Emily

Emily

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    Any suggestions on whether or not to use malaria meds while in India?

    I would always recommend a visit your local GP to find out the latest information on malaria in the areas within India that you plan to travel to. India's a very big country so if you're planning to visit the northern Himalayan region, you're unlikely to need them but if you're heading south/to coastal/wetland areas, you probably will need them. I have taken malaria tablets both times I visited India. The first time (1998!) I took Doxycycline which caused my skin to become sensitive and I got really badly sunburnt, it also made me feel like throwing up every morning when I took it (personally wouldn't recommend it - but it will no doubt have improved since 1998!) Whereas I recently travelled to India (November) & took Malarone which was great. No adverse effects at all. This time round I always wore long sleeved shirts/skirts/trousers which helps and I carried natural repellant (DEET-free) eg the Vanessa Megan Bug Off Me Insect Repellent which worked a treat! I also took a small portable mosquito net (Kathmandu sells them) since mosquitoes are more prevalent at night. I didn't need it in Kerala but it was great to have it just in case. almost 2 years ago

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    Any suggestions on places to visit in India?

    In the north, Shimla and Manali are definitely worth a visit, for scenic treks in the Himalayas. Rajasthan is always on most travellers lists, Udaipur the 'City of Lakes', very beautiful & spiritual. Also in this state is Pushkar, set on the sacred Pushkar Lake, Jodhpur (amazing Mehrangarh Fort), Jaisalmer (the Golden City, completely otherworldly). almost 2 years ago

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    Any suggestions on places to visit in India?

    India is so beautiful you really need a few months to do it justice. Also special mention to kabanitour.com - definitely spend time with them, they offer homestays in the most beautiful natural environment, visit local organic farms surrounded by lush rice paddies, eat home grown organic produce and do walks with local guides. Kerala is beautiful with coconut, papaya and banana trees and beautiful birdlife everywhere. almost 2 years ago