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

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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 2S (i.e. general compartment) tickets be booked online for trains in India?

Can general compartment tickets (2S) be booked online? If yes then on what website?
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What is the cheapest way to get from EU to India?

What's the flight or flights that regularly connect an European Union country with India for less money? My research has showed that Air Arabia was a good option some years ago when connected Athens ...
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Buying Holi accessories after the event has ended

Is it possible to buy powdered colors that are used for celebrating Holi after the said event and if so, where? Same question goes for those color powder flares, color powder canons and paper hot-air ...
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Should I cancel my ticket and get tatkal quota?

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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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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USA to India (Delhi Airport): What and how many/much is allowed?

I am going to India (Delhi) from USA (California) for the first time. When talking about how many items (electronics, jewelry, perfumes, watches etc) we can take in luggage bags and/or cabin bags ...
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Hiking around Hyderabad, India?

I'm looking for a opportunity to do a hike around the city of Hyderabad, India. The hike should lead to a summit, lake, mountain hut or something similar, i.e. there should be a clear goal that I can ...
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UAE Tourist Visa validity and how many days I'm allowed to stay?

I'm an Indian and my brother works in Sharjah around ten years. It is the first time I'm travelling abroad. He arranged me a tourist visa of 60 days validity and I can stay there up to 39 days (as ...
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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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Mangalore Junction Station to Mangalore Central Station?

How long does it takes to travel from Mangalore Junction Station to Mangalore Central Railway Station? What is the distance? What modes of transport are available and what is their price? Are local ...
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Taxi from Udaipur airport to Karni fort, Bambora

I am looking for a transport for a group of ten from Udaipur airport to Karni fort, Bambora. How can I make an advance booking?
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Clarification on Indian visa

I am Malaysia citizen. Recently I had to renew my Malaysian passport, but my Indian visa still valid up to 2015 in my old Malaysian passport. Can I carry both passport and travel through Malaysian ...
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Finding if a medicine is available in India

I`m going to travel to India and would like to know if I will be able to purchase specific medication there. Is there an official site or similar indicating what remedies are available at India? ...
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Can I extend a tourist visa in India?

I'm a Turkish girl from Istanbul. I'm planning a six-month trip to India in December and I've heard that getting a six-month visa is not easy from my country. If I can only get 3 months instead of 6 ...
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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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American Booking India Train Tickets Through Travel Agency or Hotel

I'm trying to book train tickets in India. I initially tried doing this through makemytrip.com, but I needed to have an IRCTC account. I've read before that foreigners could make an account, but now, ...
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Can I bring a new coffee maker and several small sealed bags of coffee to India from the USA?

Can I bring a new, small sized coffee maker and several small bags of coffee, with me to India? In my checked luggage of course.
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Can you buy Foreign Tourist Quota tickets at Vasco Da Gama railway station?

Is it possible to buy Indian Foreign Tourist Quota railway tickets at the Vasco Da Gama railway station? This post from 2012 says it is possible, however mentions restrictions on tickets at Madgaon, ...
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Where could I watch Mallakhamb in India - specifically in/around Delhi?

Mallakhamb is an Indian sport performed by gymnasts, which I think would be cool to see. Any ideas as to how one might go about doing so in or around Delhi? Thanks!
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Legal permissions required to host foreign guests in India via Airbnb

I heard that we need to register a paying foreign guest with the nearest police station, is this necessary and true? Also what is the procedure to obtain them for Mumbai India?
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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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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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Best deals for students booking international flight tickets from India

I will be travelling to and fro from Hyderabad (HYD), India to Berlin (TXL), Germany. Duration: 20th May to 20th August of 2013 (3 months) Class: Economy Class (as low as possible) Where can I find ...
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Visiting Indian Formula One circuit in Greater Noida

The Indian Grand Prix is one of the newest circuit in the F1 Calendar and I want to know: Which airport is closest to the circuit? Where to stay? Is there public transport from/to airport/circuit?
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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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How can I get from Coimbatore railway station to Mettupalayam station, early in the morning?

I have a train that arrives at Coimbatore at 3AM, and need to get to Mettupalayam by 7AM. What is the best way to get there? I assume trains don't run that early, or at least I haven't been able to ...
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Adding the name of a passenger on an Indian Railways ticket

I booked a ticket for my family online, but when I was filling the form I forgot to give details of my niece - her age is less than 1 year old. Is it necessary to provide the details, and if yes, ...
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Skiing near Bangalore?

