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Sat, 05/05/2012 - 17:12

Hi - is anyone going on this trip? Esp if theyre going solo?

Mon, 05/21/2012 - 21:02


Glad to see someone else IS going on this trip - I posted something about 10 weeks ago and you were the first to stick your hand up and say 'aye'!  I was beginning to think Innes and I were alone on this trip! Glad we're not though....So, just wanted to say, 'hi'.  I'm guessing from your post that you are solo on this trip.  Although you may be solo on the way to the trip I hope you will go home with many new friends from the trip.

Am going to see the 'travel nurse' at the clinic on Wednesday to see what jags etc she thinks we'll need....and more important - how much they will cost! I thought I'd get this out of the way as I hear it can be expensive for the jags and malaria tablets etc and this way I can allow a month or so to budget for everything.

Is this your first time to India?  It is ours - it's been on my 'bucket list' like.... FOR EVER! Having read some of the reviews it looks like it's going to be a great trip. 

Let's hope the rest of our fellow travellers get in touch before we go, eh?

Sandra & Innes

Tue, 08/07/2012 - 18:43

Hi - sorry ive just seen your post, after the initial excitement of booking it i then didnt return to the site as no one seemed to be saying theyre going! So yes I am certainly glad someone IS going on it like you say! I am just trying to sort the visa out myself, i wanted to get it before i paid off the balance but time is fast running out. ive looked on the nomad travel clinic site for the vaccs, it doesnt seem too bad so thats okay. which ones you having or have had? I was just going for the Hep A, Typhoid and Malaria tabs nearer time (ive already had hep b anyway for work). Yes this trip is one of a lifetime for me as ive wanted to go since i was young but i am very nervous because im going solo, it will certainly be a challenge. Im really not sure how much i should be budgeting, ive talked to a friend who has been to india and shes given me an idea but its still abit of a question mark.

Where are you both from?  Where r u flying from? Well i shall certainly log in soon and hopefully others will get in touch. Hope to chat soon!

Mon, 08/13/2012 - 22:17


 I'm also booked on the trip, travelling by myself & looking forward to meeting fellow travellers.   So much to sort out, but really excited, in a somewhat I can't believe I've really booked it sort of way.  I've been procrastinating about a long-haul adventure for ages.

I'm flying from Heathrow.  Birmingham would be a bit easier (as I'm in Nottingham) so I did ask if anyone else was, but no.  I think I'd rather fly out with fellow travellers.  

By the way, when I booked there were only 3 spaces left, so there must be others...


Thu, 08/16/2012 - 07:20

Hi Louisa

I'm glad there is another solo traveller too and glad the group has got bigger since I booked.

Im having to travel down to Heathrow too (from up north)...I hope it will be easy for those travelling from London to meet up in the airport somewhere if they want to....looking forward to meeting you and the others


Fri, 08/24/2012 - 12:11

Hi guys, Glad we finally got the 'chat' going! It's good to hear the trip is nearly full.

Last time I was on I chatted about the jags we'll need and now I'm even more worried cos they said we didn't need anything special (although my typhoid had run out so I got that) but I was surprised when they said we didn't need malaria tablets so happy to hear what you guys were told!

Also, I'm trying to book appointment for getting visa from the Edinburgh office but was waiting till Innes finished working at the Olympics and Paralympics so he'll be home about middle of September.  Hope that's leaving enough time!

We are from Scotland and flying from Glasgow (or is it Edinburgh) with Emirates via Dubai but I believe we land at the same time as the London flight.

Getting excited now - although a bit worried about thoughts of toilets and tummy bugs! 

Hope to hear from you all soon.....

Sandra & Innes

Thu, 08/30/2012 - 20:45

I did this trip in 2009 and loved it - you get to experience so much!  Sandra - I didn't take malaria tablets.

If anyone has any queries about the trip - happy to share my experience.  One thing I would suggest though, it to take a sleeping bag liner or cheap duvet cover to sleep in on the train - blankets aren't the cleanest and this way you can put your valuables (passport/camera/money etc) inside the cover with you.  I took a duvet cover and just left it behind after the last train trip.



Fri, 08/31/2012 - 20:06

Hi - that's a good tip about the duvet cover Catherine - thanks. I was wondering if I would need a mosquito net or is that abit OTT? Did you take one Catherine? What were the toilets like on the train?


Sat, 09/01/2012 - 01:51

Definitely didn't need a mozzie net and I was there at similar time of year - it was first week in October for me.

