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Should I travel to India in early October or early November?

I am planning a 2-3 week trip to India this fall, and the dates I can go would be either early October or early November (2014). I've been told that October is still pretty hot, and that early November is a bad time to go because of the Pushkar Camel Fair - that many hotels would be sold out, rates will be high, etc. (Also, I'm a travel consultant and would be less likely to get travel industry rates when hotels are full.) It's my first trip to India, so I am thinking that I will be mostly in the North - Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Varanasi, etc... possibly with a few days in Mumbai. Which set of dates would you recommend? Any other factors I should consider?
posted by kdern on Jul 16, 2014 - 5 answers

What vaccines / meds do I really need to go to India?

I have an appointment with a clinic to get some vaccinations before a two-week trip to India. My initial chat with the nurse made me feel like she was maybe pushing the "better safe than sorry" angle a bit, so I'm looking for some other opinions and links to good resources for making these decisions on my own. [more inside]
posted by toomuchpete on Mar 4, 2014 - 21 answers

Tour Eastern Canada recommendations

My in-laws are flying in from India to Boston. They've never been to Canada and are curious to see the Eastern part including Toronto, Ottawa, Quebuc, Montreal. Do you have any recommendations on guiding tour companies which they may enjoy. (Please note, they aren't open to renting a car, so I'm researching guided tour options). Thanks in advance, -Z
posted by quiverandquill on Feb 18, 2014 - 14 answers

Gay travel in India: bad idea?

So the Indian Supreme Court has made gay sex illegal in India again, punishable by up to life imprisonment. Western governments are duly amending their travel warnings. But is there any realistic threat to gay foreigners? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Dec 13, 2013 - 9 answers

Help me navigate my anxiety over life changes good and bad

Hello, folks. My overthinking tendencies are working overtime as I try to navigate the next few months of my life (job/apartment change, travel?) amidst the fallout of the last few months of my life (end of long term relationship). I can't tell if I'm biting off more than I can chew or if I'm just standing in my own way. [more inside]
posted by fingers_of_fire on Dec 5, 2013 - 7 answers

How do I make sure my iPhone isn't a brick in India(prepaid SIM plans)?

I'm going to be travelling to India soon and I wanted to get a prepaid cellular connection for my iPhone to avoid roaming charges and for internet access. What's the cheapest/best prepaid connection in India (going to be travelling around South India)? Is there some way I can buy it in the US so I can have cellular access from when I immediately arrive? [more inside]
posted by touareg on Dec 1, 2013 - 6 answers

Newbie travelling to India

I'm contemplating travelling to India (New Delhi to start with) in January for ~10 days and meeting a friend there who is a naturalized US citizen who was born and raised in India. I know I need a visa in advance of leaving (gathered that much from the US State Dept website) but which kind? And: what else should I know?
posted by eustacescrubb on Nov 24, 2013 - 17 answers

Favorite things in southern India

I'm off to southern India at the end of the year (Mumbai and below). I'd love to know what towns, regions, temples or places of interest you thought were awesomely and unexpectedly amazing. [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Sep 15, 2013 - 7 answers

Power outlets in Chennai, India

I am traveling to Chennai, India this October. I will be bringing my Mac Book Pro and assorted accoutrements (iPad, iPhone, etc.) with me. Does the Apple World Travel Adapter kit provide connectivity to Indian electrical power outlets? If not, what does? Thanks.
posted by dfriedman on Aug 9, 2013 - 6 answers

I'm traveling to India (New Delhi), for business in a week. Need advice!

It's my first time out of the USA, and I don't know what to pack! [more inside]
posted by PetiePal on Feb 11, 2013 - 21 answers

RIP Ravi Shankar

Going to India in two weeks and I need some answers to some fairly basic questions. [more inside]
posted by Flamingo on Dec 13, 2012 - 43 answers

Emirates experience anyone?

Emirates Airline? [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Nov 5, 2012 - 23 answers

Cheap, safe and in New Delhi- any ideas

Where can a single woman stay in Delhi for a few days that's both cheap and safe? [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on May 22, 2012 - 6 answers

Help with a health question for an India traveler

India Travel Filter: Does my favorite girl have a mild case of Meningitis? Shes in northern India and has a mild rash, headaches, and some dizziness. [more inside]
posted by specialk420 on Apr 13, 2012 - 12 answers

India Travel Tips

Solo traveling in northern India. What should I know/prepare? Is it safe for women travelers? [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Apr 7, 2012 - 16 answers

kicked out of india!

