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protein
25-05-2005, 23:47:56
I've booked flights to Goa but obviously I want to see a little more of India than pleasant beaches. I want to go to Rajasthan but I'm not sure where/when to book flights etc. Any help/experience would be awesome.

Cruddy
25-05-2005, 23:52:39
Some helpful hints;-

1) Do not beat, touch, humiliate or shout at a cow, even if it trods on your foot.

2) Do not preach Christianity.

3) If you are female, expect to be groped by passers by.

4) Smoke as much chillum as you like in the Shiva temples for the cost of a small donation.

5) If offered Bang Lhassi, for God's sake don't drink it - you'll be out for hours if not days.

jsorense
25-05-2005, 23:58:03
Invest in Kashmiri carpets.

Oerdin
26-05-2005, 00:14:18
Cows are best chopped up and BBQed.

protein
26-05-2005, 00:48:45
Originally posted by Cruddy
Some helpful hints;-

1) Do not beat, touch, humiliate or shout at a cow, even if it trods on your foot.

2) Do not preach Christianity.

3) If you are female, expect to be groped by passers by.

4) Smoke as much chillum as you like in the Shiva temples for the cost of a small donation.

5) If offered Bang Lhassi, for God's sake don't drink it - you'll be out for hours if not days.

1) not really into humiliating animals. I quite like cows and I'm practically vegetarian.

2) You know me, not exactly pro-christian...

3) I've got six months to perfect my martial skills by then. Diane can pack a punch herself.

4) I don't smoke pot anymore, my lungs can't handle it anymore.

5) I don't eat/drink pot anymore since a particulary unpleasant whitey. If it's an opium lassi I'm all for it.

protein
26-05-2005, 00:58:36
oh, also, anyone from the uk know what gives with visas and so on?

Cruddy
26-05-2005, 01:45:31
Last I heard, going to India House and queueing all day was the safest bet for a tourist visa.

That was a few years ago though.

Cows are best chopped up and BBQed.

Pick the wrong cow and the owner + reletives will BBQ you. Same goes for Christian preachers - they get "sent to Shiva".

Oerdin
26-05-2005, 07:38:15
Normally, I only travel to 3rd world countries which are involved in military disputes with the US. That way I get to shoot people like that.

Spartak@work
26-05-2005, 07:46:22
I was in Pakistan for six months in 1993/4. Does that help?

Oerdin
26-05-2005, 08:14:04
I imagine the Pakis wouldn't give a hoot about a cow. ;)

Other then Islamic militants attacking Indian and Pakistani security forces in Kashmir (more Indian then Pakistani) what happened in 1993-1994?

mr.G
26-05-2005, 08:16:35
I ate at an indian restaurant once...

mr.G
26-05-2005, 08:21:48
tip from piet:

#4. when eating spicey indian food use sugar to balance the burning feeling.
stay away from that red drink they call sambal.

mr.G
26-05-2005, 08:23:07
they are not the indians you know from all the John Wayne movies, no they are not.

Oerdin
26-05-2005, 08:35:12
John Wayne shot all of those indians. There aren't any left.

Spartak@work
26-05-2005, 08:50:16
I worked in the British High Commission and got drunk most nights...

notyoueither
26-05-2005, 09:00:26
Originally posted by Oerdin
John Wayne shot all of those indians. There aren't any left.

Some got hidden where even the Duke couldn't find them.

mr.G
26-05-2005, 09:02:27
they are all Verliezentoooos

Kitsuki
26-05-2005, 10:28:02
I went a couple of years ago.

You need to sort out your visa quite a while in advance from an Indian High Commision/Embassy. Also make sure that you sort out properly your medical stuff (vaccinations.) You will almost certainly be sick at some point from the food, so take some anti-vom tablets. Take *plenty* of mozzy cream, and try and find the smaller malaria tablets; it's so hot that trying to swallow the larger ones is quite a task.

I was in Dehli and Ladakh, so what exactly other advice would you like?

Oh, and India is absolutely ace, you will have a great time...

Nills Lagerbaak
26-05-2005, 10:48:33
Originally posted by Cruddy
Some helpful hints;-

1) Do not beat, touch, humiliate or shout at a cow, even if it trods on your foot.

2) Do not preach Christianity.

3) If you are female, expect to be groped by passers by.

4) Smoke as much chillum as you like in the Shiva temples for the cost of a small donation.

5) If offered Bang Lhassi, for God's sake don't drink it - you'll be out for hours if not days.

Never once in all my Indian travels were my female companions ever "groped by passers by", even when travelling alone a total myth. They attracted a lot of interest yes....

I would definitely recommed Rajasthan, you can stay in really beautiful "arabian sand palaces" for next to nothing - although you'll have to check the Lonely Planet cos some'll rip you off.
Make sure you see the fantastic lake palace at Udipur (where Octopussy was filmed) and go for a camel safari.
What else can I say, in Rajasthan people still wear traditional clothes (i.e beautifully coloured saris etc.).
The curries are fooking delcious (again, check lonely planet for these). My favourite place in India and perfect if you're new to it

Cruddy
26-05-2005, 11:09:01
Maybe they were very ugly?

The Norks
26-05-2005, 21:53:45
yeah, I've known a lot of people who've been to India and they never complained about groping. Lack of personal space yes, but not groping. I don't know anyone who doesnt love it, even though it seems to take two weeks to acclimatise! I'd really like to go there one day so I'm very jealous!!

Funko
27-05-2005, 09:22:37
It's one of those "well known facts" that eventually turns out to be a bit of a racist stereotype.

Oerdin
27-05-2005, 09:33:54
I've been told by women who served in Saudi Arabia in the first gulf war that Saudi man do indeed grab and grope women who aren't dressed in those Darth Vader suits.

Funko
27-05-2005, 09:53:07
Is Saudi Arabia in India?

mr.G
27-05-2005, 09:54:10
Not on my globe

Oerdin
27-05-2005, 09:57:38
Originally posted by Funko
Is Saudi Arabia in India?

Of course not. I was giving an example of a location where groping does occur.