If I'm honest, toilets on trains not great, but not horrendous. I'd suggest making sure you take loo roll with you as it is not guaranteed to be there and obv have anti bacterial hand wash! I really enjoyed the train journeys, they were a real experience. Our guide managed to organise things so we were all very close together on the train. Both overnight trips I was in a cluster of 4 and we were all on the exodus trip. I slept better when I was on top bunk as you are nearer the air con unit which didn't really reach me when I was on bottom bunk. I'd say though that the trains were one of the highlights for me along with Taj Mahal and Varanasi.

I'm off to India again in Oct on an Explore trip that also goes to Bhutan and Bangladesh and just got my visa today, so starting to get excited! It's a fabulous country - I'm sure you will love it!

Wed, 09/12/2012 - 00:44

Thanks for the tips.  Very handy to know. Got on to the Travel Nurse again (before I saw your message) and she's going to go have a look at malaria map again but good to know you were also given advice not to bother with tablets.

I had already purchased a couple of sleeping bag liners for a previous trip but your tip about duvet covers is better as you have more room to move.  Hubby is 6'4" so not expecting any bed (especially one on the train) will be big enough for him, let alone a sleeping bag liner, ha, ha!

Have started to make my 'wee' bundle of stuff for the trip... toilet rolls, moist toilet rolls, nappy sacks (well, you never know when you might need it!) and anti-bac gel (luckily I get that free from work).  I suppose if you can handle toilets at a festival you can handle anything! Don't laugh but I contemplated buying a She-Pee...

Innes is home tomorrow from his Olympic duties so it's time to get Visa organised.

Sandra & Innes

Wed, 09/12/2012 - 20:40

If you think of anything you want to know, give me a shout.

 Yes the beds on the trains aren't that long, so your hubby may struggle!  Tell him it's all part of the fun!  haha!  I found the duvet cover useful and then I just left it behind when the train journeys were over.

Yes loo roll etc is handy to have - yes I would think if you can do a festival loo, then the train will be a walk over! lol!  I managed fine without the She Pee (haha!) toilets are a mix of standard loos and squat ones.

Ah bet your hubby has had a great time at the Olympics (slightly, of, massively jealous!)


Sun, 09/16/2012 - 09:40

Hubby had a busy but really good time at the Olympics/Paralympics - he says he was glad to get home to some homemade mince and tatties though!  Think he'll be happy to offer his services at Commonwealth Games 2014 (Glasgow) now he knows the ropes.

Hey, I'm presuming Innes and me are way behind sorting out Visas now and I wanted to know if you had to complete ALL the questions on that application form - cos they do ask for quite a lot eh? Or have I pulled up the wrong Visa form?

Sandra & Innes

Sun, 09/16/2012 - 16:44

This is the page with the link to the form you want

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 20:28

Hey after lots of worry about the visa and filling it in i actually found it straightforward but only in hindsight! Just make sure you send everything they ask for inc the checklist etc .... I also found the print out for the health card for flu which would appear we need? And click to pay before you print out otherwise I found it disappeared ! And make sure you filled it in right because you cant change it and if you've paid and need to you'd have to pay again and then apply for refund ... Once you've done it it does seem straightforward honest!

Mon, 09/17/2012 - 20:54

Thanks Victoria and Catherine!

I plucked up the courage to get on with the visa app - was working on it till midnight last night and Innes took them in to Edinburgh today and guy behind counter checked it over and the man from Del Monte he say 'yes'!  Just got to sit back and wait now!  I was surprised when they took £102 quid for them though as I thought they were £30 - but I'm just so glad it's ticked off my To-Do list!

What's that about a health card ...and flu?  Trip notes say no mandatory innoculations needed.  Maybe we should check with Niraj?

Also booked my seats on the flights today - wasn't quite quick enough to get my first choice but did pretty well (again... hubby of 6'4" likes plenty leg room - little ol' me can fit in just nicely anywhere).

Sandra & Innes

Tue, 09/25/2012 - 21:38

Passport - check, Visa - check, Imodium/Rehydrate bought - check, hem taken up on maxi dress - check (well almost, it's pinned up anyway!) Shops must think we are all 6' tall supermodels - I've gotta take about 5" off the bottom just to be able to walk without tripping up!

Getting excited - double check!!

Sandra & Innes

Tue, 09/25/2012 - 21:45

Sure you will enjoy it!

Sat, 09/29/2012 - 08:16

Hi Catherine
I was just wondering whether I needed to take water purification tabs or whether you came across enough bottled water you didn't have to resort to this? It seems they'd taste pretty foul anyway.

Also, if anyone would like to meet for pre drinks at heathrow then let me know, it'd be nice to meet up beforehand cheers

Sat, 09/29/2012 - 14:54

We certainly didn't need water purification tablets - bottled water was easily obtainable.  The coach driver ususally kept a stock on the bus so we could just buy from him whenever we needed any.

 Enjoy your trip!