I know that most of the skiing in India is up in the Himalayas, but given that Bangalore is quite high to start with (~900m), and there are higher hill stations nearby... Is there anywhere near to ...
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Require Airport Transit Visa in Germany? [duplicate]

Me and my family is travelling from San Jose, Costa Rica to New Delhi (India) via following itinerary San Jose (United Airlines) - Houston (United Airlines) - Frankfurt (Lufthansa) - New Delhi We ...
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Carrying my laptop to abroad from India

When I was 14 I was going to USA with my family, my father was carrying his laptop, I was also carrying it but my dad was strictly not allowing that. Which is the solution to carry my laptop from ...
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Pan card and foreign exchanges in india

As I am 15 years I wanted to go abroad but there is one problem. I need the pan card to go abroad so that I can collect money. The question is that can I get pan card in this age and can we carry ...
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Waiting list tickets in single digits 3,4,5

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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Small side trips traveling between US & India

When traveling from US to India, I know that its very easy to have a short tourist stop in Singapore: Stopovers >3hrs(?) get a free tour of the city Hong Kong: Visa on arrival, on an 8hr stopover I ...
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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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Best way to transfer Indian rupees to Bank of America?

I am travelling to USA for a stay about 1 year. I have recently opened an account in the bank of America. Now I want to deposit some cash for my stay in the same account. Please let me know the best ...
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Change of boarding point on Indian Railways train [duplicate]

I booked a train ticket on the Yeswantpur (Yeshvantapur, YPR) to Pondicherry (Puducherry, ODY) route. I gave my boarding point as Hosur. My reservation is from Yeswantpur. Am I entitled to board at ...
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Get Euro currency while travelling from India

I'll be travelling to Europe from India in a few days. While I have got some currency (Euro) from the Indian bank, I just wanted to ask if I can purchase some Euro (against Indian Rupee) from the ...
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Indian independence day greetings [closed]

What's the proper greeting for the Indian independance day? This question is motivated by the fact that we have "happy new years", "merry christmas", and "meaningful thanksgivings".
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Transit Visa Inquiry for Uzbekistan Nationality

My clients are Uzbekistan Nationality. I draw two ways for them to fly from our country Yangon to UGC with MH + HY and, CZ + HY via DEL and, TAS. What I would like to know is as when return, they need ...
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Sporting activities in Goa

Me along with my friends are planning to tour Goa on Sept 29-Oct2. We are really interested in jet skiing, scuba diving, sailing and various such sporting activities. But, we are not aware of such ...
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Easter breakfast in Chennai

Where can I get a traditional Easter breakfast in Chennai? Is it possible to get it in some sort of restaurant that caters to foreign tourists? For those that don't know, it usually consists of ...
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Six month business visa for work and leisure?

I will be going to India for work for around a month, I asked my manager if I could then take some of my leave after I have finished to go travelling around India. With a Business Visa that I have ...
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American ID requirements for indian domestic flights

I am an Indian with an American citizenship. I will be travelling in India with my family through domestic flights. I am wondering about the ID requirements for Indian domestic flights. Do I need to ...
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Is a visa needed for Indian citizens who are U.S. permanent residents to enter Mexico?

My family is traveling by air to Mexico for a vacation (more specifically, Cancún). Since I was born in the U.S. and am thus a U.S. citizen, I can get into Mexico without advance arrangements. ...
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Refund rules for a confirmed ticket vs non-confirmed ticket booked through Tatkal scheme of Indian railways

I have a few questions before I try to book a ticket through Tatkal scheme of Indian Railways: I would like to know if I book a tatkaal ticket on irctc website for indian railways and I do not get a ...
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Indian visa re-entry and cancellation

I have a question regarding a tourist Visa. I am from the Channel Island, and have a British Passport and I would like to apply for a tourist visa to go to Goa for 2 weeks in November. I know usually ...
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What local sporting events are available in Goa over late December? [closed]

I'm a keen runner/swimmer/cyclist and triathlete, and love taking part in events both off road and on. Currently planning a trip to Goa from December 15th till the New Year, and I was wondering what ...
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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 ...
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Kaza to Manali via Rohtang Pass in bus / shared vehicle

I am planning to travel through this route entirely in bus/shared vehicles:     Delhi → Shimla → Rampur → Peo → Pooh → Kaza → Rohtang Pass → Manali → Kulu → Delhi Earlier I covered Delhi to Pooh and ...