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12. Posted by Sudhanshusol (Budding Member 14 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

Quoting Sudhanshusol

u can trust me with anything

I'd run a mile from anyone saying that.

Hehe..then it's on you guys....I mentioned it because anyone can be unlucky enough to encounter someone bad in any country...

Peace ✌

13. Posted by Keep Smiling (Full Member 8 posts) 1w 1 Star this if you like it!

As a frequent visitor to India (twelve times, usually four to six weeks each time and mostly travelling alone), I'd say you don't really need a buddy. Indian people are kind and generous, and criminality is low - although you will always need to be vigilant and attempts will be made to overcharge you or defraud you in some way if given an opportunity.

However, I'm an elderly man and, if - as I suspect without seeing your profile - you are a young woman, it might be advisable for you to have a travelling companion, preferably a trusted male one. No - I'm not offering to tag along with you!

Please be aware that, alone, you will attract a lot of attention from Indian men, nearly all of whom tend to lead a very sheltered life. So, if you're blonde - and even if you're not! - expect to be stared at, photographed, touched or even groped; it's called 'Eve teasing' (Google it).

And why April/May? This is the pre-monsoon period/start of summer in India and it will be extremely hot (35 to 40C) and, unless you're in the hills, it will be humid too. For this reason, it will also be relatively cheap of course!

Lächle weiter und Gute Reise!

14. Posted by Sudhanshusol (Budding Member 14 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Keep Smiling

As a frequent visitor to India (twelve times, usually four to six weeks each time and mostly travelling alone), I'd say you don't really need a buddy. Indian people are kind and generous, and criminality is low - although you will always need to be vigilant and attempts will be made to overcharge you or defraud you in some way if given an opportunity.

However, I'm an elderly man and, if - as I suspect without seeing your profile - you are a young woman, it might be advisable for you to have a travelling companion, preferably a trusted male one. No - I'm not offering to tag along with you!

Please be aware that, alone, you will attract a lot of attention from Indian men, nearly all of whom tend to lead a very sheltered life. So, if you're blonde - and even if you're not! - expect to be stared at, photographed, touched or even groped; it's called 'Eve teasing' (Google it).

And why April/May? This is the pre-monsoon period/start of summer in India and it will be extremely hot (35 to 40C) and, unless you're in the hills, it will be humid too. For this reason, it will also be relatively cheap of course!

Lächle weiter und Gute Reise!

hey man,,it is humid mostly on the coastal areas else their is not much humidity unless its raining....but yes temperature is high...june is very hot...trips can be planned according to that..like visting a cool or a place with good climate during those times....perverts can be found in any country so u need a trustworthy local atleast...but u can find many good ppl also...people are friendly...some people are friendly..they may ask for a selfie with you which is cool...its not eve teasing or harresment...but things like touching may happen...which is nature of many pervert men accross the world...a local is always best to be travel with

15. Posted by Keep Smiling (Full Member 8 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Hey Sid! Sure, April and May will be humid as well as hot if you're in the likes of Mumbai, Goa or Chennai. As I said though, 'if you're in the hills', it'll just be hot. If you're in cities or on the plains or in the desert, it'll be hot, hot!

As for 'perverts', yes they can be found in any country. However, I've travelled the world for over 50 years and I think, among Indian men, it's not perversion but simply a repressive society creating curiosity that, in turn, results in greater potential for sexual harrasment of women.

Some men may consider it a bit of fun, but for the woman it is extremely disturbing. I've even been with a married British couple when the wife has been touched inappropriately by an Indian man. And asking for selfies can often be an excuse for a feel...! Fortunately, with improvements to the Penal Code, your government is waking up to this problem - indeed, it's not restricted to foreign women but it applies to all women in India.

I would recommend that Alexis reads: 'Travel Fearlessly in India: What Every Woman Should Know About Personal Safety' by J D Viharini before venturing beyond her home in Germany. It's sold by Amazon.de for around 5 Euros (free with Kindle Unlimited).

Spending time with local people is always a great pleasure in India. However, your profile says you're a part-time guide, so your opinion that it's always best to travel with them might be rather biased in this case.

16. Posted by Peter (Admin 6641 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Sudhanshusol

Hey buddy I m from India...I m not sure if I can be with u whole time...but yes I help u with anything here in India....I say u really need some one from India if u want to travel at cheaper price....u can trust me with anything....u can message me for details...welcome to india :)

Hi Sid, you mention elsewhere that you are also a guide and do tours. Alexis, please take note of this, as it seems like Sid's really just offering to be your tour guide (probably at a cost to you).

