Two girls on a bicycle in South India

#31 Nov 2nd, 2017, 00:30
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Hi Im glad you are not trolls!!!!!.

Please be aware theWestern ghats which end about B'lore are pretty hilly, with beautiful,landscape tea estates etc. You could always hire a people carrier fro the bad bits, plenty of room for 2 bikes. Many busses are stuffed with people, and do not always have a boot space for bikes, but some do have roof rack.

Your itinerary sounds very ambitious, but if you factor in some 4 wheeled help , its doable.

What time of year do you intend travelling?

That area of India can be influenced by both monsoons, and when it rains, boy does it rain! An hour later its steaming and humid.

Coastal TN is calm and placid, not too many hills, but I have always travelled there by bus.

There is a lovely Murugan temple at Trichendur, as opposed to the other ones in TN whch are always set atop hills.
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Hire a backup/support vehicle for some stretches if possible. A maruti omni van is cheap as well as spacious. Also avoid taking lifts from strangers unless you are in a large group. And even then avoid it as far as possible. Someone has done it safely doesn't mean it's safe to do. Don't aim for too much and enjoy the trip
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Adding to the din-

I'd recommend sticking to the main roads for safety reasons. (Recall a news report from a year or two ago about this foreign couple who went off camping somewhere in the jungles of UP and got attacked... doing something like that is to ask for trouble).

Which is not to say that the main road by itself will be safe. Trucks and cars hurtle down on any lane that's free, and there's no real concept of a bike lane. I'd stick to the left-most side.

As others have said I'd also suggest wearing pyjamas/tights over shorts.

Good luck
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Originally Posted by AstridHo View Post Hello Zeeland to Groningen

I saw you hav ebeen more times to India.
Tell us: is it really to dangerous?
We don't think so. Just be aware.

Can you tell something about clothing? On the bike? For woman?
I guess you are addressing me.

If India is dangerous or not depends a lot on the things you do and the situation where you do this.
It takes time to understand what is acceptable and starting with a bike trip makes this difficult.
I think that is the concern of much of the comments.
It took us a few trips before we stepped outside our comfort zone.

Clothing, in a country where most women go into the sea clothed in their sari, the western bike outfit is maybe not the best idea.

Real dangerous is the traffic. The strongest car takes the right of way. So trucks never stop and all other cars ignore pedestrians and bikers.
Besides upcoming traffic comes on both lanes so look out.

But we have seen several bikers, including female, and they managed it.
Just be careful.

Jan
#35 Nov 3rd, 2017, 17:03
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Hello Jan.

Can I write you a prived mail in dutch?

Groet Astrid
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A possibilty with bike shorts is MTB men's bike cycling padded loose pants 3D Gel coolmax bicycle shorts this what I have (inner pants attached, not seperate), there must be for women also. Might be a bit more acceptable for a woman in India.
Maybe a thought to go into bicycle forums for india to get more info and practical advice, what,why,and where. Touring on a bike differs from country to country,clothing gear, kind of bike and what to take. If you do go happy biking
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Can I write you a prived mail in dutch
You will be able to when you have made ten posts and been a member for ten [I think] days. So... soon.

The rule is to protect the existing members from spammers, and to protect new members from unwanted attention. Especially the female ones.

Apart from that, although the purpose of the forum is to share enquiry and answers publicly in the chosen standard language, you will be able to correspond with anyone in your choice of language.

Actually, you can post in another language, but the forum rules require a translation too. English is not the first language for many members. it doesn't have to be scholarly.
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Can you tell something about clothing?
Please see this thread: Blondes- to dye or not to dye? & women's wear, women's safety etc. But don't start at the beginning, unless you want a social-history lesson in changing attitudes over a decade.

When it comes to bare flesh, it is not just a matter of the unwanted attention you will probably get, it is also very much a matter of... sunburn! Noted that you have travelled quite a lot in Asia, but you are really going to feel close to the equator here. UV levels are high, and, unless you are dark-skinned, you are going to burn in an hour or two, even on a cloudy day.

