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    Can somebody from India please give me some travel advice



    I'll be partaking in this and then heading to GOA for some commune.. But maybe you'd have better advice as to how to go about things

    Thanks
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    I can offer you some basic tips. Follow them and you will have the time of your life:

    - DO NOT under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES drink water from the tap. I'm fucking serious. You might die with your weak, western immune system. Even locals avoid drinking straight out the tap anyway. I don't care if you're going to die of dehydration or heat stroke on one of them long bike rides, it is preferable to die like that than it is to die by shitting out your intestines. Best case scenario, you'll develop severe stomach cramps followed by vomiting and/or diarrhoea for days. Medium case, you'll get tapeworms or some sort of parasite. Worst case, you'll get lead poisoning or dysentery and drop dead. If you have absolutely no alternative, then at least boil the water first. It won't be safe to drink exactly, but at least it will mean it's not as bad as it could be. To be safe just stick to bottled water. And please maintain strictest discipline with this. Don't drink water at a restaurant (for example) unless it's out of your bottle or you see it being poured into your cup out of a fresh bottle by the waiter.

    - Do eat street food. As long as it is prepared fresh in front of your eyes, you will be totally fine. I would however avoid anything that uses water, like in India you get these guys who sell these ice block type things (they're called golas) - I know you might find yourself sweating on a hot day and in need of some relief, but don't consume them. You could take a chance on nimboo pani, which is lemon soda and is often sold along highways particularly for the relief and refreshment of travellers suffering in the heat. That should be OK since they use carbonated soda water which couldn't possibly have been sourced from the tap. And they are really really nice on a hot day!

    - I see your plan does not provide for food on 12 days and nights. I would advise sticking to a vegetarian diet as much as possible. India is like the world number 1 for vegetarian food anyway, it's some kick ass shit. The reason I advise you this is that hygiene standards vary from place to place with the preparation and storage of meat, but with vegetarian food the standard of hygiene remains excellent wherever you go. Seafood like prawns, shellfish, clams, oysters etc. in particular should be avoided.

    - Carry insect repellent and apply it liberally before the sun goes down, or the mosquitos will have your ass. Well they'll have you anyway, but with repellent you might could restrict it to just one or two bites a night, instead of waking up in the morning and finding out you've been bitten so severely that your mosquito bites have mosquito bites on top of them.

    - Some people will try scamming you because you're a foreigner, particularly taxi drivers who are notorious for being unscrupulous. So forget about them and just get Ubers if you need to go someplace.

    - I have never been to Kerala but I hear it is by far the most advanced and developed state in India, ruled by a communist party for the last several decades. So social issues like poverty, illiteracy, crime, rape, sectarian violence, all that shit that blights capitalist parts of the country aren't present. All told it's a pretty nice place. I have been to Goa and it is absolutely fantastic. No place in the world like it! Do try sampling some of the local weed when you're in Goa. Indian weed is among the finest in the world - after all, the plant was originally native & endemic to India, and our culture invented smoking weed. And in Goa is where supply is most plentiful and prices are really cheap. Goa is also the birthplace of the vindaloo (or vindalho as it is locally known, it's not even Indian food, it's a Portuguese dish which they brought to Goa and then decided to chuck a fuckton of Indian spices on), so that should also be an enjoyable culinary experience.


    That's about all I can think of generally. If you have more specific queries, please raise them and I will do my best to answer them.

    Shakib is love, Shakib is life
    Last edited by Vahyavishdapaya; 03-01-2017 at 04:02 AM.

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    I'm not from India, but I was over there for a few months last year; it's a fantastic country, and you should have a great time.

    I've been to some of the places on your itinerary: Trivandrum, Varkala, Kerala (houseboat by day, not overnight), Kochi and Goa.

    I also did a couple of tours (India Unplugged - awesome tour) run by Intrepid - who are running your tour. (Good choice, by the way!)