17. Posted by Sudhanshusol (Budding Member 14 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

yes, I have been a part-time guide for a local tour company...but money wasn't my motivation...it depends if I am available... I enjoy the company of new and especially foreigners, as you always get to know something new from them, u get a new experience, I have a passion for traveling... I can even guide you guys in Chennai or southern india..maybe other parts as a friend or buddy, but it only depends if I am available or not busy...which I mentioned already

many people India (both males n females) really get curious seeing foreigners or feels like they met a celebrity or some alien or different person.....most of them are welcoming and friendly...many people who are not used to see foreigners ask for pics with them...and they show it to their family n friends back in their village or home..even my mother asks for pictures with foreigners sometimes ... selfies might be an excuse sometimes but taking pictures with foreigners is the most common thing in india...never take people asking for pictures with you or offering handshakes as harrasement....be nice and easy going

I am really sorry for the inconvenience u had earlier Mr. Mike, that touching thing happens sometimes...sometimes even with local women.. I strongly agree with your repressive society thing

what I meant to say above was
1. I say its better for women to travel with a man or local in some parts of the country for security reasons...but you guys cant deny the fact that if you really want to get 'under the skin' of a country..knowing its culture, traditions, history, people, not famous but interesting places, insights ...u must have a local with u

2. I wasn't offering anyone anything for the exchange of money ...what I meant by saying "I say u really need someone from India if u want to travel at cheaper price" was that the locals know about the public transport and the cheapest ways to travel in the country... foreigners are mostly charged more... Mr.mike Fossey has traveled a lot to India so he must be aware of this
any way I deny the above accusations against me. hehe

if u have any doubts about or need any clarification about visiting India
u all guys can ask me

welcome to India

[ Edit: Edited on 10-Feb-2019, at 18:23 by Sudhanshusol ]

18. Posted by Keep Smiling (Full Member 8 posts) 1w 1 Star this if you like it!

OK, enough now!

Alexis, although you haven't contributed to the discussion, I do hope you're reading this. Please don't let any of the comments here dissuade you from travelling in India, either alone or with a companion. It's a fabulous country with amazing sights, people and food. It would take a lifetime to experience all its wonders.

If you do eventually travel on your own though, please do heed the warnings - and read the book I mentioned earlier.

Alas, I won't be travelling to India (alone!) until later this year or early 2020 - otherwise, I would have offered to join you, if you could have faced having an energetic old man tagging along!

Travel safely and with a smile.

19. Posted by Tattman (Budding Member 3 posts) 4d Star this if you like it!

Hello everyone,

Am new to this forum and thrilled to see there was much discussion going on re India travel as I am planning to visit in Aug.

@Alexis (not sure if this tagging works here like how it works in fb/insta) too bad I could only take 2 weeks off from work in Aug else I would love to offer to join you. On the same note, wouldn't Apr/May be scorching hot in India? Aug might not be the best time see India (as I've read Nov-Feb is good time) but I was hoping i will not be roasted.

Would be grateful fellow travelers chip in too, appreciate ur opinion / advice on this.

Cheers :)

20. Posted by NamsteIndia (Budding Member 7 posts) 4d Star this if you like it!

Quoting Tattman

Hello everyone,

Am new to this forum and thrilled to see there was much discussion going on re India travel as I am planning to visit in Aug.

@Alexis (not sure if this tagging works here like how it works in fb/insta) too bad I could only take 2 weeks off from work in Aug else I would love to offer to join you. On the same note, wouldn't Apr/May be scorching hot in India? Aug might not be the best time see India (as I've read Nov-Feb is good time) but I was hoping i will not be roasted.

Would be grateful fellow travelers chip in too, appreciate ur opinion / advice on this.

Cheers :)

There are many things to visit in India. What are you planning to visit here. Most of the first timers starts with Golden triangle (New Delhi - Agra - Jaipur). These are wonderful places with amazing experience.
You correct Feb/March and also Oct/Nov is good for visiting India but people do travel in other months as well. Aug is the time when we have monsoons in India and the green view makes it beautiful sight.
You need to be having umbrellas/rain coats to avoid rains and rest is fine. North India doesn't have that much of rain compared south and coastal areas.
Regards