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Old 05-23-2019, 10:24 AM
 
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No way.

I have been there many times.at my employers insistence and expense. Terrible place for a very Western looking woman to travel. I hated going there so much I got a different job. You could not pay me enough to go back.
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Old 05-23-2019, 08:38 PM
 
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No way.

I have been there many times.at my employers insistence and expense. Terrible place for a very Western looking woman to travel. I hated going there so much I got a different job. You could not pay me enough to go back.
This. It makes any western person sick to go to India or Pakistan, due to the crowds, hygiene etc. Its more of a cultural hesitation . If you go with someone who already lived there, then it will be great fun.
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Old 05-24-2019, 06:11 AM
 
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This. It makes any western person sick to go to India or Pakistan, due to the crowds, hygiene etc. Its more of a cultural hesitation . If you go with someone who already lived there, then it will be great fun.
I guess I'm an oddity- went to India a half-dozen times on business and went there again a year ago on a group tour, and loved it. I wouldn't recommend it for solo travel but there's a lot of history and natural beauty, the heritage of multiple religions, and deluxe hotels (with food and hygiene up to Western standards and a steady supply of hot water and electricity) don't cost that much. Yes, there's poverty, the occasional stench and aggressive beggars/panhandlers but also a lot of gracious people, many living in very poor conditions.

To me, the difference between India and Pakistan is that in India, conditions for women are getting better. It's still rough in the countryside and for the lower castes (although they now reserve spots in universities and government posts for them) but younger women are getting educations and have good jobs. They can drive, and the ones I knew chose their own husbands (still needed family approval but it's progress).
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