(Closed) India honeymoon?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

@Vidya:  India is truly amazing!  I have lived and worked in India in 2005, and traveled there most recently this January, February.  I have been to many, many places, and love it more then words can express.  Hubby and I hope to get back there quickly (he’s never been, I went this Jan with my friend).

That said, India is one of the hardest places in the world to visit and to travel in.  It is an overwhelming assault on your senses.  It is so loud, crowded, busy, hectic, inefficient, smelly.  Garbage is overflowing in the streets, that are crowded with cars, animals, people, bicycles, rickshaws, beggars.  As a westerner you are almost always being harassed. People want to talk to you, take photos of you and with you, touch you, have you touch them, laugh at you, hold their babies (like it’s good luck).

For me the good definitely outweighs the bad.  But you definitely have to go with a sense of roughing it, (even luxury hotels aren’t luxury like they are in the US/Canada), a sense of nothing is going to work the way you expect it to.  Even booking a train ticket is a daunting task.  Also a just go with it attitude. 

Times that are good in India are the best, but there will be low times.  I’ve cried in a rickshaw just becoming overwhelmed with the honking and harassment.  It is not a trip that everyone will enjoy.  But those that do, are hooked, and will always want to go back.

People are really nice, and English is widely spoken.  The food is AMAZING!!!!!!!  The temples are ornate, and beautiful (even though I still don’t get a lot of what they mean).

I do think if you haven’t traveled a lot before, you may find it more difficult.  But you may also not have expectations.  I would recommend bringing only a backpack (and pack light, you will buy TONS).  You can buy everything in India.  Even brands you are familiar with from back home.  And it is cheap (though getting more expensive), and you have to haggle.

Please ask any questions.  I love talking about India!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

This is a common street, and how busy and crowded it can be.

Here is a pic of us on the train and being flooded by random people who just wanted to talk to us.  There were 48 people trying to talk to us in a tiny little train sleeping area.

 

But so beautiful (this is on a tiger spotting trek through a tiger reserve).  Baby elephants.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@andielovesj:  I was going to reply to this post but you’ve really eloquently said everything I possibly could. I just wanted to echo everything you said!

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Let me start this by saying India is WONDERFUL and I had the most amazing experience there this past February.   I spent my time in the north – Delhi, Calcutta, Rajasthan, Agra, Darjeeling.  India is so interesting, since it’s in a lot of ways a young democracy.  Lots going on, so much to see (and to smell). And so many different cultures within India to explore.

Are you looking for a romantic trip?  If so, India may not be right this time around.  I think it can be romantic and adventurous…but it’s not necessarily relaxing.  It’s overwhelming and fun, and buggy, and hard sometimes…

I guess my main concern would be that you haven’t traveled too much as of yet, and this is a rough trip. If this was my first international trip, I may have been completely overwhelmed by India.   Maybe, since it’s also your honeymoon, you could do something in the middle?  We’re going to Morocco.  But what about visiting Europe first (Iceland is great and still off the beaten path)?  Europe is a great segway into travel (and will probably give you the travel bug overall!).  Or Australia?

Whatever you decide, good luck!  Happy to answer some questions/reccommend a driver, etc if you head to India!

 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I spent two weeks in India in January 2010, and it was AMAZING.  We stayed mostly in the state of Rajasthan.  I loved it, and Darling Husband and I looked into honeymooning there.

That being said, I would NOT recommend it for someone who has not traveled before.  It’s quite overwhelming.  It’s so incredibly different than anything you’ve experienced.  Especially since you’re coming from the US, where we’re all so incredibly priveleged here and really have no clue just how hard some people have it in other parts of the world, it could be REALLY jarring for you.  My travel buddy had lived in Japan for two years and had been on a few other vacations to France and a couple of Caribbean locations before we went.  He was a seasoned traveler.  However, he still got incredibly overwhelmed, and he didn’t enjoy the trip as much as he could have.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

My fiance and I are planning to take a tour there for our honeymoon in January.  I agree with others that India can be really overwhelming, so it might be best to pick another country first.  Traveling overseas can definitely be really challenging, but a tour might be good way to go.

We’re planning to go through Intrepid Travel.

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