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#1 Jan 13th, 2018, 00:19
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Hi there, 5 years ago my sister (UK based), myself (USA based) and my best friend (Australia based), all got diagnosed with various forms of cancer. 5 years later we are still alive and kicking and have planned a celebratory 5 year cancerversary in India. We meet in Delhi at the end of March and travel to Dharmsala, Rishikesh, Hardiwar, Jaipur then ending in Delhi. We have booked accommodation ourselves and internal flights, trains and a driver. I had a couple of questions and I would welcome ANY advice that people would give.
1) Any must sees / dos in these areas.
2) Malaria tablets - my sisters UK doctor says No. My US doctor says Yes. Thoughts?
3) clothing - any good websites to buy cheap clothes to keep us covered but cool.
Thanks so much for all your help!
Emma
#2 Jan 13th, 2018, 00:42
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Congratulations on your recovery. Regd #3- you can buy it cheaply offline in India. Suggest you use Google maps to locate the fabindia outlet closest to where you'd be staying and then take an Uber (yes, same app worldwide! ). Prices in that shop are fixed - ask for a ladies kurta (a tunic like top- can be worn with jeans or khaki trousers).
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#3 Jan 13th, 2018, 02:27
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Originally Posted by emma23 View Post Hi there, 5 years ago my sister (UK based), myself (USA based) and my best friend (Australia based), all got diagnosed with various forms of cancer. 5 years later we are still alive and kicking and have planned a celebratory 5 year cancerversary in India. We meet in Delhi at the end of March and travel to Dharmsala, Rishikesh, Hardiwar, Jaipur then ending in Delhi. We have booked accommodation ourselves and internal flights, trains and a driver. I had a couple of questions and I would welcome ANY advice that people would give.
1) Any must sees / dos in these areas.
2) Malaria tablets - my sisters UK doctor says No. My US doctor says Yes. Thoughts?
3) clothing - any good websites to buy cheap clothes to keep us covered but cool.
Thanks so much for all your help!
Emma
Congratulations to all of you...and welcome to the group! There are so many things to do and see. I recommend walking tours (you can Google) in Delhi and Jaipur. There are various types (heritage tours, food tours, etc.). We enjoy them around the world - a great way to see a place - many times going where tourists don't normally go. I think there are some interesting ideas here as well - https://www.tripsavvy.com/unusual-th...-delhi-1539204. In Jaipur I loved the forts and Jantar Mantar. I would definitely try to squeeze in a trip to Agra to see the Taj Mahal (can manage between Delhi and Jaipur or a day trip from Delhi).

I tool the malaria pills my first trip - from the U.S. I think the CDC was way over cautious with many of their instructions but I do recommend seeing a travel doctor - and checking the "malaria map" of India to see the likelihood of contracting it from the places you'll be visiting. I think it's a personal choice and wouldn't feel comfortable telling you to take the meds or not.

Don't bring too much. You can get whatever you need in India! You'll find lots of cool and inexpensive clothing at local markets. Don't forget to bargain because the first price you'll be quoted will be the special price for foreigners.

Have a fantastic time!
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Originally Posted by emma23 View Post Hi there, 5 years ago my sister (UK based), myself (USA based) and my best friend (Australia based), all got diagnosed with various forms of cancer. 5 years later we are still alive and kicking and have planned a celebratory 5 year cancerversary in India. We meet in Delhi at the end of March and travel to Dharmsala, Rishikesh, Hardiwar, Jaipur then ending in Delhi. We have booked accommodation ourselves and internal flights, trains and a driver. I had a couple of questions and I would welcome ANY advice that people would give.
1) Any must sees / dos in these areas.
2) Malaria tablets - my sisters UK doctor says No. My US doctor says Yes. Thoughts?
3) clothing - any good websites to buy cheap clothes to keep us covered but cool.
Thanks so much for all your help!
Emma
Hi Emma and welcome!

Quick thought - why Jaipur? It’s super out of the way with the rest of your trip. I would think about adding Amritsar instead so you can stay ‘north’ and spend more time enjoying yourself!

Also Haridwar is just next to Rishikesh. There’s no reason to stay in both (most people choose rishikesh as their base).

As for Malaria, I would say no. I’ve never taken precautions in 14 or so trips other than the very first time. Check the map, there’s normally certain hotspots and certain times of year but the locations you’re picking are, from memory, all safe and fine.

Enjoy!

NB
"See the World, then see India - because the World is an anti-climax"

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