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I'm going to India by zak on 26 September 2004 6:44pm
Hi all!
Next June/July, probably July, I am going to India, the Delhi area.
I've never been to India, or Asia infact, has anyone got any advice to give about going there/
Thanks a lot!
Re: I'm going to India by jim on 26 September 2004 10:27pm
Hi Zak. I've been to India 3 times and it's a great Country. July will be VERY hot in Delhi-well in the 40's.On the West coast in Mumbai(Bombay) it's the monsoon season.The main tourist route is Delhi,Agra (Taj Mahal) Fatepur Sikri,(outside Agra) and Jaipur. Train travel is cheap.We went 2nd Class Mumbai - Bangalore,730 miles for £5 single.(Yes £5!) You meet the local people and can sit by an open door and watch the world go by. Remember to get all the relevant Jabs.Have a great time
Re: I'm going to India by zak on 27 September 2004 12:08am
Excellent Jim! Thanks a lot for the info. !
I can't wait. he,he
Re: I'm going to India by Spursfan on 27 September 2004 11:30am
Zak - Personally, if you can afford it I'd advise you, if travelling by train, to go 1st class airconditioned, especially at the time of year you are going. Far more comfortable! Not too expensive if you compare it to our prices (can't remember exact costs). If 1st AI not available, then 1st non-AI is almost as good (and equivalent to our 2nd class I guess).

When in Delhi don't forget Gandhi's tomb (Raj Ghat), and the Qutab Minar, a huge 73m tower.

If you can, visit Southern India, which is a delight. It is cooler, fresher and altogether different from the 'other' India. The temples at Madurai are spectacular, and not often visited by tourists.

However, if you are doing the 'Golden Triangle' as Jim talks about above, I'm sure that you will enjoy it.

I am hoping to write a book about my experiences in India!

Best wishes,

Re: I'm going to India by zak on 28 September 2004 7:59pm
Thanks Anne, that's some great info, I will be going to Amritsar to visit The Golden Temple as my friend who is comming with me is a Sikh and we will defently be paying a visit there, but I did suggest that we travel south because it looks so different to northern India!

Oh, and good luck with the book if you do it!
Re: I'm going to India by S on 28 September 2004 8:43pm
Hi zak
I have recently been to India it a totally incredible country and its mad to think I spent a month there and only covered a tiny area. I went to Rajasthan which i thourghly enjoyed. I did everything from camel, elephant riding, working at a primary school, sleeping in the desert, seeing the Taj Mahal and trekking in the Himalayas. It was really eye opening and I'm sure you'll learn lots. I also went to Dehli and not to put you off but I didn't like it alot. I didn't stay particulary long there as i was only traveling through. I could be bias as I was suffering from jet lag at the time but it wasn't my favourite place. If you love cities you will get on with Dehli, it is extremly busy but
like no city in england. It is a truly crazy place but i suppose you get used to it. Just to warn you it really does smell and don't be alarmed if you see people weeing on the side of the road.
It feels quite safe however wear a money belt that you can tuck inside your trousers so you can't see it. Not just in Dehli but generally when it comes to taxi's or rickshaw's make sure you really firmly agree your price to the destination don't be messed around. Also really watch the road its often a game of chicken crossing the road so be careful. It may sound harsh but don't give in to beggars it was the hardest thing to turn away a 6 yr old child with a baby in her arms but you just have to. Westerners attract alot of attewntion and beggars so be strong.
The people are lovely and everything is so cheap. I hope you find this info useful and hope you have a gr8 time. Pls tell me all about it on your return. Soph x
Re: I'm going to India by zak on 29 September 2004 12:05am
So much info!, but thanks everyone it's great that you have replied!
Dehli sounds fun S and I was actualy going to buy a money wallet to put on the inside of my trousers for India as I imagine the Pick pocketing is bad.
I'm not a soft person when it comes to beggers either, I returned from Bulgaria two months ago and beggers are everywhere with babies and all, you just have to ignore them as you say.
I will tell everyone everything that I will do in India, but i'm not going untill July.
Thanks everyone for giving info!
Re: I'm going to India by S on 29 September 2004 8:53pm
glad you found the info useful. U'll get used to Dehli I'm sure its just a major culture shock. Luckily I didn't experience pick pocketing but just dodn't give them the opportunity. Enjoy yourself Zak Soph x
Re: I'm going to India by Ken Dunn on 7 May 2006 10:28pm
Brought forward for research.

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