Sat, 09/29/2012 - 17:43


Mon, 10/01/2012 - 22:12

Me and my OH are also booked on the trip - are going a day early following advice on some of the reviews to get an extra night sleep in before the first long drive so hopefully we'll be slightly refreshed by the time we meet up.  Really looking forwards to the trip although currently having a bit of a crisis about what clothes I can wear - anybody know where cap sleeves for a woman sit in the sleeved / sleeveless range?  Are they OK or not?  Have loose trousers / long skirts so OK on the bottom half but much less so for my top half as most of my tops are relatively fitted and only waist length.  So much confusing advice out there although have found the many reviews from previous people who have gone on the trip to be very informative.

Alison & Steve 

Mon, 10/01/2012 - 23:46

Just been looking through my pics of when I did this trip and I wore tshirts (some with pretty short sleeves) the whole time.  Wore shorts too.  The only time I recall having to cover up was when we visited a Mosque in Delhi and they provided a very attractive (not!) cover up - I looked like Mr Blobby!  I'm sure they were the design they were so that they could laugh at us tourists!  I am sure you will be fine with the tops you have - just take a scarf or similar to cover up if you feel it necessary.  We visited a Sikh gurdwara and I am sure I had shorts and tshirt on there too - they just gave us a triangle of material to cover our heads with - but like a bandana.  

Tue, 10/02/2012 - 09:16

Thanks for posting so quickly Catherine, after I'd posted last night I had a look at some of the photos that other people have posted on this site and was somewhat calmed by that - as well as excited by some of the views etc :D.  Have also decided that if I'm really lacking in the right clothes I could always use it as a retail opportunity - obviously just as a means to support the local economy and not just an excuse to buy something nice!


Tue, 10/02/2012 - 20:07

I found this site really helpful when I booked this trip as people who had been on it before gave some helpful tips.  I was going to say if you are on Facebook and wanted to look at my pics, then feel free to add me, but then remembered there are pics on here.

 I'm sure what you have will be fine, but hey if you feel the urge to shop....erm I mean support the local econony - then you go for it!

Have a great trip.

Thu, 10/04/2012 - 16:45

Wish we'd booked to arrive the day before the main trip but hey ho it's done now!  Give us a prod if we fall asleep on the 5 hour journey to Jaipur!

Would have been good to meet everyone at the airport lounge/bar before the flight but having looked at the posts it looks like Innes and I are the only ones flying from Scotland - so see you all out in India.

Sandra & Innes

Fri, 10/12/2012 - 19:43

Hi even though its still hard to believe I'm going if anyone who is flying from London would like to meet for a brief drink before departure then that would be great,
Just let me know. Otherwise see you all there!

Sat, 10/13/2012 - 12:55

Can't' believe it's coming round this quickly, think we're about organised now although I'll probably have a panic on Tuesday night when I'm packing and realise I've forgotten to buy something or other :D.  Anybody know how many are on the trip?

Sat, 10/13/2012 - 20:43

I'd be up for meeting up at the airport.   I can't really remember what's there, so if you can think of somewhere I could try & find you. 

I'm off work now 'til after the trip so hoping for a relaxed few days to get everythign together. 

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 11:29

Hey Louisa, that sounds good. Im thinking the Bridge Bar and Eating House after security, I should be there say, 6.30 - 7 as ill probably have my tea there. I am 5ft 4, long brown hair in a ponytail and glasses, red chinos and blue hoody. What do you look like? 

Anyone else wants to come please do.

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 14:07

Bags are packed I'm ready to go.... !

Just got a couple of little hitches to sort out - one being my old mum who is poorly in hospital but she's insisting we go on our adventure....The other is to organise a taxi back to the airport as we actually fly home at 4am on the 27th.... therefore if we're all out for our last evening meal on the 26th Innes and I will have to just stay up and leave for the airport around midnight.  (I thought we were actually leaving at midnight on the 28th... teaching me that I need to read the small print more carefully the next time..) 

Anyway, fingers crossed, we'll see you all on Friday morning at New Delhi airport.  Think you'll know it's us cos we are the only Scots on the trip so I think our accents will give us away!  We are also easy to spot as Innes is 6'4" and I'm the wee wifie at 5'4".

Sandra & Innes

Tue, 10/16/2012 - 16:07

Thanks for that I'll keep an eye out for you.  I'm 5'8", a bit overweight, long wavyish hair which will probably be in a pony tail, glasses.  Will be wearing loose black joggers (comfort win over style for a long flight!), pink hoody, a brightly coloured scarf, denim jacket. 

Tue, 10/16/2012 - 17:01

Cool Louisa see you then hopefully!
See you there Sandra and Innes

Wed, 10/17/2012 - 10:50

Well we're all packed and about to head to Manchester airport for our connecting flight. See you all on Friday.

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