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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Hard time proving I am same person as seen in the passport photo taken 9 years ago

This is a bit funny. I had posted a question in June - Use of unused Schengen visa to travel to Switzerland. Based on that i travelled to Norway and faced another problem. Here is some background: ...
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Traveling to India from USA with 2 laptops and an iPad [duplicate]

I'm sure this question has been asked many times, but having gone through all the different answers, I'm more confused than ever before. I'm traveling to India from USA (point of entry: Delhi). I have ...
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Can Someone bring a packed phone from US to India [duplicate]

One of my friend is coming to India from US. He bought himself a laptop and a camera which he is using their. Also I requested him to get a Nexus 5 phone for me. Is it possible to bring this phone ...
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What is the problem with Indian water? Bugs or Chemicals

I will be heading out to India soon and saw one of these on Amazon. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lifesaver-Systems-Limited-4000-Bottle/dp/B001EHF99A Demonstration Video: ...
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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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Do I need a transit visa in India if my flight will transit in Mumbai and Delhi

My friend just bought Return Ticket JET AIR From Singapore to London, but on his itinerary, his flight will transit in Delhi and on his return Ticket it says it transits in Mumbai. The question is: ...
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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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Can I get vaccinated for Japanese Encephalitis in India?

I'm traveling to India, and am planning on departing in 2 weeks. The only vaccine I haven't received yet is the one for Japanese Encephalitis, which requires 2 doses that are 28 days apart. I'll be ...
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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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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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Transit visa through Germany with expired I94

I am an Indian citizen and have completed my OPT/studies. However my I94 has expired because I based it off the Visa which is still valid, due to a misunderstanding. I am returning home and before I ...
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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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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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Travelling before entering India with UK visa

I've just applied for my Indian visa as a UK resident, but I'm planning on going to France beforehand, then flying to India from there. Will going to France before India be a considered a problem? As ...
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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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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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Booked and boarding station differ; can we board from the booking station? [duplicate]

I have booked a ticked from Kota to Chennai and mention boarding from Ujjain. Can I travel from Kota? Is there any penalty, or do we have to go for a boarding change?
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“Free Camping” in India

I've seen many questions inquiring about the safety / legality of so-called "free camping" in Japan, Iceland, and the USA among others, but none regarding India. I realize that safety will vary ...
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Will I get into trouble at customs if I take electronic devices for thousands of dollars into India?

I'm going to India and I'm planning to take a couple of electronic devices with me that are worth at least 30'000 USD. I don't have any bills for that. I plan to use these devices there for 10 days ...
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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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Do I need Transit Visa to visit London for 4-5 hours during layover?

I am an Indian citizen. I am going to study in Canada with a study-permit. I am planning to have my flight via London. I've a layover there at London for almost 9 hours. Is it wise to visit the city ...
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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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Ideas for versatile clothes in northern India

I will be heading to Ladakh (Leh included) from mid-August to mid-October, but I want to travel with only a 32 liter bag, and obviously I will have to be flexible with my gear due to the difference of ...
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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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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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Customs charge for bringing a 3D printer into India?

I am travelling from US to India via Qatar, I am carrying a Prusa 8" i3v kit. The dimensions of the box are 18×18×6, and it weighs around 9kg. If I check the 3D printer box with my ...
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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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Is there a direct flight from the west coast of North America to anywhere in India?

A friend in San Francisco is trying to figure it out, given that there are (apparently) direct flights to Dubai, it should be physically possible, but wondering if such flights exist?
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Bouldering guide for Hampi (India)

As part of my trip to India I am planning to do some bouldering (climbing on small boulders) in Hampi. Could anyone advise: What is the best climbing guidebook for the area and how can I buy it in ...
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Should I book a train ticket in advance when traveling from Ernakulam Junction to Aleppey?

How frequently do trains run between the two stations? Are the trains full, or can I just show up at the railway station and get a ticket?
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Safety concerns for traveling the Leh district

I would like to spend some time - around a month exploring the Leh district in North India. Some friends advised me not to go, but they were there a long time ago (10 years or so). I have also seen ...
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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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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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Boarding point change for an Indian rail reservation

I booked a train ticket on the Yeswantpur (Yeshvantapur, YPR) to Calicut (CLT). I gave my boarding point as Yesvantpur (YPR). My reservation is from Yeswantpur. Am I entitled to board at Karmelram ...
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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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Is a mosquito net strictly necessary when traveling through India in low cost accommodation?

I've been in other countries where malaria prevention is a must like Senegal or Kenya and almost all low cost accommodations include a mosquito net (sometimes broken, but in general in good ...
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What is a safe overland route from Europe to India using public transport?

The traditional Hippie trail included Afghanistan and Pakistan which most people now consider unsafe to travel through. Even if one would decide to go through Pakistan, is it possible to get to the ...
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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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I have lost my residential permit while travelling in India - what should I do?

I am staying in India for 6 months, so have had to register with the Foreigners Registration Office in Bangalore. I was given a residential permit which I have misplaced, and am expected to surrender ...
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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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What is this Season's Greetings sign for in March in India?

While being driven from Dehli to Agra on March 17, 2014, I saw a number of seasons greetings signs, as shown in the following picture: What holiday is this for? Holi?
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Best places in India to visit in September first half [closed]

Which are the places in India to visit during September first half. More interested in northern India. Especially Shimla - Kulu - Manali. Will it be a good climate there in September.? Is it raining ...
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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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PlayStation 4 from UK to India will I have to pay customs duty? [duplicate]

I bought a PS4 in UK and I've been using it for close to two and a half weeks here and I'm taking it back to India so will I have to pay them? There are no boxes, just the console in one suitcase ...
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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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Should I avoid overnight flights from Dubai to India?

In summer, I'm flying from Europe to India. A friend of mine told me to avoid overnight flights from Dubai to India, because, as he argues, these flights are prone to unruly passengers, dirty ...
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Can you visit the Palace of Mysore, as a day trip by train from Bangalore?

Visa permitting, I'm going to be off to Bangalore soon for work. Due to the way airline pricing works, I'm going to be spending a weekend there as part of the trip (it's a hard life...). Armed with a ...
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Why does Agra have cows on most roads and public areas whereas Delhi does not?

So I visited Agra the other day and there were cows everywhere. On the side of the road, on the road and in one case sleeping on the road. Meanwhile in Delhi, this isn't the case. Are they there and ...
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Are Indians as pushy to one another as they appear to be to Westerners?

So I'm in India right now and and idk... it feels like I can't walk more than a few yards without being accosted by someone trying to get me to ride their auto rickshaw or buy whatever it is that ...
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Getting to the Taj Mahal from Delhi and back?

http://goindia.about.com/od/populartrainroutes/qt/delhi-agra-trains.htm Per that link it seems like I just have two options. Catch a train that leaves at 6:15am or catch one that leaves at 7:10am. ...