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#1 International



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Posted 17 November 2010 - 02:07 AM

Monsieur's and Mademoiselle's,

I was thinking of doing India. Anyone been?

#2 truelife



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Posted 17 November 2010 - 05:56 AM

Get a lonely planet guidebook.

Try to avoid the major cities -- too much craziness. Noise and hustlers are unbearable. Hostels will be more expensive there and you'll get very crammed living space. Rooms are much cheaper in rural areas where you can get a nice room for about 75 cents.

Don't start to give money to any beggars -- make no exceptions even if they tell you the most heart breaking stories.. and even if they ask you to get baby formula (which they return to the store once you're gone.) It's either a scam you'll fall for, or you'll be encouraging people to intentionally chop off their limbs to get money. Once you give to one you'll never be able to get rid of the mad crowd which will follow you around everywhere to get money from you.

You can't just jump in any swimming hole. You've got to check first and ask around. Some places the water is infected and one can get nasty skin diseases.

Don't fall for outrageous prices - you must bargain them down.

Eat fruits and vegetables which can be peeled. Buy bottled water. Be careful not to eat food from street vendors. The food can be out in the sun for days.. and are prepared in very unclean conditions.

Buses - luxury buses will have TV screen on the buses. These buses are more expensive and they do have more comfortable seats. But don't take them. Unless you enjoy blasting boring Indian Movies nonstop that never end. Believe me a 16 hour bus ride with deafening Indian Movies nonstop is not exactly luxury. I would much rather take those school buses and be able to have some peace of mind.

Remember holi - you don't want to ruin good clothes.

Make sure to eat garlic and carry with you tea tree oil/citronella to keep away those mosquitoes.

Don't try any otherworldly experiences through consumption/inhalation of any stuff you can be left sick and robbed of your belongings.

Watch out -- many don't place any value to human life. Be careful not to get runned over by the crazy motor bikes coming at you from all directions.
So just be careful and pray to Hashem for safety and protection. May Hashem protect you from all harm.

You'll be asked often by uncles and aunties as to the name of your G-d. Do tell them. He is above all names - He is "The Name"!

Ok fun stuff! Places to visit:

Rajasthan area is nice and worth to check out. Do a multi day Camel trek. Make sure to visit Pushkar and the Chabad House there. They make the best labne - goat cheese and Shabbos is awesome!
Go to Goa nice beaches. Visit Bayit Hayehudi
Go all the way South to Cochin - there's a small jewish community. (possibly musical instrument from BHMK)
Puna - chabad house near the Osho commune Kupchicks? is very happening 24/7 deep conversation, good talks, food, and lots of people coming through all the time.
Taj Mahal is expensive but if you are already in India just do it.
White water rafting - in Rishikesh
go up North to Dharmasala and Dharmakot. Hike the Himalayas
If you're doing India 4+ months then make a visit to Nepal as well.

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 12:19 PM

Monsieur's and Mademoiselle's,

Messieurs et mesdames.

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 12:38 PM


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