    If you've got any specific questions about either Intrepid or those towns, I'd be happy to answer them.

    @Taj Badalandabad 's advice is excellent. I'd add:

    * Water: Always buy water bottles. Be careful, though! Sometimes scammers will fill a plastic water bottle with tap water. Make sure that the cap is sealed and that it clicks when you first open it. You might also want to get a steripen.

    * Drink lassi (including masala lassi!) and chai. The yogurt (curd) is also good for your stomach.

    * Food: The whole time I was in India, I only got an upset stomach twice - once after doing a street food tour in Mumbai that was heavy on the chili, and once in Agra when I was coming down with the 'flu. (I ate in the slums of Mumbai and at railway station cafés without any ill effects. Could be the luck of the draw!) Vegetarian food is generally safe and good. Quality of meat ranges from excellent (upmarket hotels and restaurants) to almost inedible. Don't eat raw vegetables or unpeeled fruit. Since you're with Intrepid, the restaurants they suggest are safe - and the seafood in Varkala is good.

    * Auto rickshaws and taxis are cheap - BUT make sure you settle on a price before you get in! As a Westerner, you'll be charged a bit more than a local - but it's a lot cheaper than in the West. ($3 - 5 AUD rather than $30 odd.)

    * Learn to eat with your hands.

    * Get your vaccinations. Get hold of a traveler's medicine kit. (You can pick them up from the Melbourne travel clinic.) Stock up on hand sanitizer, Imodium and rehydration sachets (either in Australia or in India). You might also want to buy Dimenhydrinate - an over-the-counter anti-nausea / sleeping tablet sold as Gravol in Canada and Vertirosan in Australia.

    * Bring a sleeping bag. Some hotels (the Varkala one) are comfortable; others are more basic, and the bedclothes aren't always up to Western standards of cleanliness.


    Check out this site: 201 India Travel Tips: The Ultimate Free Beginner's Guide (2017)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cosmic Hobo View Post

    * Drink lassi (including masala lassi!) and chai. The yogurt (curd) is also good for your stomach.

    * Learn to eat with your hands.

    * Bring a sleeping bag. Some hotels (the Varkala one) are comfortable; others are more basic, and the bedclothes aren't always up to Western standards of cleanliness.
    Eating with your hands is easy, what? Never eaten sandwiches, pizzas, popcorn, chips or biscuits before? It's eating with forks and knives that you need to learn how to do, eating with your hands is the most natural and easy thing to do!

    Eating rice with your hands is hard unless you came up eating like that, so just carry a pack of sporks with you. I'm like the only person in my family who can't do it, it is a little embarrassing because only kids are supposed to need cutlery to eat rice

    The point you make about keeping high dairy intake is an important one. You need to keep your probiotics up, that keeps your gut happy and promotes gastrointestinal health. This is the mistake amateurs make in western countries when they get curry and spend the whole next day having the shits. They don't eat enough dairy products, and don't have dairy products with their meal.

    The hotel thing isn't something I considered, I mean I have family in India and I stay with them so I don't have to worry about hotels, the last time I needed one was when I went to Goa in 2013. While you are in Goa, if you get a chance to explore alone, go here to eat: Martins Corner - home

    I stayed across the road in their affiliated hotel which was good, but it was the food in their restaurant which was absolutely fucking amazing! I was there for like four or five days I think, every day I would get breakfast then go on a short walk to the beach, which was always isolated and empty and so clean. I'd have some fun in the water for a solid two or three hours, until my skin shrivelled up like prunes from the water, then head back for lunch. Basically you might as well stay in the hotel because it's clean, the location will blow you away, and the restaurant is across the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taj Badalandabad View Post
    I can offer you some basic tips. Follow them and you will have the time of your life:

