if anyone has any suggestions, ideas that would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks,

2. Posted by Sukha (Budding Member 6 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

Hi first u stay at rishikesh Auli is good place it's near from rishikesh then u can go nainital its go place for nature lover u also visit Rajasthan taj mahal in agra delhi Mumbai iti kodaikanal banglore so much place if u want to visit I m from india

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Jul-2018, at 04:08 by Sukha ]

3. Posted by Netney (Budding Member 5 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

Thank you for your advice, I hope to visit some beautiful places and meet wonderful people too.

4. Posted by Sukha (Budding Member 6 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

U most welcome in india

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6. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 413 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

The 'watch my bag' problem is a big one whenever anyone is travelling solo.
There is usually someone that will do so but returning is a bit of an 'is it still there?' event.
The biggest thing I can suggest is pack as light as possible.
Laundry is usually quick and cheap (and I've always received back all my items provided I don't send many items!). The heat means you'll wear as little make-up as possible (as my ex-wife often said) and stuff is available there if necessary.

As I've got older (a couple of years more than you) it becomes more difficult to travel light, despite gaining more experience of how to do it. But it really is such a major benefit.

As for India, it's an awesome place with just 2 drawbacks (as far as I'm concerned) which is the heat and the hygiene (which can be really poor sometimes). Take ultra lightweight clothing, drink lots of bottled water and use hand sanitiser.

Don't plan too much as the heat can be so overwhelming that you really need slow/quiet days for gentle local exploration).

Personally I adore Kerala and would urge you not to miss out on it, but if you do then you've a good reason to return to India..

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Jul-2018, at 07:34 by Andrew Mack ]

7. Posted by Netney (Budding Member 5 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

Hi Andrew
thank you. travelling light.... mmm I am trying but once you get the Mozi net, towels, sleeping bag (which am thinking maybe not necessary; only maybe if I go on a treck), essential clothes, toiletries and stuff it soon mounts up. Also I see in Rishikesh it will be winter when I go so some have advised warm clothing.. Socks! and a fleece. so its a bit of a stress to pack for all possibilities, I realise I can buy cheap clothes there but things like walking boots? maybe necessary and I don't really want to lug them about but if I go trecking I may need them, walking trousers, etc.... I would love to go to Kerala thats why I am thinking to travel and see some places on my way down, a bit of an adventure.. except for the loo break issue. Even thinking of having my back pack on whilst trying to use an Indian loo gets me in a tizzy! I may never get up! anyway I am sure all will work out well. I have just bought the lonely planet book (which is enormous) and will plan well and organise where I am staying before I get there. Be good to hook up with some nice folk to travel with sometimes as it would make it more fun and a bit less stressful. many thanks

8. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 413 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Netney

I have just bought the lonely planet book (which is enormous) and will plan well

It's a wise purchase but remember it's only a guide.
It can get out of date quickly and sometimes it causes the change (a restaurant that's recommended can soon become so busy that the quality drops and/or the prices increase stupidly), but it's still got some really useful info.

Yes trying to see both the cooler north and the very hot south in the same journey can be tricky luggage-wise.
I haven't managed to get that far north yet, but a friend did both and posted his cold weather stuff back to the UK without any problem (although I suspect some have had the parcel go missing when doing that) before finishing up in the warmer parts..

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Jul-2018, at 08:46 by Andrew Mack ]

9. Posted by Netney (Budding Member 5 posts) 15w Star this if you like it!

Hi
Thats a good option posting it back, thanks. Yes will keep that in mind with the book, has loads of general info in it too which is useful and good to get an idea of things.
thank you

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