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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How to get from Bagdogra to Kurseong

What would be the best (and fastest) way to get from Bagdogra to Kurseong? I'm flying to Bagdogra and land there at 1 PM and will make a booking for a toy train from Kurseong to Darjeeling that ...
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On-site photography workshop in Nepal or India

I am an amateur photographer but do not have the patience to take classes to get better. I've heard of good workshops being taught while trekking in the Andes or the Himalaya but I cannot find ...
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Air travel info between Andaman islands

What is the exact process of applying for helicopter ride between Port Blair and Havelock island? I've seen the application form here but I'd like to know the whole process. Did anyone here actually ...
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Boarding a train in India at another station

I have booked a ticket on a train from Mumbai to Chennai and boarding at Pune. Since my schedules have changed, I will be in Mumbai on that day. Can I board the same train in Mumbai in my own ticket ...
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Getting from Pushkar to Ajmer early in the morning

At what time does the first public or private bus go from Pushkar to Ajmer? I have a train at 8 AM from Ajmer but would like to stay for a night at Pushkar. If I can't get to this train on time by ...
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Bus or taxi from Coonor (or Ooty) to Coimbatore?

On 23rd Dec, I (and 2 friends) will be starting from Ooty (Udagamandalam) and need to reach Coimbatore Train station before 15:00 (from where there is a train at 15:25 to Chennai - Booked). Now there ...
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Weather map for India including monthly averages?

Where can one find an online weather map of India, including monthly averages of temp & rain, as well as live forecast?
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How to go boating in the Ganges?

I am in Varanasi and want to take a short boat tour in the Ganges. How can a book a small boat to use for a short tour. I would prefer a guided tour. Where can I get this and for what price?
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Customs for two new laptops bought in USA

I was going to take two laptops from USA to India, as I am a computer science student. I generally use both of them for programming. As the law is stated in India, only one laptop is allowed as free ...
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Which ATM in India accepts TD Debit card (Canadian)

I'm going to travel to India from Canada soon. My account is with TD bank. So I would like to know which ATM or banks in India accepts debit card from TD.
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Best way to travel from Bangalore to Chennai by road

I am planning to drive down from Bangalore to Chennai? Which is the best route to take? How much toll do I need to pay?
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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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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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Waiting list and confirmation for trains in India [duplicate]

I've booked a ticket to Belgaum for today but it shows WL/44. Does that mean I'm on a waiting list? Should I cancel the ticket or go to railway station and check?
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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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How long does it take to get an Indian visa in London for a UK national?

I am running a bit late with my visa application to India, as I am still waiting for my passport... How long does it take to get a double-entry tourist visa in London's office for a UK national? Is ...
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Does Nepal have open borders with India?

According to Wikipedia, Nepal has "open borders" with India underneath the 1950 Indo-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship. As far as I understand, it's not a truly open border as movement is ...
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Where to spend a night in the Mumbai airport

My girlfriend and I have a layover at the Mumbai airport from 19:35 to 05:55 and we would like to sleep in a cheap place near to the airport (maximum 30 minutes away). Is there any cheap hotel near ...
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Flight cancellations in Ladakh

How often do the flights get canceled due to bad weather (or any other reason) from Leh to Delhi in May? If a flight does get canceled, what are the policies for dealing with that for AirIndia and ...
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The simplest way to get to and from Wagah border ceremony

I will be staying in Amritsar for a few days but will be on a tight schedule. Since I want to see the Wagah border ceremony, what do you think would be the best way to get from Amritsar to Wagah, see ...
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Where can I use a telephone in India, if I don't have one?

We are currently staying in India, but neither of our phones work, which is annoying when trying to hire taxis, for instance, or meet up with people. Purchasing a phone/sim will take 7-10 days to go ...
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Practical aspects of security when travelling in India

This question is asked about travel in India as there may be useful specifics I can learn. It will probably also be useful elsewhere. Notes at the end explain my general circumstances. I intend to ...
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Where can I get an export certificate of customs in india?

I had noticed about the export certificate which allows me to carry goods without paying the duty. But there is a problem, I couldn't know where to get that and do we have pay for that?
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Diving in the Andamans

Which diving operator has the best PADI (or SSI) instructors in the Andaman islands? I'm planning on taking an Open Water course (either PADI or SSI) there and would like to know which company has ...
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What if one family member doesn't have a photo ID for domestic air travel in India?

My friend has booked tickets for vacation in India (domestic travel), but realized that his wife doesn't have any photo ID. Will any of the following documents work for his wife? Marriage ...
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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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How many mobile phones can I bring to India?

