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    UK to India Tips and ideas

    I'm thinking of bringing this sabbatical idea forward a little. Thinking of UK-India overland- once I am in India I can really hang about for 7 months or so. Planning on heading to Shimla/Manali and doing a lot of hiking and outdoor activities. Not interested in teaching, not convinced voluntourism is really very helpful in that regard. Actually a big part of the sabbatical is to get over this burnout.

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    By bus?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    By bus?
    There used to be a bus from Bradford that ran to India. Decades ago, I don't suppose it is still an option.

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    how quickly are you planning on getting to India, from the UK you could journey around Europe on Eurail as its now called.

    https://www.eurail.com/en

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    Planning on heading to Shimla/Manali
    from manali take the bus or a 4wd over the rohtang pass into ladakh and on to leh, the capital of ladakh province.



    it will be a trip you wont forget, its the high himalayas and one of those "worlds most dangerous roads" but the scenery is magnificent and its worth every bottom clenching moment.

    Manali to Ladakh Road Trip, Travelling from Manali to Ladakh



    once in ladakh, the high altitude trekking, the climbing and the off road trips to the remote monasteries and settlements around there are out of this world. in leh it's also worth hiring a motorbike and taking the road west along the indus river to kargil.

    ...... and dont miss lama yuru.

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    Haven't been to India (and won't go there if I'm solo, but I'm a girl), but I enjoyed watching the vlogs of Gabriel Traveler when he was in India (he's done several trips to India through the years).

    Another one is Karl Rock - he's married to an Indian woman & speaks Hindi. He has some good travel vids & also vids against scams in India.

    Try to visit the 7 sisters (7 northeastern states) too. I've heard that the culture is very different. People look different too - they look more SE Asian (but they're Indian). Had a seatmate from Laos - she was an Indian lady from the state of Manipur. We had interesting conversations during that long bus ride from Vientiane to Udon Thani.

    Good luck in your planned travels!

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    you might add Nepal and journey through it to Assam, you may be hankering for a steak by then, and drop down to Calcutta and stay in the Oberoi Grand.

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    Don't forget u.k passport holders only get a 30 days single entry visa now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    Haven't been to India (and won't go there if I'm solo, but I'm a girl), but I enjoyed watching the vlogs of Gabriel Traveler when he was in India (he's done several trips to India through the years).

    Another one is Karl Rock - he's married to an Indian woman & speaks Hindi. He has some good travel vids & also vids against scams in India.

    Try to visit the 7 sisters (7 northeastern states) too. I've heard that the culture is very different. People look different too - they look more SE Asian (but they're Indian). Had a seatmate from Laos - she was an Indian lady from the state of Manipur. We had interesting conversations during that long bus ride from Vientiane to Udon Thani.

    Good luck in your planned travels!
    I watched a few of his vlogs the guys a bit of a dickhead i think. Last i heard he was back in new zealand struggling to get back into his beloved india. It seems the indians arent impressed with him shit canning india via vlog. And in comparison ive been watching a canook vlogger his channels called becoming filipino. And he actually achieves filipino citizenship for tourism services rendered. Hes a bit if a hippy but comes across as having genuine love for the philippines .

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    Another guy is a vloger in mindanao. Somewhere with a fish farm a jovial welshman. Called commander Daot.

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    I preferred the Deccan in my year there tho Kasmir was great pre the violence

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    I spent ten month travelling in India after I completed my teaching assignment in Thailand. I started out with a month in Kolkata followed by a very memorable trip up to Darjeeling and from there explored the outer reaches of Assam. At one point I was way the hell north and eqidistant from both the Bhutanese and Chinese border. I highly recommend a trip to the area. The hiking is good and Darjeeling is a city I would love to return to. One thing to note is that the public washrooms in Darjeeling town have to be the stinkiest in all of south Asia. The trip north from Darjeeling offered me at one point a georgeous view of Everett and its neighours Totally gorgeous!

    I stayed in the area for two month. The hiking, like I say was great. I then ventured over to Delphi where I spend a month in the heat, sweat and cow shit. I found some excellent pub in the area I was staying in. I travelled down to Rajastan for a month. It was damn hot and I avoided the camel rides. I then travelled to Rishikesh as well as Shimla. I spent a month in the area and then headed up to Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj where I spend time at my Gurus home.

    I would highly recommend a trip to India if you can find a year. It's a tremendous eye opener. I was brought to tears several times totally overwhelmed by the poverty. The will and love of the Indian people leaves a lifetime memory.

    If I were returning for a shorter trip I would fly into Calcutta and then spend most of my time in Darjeeling, a special town that has a certain energy I have never found elsewhere. Good luck on your travels.
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