The flights are booked – the Visas are a-rolling!Interested in this blog post? To read the full entry, please visit my personal blog site: Xtina, A Backpack and a Lonely Planet: http://roundtheworldthextinaway.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/how-it-all-began.html Tuesday, 19 June 2012
So on Saturday I finally dragged my arse into STA after cancelling last weekend because I ‘wasn’t ready’ – really, I was just putting off spending so much money lol.
Everything had been sorted a couple of weeks ago, I’d set up my flight schedule and the Visa’s I’d need and so Saturday was literally just booking everything, and handing over a-lotta dolla. Thankfully on Dad’s credit card so he could claim air miles, then it meant it didn’t have to come out of my account so soon and it was all covered – thanks daddy, can I owe it to you in 2 years time when I’m back for a bit?? hehe
So my final and detailed Itinerary (though some flights may change further down the line depending how long I want to extend my stay in each place):
29th October is the OFFICIAL LEAVING DATE! Woop!
London Heathrow – Muscat
30th Oct: Muscat – Delhi
Arrive Delhi 30th October at 2.20pm
I then have 2 nights booked at Hotel Vanson Villa, New Delhi, for free (thanks STA!) to recuperate and get myself accustomed to Delhi. It will also give me time to find accommodation in Delhi for a bit and decide what I’m doing and where I’m going next. Then I’ll be travelling as much of India as possible; Golden Triangle, Kerala, Goa, S.India. I’ll be spending Diwali and Christmas in India probably, which will be interesting!
I was also going to travel Nepal and Sri Lanka, but as the blog title states, Indian Visas are bloody ridiculously strict! It turns out, even if you get a multiple entry visa for 6 months (which in every other country would mean you can come and go so long as you leave the country after 6 months) if you leave the country, you aren’t allowed to return within a 2 month gap!!! Unless you have special permission to do so, and you have to provide shit loads of evidence – eg: returning for an important flight. So I have to ring the embassy to check my options, perhaps it may just mean I can only do one or the other, as I do have to return for a booked flight out to Bangkok. So we’ll see what the embassy say.