    - DO NOT under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES drink water from the tap. I'm fucking serious. You might die with your weak, western immune system. Even locals avoid drinking straight out the tap anyway. I don't care if you're going to die of dehydration or heat stroke on one of them long bike rides, it is preferable to die like that than it is to die by shitting out your intestines. Best case scenario, you'll develop severe stomach cramps followed by vomiting and/or diarrhoea for days. Medium case, you'll get tapeworms or some sort of parasite. Worst case, you'll get lead poisoning or dysentery and drop dead. If you have absolutely no alternative, then at least boil the water first. It won't be safe to drink exactly, but at least it will mean it's not as bad as it could be. To be safe just stick to bottled water. And please maintain strictest discipline with this. Don't drink water at a restaurant (for example) unless it's out of your bottle or you see it being poured into your cup out of a fresh bottle by the waiter.

    - Do eat street food. As long as it is prepared fresh in front of your eyes, you will be totally fine. I would however avoid anything that uses water, like in India you get these guys who sell these ice block type things (they're called golas) - I know you might find yourself sweating on a hot day and in need of some relief, but don't consume them. You could take a chance on nimboo pani, which is lemon soda and is often sold along highways particularly for the relief and refreshment of travellers suffering in the heat. That should be OK since they use carbonated soda water which couldn't possibly have been sourced from the tap. And they are really really nice on a hot day!

    - I see your plan does not provide for food on 12 days and nights. I would advise sticking to a vegetarian diet as much as possible. India is like the world number 1 for vegetarian food anyway, it's some kick ass shit. The reason I advise you this is that hygiene standards vary from place to place with the preparation and storage of meat, but with vegetarian food the standard of hygiene remains excellent wherever you go. Seafood like prawns, shellfish, clams, oysters etc. in particular should be avoided.

    - Carry insect repellent and apply it liberally before the sun goes down, or the mosquitos will have your ass. Well they'll have you anyway, but with repellent you might could restrict it to just one or two bites a night, instead of waking up in the morning and finding out you've been bitten so severely that your mosquito bites have mosquito bites on top of them.

    - Some people will try scamming you because you're a foreigner, particularly taxi drivers who are notorious for being unscrupulous. So forget about them and just get Ubers if you need to go someplace.

    - I have never been to Kerala but I hear it is by far the most advanced and developed state in India, ruled by a communist party for the last several decades. So social issues like poverty, illiteracy, crime, rape, sectarian violence, all that shit that blights capitalist parts of the country aren't present. All told it's a pretty nice place. I have been to Goa and it is absolutely fantastic. No place in the world like it! Do try sampling some of the local weed when you're in Goa. Indian weed is among the finest in the world - after all, the plant was originally native & endemic to India, and our culture invented smoking weed. And in Goa is where supply is most plentiful and prices are really cheap. Goa is also the birthplace of the vindaloo (or vindalho as it is locally known, it's not even Indian food, it's a Portuguese dish which they brought to Goa and then decided to chuck a fuckton of Indian spices on), so that should also be an enjoyable culinary experience.


    That's about all I can think of generally. If you have more specific queries, please raise them and I will do my best to answer them.

    Shakib is love, Shakib is life
    Appreciate the advice!! Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cosmic Hobo View Post
    I'm not from India, but I was over there for a few months last year; it's a fantastic country, and you should have a great time.

    I've been to some of the places on your itinerary: Trivandrum, Varkala, Kerala (houseboat by day, not overnight), Kochi and Goa.

    I also did a couple of tours (India Unplugged - awesome tour) run by Intrepid - who are running your tour. (Good choice, by the way!)

    If you've got any specific questions about either Intrepid or those towns, I'd be happy to answer them.

    @Taj Badalandabad 's advice is excellent. I'd add:

    * Water: Always buy water bottles. Be careful, though! Sometimes scammers will fill a plastic water bottle with tap water. Make sure that the cap is sealed and that it clicks when you first open it. You might also want to get a steripen.

    * Drink lassi (including masala lassi!) and chai. The yogurt (curd) is also good for your stomach.

