going on a vacation to Dubai and India....any recommendations as to must see or must do..

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    Jan 20, 2008 3:47 PM GMT
    hey guys,

    i am travelling to Dubai and India in two weeks time if anyone has visited these country before do you have any recommendations as to your favourite bar, restaurant or anything you enjoyed out there.. please let me know i just want to have a great vacations and spend some quality me time.

    cheers
    ryan.
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    Jan 20, 2008 4:16 PM GMT
    It would help if you'd mention where in India would you be going. Are you going to the metros or are you looking for a rustic experience?
  • Artesin

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    Jan 20, 2008 4:39 PM GMT
    You have to check out the indoor ski/snowboarding resort dome I hear it's absolutely amazing and quite big. Though I'm sure pretty expensive.
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    Jan 20, 2008 9:47 PM GMT
    hey guys,

    in Dubai its the main city and in India will be visiting mumbai and calcutta may be pune tooicon_smile.gif
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    Jan 20, 2008 10:14 PM GMT
    Shame not to get out of Kolkatta and Mumbai to go out into non megalopolis India.

    My absolute favorite place to relax in the entire world is Devi Garh outside of Udaipur.

    My real love is for the people and landscape of Jodhpur and that part of Rajasthan in general.

    Old Goa is a great place to go and just a short flight from Mumbai.

    Cheers,
    Terry
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    Jan 21, 2008 12:19 AM GMT
    Don't spend a lot of time in Dubai, unless you like the glitz and plastic lifestyle. There is so much to see and experience in India - especially if you have spiritual interests.

    No offense meant to Dubai... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jan 21, 2008 4:00 PM GMT
    thanks for your reply guys and your correct navy India should be definately fun and yes spiritual too.
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    Jan 21, 2008 4:10 PM GMT
    Go to Taj Mahal of course. It really amazing to see it for the first time. The Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra is a good introduction to India.

    I have never been to Dubai, so I have no idea.
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    Jan 21, 2008 4:34 PM GMT
    You should go to Udaipur and visit this hotel its a 400 year old palace converted into a luxury hotel... also go to Jaipur or take a tour on the Palace on Wheels train through the Royal state of India, Rajasthan. Goa is a nice place to go in India too - as for mumbai and delhi - they are very ugly cities with not much to see for tourists.

    Dubai is very plastic for me.. no natural beauty.. everything is very flashy and overrated.

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    Jan 23, 2008 8:04 AM GMT
    Talk about same wavelengths! Navy96 and Travelstud took the words right out of my fingers!

    I don't really know what you're into, Ryan, but the guys are right, it doesn't take a genius to get to know Dubai's identity (or lack thereof) for those on a visit here even for a few days. I don't want to name nationalities but if it's plastic or silicone crowd you'd like to mingle with, this place is for you. You would need an insider to get you to places and connect you to the right crowd (thank god, we have some REAL PEOPLE here who just randomly met and gelled together). That's why facebook is so useful here. Private parties are the best to go to. None of the ridiculously shitty door policies e.g. "couples only", dress codes, etc., etc.

    Yeah, I have been living here for 7 years now and it gets worse and worse each passing day. Tourists are totally mislead and ripped-off: from the airport and back. I guess Dubai's got the best PR and marketing professionals who are sooo disillusioned that they forget this is nothing but a bloody desert!

    Artificial this, artificial that make me cringe all the time. And beware: Dubai Shopping Festival begins tomorrow! Revolting.

    I hope that 2008 will make me mobilize to live somewhere else. I haven't been to India but it's amazing I was told. Sort of a sanctuary for those who could afford to jet there from here and back over the weekend.

    Frankly, there is no loss if you skip Dubai altogether.

    Seriously, mate. xx
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    Jan 23, 2008 8:05 AM GMT
    GOSH I HAVE NEVER BEEN THIS ANGRYicon_evil.gif
  • sfnicolas

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    Jan 23, 2008 8:11 AM GMT
    hey toastmaster, for india, check my pics and videos here: http://www.nicolassmith.com/india.html

    i'd suggest all the locations we went to (except Delhi, but you kinda have to start there to get to Agra and the Taj)

    nicolas
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    Jan 23, 2008 8:50 AM GMT
    Udaipur, Jaipur, Goa, Kerala, Kashmir, Ladakh are all the nicest places to visit in India. Delhi is disgusting so do not spend too much time there... its the worst city in the world and will leave a very bad impression of India if you go there...lol. Agra has nothing else besides the Taj Mahal.. so a few hours in Agra are more than enough.
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    Jan 24, 2008 5:41 AM GMT
    cancel dubai and go to sri lanka instead! x
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    Jan 25, 2008 7:54 PM GMT
    Sri Lanka would be a good option. Kandy and Colombo are relatively safe right now (although one never can guess where the LTTE would strike next.)

    If you are sticking with the cities you have mentioned, bear in mind that Delhi and Pune will be very cold, between 0-5 degrees celsius(which may not be too much for you, but thats cold by Indian standards.)

    Calcutta is very crowded and moving from one place to another can take for ever but if you are ok with that
    then you can check out the most visited spots -the Howrah bridge, the Victoria memorial and the botanical gardens. Some other spots of interest are the marble palace, Fort William,writer's building,etc. If you have a sweet tooth, you can try out the various milk based sweets the city is famous for.

    They say Mumbai always evokes a strong feeling in the visitor- either love or hate but never indifference. You of course will be the judge of that in a few days. Wish I could have shown you around, but am neck deep amidst many unfinished projects right now. You can check out the Gateway of India( beware of drug peddlars and gigolos in the evening) If you're into ancient sculpture, the Elephanta caves might be the thing for you. You can check out paintings at Kala Ghoda. (The Prince of Wales museum is nearby as well.)
    At Borivali, you can check out the National Park, although winter might not be the best time to visit.

    The gay scene is as underground as it gets and very risky. So no recommendations regarding a regular gay club, coz there isn't one. Just secret parties.

    cannot think of anything else right now. Hope you enjoy my city and my country.
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    Jan 25, 2008 7:58 PM GMT
    thanks for your reply singer..
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    Feb 27, 2008 7:40 AM GMT
    Heya how was your hollies?! REVIEW, PLEASE!!!
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    Jan 19, 2015 2:16 PM GMT
    wait a minute! icon_eek.gif
    You want that guy to forget about Dubai and go to India
    or Sri Lanka ?

    as in no offense icon_rolleyes.gif but I don't know why I find it
    so funny loooooooooooooooool

    I would suggest that you stop being so stupid and do such recommendations. In the end each one has different needs ,taste and things which he might like out there!