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

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Arriving at a different port of entry than specified in the Indian visa application?

When applying for my Indian visa, I had to state my point of entry (POE) among many other things. The actual visa in the passport doesn't mention the POE, can I now change my mind and arrive in a ...
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“Free Camping” in India

I've seen many questions inquiring about the safety / legality of so-called "free camping" in Japan, Iceland, and the USA among others, but none regarding India. I realize that safety will vary ...
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I have lost my residential permit while travelling in India - what should I do?

I am staying in India for 6 months, so have had to register with the Foreigners Registration Office in Bangalore. I was given a residential permit which I have misplaced, and am expected to surrender ...
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Most effective way to bring money to India and Nepal

What is the most effective way to bring money for a backpacking trip to India and Nepal? Are ATMs available and reliable outside of the main cities? Do they charge commission? Or is it better to have ...
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Bouldering guide for Hampi (India)

As part of my trip to India I am planning to do some bouldering (climbing on small boulders) in Hampi. Could anyone advise: What is the best climbing guidebook for the area and how can I buy it in ...
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How to transit through Delhi without a visa?

I have read a lot on this subject on the Lonely Planet forum and it looks like the staff on ground can transfer your bags through the Delhi airport if you have a connecting flight without you having ...
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Bungee jumping and zorbing in India

Where in India can one jump bungee? I'm primarily interested in jumping off of a bridge or other solid structures but you can contribute with crane and helicopter jumps as well. Since there isn't ...
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Will I get into trouble at customs if I take electronic devices for thousands of dollars into India?

I'm going to India and I'm planning to take a couple of electronic devices with me that are worth at least 30'000 USD. I don't have any bills for that. I plan to use these devices there for 10 days ...
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Haggling for autos in India

Pretty much wherever you go in India, you'll come across 3 wheeled autos or auto rickshaws, which normally look like this: In some places where you want to get one, there's an office or cabin where ...
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How much hard cash can I carry while travelling overseas

I am going to travel from India to Poland. I have a travel card, but whats the limit of hard cash that I can carry.
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Do empty tatkal quota tickets get allotted to wait-listed passengers?

This question is specific about indian railways. I've a train today evening. My ticket status is RAC33 and I don't think 33 cancellation are gonna happen in the next 8 hours. However, 73 tatkal quota ...
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Shower for a traveler passing through Delhi

Since I have a bunch of flights and train rides that depart from Delhi, I go through the city quite a few times without the need of a room for the night. I'm interested whether there is a shower ...
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Using the IndRail pass for a good Indian experience

Site61 tells a lot about the railways in India, and suggests some nice looking trips to do. One can buy an IndRail pass, and could travel around India by train say 15 or 21 days long. Is there anyone ...
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Which Indian trains have shorter booking period?

Most of the long distance trains in India have bookings opened 90 days before the train ride. There are some that have a shorter period available. Which exact Indian trains have reservations open ...
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Can I get vaccinated for Japanese Encephalitis in India?

I'm traveling to India, and am planning on departing in 2 weeks. The only vaccine I haven't received yet is the one for Japanese Encephalitis, which requires 2 doses that are 28 days apart. I'll be ...
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Who provides Carnet de Passage for Indian vehicles?

Under which government department and which law the Carnet is issued in India ? I have already visited Nepal and Bhutan on bike. Both the countries don't need any Carnet from Indians. Now, I want to ...
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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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Where in India do I have the best chance of seeing wild tigers?

I'm going to India and I'm watching some youtube videos where travellers go into the jungle over an elephant to try to see wild tigers. Most of them didn't see anything. I would like to know which ...
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Theft insurance in India

Are there any theft insurance options available while travelling in India. I am an Indian as well and I am planning to travel throughout India for a couple of months. I will be carrying my camera, ...
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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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Customs charge for bringing a 3D printer into India?

I am travelling from US to India via Qatar, I am carrying a Prusa 8" i3v kit. The dimensions of the box are 18×18×6, and it weighs around 9kg. If I check the 3D printer box with my ...
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Is a mosquito net strictly necessary when traveling through India in low cost accommodation?

I've been in other countries where malaria prevention is a must like Senegal or Kenya and almost all low cost accommodations include a mosquito net (sometimes broken, but in general in good ...
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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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Chennai to Pune - bus or train?

Summary: I'm looking for the best photo-taking reasonably priced journey experience when travelling by land from Chennai to Pune in India. This seems to leave a bus vs train choice. Car travel ...
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Tipping attendants on Indian super-fast trains

Should one encourage giving tips (bacshis) to the attendants and cleaners in AC and Sleeper coaches in super-fast trains like Durunto and Rajdhani in India?
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Return bus ticket from Bangalore to Goa?

