nahfeesah (nafeeza) wrote in india_travels,

First Trip to India

Hi everyone, I'm new to the group!
I'm going to India for the first time on October 31st!
I'm going to Kolkatta for a few days and then to Purulia. We're travelling to Purulia by train and flying via British Airways to Kolkatta.

I was just wondering the weather situation. I've got a bit of heat sensitivity, and I know India is prone to heat, haha.

We're going to be over there for about a week, November 2-8th. We'll also be going to Nepal, but that's for another community.

What should I pack? I'm backpacking mostly, and plan to have things washed. This is my first backpacking trip though. Is the humidity high? How high does it get on average?
What should I be prepared for on the train? I'm aware it will be crowded and maybe uncomfortable, but is there things I should watch out for?
Where should I exchange money? What would you recommend I take? Traveler's checks? I know the villagers may not take credit card, lol.
In Purlia we're working at the eye clinic there through rotary international.

Any other bits of information that you can provide for me would be greatly appreciated.
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