    * Food: The whole time I was in India, I only got an upset stomach twice - once after doing a street food tour in Mumbai that was heavy on the chili, and once in Agra when I was coming down with the 'flu. (I ate in the slums of Mumbai and at railway station cafés without any ill effects. Could be the luck of the draw!) Vegetarian food is generally safe and good. Quality of meat ranges from excellent (upmarket hotels and restaurants) to almost inedible. Don't eat raw vegetables or unpeeled fruit. Since you're with Intrepid, the restaurants they suggest are safe - and the seafood in Varkala is good.

    * Auto rickshaws and taxis are cheap - BUT make sure you settle on a price before you get in! As a Westerner, you'll be charged a bit more than a local - but it's a lot cheaper than in the West. ($3 - 5 AUD rather than $30 odd.)

    * Learn to eat with your hands.

    * Get your vaccinations. Get hold of a traveler's medicine kit. (You can pick them up from the Melbourne travel clinic.) Stock up on hand sanitizer, Imodium and rehydration sachets (either in Australia or in India). You might also want to buy Dimenhydrinate - an over-the-counter anti-nausea / sleeping tablet sold as Gravol in Canada and Vertirosan in Australia.

    * Bring a sleeping bag. Some hotels (the Varkala one) are comfortable; others are more basic, and the bedclothes aren't always up to Western standards of cleanliness.


    Check out this site: 201 India Travel Tips: The Ultimate Free Beginner's Guide (2017)
    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taj Badalandabad View Post
    I can offer you some basic tips. Follow them and you will have the time of your life:

    - DO NOT under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES drink water from the tap. I'm fucking serious. You might die with your weak, western immune system. Even locals avoid drinking straight out the tap anyway. I don't care if you're going to die of dehydration or heat stroke on one of them long bike rides, it is preferable to die like that than it is to die by shitting out your intestines. Best case scenario, you'll develop severe stomach cramps followed by vomiting and/or diarrhoea for days. Medium case, you'll get tapeworms or some sort of parasite. Worst case, you'll get lead poisoning or dysentery and drop dead. If you have absolutely no alternative, then at least boil the water first. It won't be safe to drink exactly, but at least it will mean it's not as bad as it could be. To be safe just stick to bottled water. And please maintain strictest discipline with this. Don't drink water at a restaurant (for example) unless it's out of your bottle or you see it being poured into your cup out of a fresh bottle by the waiter.

    - Do eat street food. As long as it is prepared fresh in front of your eyes, you will be totally fine. I would however avoid anything that uses water, like in India you get these guys who sell these ice block type things (they're called golas) - I know you might find yourself sweating on a hot day and in need of some relief, but don't consume them. You could take a chance on nimboo pani, which is lemon soda and is often sold along highways particularly for the relief and refreshment of travellers suffering in the heat. That should be OK since they use carbonated soda water which couldn't possibly have been sourced from the tap. And they are really really nice on a hot day!

    - I see your plan does not provide for food on 12 days and nights. I would advise sticking to a vegetarian diet as much as possible. India is like the world number 1 for vegetarian food anyway, it's some kick ass shit. The reason I advise you this is that hygiene standards vary from place to place with the preparation and storage of meat, but with vegetarian food the standard of hygiene remains excellent wherever you go. Seafood like prawns, shellfish, clams, oysters etc. in particular should be avoided.

    - Carry insect repellent and apply it liberally before the sun goes down, or the mosquitos will have your ass. Well they'll have you anyway, but with repellent you might could restrict it to just one or two bites a night, instead of waking up in the morning and finding out you've been bitten so severely that your mosquito bites have mosquito bites on top of them.

    - Some people will try scamming you because you're a foreigner, particularly taxi drivers who are notorious for being unscrupulous. So forget about them and just get Ubers if you need to go someplace.

