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1. Posted by Aspidistra (Full Member 17 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

i have been dreaming of going to india since i was 7 years old, i have just turned 20 and next year it appears my goal will be financially reachable. However i am probably very misinformed/ignorant as to what travelling in india will actually be like. I have never been overseas befor and after TRYING to motivate my friends to stop spending all their money on partying every weekend and save to come with me i have accepted the reality that the only way i am going to get there is if i go by myself. What i would like to know is am i being foolish thinking that a 20 year old girl with no traveling experience can safely and enjoyably take on such a drastically different country on her own?? any response would be greatly appreciated.


2. Posted by sunchild (Budding Member 8 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Dear Aspidistra,

Congratulations on having found the opportunity to live your dream out!!

I do think you can travel alone, if you are a little street wise and strong and very careful. Also you need to pick the places you go to carefully, you dont want to be straying into dangerous territory. I suggest Dharamsala, Rishikesh and places further north like Uttar Kasi and Gangotri. These are sequestered spots, silent, secluded and peaceful, youd be more like to meet a saint than a robber there. Its also cold and the comforts are few, but it is worth it, for the beauty and peace of the place warms the heart.

May each footstep bring you a joyous revelation.

love and om,


3. Posted by Aspidistra (Full Member 17 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

thank you for your positive response, i am hoping to stay in an ashram whilst in india does anyone know of any good ones that provide good accomodatin and instruction??
Also i have heard from what i consider to be an unreliable source that in some indian states women can not buy train and bus tickets. surely this is not true?

4. Posted by WeeJoe (Full Member 336 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Go for it'll never regret it.

Your friends will never let you know but they will be filled with envy. India is regarded as a challenge by most travellers but the rewards are apparently endless, i have never been but i fly into Delhi in February....and i can't wait!

Read as much as you can before you go to familiarise yourself as much as possible and with this knowledge, you'll gain a lot of confidence.

You will rarely regret the parties you've missed for very long.

5. Posted by gypsyliar (Budding Member 7 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I would definitely say yes. go for it. However, you need to be smart enough not to get fooled in India. Furhter, you can always find travelling companions around. Stick to public places. Be careful of the food and water. Enjoy your trip.

6. Posted by frombeyond (Budding Member 10 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hey Lou

Well, I'd love to help in any which way I can. I am from Bombay, have studied in Australia for 2 years & have travelled a little.

Now, travelling to India will be an experience you will never forget..thats for sure !! At first, the culture shock is inevitable. But, if you've lived in a city & have the basic street smartness all city dwellers possess, you will be just fine.

Where in Australia do you live ?

Give me some input as to what kind of trip you plan to take, for how long & if you have read up a little & know which parts of India you want to see, I can probably give you some tips.

Now, about your being 20 & having no travel experience, I would say that it should'nt be a problem as long as you are well prepared. By well prepared, I mean that you've planned your trip in advance.



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7. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Lou,

I'm in a similar position, I've hardly been anywhere and have realised that the only way to see the world is going to be to do it myself. Your friends will be soooo jealous.

I am planning to go to Asia, Australia and New Zealand next year, and would really like to go to India on the return leg of my trip. Like you, I am a bit scared to go somewhere as challenging, chaotic etc as India all by myself.

When were you thinking of going? I'm thinking of going around October time, the last stop before I go back to the UK. I can't be too precise though yet. I think you'll be able to hook up with other travellers if you're worried about doing it on your own. That's what I am hoping to do.

Good Luck

8. Posted by gurdeep101 (Budding Member 46 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

there is no such thing that women cannot buy tickets in India.... that is a load of nonsense....

on the contrary foreign women are treated with respect ... u may be subjected to some staring as u are a white woman.... but nothing other than that.

we are a country that is independent and built on strong democratic foundations one of them being equality for the genders.