Can we get bus tickets for going from Bangalore to Goa and back (tickets for comfortable air-conditioned buses) at the last minute (few minutes before the departure of bus) easily, without any ...
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What is the problem with Indian water? Bugs or Chemicals

I will be heading out to India soon and saw one of these on Amazon. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lifesaver-Systems-Limited-4000-Bottle/dp/B001EHF99A Demonstration Video: ...
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Can you visit the Palace of Mysore, as a day trip by train from Bangalore?

Visa permitting, I'm going to be off to Bangalore soon for work. Due to the way airline pricing works, I'm going to be spending a weekend there as part of the trip (it's a hard life...). Armed with a ...
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How to visit India, Nepal and Sri Lanka on a single trip

On my upcoming trip to India, I also would like to visit the neighboring countries of Nepal and Sri Lanka. Assuming I am flying into India (and out again) this means I need to get a multiple entry ...
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Where to book Indian train tickets online?

I've read that trains in India are very busy and its best to book in advance. So where is the best website to book online? I've found the site www.cleartrip.com and www.makemytrip.com - both of which ...
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What is this Season's Greetings sign for in March in India?

While being driven from Dehli to Agra on March 17, 2014, I saw a number of seasons greetings signs, as shown in the following picture: What holiday is this for? Holi?
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Getting from Delhi to Haridwar

I want to go to Haridwar from Delhi. Which is the fastest and cheapest way to reach there? Also I want to know which are the must visit places there and nearby to it?
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Are there safe places to store luggage for a couple days in New Delhi?

I'm travelling India for a few weeks. We plan on doing a few overnight trips from New Delhi and do not want to carry all our luggage with us. We don't have anything really valuable but it would be ...
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Ideas for versatile clothes in northern India

I will be heading to Ladakh (Leh included) from mid-August to mid-October, but I want to travel with only a 32 liter bag, and obviously I will have to be flexible with my gear due to the difference of ...
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Land route from Chennai, Tamil Nadu to Amritsar, Punjab in India

Is there a well known backpackers' overland route between Chennai, Tamil Nadu to Amritsar, Punjab? Touching up on Agra and Varanasi in between, if possible. Preferably by bus and/or trains. I'm up to ...
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Are Pakistani citizens allowed to enter Goa, India?

Are there any kind of restrictions on Pakistani Nationals to enter in Goa, India, for any reason? If so, what are the restrictions?
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What is valid ID for domestic flights in India?

Is post office ID card accepted as id proof for flight to travel within in India? What else other than PAN card, driving license is accepted as ID? Where do I need to show it?
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Safety concerns for traveling the Leh district

I would like to spend some time - around a month exploring the Leh district in North India. Some friends advised me not to go, but they were there a long time ago (10 years or so). I have also seen ...
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Are there “issues” when wanting to travel to & from between Pakistan, India & Bangladesh [closed]

Added: Cut to the chase. If this query is considered too broad, how do you suggest I narrow it. If you DO have a good suggestion please offer it. That I, P & B tend to dislike each other ...
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Language culture and Food culture in South India?

I am planning for a mid-term traveling (for around 15-20 days) in South India covering parts from AP,Kerala and Karnataka only, along with my family members. Now the problem is nobody from my family ...
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Buying tailor-made clothes while in India

Hopefully I've read the FAQ correctly, and this is one of the shopping related questions that is allowed... Note that I'm not after recommendations of where to go, but instead information on how to ...
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Going from Chandigarh to Leh

I am planning a road trip to Leh, Himachal Pradesh India, that's quite a place for motorcycle enthusiasts. However, due to some time constraint, I may not be starting my trip from Delhi. I checked ...
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Zipline adventure operators in Jodhpur

A Lonely Planet guidebook says that it is possible to only ride one line of Flying Fox at Mahrangarh fort and their website quotes: Half an hour for Zip 1 only but I still can't find the price ...
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Getting permission for photography from Yamuna river coast

How to get a permission to take a photo from Taj Mahal's back side? I would like to be able to get to the other side of the river and take a snap from the beach there. I asked an officer there how I ...
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How does the combined ticket work in Agra?

I've read that when you buy a ticket to entry to the Taj Majal you get a "INR 500 for a one-time composite toll levied by Agra Development Authority for Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Itimadi-ud-daula, Akbar’s ...
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Can I take advantage of student discounts with Indian airlines if just passed out from college?

Within the next few months, I have to fly to Hyderabad for a job. My college will have finished by then. It will have finished in July precisely. But officially my Identity card doesn't expire until ...
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Where can I get a Sitar lesson in New Delhi?

Is there any English friendly music school in New Delhi that allows one off lessons for Sitar? Particularly one that would provide the Sitar for you.
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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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Visiting villages in Kerala

How do I visit and spend a couple of nights in non-touristy villages in Kerala between Kochi, Alappuzha and Kollam? Do I just hire a boat and ask them to take me to such a village? Could you ...
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Getting from Mumbai to Hospet

I need to get from Mumbai to Hospet/Hampi in mid (to late) March and will probably book a bus but if something goes wrong and I'm not able to book it from outside of India, I'd like to know what other ...