    - I have never been to Kerala but I hear it is by far the most advanced and developed state in India, ruled by a communist party for the last several decades. So social issues like poverty, illiteracy, crime, rape, sectarian violence, all that shit that blights capitalist parts of the country aren't present. All told it's a pretty nice place. I have been to Goa and it is absolutely fantastic. No place in the world like it! Do try sampling some of the local weed when you're in Goa. Indian weed is among the finest in the world - after all, the plant was originally native & endemic to India, and our culture invented smoking weed. And in Goa is where supply is most plentiful and prices are really cheap. Goa is also the birthplace of the vindaloo (or vindalho as it is locally known, it's not even Indian food, it's a Portuguese dish which they brought to Goa and then decided to chuck a fuckton of Indian spices on), so that should also be an enjoyable culinary experience.


    That's about all I can think of generally. If you have more specific queries, please raise them and I will do my best to answer them.

    Shakib is love, Shakib is life
    Heyy Taj....
    Nice to meet you, Indian !!!
    I agree with you with what you have adviced...

    I would like to add other advices would here :
    The people who are complaining about the filth and public restrooms are on the money. Those are the things that India is really bad at and is the main reason that visitors are frightened away. So, when it comes to cleanliness expect for the worst.*

    The restrooms in the new malls and good restaurants are of good standards and try using them instead of public restrooms. Drink bottled water when you are outside ( trustworthy mineral water brands will be Kinley, Aquafina and Bisleri! ) or else go for coconut water ! Always use A/C facilities* (in train bookings, hotel rooms, restaurants, buses) wherever possible. In India, A/C not just means climate controlled but also stands for cleaner and better amenities.

    Now, would like to highlight other aspects of India....

    Speaking on our contrasts.....
    Our BMWs and Buggatis drive past immense filth and slums, we could get our degrees from MIT but still swear by arranged marriages, we could nod both yes and no, our traffic signals can sometimes show both red & green and we have learnt to live in immense ambiguity & contradiction that is not found anywhere else in the world!!. You can never understand the weight of the contrasts unless you visit an Indian city like Delhi and Mumbai. You will be constantly challenged about your understanding of the world and yourself.

    Speaking on transportation >
    India is a massive country and unlike the top 6 largest countries of the world, its population and attractions are relatively spread around the country. That makes India bigger than its area indicates. The transportation options include rickety buses that costs a few cents to insanely luxurious trains....Like, Palace on the Wheels, a luxury train run by Indian railways.

    Speaking about food >
    We have an immense diversity of food that varies by state. Kannadigas and Tamils have dosas & idlis, Telugus and Rajasthanis have hyper-spicy foods, Gujrathis have incredible thalis, Malayalis have coconut flavored dishes, Punjabis have super cool lassis & Bengalis have mouth water sweets. Even within the states, there are enormous diversities. For instance, the Iyer food of Tamil Nadu is quite distinct from the Chettinad or Madurai foods of Tamil Nadu.

    Looking at the Nature >
    It is the home of spectacular Himalayas, massive rivers and as a subcontinent has every type of landform (from the sands of Jaisalmer to the 8000m snow caps of Kashmir to deep tropical jungles to plains that feed 1 billion people). It is the only country to have natural habitats for Tiger and Lion. Along with Indonesia and Brazil, it is among the 3 most biodiverse nations of the world. Whether you are a hiker or nature enthusiast you can get your money's worth.

    Indian Festivals >
    We celebrate about 300 festivals in a year - yesss I said 300! Indians love to celebrate! the most popular ones being Diwali, Holi and Dussehra. Apart from the national festivals, we have regional festivals such as Baisakhi (Punjab), Ugadi (Karnataka), Onam( Kerala) or Thai Poosam (in Tamil Nadu) that are very colorful. We have 100s of dance forms and musical traditions....

