Travel related to the South Asian country of India. Also known as Hindustan or Bharat. The country is known for its diverse geography, languages, cuisines, climate and culture.

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Tatkal automatically cancel

I have ckwl ticket booked online which is not yet confirmed. Will this ticket be automatically cancelled and amount would be returned or I need to cancel this ticket myself and get the refund.
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Travelling in India in the second half of July. Can I be affected by the monsoon?

I was considering travelling to India in the second half of July. I read that the monsoons finished around the 15th. Is this so rigorous or is it just an average? How is travelling in India after the ...
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Can I travel from USA to Germany with valid US B1 visa and schengen visa Issued In India [duplicate]

Presently, I am in USA for Business purpose with B1/B2 visa and can I travel to Germany from US with a valid Schengen visa, but schengen Visa issued at India.
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Temple visits in Kerala - can you visit them alone?

As part of an upcoming trip to south India, I would like to visit traditional temples and old churches in Kerala. My question is whether it is allowed for a tourist to visit temples in Kerala alone? ...
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Regarding quota percentage in counter booking

Somebody told me that on Indian Railways, 60% of seats are reserved for counter bookings and 40% for online bookings. Is this correct or not? Because while I am checking seat availabilty on the ...
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I am unable to pay the heavy amount of custom duty - now what will happen to that parcel? [closed]

There is one parcel I wish to send from Lebanon weighing 87 kg for which Customs is asking for INR 125,000 (~USD 2k) in duty. I don't have this amount, what will happen now?
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How many watches can bring form USA to INDIA [duplicate]

I asked one of my friend to bring 4 watches costing around 35,000 from US to India...Can any one let me know will the customs get him through with those watches. Thanks in advance.
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How much to haggle for a hotel room in India?

I need to book a hotel in Delhi, India for mid-November. Someone suggested to me that I should haggle over the price for the room. Is it considered acceptable to haggle over hotel room prices in ...
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Travelling to Himalayan National Park or Nanda Devi Reserve in Monsoon

I will be arriving to New Delhi in 15th August and this is a rainy time in Delhi as well as certain other parts in northern India. Is it safe to travel to any one of these two national parks in the ...
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Would I be charged custom on MBA bought from Singapore duty free? [duplicate]

I am buying a Customized Macbook Air from Singapore since its not available in India. Since I am a traveler and have boarding pass, to my understanding I am exempted from GST tax while making my MBA ...
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How many phones can I bring in my luggage from USA [duplicate]

My relative recently went to USA and will be returning at the end of May. As she's been to USA I could not stand the temptation of ordering a 'phone for me. Now here the problem starts. She purchased ...
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How do western people see Indians worshipping cows in Hindu temples? [closed]

How do western people see Indians worshipping cows in Hindu temples? Indians worship cows and they consider it as a place where all the gods reside. They call it as GO MATHA (Mom in the form of cow). ...
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Applying for an Indian visa after getting naturalized in a different country after having Indian citizenship

I've obtained U.S. citizenship after previously being an Indian citizen since birth. Now, say that I want to apply for a brief 6-month tourist visa for India after my naturalization. (Yes, I know ...
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What is the most expensive train ride in India?

Considering a lot of people use trains in India, train tickets tend to be cheap, depending on class of travel, of course. What I am interested in is finding out which train ride or which route (since ...
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Journey from India (Bombay/Mumbai) to USA on ship

I'm planning to travel from India (Bombay/Mumbai) to USA on ship. I'm a newbie and I don't know anything about freighter travel. I just want to know what are the possible ways of travel and also the ...
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Mumbai airport customs [duplicate]

I am a US citizen and a PIO currently residing in India. I plan to travel to the US for a 2 moth summer internship. I plan to buy a Macbook and an iPad for myself over there. Would there be any ...
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Transit visa in India for a French Citizen?

