Travel in Bhutan and India with Beth Whitman

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Beth Whitman is a publisher, author, tour guide and traveller. We previously spoke with Beth about women travelling solo around the world, but today we focus on two of her favourite countries: Bhutan and India.

India

India is a huge country with amazing variety and an energetic vibe. Beth compares her budget travel there 20 years ago with her recent visits with friends who have hosted her.

India is still a cheap country to travel in; she estimates US$5,000 could last for six months or more, and outlines several regions to visit during that time. We also touch on arts and politics, looking at practical ways to help alleviate the suffering of beggars and children.

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Bhutan

Bhutan is a tricky country for independent travellers: the government mandates that everyone must be part of a guided tour! That said, Beth talks about the country’s beauty, peace and culture. She tries to dig below the surface and give us a taste of travelling there.

To hear this interview, click here to open the Indie Travel Podcast in iTunes (for free) or click the orange “play” button on this page.

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6 Responses to “Travel in Bhutan and India with Beth Whitman”

  1. marina k. villatoro August 29, 2009 at 2:21 am #

    wow, 5k for 6 months! Those were the good old days in Central America, but no more! 5k will barely get you around for 3 months. But I’m also talking a step above dirty hostels:)

  2. Wow! 5,000 USD for 6 months, that would mean back packing in the extreme! Esp. in the metro’s where the prices are higher than the countryside, or does this budget exclude the metro’s.

    The kind of hotels you get for cheap in Delhi are not worth staying in. Delhi, Mumbai & other big cities can be expensive.

    I can only presume that this budget does not include air travel at all, is that right?

  3. jessiev September 1, 2009 at 3:39 pm #

    what a great podcast! whoo!! thanks so much for featuring beth – and two great places we can’t wait to visit.

  4. Craig and Linda September 1, 2009 at 5:16 pm #

    It does sound amazing, eh? We were jealous doing and editing the interview with Beth :)

    Marina, we’re off to South America next January to June/July. What kind of budget would you recommend for six months of budget travel?

  5. rimi September 11, 2009 at 5:43 pm #

    Hi ,

    Indian railways has come up with a new website for Passenger Reservation Enquiry with many enhanced features that give better user experience. Thought of sharing the link for the benefit of all

    http://www.bharatrail.net

    thanks

  6. Craig and Linda September 11, 2009 at 5:48 pm #

    Thanks Rimi; great resource.

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