I'm in Mumbai. I just found out my visa situation in India is not ok. I need to speak to an expert about this. Who should I call or where should I go? [more inside]
posted by genmonster on Jan 30, 2012 - 13 answers

Why does the Chinese government make it so hard to visit?

Canadian getting China travel visa abroad? [more inside]
posted by grak88 on Dec 13, 2011 - 7 answers

Best vacay evar!

India! Where should I go? What should I do? [more inside]
posted by bardic on Nov 22, 2011 - 15 answers

Backpacking trip planning advice.

Help with planning a backpacking trip covering Asia->SE Asia. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Nov 15, 2011 - 10 answers

Delhi Filter - tips for researcher headed to India

Delhi Filter: Help a PHD with her upcoming long research trip to New Dehli - Housing, and general tips on life and work in Dehli. [more inside]
posted by specialk420 on Sep 25, 2011 - 10 answers

Am I putting my children at excess risk with this crazy plan?

Describe your experience traveling semi-adventurously (developing country, language barriers, etc) with a very small infant, like a few weeks old small. Specifically concerned with health and safety issues but also comfort and parental sanity. [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast on Sep 19, 2011 - 29 answers

Rural India.

I am planning a trip to India by October and so far, places to see in my list include Delhi, Agra, and Varanasi. There's a whole lot more I want to visit but I don't want to exhaust my self with all the traveling as I will only have 2-3 weeks. In addition to the above mentioned places, where do you think can I visit to get a feel of rural India? Somewhere not so populated, countryside, and great interaction with the locals, possibly homestay too. Only requirement is that, it shouldn't be too far from my chosen destinations, somewhere I can stay for like 3 to 4 days immersing myself with the rural life, local culture.
posted by LittleMissItneg on Jul 19, 2011 - 10 answers

First trip to India

I'm going to India on business. It'll be my first time in the country. I'm looking for general advice and have a couple specific logistical questions. [more inside]
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed on Jun 7, 2011 - 14 answers

Bangalore city guide

What are your recommendations for things we should see, do, and eat in Bangalore? [more inside]
posted by bove on May 11, 2011 - 4 answers

What's the easiest way to get back and forth to Agra on a weekend trip?

What's the easiest way to get back and forth to Agra on a weekend trip? [more inside]
posted by Drylnn on May 10, 2011 - 10 answers

What skills can I learn to become a better traveler

I am planning to take a year and travel India (mostly) and maybe a little Nepal and bits of S.E. Asia. I have over a year before my planned departure and would like to start preparing both physically and mentally. What skills can I learn to make me a better traveler. [more inside]
posted by travis08 on Jan 5, 2011 - 24 answers

Shit Translation, French and Spanish speakers help!

Do any French or Spanish speakers have time to look at 30" of footage to tell me what this guy is saying? Shit Tony. [more inside]
posted by DOUBLE A SIDE on Oct 27, 2010 - 7 answers

Traveling in India

What are the best things to do with my family during our trip to Southern India? [more inside]
posted by bove on Oct 19, 2010 - 12 answers

Help a California girl spending 9 months in India feel connected to family and home?

Genius MeFi Brain Trust: my very sweet, very sharp fiancee will be conducting the bulk of her PhD research on a Fulbright in India this year (Delhi and points beyond TBD). She's been once before for a couple of months and she's asked me to get her a birthday present that helps remind her of home and her family. [more inside]
posted by chrisco on Aug 31, 2010 - 8 answers

Where should I travel in Asia and the wider world between February and August 2011?

Where should I travel in Asia and the wider world between February and August 2011? Should I travel there and then at all? I'm trying to plan a round-the-world trip and am finding it very difficult. Apologies for my rambling question - I could really do with your help. [more inside]
posted by Kirn on Aug 14, 2010 - 13 answers

WWOOFing in India?

Can anyone recommend specific WWOOFing farms in India? [more inside]
posted by comfortinsound on Jul 18, 2010 - 2 answers

India in 3 weeks

Three weeks in India. Where to go? [more inside]
posted by moorooka on Jun 23, 2010 - 21 answers

Recommendations for books, films or music in preparation for a trip to India

Recommendations for books, films, or music in preparation for a trip to India? [more inside]
posted by cymru_j on Apr 11, 2010 - 15 answers

Help! So many India honeymoon options!

We are planning to honeymoon in India for around 12 days in November. We are overwhelmed by all of the options and places to go. For first time travelers to India, what did you love, what did you hate, what would you do differently? What is your personal best advice that you would tell your best friend about a short vacation in India? [more inside]
posted by iknowizbirfmark on Jan 31, 2010 - 17 answers

India advice, please!