I am traveling from the UK to Delhi and I am bringing 4 phones with me + mine the rest are for friends. These phones are all used so will this be an issue in bringing them through customs?
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Does an APEC card reliably grant visa-free entry?

I recently got an APEC card, with validity for countries like Indonesia & China, which normally have higher visa-requirements for me as a UK passport holder than other countries (no ...
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Is there any way to obtain tickets for the Taj Mahal night viewing without being in Agra?

I'll be in a group travelling on a tight schedule from Pune via Delhi to Agra and return. To obtain tickets to view the Taj Mahal by night the official requirement is that the tickets be picked up ...
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Where can I book the Ooty-Mettupalayam train?

I've read some blogs where people explain that they had to book the Ooty-Mettupalayam toy train (Nilgiri Mountains) a week in advance. I've tried using ClearTrip, but these stations don't appear. ...
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Buy alcohol duty-free or in US?

I will be flying to India via South Korea from SFO. I was wondering if it would be better (cheaper) for me to buy alcohol (specifically Scotch, Whiskey) at a place like Bevmo or at the duty free shops ...
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Minors travelling abroad alone from India

As I am 15 years old I could't find age of travel abroad alone. What is the age of travel alone to abroad from india?
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The cheapest and quickest way to get from Cuba to India

What is the best route to get to Cuba from India? In airways. Cheap and quick. And has a balance between those two.
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Transfer to Udaipur airport

What are the available means of transport to get from Udaipur city center to Udaipur's Maharana Pratap airport? Please quote the prices as well.
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Should I use a lockable suitcase in India?

In some countries, there is the risk that people add illegal drugs to your luggage in an unobserved moment. One way to prevent that is to use lockable suitcases so that you at least have a proof ...
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What is the period of validity for a Power of Attorney letter for a child travelling with a parent?

What is usually the period of validity of Power of Attorney letter for a child travelling with one parent? Or it may be called Child Travel Consent letter. I need to make such a letter to go from ...
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Are there any ships I can travel on from USA to India?

I want to go from Washington DC to India by sea. Is it possible? How many days it will take?
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What should I do to apply for a Schengen visa without income tax return?

I would like to apply for a Schengen visa to travel to Florence, Italy between 30th June to 8th July where I will be attending EuroPython. My request for the grant has been approved by EuroPython ...
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Getting from Kochi to Kodanad by public transport

How to get to Kodanad Elephant Training Center from Fort Kochi (early in the morning) by public transport? I know that there are taxis and tours available but 1000-1200 rupees for such a trip seems a ...
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How to get State Visitor Permit for a rented self drive car in India?

I am planning to travel from Bangalore, Karnataka to Hogenakkal, Tamil Nadu. I am going to book a self drive car with Karnataka Registration. The permit is necessary to enter TamilNadu State. Where ...
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Which will be the cheapest way to go to Leh from Jaipur?

Which will be the cheapest way to go to Leh from Jaipur and how? It's my first time to go on such trip. I am so confused.
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What is a good place in Goa to stay with a beach and scuba diving?

We are going to Goa with small children and are trying to find a nice beach resort, but with a decent dive shop, so that the adults could also do some diving. Any ideas?
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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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Apply for India visa but not effective immediately

As Canadian national applying for a visa for India, I have a problem. I wish to visit in India, but I want to make the application now since I will get very busy in coming months. If I apply now, I ...
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Need malaria medication for Rajasthan in July / August?

I am going to Delhi and various towns in Rajasthan this summer. This part of India is usually low risk but then again, it will be monsoon season. I've been to see my GP who says it's a none to low ...
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Indian visa with Bangladeshi origins

I am a UK citizen with a UK passport, my father was from Bangladesh. My Mother is English and she and my father divorced when I was 3 and so I never knew him. However because he was from Bangladesh ...
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Packed Items at Indian Customs

I am travelling back to India soon. Just eager to know, if the packed items carried in checked in or carry-on luggage will face a problem at Indian Customs? I did purchase few things in form of ...
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Is it bad to give money to beggars in India?

What is the best policy to adopt with regards to beggars in India? Is it ok to give them money/food? If not, are there any charities to which it would be appropriate to give instead?
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Where to go in India in June and avoid the hot climate as well as the monsoon?

In June I'm in India and I'd like to spend a couple of days in India before flying home. So first I thought that Delhi is a good choice, but then I read that the temperature can rise well above 50° C ...
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Why are flights from India to North America usually late night?

My question is regarding Red-eye flights . Majority, if not all, flights from India are always after business hours. Few reasons I found on the internet: Fuel savings due to dense air European and ...