Who would you prefer to travel around India with?

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View Poll Results: Who would you prefer to travel around India with?
Alone, meeting people along the way. 106 38.69%
With your partner. 85 31.02%
With a friend. 29 10.58%
With a group of friends. 23 8.39%
With someone you met on Indiamike dot com. 12 4.38%
With an Indian guide. 7 2.55%
With a celebrity (who and why). 6 2.19%
Don't know. 6 2.19%
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#1 Jul 13th, 2003, 15:31
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1 Alone, meeting people along the way.

2 With your partner.

3 With a friend.

4 With a group of friends.

5 With someone you met on Indiamike.com.

6 With an Indian guide.

7 With a celebrity (who and why).

8 Don't know.
#2 Jul 13th, 2003, 16:04
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#8 Don't know. As an aside, I recommend Kismet - the best matchmakers for travellers (romantic and non-romantic and solitary - they cover you all).
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The best so far

I have tried options 1 through 4, and enjoyed them all.
Traveling alone was the best though - the ultimate freedom - no compromises.
#4 Jul 13th, 2003, 17:54
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With a celeb!!

I've always thought what a scream it would be to travel around India with Billy Connelly, some of you may know him!!
A self confessed hippy and avid people watcher he would just have a ball in India.
There would be a wealth of material for him and he'd fit right in no one would look twice at him!!Just another aging hippy finding himself in India they'd think.
Mmm I wonder if he's ever been? maybe he needs a guide!!
#5 Jul 13th, 2003, 18:20
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A tour of India with Billy Connelly, that would be 'fabulous' as Billy would say.

What a TV program it would make too.
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Another option

How about "with your family"?
I spent a wonderful month with my wife and son - totally different and special.
Also, I know it became quite a "thing" for some Israelis to set out with a parent, in the past few years.
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3/6

an indian friend ;-)
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Alone, 'coz I'm Indian.
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Another poll where I've had to go for 'Don't know' - in the 3 times I've been I've done it differently each time and each way has had it's pros and cons. First time...arrived with 3 friends and we had a great time for the 3-4 weeks we were together - then 2 left and it was just 2 of us and that was cool too. Second time with a friend for 3 months and that was again cool. Then just me and that was a whole new experience but still great. Then last year it was just me meeting other people along the route and I enjoyed that whole experience too - good to do what you want to do when you want to do it but sometimes it is a bit boring or lonely. Met great people to spend Christmas with which was fortunate as it could have been a very lonely time in the little, untouristed places I was going to. I definitely agree that it's easier to meet locals if you're by yourself though.... I got dragged so many places by total strangers. I don't think I'd ever go with a guide (would drive me nuts). Mmmm, celebrity.... well, I'd love to travel anywhere with Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn from Lord of the Rings) but I don't think that will ever happen. It'd be cool to meet up with an Indiamike regular...missed MT by a few days last year but I did meet jamieh from Thorn Tree.
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Quality not Quantity!

Travelling alone or maybe with just a friend or partner in some ways allows a greater chance of really getting to know new people along the way. Whether it be locals or other travellers.

As far as an Indian Guide goes.. not for me thanks! From my own experiences, an Indian guide will be more than happy to show you the finer crafts of purchasing carpets, terracotta, marble and jewelerry! he he he gotta love pushy salesmen!


But what does it really matter?!? Any way you do it, travelling India is always good!!

Happy travels everyone


Rock on:
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#11 Jul 14th, 2003, 19:01
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I ve done 1,2 and 3
2 was the best trip I made in europe,travelling with a girlfriend in
greece for 4 months..
but mostly i prefer 1,because you meet so many nice people while travelling..
I also wouldn t mind travelling with some of the nice people here on indiamike
steven still thinking about a meeting in bangladesh?

some years ago in varkala I met a real strange travell company..
a german guy travelling with his girlfriend,his ex girlfriend,and the future girlfriend!!!! Imagine that!!!
but this didn t work out very long(just 3 weeks),in varkala the all split,one went to the north,one to the south and so on...
maybe it was some kind of psychological experince....


but anyway in india you are never alone....
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Visited India alone in 1997 and then again with Mrs rab in 2001. The first time was educational and different as I was not used to going anywhere by myself, least of all to a place with so many dimensions as India. My 2001 trip to Kerala and Tamil Nadu was my best ever holiday of any description.

First time I missed the compnanionship - someone to share my travels with - the second time I had my wife with me, the perfect travel partner! (yuk soft git!!! (but true)).

(P.S. maree watch out - may come to NZ in the not-too-distant!!!)
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But I'm off to live in Thailand now so I won't be there to pick you up from the airport.
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He Rab nothing yuk about that my friend, Mrs cyberhippie is my perfect travel partner as well, we share a love of the same things so a wonder for me is usually the same for her!!
Stalking jackels in Bharatpur, popping plant seeds shooting at us in Munnar, the dolphins at play Palolem, the lovely people at Mahabalipuram,discovereing wild orchids, the food at Mandhu's,holi in Pushkar, the fashion show in mcCloud Ganj, our friend Pushpa Raj, outside the temple in Pushkar! a swim in a tank in the Western Ghats. Even train journeys from Madras to Trivandrum or up over the mountains from Madgaon to Hospet, these are just some of the memories that we will talk about when we are cruising around on our zimmer frames!!
And to be honest they would'nt have been the same if I had'nt shared them with my girl!!
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But I'm off to live in Thailand now so I won't be there to pick you up from the airport.
maree your pants are on fire. I read "the Beach" too and thought about spending some time in Thailand. If you're not around just leave your house keys (and car keys and boat keys as all Kiwis have a boat) somewhere handy!!

C'mon no-one chickens out when the rab roadshow steams into town!
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