I'm going to go to India in February and March. I have no plans, and would like advice. Sub-question: if I were to buy a teeny, very light laptop to use while there for email and writing, what kind would be best? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Jan 13, 2010 - 16 answers

Prepaid iPhone data plan in Mumbai?

Hi, I will be living in Mumbai for 11 weeks next summer. I have an unlocked iPhone 3G. What is my best bet in terms of carrier and plan for the cheapest and most reliable data access? I plan to do local calls over the cell phone voice network and international calls via Skype on the iPhone. Thanks in advance!
posted by jesseendahl on Nov 17, 2009 - 2 answers

How much India in 1 week?

Travelling in India; I'm in Bangalore for a 2 week business trip, on Friday I have 1 week vacation. Part of me would like to see what I can during that time, but I'm also realizing (a) I've become a lazy traveller used to car rentals & Expedia, (b) getting to places here can take a long time. I'm becoming disenchanted because the do-able-ness of planning travel to multiple locations in such a short time seems hard, and I also have relatively heavy luggage & then there's also heat/ rain issues at this time of the year. Am I overthinking a plate of beans? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind on Jun 14, 2009 - 5 answers

Things to do/see/eat/avoid/meet in these countries, on my first RTW trip?

Things to do/see/eat/avoid/meet in these countries, on my first RTW trip? Finally heading out on a very unplanned RTW trip with one of those Star Alliance tickets. These are the flight routes I have set at the moment (three weeks before heading out, so still malleable) [more inside]
posted by avocade on May 17, 2009 - 17 answers

With Kids in India

Four kids moving to Delhi and needing two weeks entertainment there. Kids are 2, 4, 8 & 10. The 4yo is a boy, other 3 girls. How to entertain them (as non-parent traveling companion) for two weeks in India while kids' parents are getting jobs etc. sorted out? What to bring from London? There won't be much travel except the Heathrow-Delhi flight. Ideas appreciated please!
posted by anadem on Feb 4, 2009 - 1 answer

How can I trust airline reviews when they're in all caps?

NYC to Mumbai. Air India or Kuwait Airways? Phrased differently, should I arrive late night or early morning? [more inside]
posted by postcommunism on Dec 14, 2008 - 14 answers

Help me get to the subcontinent on the cheap

What is the cheapest way for me to fly to India at the end of December? [more inside]
posted by special-k on Dec 7, 2008 - 9 answers

GiftFilter: must-have objects for a year-long trip

What are the must-have objects for a year-long trip in the World's south-east (India, Asia, Australia). [more inside]
posted by XiBe on Sep 18, 2008 - 26 answers

Thoughts on volunteer travel in India with CCS

My wife and I are planning a trip to India and we're strongly considering a volunteer/travel program like Cross Cultural Solutions. Anyone out there ever participate in such a program in India? Anyone ever volunteer abroad through CCS? Please share.
posted by thejimp on Aug 11, 2008 - 7 answers

Where should we go?

How and where to go for two weeks at the end of August? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 12, 2008 - 9 answers

Advice for first trip to India?

Advice for first trip to India? [more inside]
posted by kdern on Mar 10, 2008 - 19 answers

Tips for a monthlong business trip to Hyderabad

I am going to be in Hyderabad for a month (February) for work and would welcome any feedback and suggestions. I read this thread but I have some more specific questions: I am staying in Banjara Hills at the Taj Deccan. I will probably be getting home around 9pm on weeknights. Are there restaurants, etc., in walking distance that would be worth checking out, or should I stick to the hotels? Is it an area one can easily walk around in? How safe is a woman alone at night? Are there any quick weekend trips worth doing, say leaving Sat and returning Sunday? What should I see in Hyderabad itself? I don't want to be too skittish about eating/getting sick, what are commonsense rules to follow? What are tipping conventions for hotels, restaurants, cabs, tours? Are there any guidelines I should follow in terms of dress? I would also welcome any and all other tips. Thanks!
posted by jules1651 on Jan 29, 2008 - 5 answers

Delhi-gating Our Gift Budget

Broke-ass Americans taking a trip to India-- what to give as gifts to our hosts? (2007 update on someone else's AskMe question from 2005) [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Dec 16, 2007 - 8 answers

Rajisthan in the Wet season - to be avoided?

Should I avoid traveling in NW India during the monsoon? [more inside]
posted by Rash on Nov 5, 2007 - 5 answers

Can you one-way to Bom-bay?

Can you fly into India with a one way ticket? [more inside]
posted by ageispolis on Jul 30, 2007 - 11 answers

Looking for the cheapest way to get to India

What's the least expensive way to get to India? [more inside]
posted by ageispolis on Jun 11, 2007 - 8 answers

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