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Two sisters are going to India in 10 days. For the first time. It's just so happened that both of us has just finished our studies at the university although I'm 39 and my sister is 28. Our dear parents gave each of us 3000 euro (around 3800 usd) as a graduation present and we have decided to spend it on this trip. It is so nice that you are always a child to your parents, no matter how old you are!
Why India? Well, I am a geography teacher and I would like to see the whole world but somehow I think that it is important to go to India while I'm still young (or for some of you not too old).
We have already spent 1000 euro on the tickets, visa, vaccination etc. so our budget is around 2500 usd. We hope it's going to be enough for 4 and a half months long journey. Too optimistic? We'll see! We can change our return date without paying extra fee (God bless Aeroflot!)

After many months of studying The Rough Guide, surfing the net and hanging on IndiaMike, we have decided on the following itinerary:
Delhi, Udaipur, Bundi, Ellora, Ajanta, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala (at least 4 weeks), western Tamil Nadu, Khajuraho, Orchha, Agra, Uttaranchal (2 weeks) and Himachal Pradesh (4 weeks).

We plan to spend only a week in Goa, we wouldn't even go there if we were not crazy about the beach and sea food. Arambol or Palolem? What do you think is a better choice?

It feels good to be here. Thanx. See you.
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Originally Posted by Kula Two sisters are going to India in 10 days. For the first time. It's just so happened that both of us has just finished our studies at the university although I'm 39 and my sister is 28. Our dear parents gave each of us 3000 euro (around 3800 usd) as a graduation present and we have decided to spend it on this trip. It is so nice that you are always a child to your parents, no matter how old you are!
Why India? Well, I am a geography teacher and I would like to see the whole world but somehow I think that it is important to go to India while I'm still young (or for some of you not too old).
We have already spent 1000 euro on the tickets, visa, vaccination etc. so our budget is around 2500 usd. We hope it's going to be enough for 4 and a half months long journey. Too optimistic? We'll see! We can change our return date without paying extra fee (God bless Aeroflot!)

After many months of studying The Rough Guide, surfing the net and hanging on IndiaMike, we have decided on the following itinerary:
Delhi, Udaipur, Bundi, Ellora, Ajanta, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala (at least 4 weeks), western Tamil Nadu, Khajuraho, Orchha, Agra, Uttaranchal (2 weeks) and Himachal Pradesh (4 weeks).

We plan to spend only a week in Goa, we wouldn't even go there if we were not crazy about the beach and sea food. Arambol or Palolem? What do you think is a better choice?

It feels good to be here. Thanx. See you.
First of all, congratulations to the two of you on graduating.Looks like you are gonna make the most of your parents present!
2500 USD and 4 and a half months of travel in India - it works out to be about Rs.900 per day for the two of you.That appears to be a reasonable enough daily allowance for food and accommodation plus travel by train and coaches.I am sure you would have done all the math based on figures given in various travel guides and the postings on IM and have it all worked out.Plus since about half of your time out here would be during the off season,that should help towards keeping your expenses within the planned budget.
Both Palolem and Arambol has its attractions insofar as quiet,serene beaches go.However Palolem has some added attractions like turtle nesting sites etc nearby.Six days on deserted beach stretches might be a tad boring for most people and you might want to be in a place that offers some distractions close by.
#3 Dec 10th, 2006, 09:37
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Kula (& sister) --- Welcome to IndiaMike
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Welcome to Indiamike and congrats on graduating.Have a wonderful trip ahead.
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Malaria in Kerala

Thank you guys! Great to be here!

2cents and others from Kerala,
can you please explain something to me - I've read and seen on the maps that Kerala is low risk area to get malaria which is great of course, but I don't understand why. I mean it is hot and wet and has these backwaters... sounds like a mosquito paradise to me. Yeah, I just don't get it.
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I can assure you that the mossies are there!

It may be that there are fewer people with malaria: the mosquitoes have to pick it up from someone before they can give it to someone else.

Kerala is certainly at risk from other mossie-born diseases: Chickungunya was happening there recently.

Remember that low-risk is not no-risk!

Where I am in Chennai is 'low risk' (I believe) but there is Malaria in the city, the risk increasing to the North. It is enough risk for me to take anti-malarial. (when I remember )
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Originally Posted by Kula 2cents and others from Kerala,
can you please explain something to me - I've read and seen on the maps that Kerala is low risk area to get malaria which is great of course, but I don't understand why. I mean it is hot and wet and has these backwaters... sounds like a mosquito paradise to me. Yeah, I just don't get it.
Much of the low lying parts of Kerala is indeed a mosquito paradise.However the various species of mosquito's responsible for transmission of malaria,both indigenous and non-indigenous, never really flourished in Kerala and hence malarial outbreaks have been pretty rare and limited to comparatively small locales.Kerala is officially classified as non-malarial state.The details of how this was brought about during the 50's and 60's using various vector control methods and spraying of DDT etc can be found online - provided terms like Anopheles tessellatus and Anopheles stephensi sprinkled liberally in paragraph after paragraph doesn't give you a headache.
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OK, I got it. There are mosqitos in Kerala, but not the ones which transmit malaria.

But Nick! You take anti-malarial meds?!?!? But you live in India, right? So you take meds (let's say) 10 months every year? Year after year? Is that possible?
#9 Dec 10th, 2006, 23:47
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Good for Kerala! Whatever mossies are there certainly bite me though

Yes, I take antimalarials. I've been advised by my local doctor that there is not much chloroquine-resistant malaria where I am, so I just take one pill a week (when I remember, as I said...).

I'm just a few days past six months here: the longest period so far that I've been continuously in India --- and unlikely to leave again for at least 3-6 months, and then only for a few weeks. There are a lot more mossies in the area that I'm moving to, but I'll have to find out and review the local malarial risk.

I guess I'll review this every 6 or 12 months, take medical advice: I don't know if I will ever get to develop resistance. I know I passed a test (ie it was negative) for malaria back in March.

But none of this is really relevant to your trip
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Kula and Sis, Congrats on graduating and welcome to your India tour. Your itinerary is quite long and possibly you will change it. May be by this time, you would have arrived in India too. Well I found this post searching for Orchha as we may be going there too, We are in the vicinity and can visit anytime Dec-Feb. I'll appreciate your feedback about the place as posts.
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Hi Gals,

Firstly welcome to India, and i was just going through the number of places you would like to go, You are a geography teacher and you know how big this country is, its not possibel to travel these places so easily and comfortably.

My advice will be to count down the number of places and increase the number of days where ever you like the most..There are some places which has nothing more than one day to see..

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