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 much to tip in Mumbai or India general?

How much money should I give as a tip to a hotel boy in Mumbai / India, for carrying my luggage or to reception girl or restaurant waiter, for being generally nice and helpful? What amount is best to ...
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Temple visits in Kerala - can you visit them alone?

As part of an upcoming trip to south India, I would like to visit traditional temples and old churches in Kerala. My question is whether it is allowed for a tourist to visit temples in Kerala alone? ...
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The best Keralan spices [closed]

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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What are the tricks to get a confirmed Indian Railway travel reservation?

It is notoriously difficult to get an Indian Railway ticket reservation especially during festivals and summer. Now, people use tricks like booking the ticket for a less popular station after your ...
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Where can I see snake charmers in India?

I know that snake charming is mostly a myth nowadays in India; yet, are there some places, likely tourist traps, where one can see this marvelous performance? Same question for the rope trick, ...
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How to reach Goa from Delhi without any money

I am planning to go to Goa. The only catch is I have no money. How can I manage to do this? Taking lifts from trucks comes to mind but I have no idea how to go about it?
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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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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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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 ...
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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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India airports post-immigration xray check purpose?

I've noticed that when arriving into India by air, after immigration, and after the passport stamp check to ensure you really did go through immigration, there is some sort of check where all your ...
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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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Mobile phone connectivity in Leh (Kashmir)

I'll be travelling to Leh, Ladakh, India this August. Concerned about the mobile connectivity there. Is there mobile networks coverage in Leh and Pangong Lake area? If yes, is it good enough to use ...
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Now that NGT has banned private vehicles from entering the Rohtang pass, what route should I take?

I had planned to take a road trip from Delhi to Ladakh on my Royal Enfield from 31st August to 13 September. But I came across the news that the National Green Tribune (NGT) has banned private ...
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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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What is an appropriate gift for an Indian wedding?

I will be attending a Hindu wedding in the state of Odisha in India in the near future. The wedding is between a the brother of a friend of mine and his new bride. I will be traveling from the US, ...
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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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How much transfer time do I need in Mumbai airport?

I will take a two domestic flights, from Varanasi to Mumbai then from Mumbai to Kochi. How much transfer time do I need? Will the flights be commonly delayed?
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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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Is there a way to avoid extra scrutiny in India - Dubai flights?

I'm a 25 year old unmarried male Indian citizen My parents live in Dubai and hence I fly there atleast once every 3 months on a tourist visa. Departing from India, immigration often grills me on if ...
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Are there any pre-check-in shops at Mumbai Airport?

Are there any shops at Mumbai Airport, where I could make shopping prior to checking in? Of course, that would not be duty free, but that's not a problem for me. I have found airport's page for shops,...
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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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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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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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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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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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What happens if I don't use my Indian visa? Is it likely to cause problems in future?

I am a British citizen. I recently applied for (and was granted) a multiple-entry 6-month Indian business visa. It looks likely now that I will not use it (the trips were cancelled for business ...
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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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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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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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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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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 visa-on-...
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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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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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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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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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Is it worth visiting Phoenix MarketCity shortly before official closure?

I have a chance to visit Phoenix MarketCity in Mumbai, but due to my schedules, I'll be able to be there at around 10:30-11:00 PM. Google says, that official closure time is 11:30 PM, so I would be ...
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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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Recommended Tour Operator for 'Golden Triangle' India [closed]

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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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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Will I get refund if train was cancelled

I booked 4 Tatkal tickets from Visakhapatnam to Secunderabad and cancelled after 5 min. 1 hour later train was cancelled due to technical problems. Will I get refund or not?
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Is it possible to cross the Wagan border by car?

I was planning a trip by car when I found something a bit weird in Google Maps:if you try to cross from Lahore to India, it tells that you have to 6457 km detour. Is it possible to cross this border ...
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Is it possible to stay in a palace in Jaipur?

I have been told that it is possible in some parts of India to stay in a former palace. Is it possible in or near Jaipur, Rajasthan, India? How can I reliably book a stay before arriving in India?
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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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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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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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A must-see in New Delhi for just a 5-6 hours break [closed]

I'll have just a five or six hours break between flights at Indira Gandhi International Airport. Is there any place or places in New Delhi that is: considered a must-see for someone, who is visiting ...
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How to get from Switzerland to Nashik, Maharashtra, India by public transport

The title says it all. I'd like to know what my options are to get from Switzerland to Nashik, Maharashtra, India by public transport. The only option I could find was to fly from Zurich to Mumbai and ...
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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 ...