    Travel Spots Guidance :

    *Pristine beaches and water activities*
    Check. (Suggestions: South Goa, India (north Goa is over touristed), Gokarna, Uttar Kannada, Karnataka, India and Andaman and Nicobar Island, India)

    *Skiing and winter activities* (Suggestions: Gulmarg in Kashmir, Auli in Uttaranchal and Manali in Himachal)

    *Spectacular architecture* (Suggestions: Taj Mahal, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India, Chola temples of Thanjavur, Khajuraho, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, Konark)

    *Understanding 5000 year ancient history.*
    (Suggestions: Lothal in Gujarat, Varanasi, Hampi, Sanchi, Sarnath).

    *Hiking/trekking in 5000-8500m.* (Suggestions: Sikkim, Himachal, Uttarakhand and Ladakh)

    *Opulent palaces and forts.* (Suggestions: Jaipur, Mysore, Gwalior, Agra)

    *Majestic ancient paintings and art work.*
    (Suggestions: Ajantha and Ellora caves in Maharashtra)

    *Understanding religions* (Suggestions: Hinduism - Rishikesh, Kanchipuram, Somnath in Gujarat, Puri. Sikhism - Amritsar, Buddhism - Bodh Gaya, Dharmashala, Rumtek in Sikkim and Lumbini -- actually in Nepal, few miles from Indian border, Jainism - Mount Abu and Islam - Ajmer, Bahaii - Lotus Temple, Delhi)
    Desert and massive sand dunes. (Suggestion: Jaisalmer, Rajasthan,)

    *Immense variety of Flora and Fauna.* (Suggestions: Asiatic Lions: Gir forest, Indian Elephants - Mudumalai, Indian Rhinos - Kaziranga & Manas in Assam, Tiger - Corbett and Ranthambore, Birds - Bharatpur in Rajasthan).

    *Ultimate Relaxation*
    (Suggestions: backwaters of Kerala, Udaipur in Rajasthan and Coorg in KarnatAka)


    *"You name it and India has it !"*


    Lastly....I would say, yessss India is a difficult journey for Non-Indians ...
    But India is an once in a lifetime experience!!(in a good way!)
    Nothing can define India and you have to spend a lifetime to understand this land. Born and brought up Indian, even after so many years of living here I'm still amazed by the things I see everyday.....

    Welcome to India.....people :) :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by RisaRay View Post
    Heyy Taj....
    Nice to meet you, Indian !!!
    I agree with you with what you have adviced...

    I would like to add other advices would here :
    The people who are complaining about the filth and public restrooms are on the money. Those are the things that India is really bad at and is the main reason that visitors are frightened away. So, when it comes to cleanliness expect for the worst.*

    The restrooms in the new malls and good restaurants are of good standards and try using them instead of public restrooms. Drink bottled water when you are outside ( trustworthy mineral water brands will be Kinley, Aquafina and Bisleri! ) or else go for coconut water ! Always use A/C facilities* (in train bookings, hotel rooms, restaurants, buses) wherever possible. In India, A/C not just means climate controlled but also stands for cleaner and better amenities.

    Now, would like to highlight other aspects of India....

    Speaking on our contrasts.....
    Our BMWs and Buggatis drive past immense filth and slums, we could get our degrees from MIT but still swear by arranged marriages, we could nod both yes and no, our traffic signals can sometimes show both red & green and we have learnt to live in immense ambiguity & contradiction that is not found anywhere else in the world!!. You can never understand the weight of the contrasts unless you visit an Indian city like Delhi and Mumbai. You will be constantly challenged about your understanding of the world and yourself.

    Speaking on transportation >
    India is a massive country and unlike the top 6 largest countries of the world, its population and attractions are relatively spread around the country. That makes India bigger than its area indicates. The transportation options include rickety buses that costs a few cents to insanely luxurious trains....Like, Palace on the Wheels, a luxury train run by Indian railways.

