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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Why are satellite phones strictly banned in India?

Is it true, that using or travelling with satellite phone is strictly and unconditionally banned in India? And if yes, is there any explanation or official reason, why? I have found such information, ...
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Is partial tearing of a unused page is damaged passport under indian passport rule [duplicate]

Last but one page of back which has no entry has a 2 inch tear but torn page is still attached will it be called as damaged passport and visa can be refused because of this ?
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Can you still do train surfing in India?

There are many pictures online of train surfing - where you ride on top of the train, and it hasn't always been illegal in some countries (you'd certainly get arrested here in Sydney). I've found at ...
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Will I be able to travel around India speaking only English?

I am to travel around some Indian cities: Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and others. Will I have trouble speaking only English, or should I learn some phrases in Hindi?
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How long does it take to send postcard from Germany to India

I sent a postcard from Munich (Germany) near Ostbahnof station to my friend in Gurgaon (Delhi, India) on 12th of October. I asked the man how much he said 80 cents. Whether he included the stamp or ...
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How to change my Indian Railway boarding point online?

I booked my ticket from Kolkata (KOAA) to Malda Town (MLDT). But by mistake I gave boarding point at Barddhaman (BWN) which is the very next station after Kolkata and there is no other stoppage in ...
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Pitching own tents at Sambhar lake in Rajasthan?

I have seen pictures of Sambhar lake and it looks like a place where I would like to take my own tent and spend a night or two so I was wondering if this is allowed at Sambhar lake. I searched a lot ...
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will it be illegal to catch the train from booked station instead of boarding station? [duplicate]

I booked my train from Kolkata (KOAA) to Malda (MLDT). By mistake I gave my boarding point as Barddhaman (BWN) which is the next station the train stops at after Kolkata. I have a reservation from ...
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Can i carry 2 high end cell phones with me to India [duplicate]

I recently bought a high end cell phone in South Africa. Already i have a high end phone which i bought in India and carried to South Africa 8 months ago. So can i carry 2 cell phones with me to India?...
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Seeing a Bollywood movie in Mumbai?

It looks likely that a group of us will be in Mumbai for a few days in June. We're wondering if there's a really nice cinema (not just a chain) where we can go to watch a Bollywood screening with the ...
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Travelling without ID? [duplicate]

I am flying to Kochi from Trivandrum tomorrow with my mother and wife and my mother doesn't have a photo ID. Will there be any problem at the time of check in?
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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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Traveling from Bangladesh to India by train

Here's a bit of background about myself I'm an Indian national, who is in working in the US. My wife is Bengali (Indian), her grandparents were from Bangladesh. The next time we travel back to India ...
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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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How much electronics and other valuables can I bring duty-free when going to India?

I am planning to travel to India (COK airport, Kerala) from United States. I want to take my laptop as well as my tablet (iPad). Am I allowed to take both in my backpack with my documents related my ...
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How can I go from Bangalore to Jamaica without transiting via UK or US?

I want to travel from Bangalore to Jamaica but I do not have a visa to transit in the US or UK. What is the best way to do this that doesn't require any transit visa? One option is Bangalore -> ...
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Unable to upload my photo while applying for an Indian e-Visa. What am I doing wrong?

Anyone know which browser or what to do to upload the photo in the India e-visa process? In the form, the popup to upload the photo is working but after it closed the main form is not showing the ...
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Do we require Direct Airside Transit visa travelling Delhi to O'hare via Heathrow? [duplicate]

My family and I are going for a vacation to the United States on a visitor's visa from New Delhi, India. We are flying British Airways with a layover at Heathrow, London. While going to US we have to ...
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Transit visa required for going through USA -> Germany -> India [duplicate]

I have an expired US visa, but hold a valid I797 document and Valid I94 document to stay in USA. I am citizen of India, and I am planning to travel to India via Germany. Do I need to get a transit ...
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Are there visa issues when transiting in India if connecting flights are booked separately?

I have a flight to India booked, and I want to separately book a connecting flight to Hong Kong that leaves from India the same day. The issue is that I don't have a visa for India. If I book a ...
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What to do if I lost my passport before flight in another country?

I'm just asking this question for my info. I will be traveling from India to Amsterdam on a short trip. What should you do if you lose your passport or the passport gets stolen (especially in a ...
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Indian Passport correction + US Visa

I am an Indian with an Indian Passport. I am also currently in the US with a student - F1 visa. I have a query about the way my name is printed in my passport. In the passport, I don't have any name ...
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Previous visa details, from an old (and unavailable) previous passport?

I have been to India before, but have since renewed my passport so have no record of previous visa details. What does one do about completing this question online?
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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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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 on Indian Railway? Note: "Indian Railways" I am asking about the procedure, what documents are required (I heard that I ...
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Using trains and buses in India without advance booking?

We talked about the different booking periods on Indian trains, and also about which class one might want to use. We learned that locals may ride on the roof of trains because the trains are too ...
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How much cash can I carry while travelling from India to Poland

I am going to travel from India to Poland. I have a travel card, but what's the limit of cash that I can carry?
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Have hotels been re-established in Kedarnath, India after the floods?

