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#1 Oct 11th, 2004, 03:52
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Hi Folks,
i'm so happy i found this great forum - so it's time for my first post - and soon my second trip to india :-)
I'm 35 years, 6.5 feet tall (always good for a smile in asia), born in Austria and currently living in Berlin/Germany. Two years ago it was my first time in India, only 3 weeks, Mumbai and Goa. Nothing spectacular, got an invention for a wedding in Mumbai (whitch took about a week), a little bit of business and then a week off in Goa.
This year i am planning a backpacker tour to the northern part of india, starting on Dec. 6th.
I got 7 weeks, so i hope to learn a little bit more about the culture and folks over there...
Currently im searching this forum for the best destinations to go, booked a flight to Delhi and would like to see everything between Amritsar and Calcutta


Any kind of help is welcome!

so long
phil
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#2 Oct 11th, 2004, 04:10
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Hi Phil!
welcome to an awesome forum - and good luck with planning your trip. Hope it's GREAT!
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Hello Phil,
I've only arrived here recently myself, but it seems like a nice placve and the people are friendly

By the way: an invention for a wedding sounds interesting!
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Originally Posted by Nick-H By the way: an invention for a wedding sounds interesting!
oops - invitation!

but it was a great wedding anyway
About 5 days with different kinds of ceremony, the man came on a horse to fetch his girl, wonderful saris, everything looked like there where tons of gold...

now i know why many indians believe that the "west" has got no culture - they are absolutely right!

phil
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Hey, Phil.

All cultures are great. The world is a beautiful place. Just that as Indians we feel ours is more beautiful than any other.

Anyway, if you're travelling up North, i can suggest a few places that are "must sees." In your 7 weeks you could pack in a little of Rajasthan(west), a bit of Himalayas(North), and Benaras and Calcutta in the East. Rajasthan is basically about the desert, the colourful people, forts and heritage places, Himalayas - obviously the majestic mountains, spactacular views, just the kind of place one enjoys travelling alone. Benaras and Calcutta will give you a taste of what modern India is. Not urban India, mind you, but an India where "what is" merges fascinatingly with "what was." The essential cultural potpourri.

If you can tell me more about your interests... I can help you choose the places. For example, mountains, oceans, deserts, food, shopping, religion... Different kind of people look for different things. So what are you looking for?

Hope you have a good trip.
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By the way, Happy Birthday, fellow Libran!
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Originally Posted by natasha.ca By the way, Happy Birthday, fellow Libran!
well, thanks for the birthday greetings!

as far as i have made up my plans by now i would like to see Rajasthan (desert, sikh culture), Punjab, Himal Pradesh (buddhism, not trekking) for culure, religion and people, then take a train to Calcutta and the west bengales for the great cuisine, take a plane to Mumbai to vist my friends over there at the end of my trip (just a few days).

If there is a chance to come back alive i also would like to cross the border to pakistan (and get the bin laden reward...)

Have you got any idea where to stay dec31/jan01 ? I'm not going to india to party all time, but a nice beer to start the new year would be nice

Also i would like to get a bicycle and see the village live by my own - any idea what area is best for this?

counting the days...

phil
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Libran, like my youngest brother... happy birthday old man!
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difficult question - this beer business. you would get a beer almost anywhere in India. But where should I recommend for new years is a tough one. As far as F&B is concerned, as you've guessed, Calcutta is the best place to be. It is also the best place to be in India during Christmas and New Years. The city just comes alive. All the streets are lit and the shops decorated. December is also the time when the handicrafts fare is held in the "maidan" opposite Victoria Memorial. So you can meet up with many craftsmen from across India. Its really nice. But pubbing alone on New Years is not a very tempting proposittion for me. Why don't you plan your trip so you can spend New Years with your friends in Mumbai?

Bicyce is a good idea, though I'm not sure if its feasible at all places. You could buy one when you land here. Its not very expensive. But you would have to carry it along everywhere you go. That could be inconvenient. Or you could borrow one from the locals whereever you are. Village hopping should be good in Rajasthan, Himachal, or Panjab. Most of the tourist spots you go to are not villages anymore. So it depends on where you plan to spend more time, so you get an opportunity to travel to the interiors. Himachal is hilly, so not a good idea, panjab - there isn't much and its mostly urbanised, even the villages, so my suggestion would be Rajasthan. But of course, I'm biased.

Detailed info on Rajasthan and Calcutta, I can give you. Haven't been to much of Himachal or Panjab.

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other places worth visiting

Bodygaya, on the trainline from Delhi to Kolkata; Orchha, ancient city near Jhansi(not far from Agra), The Sun temple at Konark in Orissa(8 hours south of Kolkata by train;
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hi phil,
willkommen-welcome to this site.amritsar and the sikh culture is reason enough to be in punjab,though i do agree that punjab is quite urbanised but sikhs remain a very hospitable lot!an excursion to lahore from amritsar is also not a problem and a trip to HP is also recommendable.
ich werde ab dez 5 bis zi 20 in chandigarh sein,falls du zeit und lust hast,könnten wir dort auf ein paar bier treffen!ich bin nämlich in CHG aufgewachsen.herzlichst willkommen!!!
malvin


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