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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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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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?
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Indian visa registration requirements - stay duration or visa duration?

I've just got a new visa for India, which contains the Endorsement: STAY DURING EACH VISIT NOT TO EXCEED 180 DAYS Then, just below that, it says: Registration Required within 14 days of ...
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Can I leave India and return using a different passport? (Tourist Visa)

I have dual citizenship to both NZ and the UK and am currently in India on my NZ visa which expires in March. I would like to continue travelling here but my NZ passport now has less than six months ...
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Where are the Himalayan Buddhist stupas?

I'm trying to locate sacred Himalayan Buddhist stupas and ruins of old fort in Himalayas (Ladakh, Kashmir region) in India. Where exactly is that place and what's the name of it (name of the place, ...
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Places in India where no vehicles are allowed

I recently went to Matheran ... a great hill station a few kilometers in the outskirts of Mumbai where no vehicles are allowed , just travelling on foot or by horses or people pulling by hand . I ...
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Bringing electronics to India? [duplicate]

I'm planning to enter India with electronics in my luggage. 1) What's the duty-free limit depending on: Method of travel (flight, car, train, boat) Visa type (tourist, business, family) Residency ...
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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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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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Travelling to India via Germany with 2 stops, do i need transit visa? [duplicate]

I have Indian passport and USA H1 valid visa, will be travelling US and my itinerary is Mumbai – Munich – Frankfurt – San Francisco. This route has two stops in Germany, Munich – Frankfurt is German ...
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India Tatkal tickets - tricks and tips

I'm planning a one month trip to India starting from next week, and unfortunately I forgot to book train tickets for a few train trips. I have never bought Tatkal tickets (allowed to purchase 2 days ...
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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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Does one have to pay custom duties while bringing in a 'Fender Stratocaster American Standard' guitar from USA to India for himself?

If I'm to buy a fender stratocaster guitar (price: $1,000) from USA and bring it to India box unopened (or opened- not a big deal), will I be asked to pay custom duties? If yes, how much? The box ...
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Travel back to India from US for good with no passport

I am Indian Citizen. I came to USA on H1B work visa. My H1B extension got denied and I could not renew my passport at the Indian consulate in San Francisco, CA because the passport renewal ...
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What is an appropriate gift for an Indian wedding?

I will be attending a Hindu wedding in the state of Odisha in India in the near future. The wedding is between a the brother of a friend of mine and his new bride. I will be traveling from the US, ...
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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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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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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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Is it possible to stay in a palace in Jaipur?

I have been told that it is possible in some parts of India to stay in a former palace. Is it possible in or near Jaipur, Rajasthan, India? How can I reliably book a stay before arriving in India?
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Way to get Vaccines for travelling to India in New York

I'm planning to go to India in Jan. I've just recently moved to NYC so I don't know much about the city. I'd like to get some vaccines for Northern India. I googled some and found a lot of clinics ...
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Can I carry my laptop, ps4, 3 iphones and a spare phone to India from US? [duplicate]

Im a student in USA, and I am carrying my laptop, my ps4 and 3 iphones which are opened. Will there be any problem at the customs in India?
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Australian Tourist visa - apply from India and travel from USA

I hold an Indian passport but I reside in USA, I will be in India for a month, can I apply for Australian Tourist Visa in India and travel to Australia from USA ??
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Delhi, Beijing or Japan for sightseeing in May with a teenage daughter?

I will have about 15-20 days in May to travel with my daughter (who will be 14). We are from Brazil and she has never been abroad, so I thought I would like to bring her to some place with unique ...
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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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Travelling from USA to India. How do I deal with customs? [duplicate]

I am about to go to India on vacation from USA. I have an iphone 6 as well as another phone that I bought from India itself. Would I be facing any issues regarding customs? I have heard something ...
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Time of checkout and payment at hotels [duplicate]

This is a very generic question regarding hotel checkout times and rent payment. Hotel websites usually list their rooms' price range based on how many nights the guest will be staying there. So if I ...
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Will I have to pay import duty if I carry 2 I phone 6 with me (in my pockets) to India? [duplicate]

I am travelling from USA to India (Mumbai) and I am planning to bring 2 Iphones. 1 is for my personal use and other a gift for my brother. I am going to bring both the phones unpacked with me in my ...
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In which countries Electronic items purchased from India can be used without any voltage converter and vice versa? [closed]