As a French person, I booked a ticket from CountryA to Delhi, and another ticket (other company/agent) from Delhi to CountryB. CountryA → Delhi → CountryB → Delhi → CountryA Do I need a visa to ...
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Do I need a transit visa in India if I don't have any checked luggage?

I am Canadian flying with Lufthansa to New Delhi and then taking a flight to Kathmandu with IndiGo. I will be waiting at the airport for my connecting flight less than 3 hours and I will not have any ...
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Bring two handbags worth $400 into India duty free

I am an Indian citizen residing in Canada for the last 4 months. If I carry two new handbags to India worth $300 approx, would I be required to pay import duty. I checked the website and it says that ...
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How to get from Delhi to Kathmandu overland?

I am going to Nepal and probably, same as everyone, through Delhi. I was considering going overland from Delhi to Kathmandu, however I have found many posts that advise against it in favor of a ...
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How to understand the Indian Railways from abroad?

In many developed countries finding train routes and approximate times is easy. In the US, Japan, and much of Europe one can use a simple query on Google Maps. I have not been able to find such a ...
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Can one travel with xerox copy of photo iD [duplicate]

My mother in law forgot her original PAN Card. She has a photocopy of the same. Can she fly in domestic airline with this Photocopy of PAN Card? She has her flight tomorrow i.e. on 5 April from ...
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Do I need a Transit visa while travelling to India via Frankfurt on H1B extension

I am travelling to India via Frankfurt. My current visa status is on H1B extension with approved I797. I checked the German consulate site on the transit visa requirements and it says transit visa is ...
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Is it legal to import software from the US to India, which is presently not for sale in India?

I am a big fan of GTA (Grand Theft Auto) and I am a PC gamer waiting for GTA V PC version for months now. I have seen that it will be available from Jan 27th on amazon.com so that we can pre-order ...
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I am travelling from India to Kosovo via Turkey - do I need a visa as an Indian citizen?

I am an Indian citizen planning for a 90 days Business Trip to Kosovo and I have invitation letters from an Office in Kosovo. Do I need to have a Visa to enter Kosovo for 90 days? I am getting ...
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Recommended Tour Operator for 'Golden Triangle' India

I'm planning on visiting India in November/December. I'd like to spend 4 days doing the 'Golden Triangle' - Delhi/Agra/Jaipur. I'm looking to do this on a cheap budget i.e. back packer style. I'm ...
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What is the fastest and most reliable way to reach Delhi from Sambalpur (in Odisha)?

I will be visiting India at the end of January in part to attend a friend's wedding in Sampalpur which is in the state of Odisha. The wedding is on a Saturday, and I leave from the Delhi airport in ...
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Is there a way to avoid extra scrutiny in India - Dubai flights?

I'm a 25 year old unmarried male Indian citizen My parents live in Dubai and hence I fly there atleast once every 3 months on a tourist visa. Departing from India, immigration often grills me on if ...
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Can I really finance a Silk Road trip, from India to the UK, by importing and selling the motorcycle?

Recently I've heard a friend of mine talking about doing a silk route trip from South India all the way to the U.K. on a Royal Enfield motorcycle. The way he explained it, people purchase a brand new ...
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Indian Visa-on-Arrival

Has anyone had any experience with India's (newish) Visa-On-Arrival scheme (details here)? I'm travelling on a New Zealand passport into Chennai (and meet the other requirements), and was thinking I ...
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The best Keralan spices

On my trip to India I'm visiting Kerala about mid way timewise and since that state is pretty famous for its spices, I'd like to know which spices are the most famous (and the best) ones which I ...
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Apple iMac to India; Customs duty clarification

I am planning to take my Apple iMac 21.5" from Dubai to India. Please clarify, do Indian Customs consider it TV, desktop computer or laptop? If any of you have personal experience, please share.
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Can I board at a different train station with a tatkal ticket in India?

