Winny wrote:Hi guys, have u ever been to India or maybe you have a plan to go there? Please share here.. I really want to have a religious trip (Bodh Gaya, Kusinara, Lumbini, etc) and also traveling around India. I want to know about everything -interesting places, accommodation, etc. basically what a traveller needs to know. Hear from you soon!
TheDhamma wrote:They covered all travel, food, lodging, etc. Not including air fare, the cost ranges from about $1,000 USD to $4,000 USD per person, depending upon the length of the trip and how many sites you see.
Bodh Gaya and Vulture Peak are a must! Sarnath, Varanasi, and the Ganges were nice too.
PeterB wrote:I have been to India a number of times. Among some basic tips I would recommend ;
Getting your shots.
Taking your anti malarials if needed where you are intending visiting. Some parts of India do not have the mosquitos that carry malaria, check online.
Staying at the best accomodation that you can afford.
Eating vegetarian food only unless you eat in posh hotels.
If drinking water, drink only bottled.
Having said all that...relax ! Enjoy ! India is wonderful and chaotic, leave all your expectations behind and open to the experience..
Dhammabodhi wrote:Hi Winny,
As you have probably read in my earlier posts, my hometown is Gaya(15 kms from Bodh Gaya). If you start your pilgrimage there, the Abbot of the Bangladeshi monastery there is a family friend, he and my family can help you out with your stay there, and help to plan your further journeys. Let me know if you find this feasible.
In any case, you can also travel on the Mahaparinirvana Express, a special tourist train which tours all the important pilgrimage places on the so-called "Buddhist curcuit"(this does not include Lumbini, which is in Nepal).
P.S: I'd also recommend that you visit the Mahakala cave near Gaya where the Buddha did severe austerities prior to his Enlightenment.
vinodh wrote:I am from India
hi vinodh, can you tell us more specific about India?
Winny wrote:greetings The Dhamma, the website looks interesting, but what can I do with the price? lol I think I can travel around Europe with $4000.
vinodh wrote:hi vinodh, can you tell us more specific about India?
Ask and it shall be answered.
If you any pre-conceived (stereotypic) notions about India and Indians, post them here, I will try to clear them up
Forgot to mention: the price included a tour guide and a driver. The car was a newer SUV with air conditioning.
If you go it solo, without tour guides and drivers, the price would be much less. But you would need to know what to do, where to go, directions, and how to do it, in a land where you probably don't know the language. So we played it safe and went with the full tour package.
Yes I think you're right, maybe I'll look for cheaper package. But they do speak English don't they?
Winny wrote:Hi Vinodh, when I said that I want to go to India, some of my friends said that it wasn't a good idea to go to India. I'm sorry. Then, when I asked the reasons, they told me that India is not safe (many criminals), India is so dirty -dirtier than Jakarta, messy, hot and they said I will regret if I travel to India. I don't know the real condition there, but I'm sure that every country in this world has it's own uniqueness, beauty and it's own charm. My friends' words don't really discourage my desire to go to India (pilgriming & traveling). so please tell us the truth! Many thanks
they said I will regret if I travel to India
Winny wrote:Yes I think you're right, maybe I'll look for cheaper package. But they do speak English don't they?
Dirty . I will come to that part later.
Hot ? May be for those who come from the cooler regions of the globe. 30-35 Degree Celsius is considered average here. (I set my AC to 25 and my Mom screams its too cold)
Criminals ..hmm.. As it goes anywhere, Tourists need to safe guard their belongings and avoid the street-guides and stuff. People tend to overprice things for Tourists (including the Local Tourists), so be careful on that part.
Now for the "Dirty" Part . It depends upon where you go. Yes, In general is little messy. Bear with it ! No other go ( I know, its very embarrassing )
vinodh wrote:they said I will regret if I travel to India
PeterB wrote:My wife and myself have visited several Indian towns away from the usual tourist trail destinations and have never had a bad experience..
On one occasion we left our hotel and went into the local village by tuk tuk with a couple of chaps we passed on the tracks, they showed us around the village, including pulling the local priest out of bed to do a puja, and showed us where a cobra lived during the day in a kind of mud shrine painted yellow.
When we returned to the hotel the staff were amazed when we told them where we had been. No hotel guest had ever been into the village before.
Chris wrote:t is unwise for lone females to travel alone around India.
Chris wrote:Hello Winny,
Are you planning to travel with companions, or alone? It is unwise for lone females to travel alone around India.
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