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 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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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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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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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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Issuing fresh passport in India when birthdate is wrong in some documents

One of my friend having a problem in issuing new passport in India. The problem is of his birthdate, here's what he's told me. He was born in October 1988, after his completion of 10th std. (S.S.C.) ...
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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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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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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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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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Can we carry three new smart phones in hand luggage to India?

I bought two smart phones for my father and sister in Europe. Will the customs officer in India (Chennai) give any trouble if I carry two new unopened smart phones with the box in my hand luggage? ...
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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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Waitlisted Indian train ticket: will I be refunded if I don't get a confirmed seat?

I've purchased a ticket on Cleartrip from Gorakhpur to Delhi. I'm on a wait list on 33. If I do not get a confirmed seat, will I be refunded?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to get a combined ticket in IRCTC (Indian Railway)

Suppose I want to go from Station A to Station C but Station C is not a stoppage of some train say train 01, so I can get a combined ticket from station A to Station B through train 01 plus Station B ...
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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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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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Do I need a transit visa for a 14 hour layover in India as a British Citizen?

I have a flight in September from Thailand to the UK with a layover in India. The layover is just under 14 hours, I am a UK citizen and I do not plan on leaving the airport. I haven't been able to ...
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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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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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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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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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Taking electronic equipment to India from USA

I am planning to take a digital oscilloscope from USA to India which I brought on ebay for about USD 500. The usual cost of the scope can be couple of 1000 dollars. Can anyone advise what will the ...
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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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Finding a cheap houseboat accommodation in Alleppey

We are heading to Alleppey (Kerala, India) in two days and we are looking for cheap accommodation in houseboats through Internet. Our budget is very reduced and we would like to stay overnight in a ...
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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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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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Two passport of the same person in India

I applied for my first passport in March 2009 in Lucknow passport office. But it got stuck in the police verification. After 1 year, when I didn't get my passport I decided to cancel my application. ...
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Which are the cleanest ghats in Varanasi?

I am about to go on a pilgrimage trip to Varanasi. I find a lot of information on Varanasi ghats on the Net. But some of the facts are really disturbing: quite a few ghats are supposed to be cremation ...
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India converter 110v to 220v for Dental appliances

I am planning for a trip to India, and would like to know if there are good branded voltage converters (110v to 220v) that are available in the US for my Philips Soniccare and Waterpik. (BTW I have ...
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Chennai or Pune for starting location on India Trip

All, Not posted on here for a while. Will be going on business to India and I have the choice of either going to work in Pune or Chennai for a month. I work in IT. After that I am planning to take ...
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I've three waiting list tickets with status: WL3, WL4, WL5. Will all 3 get confirmed together?

I have booked 3 tickets to Rajkot Express & its showing Waiting List 3,4,5.Will I get all my 3 tickets get confirmed & when does they get confirmed?
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One way refund of round trip flight due to flight cancellation

Recently I traveled with KingFisher Airlines in India. The flight was a round trip domestic flight and cost 811 USD. I made it on the way there, but on the way back due to financial problems, ...
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Need malaria meds for Rajasthan in February?

Rajasthan appears to be relatively low risk for malaria in February, so should I take malaria meds while I'm there (for two weeks) or just try to avoid getting bitten? Obviously I'll use Deet and take ...
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Can you split India in distinct focal points to travel to?

India is quite appetising and visiting the country is on my bucket list. However, where to start that is the question. You more or less subdivide the US, In a northern and southern west coast, a ...
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Trying to get on a full Indian Railways train - any strategies?

I tried going to the travel agent today to book a Tatkal ticket for tomorrow, but was told it would be impossible, the agent didn't even try to look on the computer. I'd like to get on a train leaving ...
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Can I get a visa on arrival for India?

I've heard that tourist visas on arrival are being extended to include more countries?