Moving to India for 6 Months

Old Jan 15th, 2012, 08:57 AM
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Moving to India for 6 Months

Hello, I could really use some help! I plan on moving to India for 6 months from America, and would like the entire India experience, with a strict budget. I'm moving there to interact with the people and the many cultures, and will be photographing and writing a book about my adventure. For anyone who has been there, what places have changed you, and what places are the most beautiful and moving? Any places unsafe? Should I hire a cheap bodyguard to come with me? I'm researching and have found some places to visit, and the tourist attractions will be nice to see, but I really to wish and live the complete heart of India. I'm a single white female traveling alone, and I'm not afraid to go by myself, but some pointers would really help. !
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Old Jan 15th, 2012, 09:54 AM
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"Should I hire a cheap bodyguard to come with me?" Really? Do you have any guidebooks? While people's personal recommendations are valuable, there is no substitute for doing your own research.

Another place to hear about India from travelers is www.indiamike.com
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Old Jan 15th, 2012, 12:04 PM
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Well to start with where in India or do you plan to travel all over? BTW Delhi in the summer mos. is best avoided unless you want to experience temps of 110F or more.
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Old Jan 15th, 2012, 12:27 PM
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You might start by reading this:

http://www.amazon.com/Sideways-Scoot...6659134&sr=8-2

Then you can graduate to guidebooks, if you're still interested. This is hardly a novel endeavor.
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Old Jan 15th, 2012, 01:04 PM
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No need for a bodyguard.

Kathie took the words out of my mouth (err, keyboard) go to the Indiamike website for a HUGE range of ideas.

Also, what is your age? This may determine the places , activities, etc, you want to see. What is the focus of your book?
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Old Jan 15th, 2012, 01:56 PM
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every city and town has a story... every one contains more pictures than you can imagine...

be careful of what you eat for sure--that will be your main problem
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Old Jan 15th, 2012, 02:24 PM
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Another starter book, "Holy Cow".
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Old Jan 16th, 2012, 12:36 AM
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I just have to read the replies to this amazing question.
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Your interaction with "the people" will be more restricted than you think. Going in as a white woman traveling alone without knowing any of the local languages will be an instant barrier in my opinion and the idea of hiring a "cheap" body guard is scary too - you'll get what you pay for!

Without local connections, you won't get close to the real goings on of people and families. You'll just see the polite, social side or the poverty and odd things that stand out to tourists.
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Uh oh, our troll has not responded. Now what?
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