In which other countries Electronic items purchased from India can be used without any voltage converter and vice versa?
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How to reach Goa from Delhi without any money

I am planning to go to Goa. The only catch is I have no money. How can I manage to do this? Taking lifts from trucks comes to mind but I have no idea how to go about it?
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Changing clothes in Kochi

I am thinking of volunteering in Kochi, Kerala, India and it all looks good except for one thing: doing laundry by hand. I absolutely HATE this. I would like to minimize doing this so based on the ...
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Carrying 3 phones thru Indian customs! [duplicate]

I'll be traveling to India soon. I have 2 un packed smart phones (1 of which is my personal), one is a gift (but unpacked) and the third one is my old phone from India. Do you think I'll have to pay ...
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Indian Customs rules on laptops [duplicate]

I read this pdf document at the customs website regarding the customs guide for travellers. However I'm still confused about one thing: if I have 2 laptops on me, both of which are more than 6 months ...
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Carrying two iPads (and other electronics) to India from USA [duplicate]

I will be taking two iPads (one iPad Air and one iPad Mini) to India from the USA. One of them I bought in India (I have the receipt) and one I bought while in the US. I am not carrying a laptop with ...
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Daughter requires a transit visa through India

My daughter (dual English / South African citizenship) has traveled through India and is currently in Sri Lanka. She is flying to visit me in the USA on the 12th of December. She has to fly from ...
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Taking an air-gun in my checked luggage - will I have any problems in India going through customs?

I am going to India 25th November from Europe. Should I take my air gun with my luggage (check-in baggage). In India will there be any problem with customs?
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How to go boating on Pichavaram lake?

I want to go to boating on Pichavaram lake located in Tamilnadu,India. Are there any boating services available in this area? Please provide information about the fare for boats and timings.
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Indian import duties on watches and mobile phones [duplicate]

I would like to bring two new phones (in addition to my personal phone), and possibly some watches, from the US into India. Can I do this? What will be the implications?
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Going to India from US to work at a non-profit, Can I bring 10 laptops as a mobile training lab?

I will be travelling in January to India to volunteer at a non-profit. I have donations from friends and families and would like to bring in 5-10 laptops as a mobile training lab. Does anyone know ...
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Travelling to India from Jamaica via Brussels [duplicate]

I am travelling from Montego Bay airport, Jamaica to India Via Brussels Airport. Do i need to hold a valid visa to fly from Brussels. Appreciate any response.
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Are Pakistani nationals restricted to entering India through four airports only?

A Pakistani friend who needs to go to India was informed (very late, near visa approval) by an Indian embassy official (in Singapore) that he can only enter* India through one of the four major ...
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is it possible to take reservation from originating station and board train from any other station [duplicate]

I want to take reservation in durgiana exp from kolkata and board from varanasi is it possible
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I am flying to India from Toronto. I have 3 phones with me including my personal phone Do I have to pay custom? [duplicate]

Apart from phone I have a personal laptop which is about an year old. but i have two brand new iphone 5s which are gifts. Please help
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Is New Dehli, India, safe to travel to? (Ebola Scare)

I'm a fairly paranoid traveler. I'm in Chennai at the moment, but I can't wait to get back home to Los Angeles. Because of the general lack of hygiene here and, well, the way they handle things like ...
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Can I get off the train or discontinue my journey before reaching the destination station?

I have booked my ticket for Kanpur to Guwahati. Can I get off at New Jalpaiguri?
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Unable to book e ticket on irctc desptite having login [closed]

I just created a login for IRCTC and when i actually tried to book a ticket, it only gives me one option as "i-ticket" under ticket type. I am unablet to book tickets as the drop down under ticket ...
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Luggage booking system for Indian railways (Duronto Express 2nd AC)

I will be travelling with my wife and a three year old kid via Duronto Express from Kolkata to Bangalore. I have two confirmed seats in AC 2 tier. The seats are side-upper and side-lower ones. I have ...
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Why does the visa for India for ask for the name of my father/husband?

The visa form for US residents specifically asks for the name of my husband or father: Other countries (e.g. France) ask for detailed information about both of my parents. Why does the US form ask ...