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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Indian Railways-Online Reservation Rules

I booked an online ticket for traveling on Indian Railways for a Short Distance Journey, but my ticket was not confirmed at all and is on the waiting list. Can I travel with the waiting list ticket ...
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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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Transit visa in India?

As a French person, I booked a ticket from CountryA to Delhi, and another ticket (other company/agent) from Delhi to CountryB. CountryA → Delhi → CountryB → Delhi → CountryA Do I need a visa to ...
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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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Indian Visa-on-Arrival

Has anyone had any experience with India's (newish) Visa-On-Arrival scheme (details here)? I'm travelling on a New Zealand passport into Chennai (and meet the other requirements), and was thinking I ...
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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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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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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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One month in India: eating tips to getting spiced-out

I will be in India (Hyderabad) for about a month. I like spicy food, but it is a treat, not normal event. Last time I went to (North of) India, after a week, I had too much of the spices and my mouth ...
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Valid Indian visa in an expired passport

I recently had to renew my passport. The expired one has an Indian visa that will be valid until 2016. Is it necessary for me to get the visa transferred to the renewed passport, or can I get ...
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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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User Group meetings in India?

This may sound like an odd idea, but when I'm travelling I like to go to local user group meetings. I have two reasons for this: It is a good way to meet local people I have something in common with ...
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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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Using the IndRail pass for a good Indian experience

Site61 tells a lot about the railways in India, and suggests some nice looking trips to do. One can buy an IndRail pass, and could travel around India by train say 15 or 21 days long. Is there anyone ...
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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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Bungee jumping and zorbing in India

Where in India can one jump bungee? I'm primarily interested in jumping off of a bridge or other solid structures but you can contribute with crane and helicopter jumps as well. Since there isn't ...
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Visiting villages in Kerala

How do I visit and spend a couple of nights in non-touristy villages in Kerala between Kochi, Alappuzha and Kollam? Do I just hire a boat and ask them to take me to such a village? Could you ...
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Tipping attendants on Indian super-fast trains

Should one encourage giving tips (bacshis) to the attendants and cleaners in AC and Sleeper coaches in super-fast trains like Durunto and Rajdhani in India?
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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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Am I allowed to take photos of the Umaid Bhawan Palace premises in Jodhpur without being a guest

Is it possible to take photos of Umaid Bhawan Palace premises if you are not a guest of the hotel? I am mainly interested in taking photos of the back garden with the pavilion and bird-view photos of ...
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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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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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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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Shower for a traveler passing through Delhi

Since I have a bunch of flights and train rides that depart from Delhi, I go through the city quite a few times without the need of a room for the night. I'm interested whether there is a shower ...
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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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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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Places in and around Bangalore [closed]

Like most of them in Bangalore, I am a software professional, new to the city. I heard a lot about Bangalore and that there are so many beautiful locations in and around the city. Please share a few ...
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Where can I get a Sitar lesson in New Delhi?

Is there any English friendly music school in New Delhi that allows one off lessons for Sitar? Particularly one that would provide the Sitar for you.
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Traveling between Alappuzha and Kollam

What are the available means of transport between Alleppy and Kollam? I am interested in going one way only and would prefer taking a backwaters route. If you do provide an answer, please include how ...
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What's wrong with IRCTC [INDIAN RAILWAY TICKET BOOKING SITE] [closed]

I am able to view all the websites in my laptop but not this one. What's wrong? The link to the site is: www.irctc.co.in I am able to view the home page, but logging in is very difficult, even if I ...
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How to go on a honeymoon trip from Bangalore to Thailand? [closed]

I am planning to go on a honeymoon trip from Bangalore to Thailand in the month of June. I would like to make the arrangements by my own. Because my friends are saying, the travel agencies are ...
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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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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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Where are the backpacker ghettos in India? [closed]

Many Asian countries have towns or cities with an area we call the 'backpacker ghetto' which caters solely to the Western (and East Asian) traveler or tourist. You have guest houses, internet cafes, ...
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Zipline adventure operators in Jodhpur

A Lonely Planet guidebook says that it is possible to only ride one line of Flying Fox at Mahrangarh fort and their website quotes: Half an hour for Zip 1 only but I still can't find the price ...
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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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Buses from Jaisalmer to Khuri

I read that buses to Khuri go from a private bus stand in Jaisalmer. I would like to know at what times do these buses depart and arrive to Khuri. Additionally, please tell me when I can catch a bus ...
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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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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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The best Keralan spices

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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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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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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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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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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Is it recommended to get vaccinations before visiting India?

I'll be travelling to India soon. I'm not sure if I'll have to time to get vaccinated since it usually takes 2 weeks to kick in. Lonely Planet suggests a bunch of vaccinations. Have any of you guys ...
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What is the average temperature in Kochi during mid-October?

I know that weather in Kerala can be tricky in October, as it's between two monsoon seasons. I know that there's a likelihood of rain, but I haven't been able to find reliable information about the ...
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Which of the many Stepwells in India are worth a visit?

I know that there's a stepwell at Abhaneri. Is it a great location to checkout the amazing stepwell of India? What other stepwells are worth visiting?