I have booked two tickets for Mumbai to Pune in Tatkal quota. The train departs from Mumbai CST, can I board the train at Dadar station?
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St. Angelo's fort tomb stone

St. Angelo's fort, Kerala is one of the places that I'm panning to visit on my trip to south India. While researching, I happened to come across this picture of a tomb stone that was placed there in ...
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We are having a stop over for a little less than 24hours in Mumbai, do we need a visa?

We will be flying with Jet Airways from Nairobi to Mumbai to Singapore and then Melbourne. Our flight stops in Mumbai for 23hrs 45mins. We are an Australian family with young children so don't want to ...
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Chavitti uzhichil course in Kerala

I'm looking for a course in Chavitti uzhichil (massage using feet) in Kerala that is as cheap as possible (approximately 200 euros). No need for accommodation or food as part of the course. I need it ...
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Avoid getting sick in India [duplicate]

I heard the horror stories about travelling in India, getting diarrhoea and sometimes even ending up with permanent health problems. How bad is it really? Can it be easily avoided with a bit of ...
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Where can I see snake charmers in India?

I know that snake charming is mostly a myth nowadays in India; yet, are there some places, likely tourist traps, where one can see this marvelous performance? Same question for the rope trick, ...
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Do I need a transit visa for a 14 hour layover in India as a British Citizen?

I have a flight in September from Thailand to the UK with a layover in India. The layover is just under 14 hours, I am a UK citizen and I do not plan on leaving the airport. I haven't been able to ...
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Transit visa for India or NOT? [duplicate]

I will be travelling from Katmandu to Istanbul with a 5 hour stopover in Delhi is a transit visa required.I have British passport and will not be leaving international airport.
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Best way to transfer Indian rupees to Bank of America?

I am travelling to USA for a stay about 1 year. I have recently opened an account in the bank of America. Now I want to deposit some cash for my stay in the same account. Please let me know the best ...
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Is it really forbidden to cross the Indian border with Indian rupee?

Last week I tried to exchange some Swiss Francs into Indian rupees. For that I visited a big bank and they told me that they have rupees but I'm not allowed to import any into India. Is this really ...
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Carrying 2 laptops and 2 Mobiles to Chennai Airport from Sydney on return back to India [duplicate]

I travelled from Chennai to Sydney, Australia last year in July. I brought a smartphone and personal laptop with me while leaving to Australia and didn’t declare them as they are for my personal use. ...
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Can food from Indian restaurants in America be found in India?

I love Indian food, specifically the following dishes that can be found in many Indian restaurants in America: Kadai chicken (also known as karahi chicken) Chicken jalfrezi Chicken madras Would I ...
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How long does my Indian visa need to be active after I have entered into India?

I have a US passport and an Indian 10 year visa in my old US passport. The visa expires on Aug 19, 2015. Can I travel in India between May and June 2015? or do I have to have at least 6 months left on ...
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Do we need a transit visa we have a 12 hour stop over and have booked a hotel, we are flying with AirIndia from Sydney to Rome return

I am traveling with my elderly parents, sister and her son. He is 19 years old. We are traveling to Rome, from Sydney return on Air India. We have a 12 hour stopover in Delhi, so I have booked a hotel ...
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Can I buy malaria medication in India?

In question 'Is it necessary to take malaria pills when travelling in South India?' we discussed whether it is necessary to take any medication. So if one has decided to take the pills, is it possible ...
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Visa/permit for foreign tourists to visit the Andaman Islands?

As I've learnt from the What are “prohibited / restricted areas” in the context of an Indian visa question, a normal tourist visa issued to a foreigner isn't valid for much (all?) of the Andaman ...
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What are “prohibited / restricted areas” in the context of an Indian visa?

Looking at the endorsements on my new Indian visa, one of the things it says is: Not Valid for Prohibited / restricted and Cantonment areas How do I find out what those areas are, so I can ...
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How do eVisas increase tourism by 400%?

Today I read in the news that eVisas have increased tourism for India by 400%. How do eVisas increase tourism so drastically? How is it different from a regular visa in terms of increasing tourism?