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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How long before my flight should I arrive at Mumbai airport?

I will be flying out of Mumbai airport at 13.00 on a Friday on British Airways. I'm looking to understand how long beforehand I should arrive - I'm unfamiliar with Mumbai airport procedures. In case ...
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refund for railway tickets with five pqwl status and one confirmed ticket but not cancelled [on hold]

we have booked tickets in IRCTC (e ticket) for six persons for travelling from chennai to pune.at the time of booking the status was PQWL. Departure time was 6.50 am. In previous day at 11.30 pm ...
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What kind of hat to wear for business in India?

I'm soon going to be travelling from the UK to India on business. India being pretty hot, I'll clearly need some kind of a hat to protect my head and face from sunburn when I'm outdoors (I have pale ...
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How do I carry parrots on an Indian Railway train?

I have three parrots, I have to move to another state. How can I carry parrots in Indian Railway? Note: "Indian Railways" i am asking about the procedure what the document are required( i heard that ...
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Used laptop shipped from USA to India is applicable for custom duties [closed]

I'm planning to buy used laptop from ebay.com US and then using local services to ship it to INDIA, so do I have to pay custom duties for the same. Is there anyway I can avoid the custom duties. ...
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Indian passport with two missing (ripped out) pages - should I get a new one to enter the US?

I have got a passport in very good condition with two inner pages totally ripped out (they are missing). I had my Schengen visa issued on those pages with a few stamps but now that visa has expired. ...
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When someone in India asks for my “Good Name”, what are they expecting?

Quite a few times now in India, from hotel staff to taxi staff to in shops, I've had someone ask me for my Good Name. A common form of this question is someone asking me What is your Good Name, Sir? ...
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Traveling with Expired US Visa from USA to India visa Munich, do i need transit VISA? [duplicate]

I looked at german consulate site which says below. so it didn't exacty says word "expired visa". Exceptions: Nationals from the above list are entitled to transit through the international ...
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How to go Kulu Manali from Gujarat?

How can I get to Kulu Manali from Gujarat? I can leave from either Ahmedabad or Bhavnagar.
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What happens if I don't use my Indian visa? Is it likely to cause problems in future?

I am a British citizen. I recently applied for (and was granted) a multiple-entry 6-month Indian business visa. It looks likely now that I will not use it (the trips were cancelled for business ...
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Departing from India, foreign currency withdrawn abroad

http://www.customsmumbaiairport.gov.in/forms/Content.aspx?LinkID=70 · Indian residents going abroad are allowed to take with them foreign currency up to any amount so long as the same ...
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How much India currency i can carry to Thailand from India

i will be moving back to Thailand, as i got job there, how much Indian currency i can carry when i travel to Thailand alone. I have try to transfer online, which was not possible for me. so Please ...
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Travelling back to India with a phone purchased (and unboxed) in Netherlands [duplicate]

I am in Netherlands on tourist visa and wanted to buy a iPhone and go back to India. I would claiming the VAT return at Amsterdam Airport but do I need to declare in India and do I need to pay the ...
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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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Can I get refund from IRCTC?

I am going to travel from Manmad to * *, we are 4 people out of which 1 got his ticket confirmed through the IRCTC portal for Indian Railways though other 3 are under CKWL/TATKAL waiting list. We all ...
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When visiting northern India in September, where to begin weather-wise?

For non-extreme hikers that want to play it safe, and are visiting India during September and early October - is it better to begin in the north-east (Sikim etc.) or north-west (Himachal-Pradesh etc.) ...
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Trouble regarding Booking Tickets

I was booking a ticket on the Coromondal Express to travel from Howrah to Chennai through Internet banking. While my account has been debited and a transaction ID has been provided, when I accessed ...
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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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travelling with my personal laptop, ipad and my reader [duplicate]

I am traveling to India (on Indian passport but I live in US) with my 2 kids and have my personal laptop, iPad and a reader. Am I supposed to pay duty on these items ?
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India airports post-immigration xray check purpose?

I've noticed that when arriving into India by air, after immigration, and after the passport stamp check to ensure you really did go through immigration, there is some sort of check where all your ...
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Tatkal automatically cancel [duplicate]

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 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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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?