Going to India to adopt a baby girl!

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Hello everyone,
I am going on my life's biggest journey to India to adopt a child. I am going to be a single mum! Im going in mid august probably, the legal work still not over so we shall see. I have been to india twice before, on shorter trips. This time i will stay for about one month.

I need some advice PLEASE on good comfy safe budget b&bs/hotels in Salem, Tamil Nadu and New Dehli. Since im ging to have a 1,5 year old girl with me im not going to rough it but i cannot afford luxury. I will stay ( prob) for about two weeks in each place.

Thank you so much
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Welcome to India Mike!

I am not that familiar with the area, but someone should be along shortly.

Best of luck on a very emotional rollercoaster ...
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I cannot answer your main query, but just came here to wish you and your future daughter the best of everything, hope all goes well with the process and you two have a great life ahead.
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For Salem, you best look on www.booking.com because there you can read reviews which are only from people who actually stayed at the place.

For New Delhi, would the Paharganj area near New Delhi railway station be ok? I am sure someone here will recommend good places. I would do myself also, if you gave me a clearer budget idea.

One suggestion here: http://www.metropolistouristhome.com/ They are in the area of Rs 1200-1500 and do airport pick ups. there is also Ginger Hotel, a bit more expensive.
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Cottage Yes Please could also be considered.
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Hotel Hari Piorko stayed there in 2015 room then around 1000-1200
Cottage Ganga Inn, Delhi. stayed there in 2016 do no price we got a discount

If remember there is a rooftop restaurant in both of them
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About Delhi:
Cottage Yes Please is fine but a little impersonal, and the rooms are a bit small, and most don't have an outside window.

For your situation I'd recommend World Buddhist Centre, because it is a bit spacious indoors, both the public spaces and the rooms themselves, and it is friendly. Meals are provided, and they are always friendly, and I think with a new child you wouldn't want to have to go out for every meal. When I stayed there I always had a nice time talking to people. I imagine people would be interested and helpful to you.

On the other hand, maybe you prefer a place with a garden where your child could run around a little. Neither Cottage Yes Please nor World Buddhist Centre have outdoor space.
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For New Delhi, I warmly recommend Red Maple Homestay. We stayed there on our own adoption trip back in 2012, and other families we know have stayed there since and been very satisfied. Just one thing, make sure you get pickup and dropoff service from them as the place is not easy to find for an unfamiliar driver.

Best of luck for your (lifelong) journey!
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Originally Posted by Pompiripossa View Post Hello everyone,
I am going on my life's biggest journey to India to adopt a child. I am going to be a single mum! Im going in mid august probably, the legal work still not over so we shall see. I have been to india twice before, on shorter trips. This time i will stay for about one month.

I need some advice PLEASE on good comfy safe budget b&bs/hotels in Salem, Tamil Nadu and New Dehli. Since im ging to have a 1,5 year old girl with me im not going to rough it but i cannot afford luxury. I will stay ( prob) for about two weeks in each place.
There are quite a few nice and comfortable B&B's in South Delhi. The tariffs vary but it's possible some of them will give you a discount if you speak to them in advance.

Colonel's retreat in Defence Colony is one.

http://www.colonelsretreat.com

Tatvamasi Homestay in Chitranjan Park is another; so is Saket Bed and Breakfast.

Such places are in the region of Rs. 2-3 K a night or so, and if you feel this fits your budget I'd definitely recommend staying somewhere like that over anywhere in backpacker-tout central, Paharganj.

August is lean tourist season and getting a discount shouldn't be a problem. Good luck.
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Ha ha it was!! and i didnt know. thanks for telling me.
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Train Bangalore - Salem with baby

Hi everyone and thank you so much for tips and good luck wishes!!!!! I really appreciate them all.

Now - it doesnt seem to be an airport in Salem that is in frequent use, so I figure the best way to get to Salem is by train to Bangalore. I have never been on a train in India but I have seen pictures.. Supercrowded. What do you think - my newly adopted 1,5 year old + luggage - is there a train we can manege to travel on relatively peacefully?

Are there trains that are a bit more 'calm'? Like the more expensive express trains??

I really appreciate any thouhts on this matter...
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Originally Posted by Pompiripossa View Post Hi everyone and thank you so much for tips and good luck wishes!!!!! I really appreciate them all.

Now - it doesnt seem to be an airport in Salem that is in frequent use, so I figure the best way to get to Salem is by train to Bangalore. I have never been on a train in India but I have seen pictures.. Supercrowded. What do you think - my newly adopted 1,5 year old + luggage - is there a train we can manege to travel on relatively peacefully?

Are there trains that are a bit more 'calm'? Like the more expensive express trains??

I really appreciate any thouhts on this matter...
Hi,
Trains won't be problem. Just ensure that you have confirmed train tickets (advisably in 3AC or above class). Stations can be crowded, but people and authorities around will be happy to help you out. Lots of trains go from Bangalore to Salem. Just keep the station you are boarding from, boarding time, train's number, platform number in check. You can book your tickets from irctc.com site and check all of the above from lots of other sites also.
Its pretty easy, cheap and comfortable to go around the country in trains. You won't have any problems.

Just travel calmly and don't lose patience.
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Consider taking a car with driver instead. Much more convenient with a baby. It is 200 km, that would cost you around Rs 4500 plus tolls for a basic car. It costs a bit more than by train, but it is much more convenient and less traumatic than a train ride. At that point, your baby is not that familiar with you yet - that transition is certainly an emotionally intense time for the child, so that it is important to keep her in as safe an environment as possible, and also for you it is a good idea to not subject both of you to too many people. (staring, questioning "white woman with brown skin child" etc)
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hi there, okey thank you so much!! that sounds reassuring. Are you familiar with the Salem area?

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