    Speaking about food >
    We have an immense diversity of food that varies by state. Kannadigas and Tamils have dosas & idlis, Telugus and Rajasthanis have hyper-spicy foods, Gujrathis have incredible thalis, Malayalis have coconut flavored dishes, Punjabis have super cool lassis & Bengalis have mouth water sweets. Even within the states, there are enormous diversities. For instance, the Iyer food of Tamil Nadu is quite distinct from the Chettinad or Madurai foods of Tamil Nadu.

    Looking at the Nature >
    It is the home of spectacular Himalayas, massive rivers and as a subcontinent has every type of landform (from the sands of Jaisalmer to the 8000m snow caps of Kashmir to deep tropical jungles to plains that feed 1 billion people). It is the only country to have natural habitats for Tiger and Lion. Along with Indonesia and Brazil, it is among the 3 most biodiverse nations of the world. Whether you are a hiker or nature enthusiast you can get your money's worth.

    Indian Festivals >
    We celebrate about 300 festivals in a year - yesss I said 300! Indians love to celebrate! the most popular ones being Diwali, Holi and Dussehra. Apart from the national festivals, we have regional festivals such as Baisakhi (Punjab), Ugadi (Karnataka), Onam( Kerala) or Thai Poosam (in Tamil Nadu) that are very colorful. We have 100s of dance forms and musical traditions....

    Travel Spots Guidance :

    *Pristine beaches and water activities*
    Check. (Suggestions: South Goa, India (north Goa is over touristed), Gokarna, Uttar Kannada, Karnataka, India and Andaman and Nicobar Island, India)

    *Skiing and winter activities* (Suggestions: Gulmarg in Kashmir, Auli in Uttaranchal and Manali in Himachal)

    *Spectacular architecture* (Suggestions: Taj Mahal, Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India, Chola temples of Thanjavur, Khajuraho, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, Konark)

    *Understanding 5000 year ancient history.*
    (Suggestions: Lothal in Gujarat, Varanasi, Hampi, Sanchi, Sarnath).

    *Hiking/trekking in 5000-8500m.* (Suggestions: Sikkim, Himachal, Uttarakhand and Ladakh)

    *Opulent palaces and forts.* (Suggestions: Jaipur, Mysore, Gwalior, Agra)

    *Majestic ancient paintings and art work.*
    (Suggestions: Ajantha and Ellora caves in Maharashtra)

    *Understanding religions* (Suggestions: Hinduism - Rishikesh, Kanchipuram, Somnath in Gujarat, Puri. Sikhism - Amritsar, Buddhism - Bodh Gaya, Dharmashala, Rumtek in Sikkim and Lumbini -- actually in Nepal, few miles from Indian border, Jainism - Mount Abu and Islam - Ajmer, Bahaii - Lotus Temple, Delhi)
    Desert and massive sand dunes. (Suggestion: Jaisalmer, Rajasthan,)

    *Immense variety of Flora and Fauna.* (Suggestions: Asiatic Lions: Gir forest, Indian Elephants - Mudumalai, Indian Rhinos - Kaziranga & Manas in Assam, Tiger - Corbett and Ranthambore, Birds - Bharatpur in Rajasthan).

    *Ultimate Relaxation*
    (Suggestions: backwaters of Kerala, Udaipur in Rajasthan and Coorg in KarnatAka)


    *"You name it and India has it !"*


    Lastly....I would say, yessss India is a difficult journey for Non-Indians ...
    But India is an once in a lifetime experience!!(in a good way!)
    Nothing can define India and you have to spend a lifetime to understand this land. Born and brought up Indian, even after so many years of living here I'm still amazed by the things I see everyday.....

    Welcome to India.....people :) :)
    He is just going on a bike ride up the west coast from Kerala to Goa you are ranging a little too far in your recommendations!
    @JayShambles I agree with her that south Goa is better. I stayed at a place called Martin's Corner in Salcete and it was great, 10/10. Places like Vasco da Gama in the north are not good to stay at

    Shakib is love Shakib is life
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