Have hotels been established in kedarnath? That is, if I go there, will I have to say at tents or hotels gave come up? Same applies for Gaurikund. I have heard, that being on shore of Mandakini, most ...
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Traveling with new passport to India, but forgot the old passport with the visa back home

I live in Seattle and am a US citizen. I arrived in Hong Kong on 1/11. Yesterday, 1/16 I went to the airport to go to India, but when I got there to check in, the agent asked for my visa and I ...
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How much should I tip for a private tour in India?

I booked a private tour of the Golden Triangle in India over 7 days. The tour site recommended the following gratuities: Local Guides: INR 1000 – INR 1500 for full day sightseeing ...
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Safe overland route from Turkey to India using public transportation?

I know there is very similar question, however it was in 2011 and many things have changed since then. Now is 2016. I'm interested in public transportation overland (buses, trains), least - oversea, ...
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Can I carry 3 laptops (1 office[India] and 2 personal[US]) from Chicago to chennai via Abu Dabhi [duplicate]

I have a company laptop which is brought in India and got two laptops after coming to US (one for me and other for my brother). So can I take all the 3 laptop back to Chennai without any problem?
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Safety of a southern Sri Lankan in Tamil Nadu

It has been one of my lifelong dreams to visit the Pamban Bridge in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. Can anyone in Tamil Nadu elaborate on the safety of a Sri Lankan in Tamil Nadu. I know there is a travel ...
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Family booking of 35-40 people on Indian Railways - is it possible?

We are planning to travel in a group of 35-40 people. Can I make a railway booking in bulk for all of them in one go (I'm already a registered member at IRCTC) ?
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Import Duty on electronics being brought to India from the USA [duplicate]

hey my friend is coming back from usa to india,he is carrying used 2 laptops and 4 used mobiles.and my iphone 6s plus 128gb is among them.will it lead to any problem.am ready to pay import duty,wat ...
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Scenic sight-seeing locations in and around Gurgaon?

I have recently moved to Gurgaon, and would want to explore some nice sight seeing places around. I have explored the nice number of malls around. But, I would be more interested in scenic beauty. ...
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Two Indian passports in one name

My mother had passport in 1981 which she lost she made a new passport in 1986 and went out of india for 3-4 years. When she came back she found her old 1981 passport. She renewed her old passport in ...
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Border visit to China from Uttarakhand, India?

I don't have many opportunities to travel, but will be visiting Derhadun, Uttarakhand, India this Spring. I've always wanted to go to China and since I work with almost all Chinese co-workers, I ...
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What is the best way to pick up packages in Northern India?

Setting: I am preparing a travel, by foot, across the Indian Himalayas. The duration would be about two months. There will be a general itinerary with a lot of uncertainty. Along the way I would like ...
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Limit on electronics while traveling to India from USA [duplicate]

I am travelling to India from USA. I am carrying a couple of tablets, couple of phones and perfumes. Are these items dutiable in India i.e., should I pay customs duty for the items? Also how much USD ...
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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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Travel from USA to India with an expired H1B visa

I am going to travel to India. I was on H1B visa in the USA and it has now expired. I have a valid Indian passport but the American visa is expired. If I travel from the USA to India, will I have ...
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book return ticket with additional traveller on return ticket [duplicate]

I want to book a return flight to India but on my return flight, my wife will be accompanying me. How do you do this on air-travel websites? Because return tickets are extremely cheap compared to one ...
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Carrying perfumes into India from London [duplicate]

I'm an Indian resident. I was studying in UK and now I'm returning back to India. I have purchased quite a lot of perfumes to give to my relatives. All purchased in the UK and not in any airport. ...
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Easiest way to carry two laptops to India and back from USA? [duplicate]

I am traveling to India from US soon and I will be carrying with me a work laptop and my personal laptop. I will be bringing both the laptops back to the States with me. What is the easiest way to ...
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How to make cheapest calls from France (Mobile) to India (Mobile)?

If you are reading this then you know that today there are more than a million calling service providers. After searching for a sometime now I know, which ones not to choose, for various reasons like ...
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Obtain Export Certificate from Indian Customs for items in checked baggage before Check-In?

This talks about a counter after immigration, much after check-in counter. Where can I get an export certificate of customs in India? Indian Customs counter at airports in India are typically after ...
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Travel to India with expired Indian passport?

I am on H4 dependent and an Indian citizen,my passport has expired 2 months back,can I travel to India at this moment with expired passport?
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How do I avoid conversation with strangers while traveling?

Personally I hate traveling not just because I hate going to a new city but because of seeing strangers who are watching and trying to start conversation with me. Well talking with someone is not a ...
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How big is the Holi festival in India?

I was watching this segment from "An Idiot Abroad". And I thought India looked amazing, and I'd love to visit this festival. However, I started wondering whether it is actually as extensive as what ...