So I would suggest covering up your arms, legs, etc. Even your head and your toes! I've lived here more than twelve years, and am largely happy with this crazy climate, but the last time I spent a couple of shirtless hours in the garden, on a relatively cool, cloudy day: burnt back.

I'd probably drive my car with my feet up if I could, so you may know more about this already, but... hydration. At least our absurdly humid climate lets you know that you are pouring sweat. Do remember to replace it by drinking plenty of fluid, and watch out for dehydration. It can easily creep up on you.
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10 posts or 10 days, whichever is later would be correct Nick for PM to be operational..

And any language, followed by translation in English works just fine as you have mentioned! (So if you don't mind typing twice, good, else English for public posts would be convenient!)
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10 posts or 10 days, whichever is later
I think not. Even people who have lurked for years need to make ten posts before they can send/receive PMs.

it's an AND.

Wait... I think you're saying the same thing the other way around.
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Hello,

Another quetson about trains and bicycles to Ponucherry.
What will be teh fastes route from Bangalore to Ponducherry?
Bus?
Train?

Any tip is welcome

Astrid en Ina
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Indian trains often are very busy and booking Indian trains can be problematic from abroad, but the train would be the most convenient option.
You could get a direct train from Yesvantpur Junction, one of the Bengalaru stations, to Puducherry.
Other train options might be via Chennai.
I don't know the regulations on taking bikes on trains, Indian railways have a lot of rules about wrapping items up in sacking, etc, etc. Your bikes would need to go in the guards luggage van also.

Train number 11005 runs three nights a week, mon, tues, and saturday, and train number16573 runs on friday only. Times are around 21.00 at night and arrive Puducherry around 07.15 next morning.

https://etrain.info/in#!TRAIN_BETWEEN=YPR-PDY

I have no info about bus, etc.

Good Luck!

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I think by bus you can reach an hour earlier. In Maharashtra long route state transport buses usually have a carrier on top where passengers load their luggage. I think other state buses should also have them. Volvo buses usually have their storage below. Not sure if they could accommodate a cycle. Also during a night journey not sure how comfortable one would be sleeping.

Sleeping in trains is usually not a problem if you have confirmed tickets.
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Originally Posted by OldandRambling View Post Indian trains often are very busy and booking Indian trains can be problematic from abroad, but the train would be the most convenient option.
You could get a direct train from Yesvantpur Junction, one of the Bengalaru stations, to Puducherry.
Other train options might be via Chennai.
I don't know the regulations on taking bikes on trains, Indian railways have a lot of rules about wrapping items up in sacking, etc, etc. Your bikes would need to go in the guards luggage van also.

Train number 11005 runs three nights a week, mon, tues, and saturday, and train number16573 runs on friday only. Times are around 21.00 at night and arrive Puducherry around 07.15 next morning.

https://etrain.info/in#!TRAIN_BETWEEN=YPR-PDY

I have no info about bus, etc.

Good Luck!

Edwin.

There was a thread recently about train travel between Chennai and Pondy -- and most of the reply's were saying the bus is better --the thread panned out that ultimately around Tamil Nadu , Kerala , coast roads , where ever ; the bus was a better option than the romantic rattle of an Indian train -- think it should hold true for this thread as well.
#44 Nov 9th, 2017, 23:03
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PLEaSE use a bus.

Getting train bookings is a pain unless you know somebody and a little bit on the side is proffered, a BRIBE.

BUSSES GET YOU THERE SAFELY AND MAY OR NOT HAVE A RACK OR A BOOT, BUT YOU CAN ALWAYS ASK!

And do so, sorry about the caps, my mistake.
#45 Nov 10th, 2017, 00:07
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Hi, look at this site for an overview of the bus connections.

Just a question out of curiosity; how do you, with your bikes, go from the airport to your hotel?

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