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11. Posted by alluwanted (Budding Member 9 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi faceless person ( CTRL Z ??)

Any travellor needs to take certain precautions.
Study the area you are travelling and the areas one can visit and ones that are risky. Though we don't say Kashmir is risky, it is advisable to see only a part of Kashmir ( Dal lake etc ) and move out as quickly as possible. There is no day-to-day voillance and you shall not be there in the wrong time. That is all.

Communication is very important. Particularly when you are in an unknown territory and if you have lost your way, what will you do. Nearest police station is fine. But , try to have contacts in the places you visit. And keep some one informed bout your progress.

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12. Posted by citybell (Full Member 419 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Normal precautions would mean following but not limted to:

--not to travelling alone during late nights unless in a group or with a well known host/friend of that place.
--having a copy of passport with you whenever you step out of the hotel.
--to check with a hotel staff in advance the approxmiate distance and the transportation cost where you intend to go while travelling alone,more so after dusk.
--never leave any valuables in the hotel room as the Hotel will not be responsible even if it has a 5 star status. ALways use safety box/locker provided by the hotel free of cost where you can keep all valubles includng your original passport and tickets. Remember that by using safety box/locker, the hotel would be responsible for safe keeping of your valuables.
-never show off your jewellary or too much cash in public.
--when arriving at a new place at wee-hours, always ask your hotel to
send a transport to pick you up.

above are only a few and these precautions depends on place to place. Example you can take a taxi at the airport even during midnight to go to your hotel in Singapore or in Japan as you will be perfectly safe. Similarly you can drink water straight from the tap from roadside in Japan. etc etc.etc.

13. Posted by beppe (Full Member 144 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Sorry for the delay ...

i see that you can already good suggestion from other people i want just you suggest to move more that you can by road and take plane only where it's necessary.

India is a beautiful country and you have to live it and understund it day by day.

For problems it's enough that you keep in mind to do what every mama say take care of you and use your head as well you go in a new place in your countries ... in few days you'll undertund

14. Posted by kapilsingh (Budding Member 4 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hie ...

Visit to Jaipur the place where i live, we have special arrangements for the backpakers separate for male and female....


15. Posted by ddalet (Full Member 21 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hello CTRL Z,

I am also a white female, and I travelled in India for 5-6 weeks a few years back. It's incredible. You will love it.

Loose fitting clothing of any description will be fine - I would recommend you wear long trousers and long sleeved, baggy tops. Are you travelling through thailand en route? The markets there have ideal cotton clothing, very light, so good for the heat, but covers you comprehensively.

Someone mentioned using the women's compartment on the train, and I do recommend this. I was travelling with my sister, and we did our best not to attract attention, but it's inevitable, and some of the men were very persistent. If you're travelling on sleeper trains (recommended for time saving) ask for a top bunk so you're out of eyesight, but if you can, take your pack up top with you. It will limit your space a bit, but I found this worthwhile for the peace of mind of having it close. Take a padlock or two to secure your pack to bus roofs and various luggage racks, and if you're using hotel safes, write out an inventory and get them to sign it by way of agreement, just so they know you're on the ball.

You'll more than likely get sick... make sure you have some charcoal tablets and immodium... I think it's just a fact of travelling in India. ENJOY the food! Yummmmm... makes my mouth water just thinking about it!

Good luck. You will love it. I recommend Varanasi and Hampi (hire bicycles if you go to Hampi and go and explore the surrounding areas....).


16. Posted by second.son (Budding Member 4 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Again there seems to be lots of advice. Don't have any itinerary. Please just arrive and take it from there. Travelling for the sake of it can be very unfulfilling. When you arrive so many ideas will come to you.....I found fliping a coin is a good way to decide. You never know where you'll end up or what you'll see.;)

17. Posted by michellemm (Full Member 109 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Anyone could inform me better about travelling around by train (in the northern area)?
I would like to know if there is a rail pass, student´s discount for it, and if it´s possible to go all around by train, including going to Nepal.
Thank you!

18. Posted by SABIR (Budding Member 21 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Any ideas coming to Pakistan? I am in Lahore City--just 40 minutes by plane from New Delhi-------------If you wish you can be very well served here-I am m/35/journalist here-----------can offer totally Free sight-seeing and may be a stay for 2 days on my expense.


19. Posted by michellemm (Full Member 109 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Sabir

Thank you for the invitation, but I´m going with my boyfriend and we don´t think we´ll have time to go to Pakistan.

Best Regards,


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