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Big Harvey
Post subject: First Timers Please Read!
PostPosted: 08:42 on 6th May 2012

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
Posts: 2356
First of all, welcome to the forum.

If you're interested in an an organised Barmy Army tour, details can be found here:

http://thomsonsport.com/event/barmy-arm ... india-2012

If you plan to travel independently, then there will be plenty of help and advice available on here as to how to go about it from those who have been before. Before starting a new thread though, do try and read through previous posts to see whether your question has already been answered.This will avoid lots of repeat threads.

Something else I would request is that when asking for accommodation recommendations, please give some idea of whether you want budget, mid-range or luxury. Lots of people in the past have come on here asking whether anyone can recommend a "good hotel." Some people will be looking to pay £5 per night (or less if they can), while for others the sky is the limit, so one man's good hotel can be another man's nightmare!

India can be a quite challenging tour, but many rate it as the most rewarding of the lot. I doubt there is another country in the world that has so many amazing things to see.
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Rampage
Post subject: Re: First Timers Please Read!
PostPosted: 12:08 on 22nd May 2012

Joined: 13:10 on 9th Apr 2012
Posts: 35
Any idea how soon the Barmy Army tour packages will take to be announced now the itinerary has been published? I want to keep my options open but am aware that organised tours are more expensive and I am on a tight budget.
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pepper_brooks
Post subject: Re: First Timers Please Read!
PostPosted: 12:21 on 22nd May 2012

Joined: 11:47 on 24th Apr 2008
Posts: 443
Rampage Wrote:
Any idea how soon the Barmy Army tour packages will take to be announced now the itinerary has been published? I want to keep my options open but am aware that organised tours are more expensive and I am on a tight budget.


What kind of budget are we talking about? £50 a week? £100?
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Rampage
Post subject: Re: First Timers Please Read!
PostPosted: 14:40 on 22nd May 2012

Joined: 13:10 on 9th Apr 2012
Posts: 35
pepper_brooks Wrote:
Rampage Wrote:
Any idea how soon the Barmy Army tour packages will take to be announced now the itinerary has been published? I want to keep my options open but am aware that organised tours are more expensive and I am on a tight budget.


What kind of budget are we talking about? ¿½50 a week? ¿½100?


Well, I can only afford one test match which will be either Mumbai or Kolkata. Including flights, hotel, tickets, food and all the other spending money about a grand. Just did a quick Expedia search, 8 nights in Kolkata plus flight around £750. Doesn't leave much for the rest. Before you say I will be shopping around more when I get the time (this evening). Any web sites worth checking out for good deals?
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Rampage
Post subject: Re: First Timers Please Read!
PostPosted: 22:08 on 22nd May 2012

Joined: 13:10 on 9th Apr 2012
Posts: 35
Done my shopping around, Cheapest flight to Kolkata £520 return with Air India leaving 3rd December, budget hotel £10 per night. Looking at around the £600 mark now :D
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: First Timers Please Read!
PostPosted: 22:08 on 22nd May 2012

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
Posts: 2356
Rampage Wrote:
Done my shopping around, Cheapest flight to Kolkata £520 return with Air India leaving 3rd December, budget hotel £10 per night. Looking at around the £600 mark now :D


If you're happy with budget hotels and get the train between venues, maybe you can afford 2 Tests?

Sample one way train fares:

Mumbai-Kolkata on the Gitanjali Express £25.87 one way in 2AC, £16.47 in 3AC, or £6.17 in Sleeper Class. Journey time 30 hrs 30mins.

Kolkata-Nagpur also on the Gitanjali Express £18.60 in 2AC, £12.24 in 3AC, and £4.65 in Sleeper Class. Journey time 17 hours 30 mins.

Don't forget in both instances you save on a night's accommodation too!
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Rampage
Post subject: Re: First Timers Please Read!
PostPosted: 13:57 on 23rd May 2012

Joined: 13:10 on 9th Apr 2012
Posts: 35
I would love to go to two test matches but I can't get the time off work :cry: Is it best to book early or should I wait for a few weeks to see if the itinerary changes?
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bodyline
Post subject: Re: First Timers Please Read!
PostPosted: 07:51 on 10th Jun 2012

Joined: 15:48 on 1st Jul 2008
Posts: 50
wait rampage - always changes mate.
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Rampage
Post subject: Re: First Timers Please Read!
PostPosted: 12:31 on 10th Jun 2012

Joined: 13:10 on 9th Apr 2012
Posts: 35
As you may have seen I've jumped the gun and booked myself to Kolkata. At least I can change the flights for a fee and cancel the hotel free of charge. I appreciate it's a long way off but you take a chance with these things for the best deal. May backfire but that's the risk.
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: First Timers Please Read!
PostPosted: 17:39 on 28th Jun 2012

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
Posts: 2356
Just in case you weren't aware, BA packages are now on sale.

http://thomsonsport.com/event/barmy-arm ... india-2012
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