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A question about this goal: what's the best way to do it December 20th, 2005 10:35

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trains? but then again i like trains? can you be a little more specific?

lakshmi_amman is writing how to documents

Depends on your experience and what you want out of it. My method was going with a friend who grew up there, and staying with her family. Having folks to guide us and a safe place to stay was ideal.

If I had it to do again, I’d probably either:
– get in on a tour package
– ask Indian friends if their families would rent me a place to stay & suggest an honest tour guide

There’s a lot to be gained by having someone who speaks the local dialect where ever you go. You are much more likely to be cheated without that sort of contact.

I have many friends in the US and Europe who visit India at least once a year, often for up to six months at a time. They have learned to navigate the mysteries of travel to and within that beautiful and mysterious country, and you can also. You just have to prepare well.

Visit krishna.com and get the following books for comprehensive info:

India

and

Holy Places and Temples of India

I’m not sure how up-to-date they are, but it will be a good place to start. krishna.com also used to offer a travel service. You may want to contact them to find out.

India is the most amazing country you can visit, but as it is becoming more westernized by the minute, it’s not really worth going if you’re not interested in the spiritual/historical side. You can get all the so-called contemporary culture by looking at Bollywood films. The real deal, the glory and excitement of India, is its spiritual heritage.

I strongly recommend visiting ISKCON temples in India. Their food is generally excellent, their guesthouses clean and safe, and they can provide trustworthy advice about what to do and see. They are also among the most lively attractions in any city or town. There are many ISKCON temples all over India; you can consult the krishna.com website for locations and more details. Yes, members may try to sell you books or ask you to become a member, but you are not obligated. ISKCON in India has decades of experience in dealing with westerners, so you can have the advantage of experiencing authentic India within a western-friendly context.

Your name sounds Indian. Is your family from there? India can be a dangerous place if you don’t keep your wits about you, especially if you look like a foreign tourist. Avoid casual sex and drug use, and you should eliminate 50 percent of potential problems. The other 50 percent comes from being too trusting or ignorant of when you’re being scammed.

Good luck, and I hope this info is of value. Maybe I’ll see you there at an ISKCON temple. Hare Krishna!


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