Over Sixty in age and traveling to India

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#1366 Feb 10th, 2018, 02:55
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Originally Posted by Lovegreentea3 View Post Hello everyone! Iím new to this site. I too would like to go to India, but could not find a senior travel group to join in. Iím used to traveling alone all over Europe and Southeast Asian countries, but a little bit intimidated to explore this huge and wonderful country.

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For your very first trip, you must travel with someone familiar with the country. Watch youtube videos on India and familiarize yourself with the land of diversity and contrasts.
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The guy who started this thread wrote another one about his experience as a solo traveler, see here.
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There are many general holiday tours to India, which take in Delhi, Agra, and places in Rajasthan, for example. It might be easier to take an organised tour to get a first taste of India, no matter what age you are?

I love to travel under my own steam, but as I get older, I am aware that it can be nice to have someone around if I am having an "off" day or two!


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Originally Posted by vonkla View Post The guy who started this thread wrote another one about his experience as a solo traveler, see here.
I am astonished to see that it has been six years since the first instalment of Drew's first trip report. A great guy. We haven't heard from him in a while, his health was not so good, hope he is OK.
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Great story. My grandmother was 92(!) when she came to visit me in India. She flew alone nonstop from/to NYC and loved her visit. She was fascinated by so much. I'm very glad I got to share that with her.
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Originally Posted by Lovegreentea3 View Post Hello everyone! Iím new to this site. I too would like to go to India, but could not find a senior travel group to join in. Iím used to traveling alone all over Europe and Southeast Asian countries, but a little bit intimidated to explore this huge and wonderful country.

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Welcome to India Mike! There are several senior travel groups that go to India. You can Google for information and check reviews of specific companies. The most popular tour is probably the Golden Triangle - Delhi/Agra/Jaipur. It depends on how much time you have and your budget. Rajasthan has many great cities and you can combine that with Delhi and Agra. It's always great to attend a festival if you can. India can definitely be overwhelming for first-time visitors so if you feel more comfortable in a group, go for it!
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New Delhi - for the smog - no visit to India is complete until you understand the living conditions for locals - Californian health nuts will take a gas mask, like us Londoners
Mumbai/Bombay - for the traffic jams - see above.
Amritsar - the Golden Temple is something else.
Madurai/ Chidamburam/ or several other Tamil temple towns - chaos is enlightening
Haridwar - for the evening puja on the river.
Varanasi - cows like you wont believe
In reality the request is like asking for the top 3 in Europe - you mean you spent a day in Paris but missed Prague? Why skip Madrid etc etc?
You wont see it all so why bother, turn up somewhere, enjoy that and dont worry about FOMTTH - (Fear Of Missing The Taj Mahal) - although that is worth seeing.
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It would help us giving you suggestions if you could tell us what your interests are.
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Originally Posted by surya2015 View Post For your very first trip, you must travel with someone familiar with the country.
No, Lovegreentea3 DOES NOT have to travel with someone familiar with the country. She will be fine on her own. Plenty of people travel solo to India for their first trip. She can watch youtube videos all she wants but nothing will prepare someone for India until you get there.

Lovegreentea3, I finished my 13th trip in December so in all those years I've been to MANY cities. But the major ones include: Chennai (too many times for that city, I'm done), Mumbai (love that city), Kolkata (my second fave city), the major cities in Rajasthan, Delhi (only for a few says each time tho), Cochin and other cities in Kerala, many smaller cities throughout Tamil Nadu (most more than once), Konark and other towns in Odisha (formerly Orissa), Hardiwar (during the Kumbh Mela in 2010), towns in Goa (get to Panjim!), and the heritage sites in Karnataka (those are not to be missed IMHO.)

I think that's it, probably others I can't remember, it's early morning before my coffee

The one time I DID travel with someone (for a few weeks) it was a HUGE mistake. I always travel solo. I don't want to be tied to anyone else's schedule or listen to their complaining aka whining. I'm a lone wolf anyway even at home. I would rather pull my eyeballs out my nostrils than travel with a group. You will be fine! BTW, my shortest trips are for a full month, the longest I've been is three months.

Yes, India can and will intimidate you -- sometimes it still kicks my ass even after 13 trips. But my first time to India I had never been overseas in my life and I was 50. I walked out of the Chennai airport and it felt like I had "come home", it was visceral. I returned exactly 6 months later and now I am planning my 14th trip, Goddess willing.

As vandy said, it helps to tell us what your interests are. I think the South is a "softer landing" for newbies than the north but that's just my opinion.
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Originally Posted by RPG View Post I am astonished to see that it has been six years since the first instalment of Drew's first trip report. A great guy. We haven't heard from him in a while, his health was not so good, hope he is OK.

Speaking of great posters of days gone by, what happened to steven_ber, the amazing train expert who stopped posting suddenly at the end of 2016?
yeah, what did happen to him, some strange viewpoints sometimes but a veritable search engine of info. Come back Steve!
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Hi Surya, thatís a great idea but the only problem is I donít Know anyone personally who had been to any part of India before. I was thinking of just going to one of the top five cities I want to visit and ask the hotel if they could recommend any local tours.
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Great ideas!
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Thank you for the suggestions!
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Originally Posted by Lovegreentea3 View Post Hi Surya, thatís a great idea but the only problem is I donít Know anyone personally who had been to any part of India before. I was thinking of just going to one of the top five cities I want to visit and ask the hotel if they could recommend any local tours.
and proceed to get conned into an an overpriced whistlestop.....

Not necessarily so, but a risk. Sometimes a hotel tour can save time and walking and get you to places that may be far apart otherwise - Indian cities can be large......But they do insulate you from things. Temples are free, bazaars are free ( except for the vast amount of tat that now crams my living room - " it was so cheap and its a local artisan....."..... )and often the nicest moments are spent watching something that is mundane for a local but astounding to you. You get those by serendipity not organisation. Such as - " What on earth is that stuff stewing in a vat- I think I will taste it anyway...........

pluck up the courage, be prepared to be occasionally disappointed but dive in. Do not approach it as my mother did - yes I took her on the holiday of a lifetime to the Golden Triangle - in reality she didnt want to go, despite what she said, she only wanted to tell her friends that she had been to India - not the same.
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Iím a visual person and I like seeing thing, but most importantly Iím very interested in knowing and learning about any country, itís people and culture. Therefore, I want to see even those that some people label as ďgood, bad, and uglyĒ whether itís a place, a person or a thing. I want to experience everything if I could about India as long as it does not endanger my life. Life is short and unpredictable and while I can, I just want to enjoy and savor it.
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