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Old 02-09-2018, 08:32 AM
 
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Background: I am a 27 year old male, no disabilities, good physical shape. Fluent in Spanish and of course English is my maternal language.

I have spent almost my entire life in mainland USA

I have only visited 2 provinces briefly in Spain, one province very briefly in Canada, although recently I have travelled several months through diverse parts of Chile and Argentina after spending a week in Lima, Peru.

So compared to many people on CD I am not very well traveled, although international travelling has become a higher priority for me after enjoying the southern cone of South America so much.

It has been a bright signal from the conversations with people in my life, specifically who are more well traveled, that Nepal and especially India are places for me to go.
So I have been doing some research on the climates of various regions, the major cities and distinction between states, writing out the Hindi, Bengali and Nepali alphabets so that I may learn some of the languages in a functional manner...plus currency, customs, airlines and trains, etc....

Now I know there are many thorough resources online that I can use to make my own decisions on where to begin my journey there, but I have had some great success with City Data in the past, learning from the perspectives of others, it brings me a lot of joy so if you would like to participate in my decision making process I would be forever grateful

I will not fly there until I have enough savings etc. to spend at least, at least, a year so that I may really soak it in, so I will likely try to go to as many parts as possible...

Is it wiser to begin somewhere like Delhi or Mumbai and work my way north and east toward Kathmandu, or the opposite?

Any insight is appreciated
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Old 02-10-2018, 06:51 PM
 
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As an American you'll likely get a long visa (10 yr) for India. However, you must leave after 180 days (6 months - do NOT overstay) but can return soon after. A year (or a bit less) is a very good amount of time to spend in India. It is a very big country. My suggestion would be to start in Delhi and cover Rajasthan and north and east of Delhi. Then head to Nepal - spend whatever time there you want - and fly back into Mumbai. From Mumbai you can cover south and east. Traveling in India is cheap. You can take buses or trains (even low cost domestic airlines are good). There are now very good hostels in many places some as low as $6-8 per night. They'll be a great place to meet other single travelers. You can get a decent meal for $2-3. Take into consideration weather (monsoons and extreme heat) - that might help determine your itinerary. You don't need to plan every detail and book every accommodation. That allows you the flexibility to stay somewhere longer, leave earlier, or change plans altogether. (No need to worry about medical in India - it's good and inexpensive. Check into shots, malaria meds with the CDC, although they tend to be overly cautious.)

I have traveled extensively in India and don't think I've been anywhere I haven't liked. I always recommend going to various festivals (Desert Festival, Pushkar Camel Fair, etc.) and celebrating holidays - such as Holi - with locals. Research well - but be warned the more you research the more you'll find to see/do. India has a way of doing that to you. :-)

Let me know if you'd like particular suggestions or have any questions.
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Old 02-11-2018, 06:49 PM
 
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amazing, thank you so much

I like the itinerary you proposed too...golden triangle area through northwest, due east, into Nepal taking care of the 6 month issue, and then flying down south to continue

lots of great advice, I'd be interested to read more about holidays and festivals, what are some of your other favorites?

also what is Goa like? i understand it is a former portugese colony
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Old 02-13-2018, 02:52 PM
 
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The Northern ares is cool / cold in winter depending on where you go. Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh will be cold and Delhi and Rajastan will be cool-cold. Remember, most places do not have central heating so it feels colder compared to the same temp in USA.

Since Delhi and the rest of the North get unbearably hot in summer, the best time for them is Oct - Dec and late Feb till late April.

For Mumbai and South the winter is the time to be there as the summers are not only hot but humid too. Monsoon is from June-July until November.

What are you looking to see. People. Places. Culture. Nature. If a combination of all what is the one dominant thing.
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Old 02-16-2018, 07:49 AM
 
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Is it wiser to begin somewhere like Delhi or Mumbai and work my way north and east toward Kathmandu, or the opposite?
There really is no wrong way (or right way) to do it. Either city is fine, and either direction is fine.
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Old 02-16-2018, 05:51 PM
 
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thanks everyone i strongly appreciate it
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Old 02-16-2018, 05:52 PM
 
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What are you looking to see. People. Places. Culture. Nature. If a combination of all what is the one dominant thing.
good question

I'd have to go with culture
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Old 07-10-2018, 09:17 AM
 
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I've been looking into my flight options as my job contract will soon be ending...sometime in October I think

any other advice is appreciated beyond words
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Old 07-13-2018, 03:38 AM
 
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I would start with the Golden Triangle (Delhi - Agra - Jaipur) Calcutta is interesting and so is Mumbai. Kathmandu is a short flight away from either Delhi or Kolkata by Air India.


Landing at Delhi Airport will make most sense.





Mumbai and Goa can be covered together.
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Old 07-14-2018, 09:20 AM
 
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thanks!
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