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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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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Do tatkal reservations on Indian railways require any special document?

I would like to know if I book a ticket through the tatkal scheme using the website irctc.com whether I need to have any special documents that will make me eligible for travelling? Usually when I do ...
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Best ways to transfer Euros from French bank to Indian bank [closed]

Recently, I moved from Paris, France to Ahmedabad, India. I have bank account in Credit Agricole in France and SBI, ICICI in India. I would like to transfer euros from my French bank to Indian bank ...
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Theft insurance in India

Are there any theft insurance options available while travelling in India. I am an Indian as well and I am planning to travel throughout India for a couple of months. I will be carrying my camera, ...
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Where in India do I have the best chance of seeing wild tigers?

I'm going to India and I'm watching some youtube videos where travellers go into the jungle over an elephant to try to see wild tigers. Most of them didn't see anything. I would like to know which ...
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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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Previous visa details, from an old (and unavailable) previous passport?

I have been to India before, but have since renewed my passport so have no record of previous visa details. What does one do about completing this question online?
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How to transit through Delhi without a visa?

I have read a lot on this subject on the Lonely Planet forum and it looks like the staff on ground can transfer your bags through the Delhi airport if you have a connecting flight without you having ...
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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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Can I carry One office laptop, one personal laptop and one Surface tablet? [duplicate]

I am returning from US to Bangalore. I was travelling on B1 Visa. While going to US, I was carrying one Laptop from Office. I have ID for this Laptop as well. In US I have purchased a Laptop ($399) ...
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Trekking in Leh / Ladakh, India in January

I am planning a trip to India in January and would like to organise a 8-day trek in Leh/Ladakh. I have come across the well-advertised frozen chadar trek, but it is too long for what I have in mind ...
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Waiting list and confirmation for trains in India [duplicate]

I've booked a ticket to Belgaum for today but it shows WL/44. Does that mean I'm on a waiting list? Should I cancel the ticket or go to railway station and check?
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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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Boarding a sleeper compartment with a waiting list ticket and no reservation [duplicate]

What are the railway reservation rules under the below noted circumstances? I have purchased a waiting list ticket in 3rd class A/C and did not confirm it before the journey. Can I make a valid ...
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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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Which will be the cheapest way to go to Leh from Jaipur?

Which will be the cheapest way to go to Leh from Jaipur and how? It's my first time to go on such trip. I am so confused.
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Valid visa in an expired US passport and an additional renewed passport [duplicate]

I have a valid Indian visa in the US for an expired passport. Additional I have a new US passport. Can I carry both my passports with me when I'm traveling to India? Will I have problems at the ...
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Which Indian trains have shorter booking period?

Most of the long distance trains in India have bookings opened 90 days before the train ride. There are some that have a shorter period available. Which exact Indian trains have reservations open ...
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Arriving at a different port of entry than specified in the Indian visa application?

When applying for my Indian visa, I had to state my point of entry (POE) among many other things. The actual visa in the passport doesn't mention the POE, can I now change my mind and arrive in a ...
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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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Getting a SIM card (prepay) in India

Unlike in the UK and most of the European countries (where one can buy a SIM over the counter in any of the shops), getting a SIM in India is a tedious process. One has to provide a copy of ID proof ...
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Phones for use in India [closed]

So me and the wife are going to India and are thinking maybe we should pick up two mobile phones before going over. I was contemplating buying them once I got there but I want to be able to: Enter ...
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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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Can I eat a beef burger in India?

I always heard that cows are holy in India. So I assumed that you can't eat any meat made of cows in India. But recently a friend told me, that it depends on the region. Not everywhere in India cows ...
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Using trains and buses in India without advance booking?

We talked about the different booking periods on Indian trains, and also about which class one might want to use. We learned that locals may ride on the roof of trains because the trains are too ...
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Getting from Delhi to Haridwar

I want to go to Haridwar from Delhi. Which is the fastest and cheapest way to reach there? Also I want to know which are the must visit places there and nearby to it?
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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 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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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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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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How to visit India, Nepal and Sri Lanka on a single trip

On my upcoming trip to India, I also would like to visit the neighboring countries of Nepal and Sri Lanka. Assuming I am flying into India (and out again) this means I need to get a multiple entry ...
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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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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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How to lock a backpack?

In a response to a question in an India forum somebody answered that all items you leave in the Mumbai CTS cloak room must be "locked": The cloak room charges something like Rs15 per item, and all ...
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What exactly means to be a RAC ticket holder? [duplicate]

I have a couple of RAC tickets (we are a couple). It's my first time in India and I'm trying to understand the Indian railway system. I've read some answer here at Travel, but I cannot imagine how it ...
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Where in India can one wash and play with elephants?

I've seem a documentary in which a host is washing elephants somewhere in India (I believe it was Kerala) but I can't remember where I've seen it. Image courtesy of tiagopereira and is licensed ...
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Itinerary for the south of India

I'm planning a trip to the south of the India and Sri Lanka. For India I have about 25 days starting and ending at Mumbai and taking some flights and night trains. This is the route: 24J: Arrive to ...
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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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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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A trip to Patalpani near Indore

We are bunch of friends from Hyderabad, planning to visit Indore to meet a friend. We are also planning to visit Patalpani, a famous picnic spot. Just wondering after watching these news reports about ...
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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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Is it possible to buy outdoor clothing in Northern India/Nepal?

Another shopping question, but I do think it is on topic! I will soon travel to India, the first few months I will spend in the south and lower parts of the country where it will be warm and hot. As ...
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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 safe is northeast India?

How safe are the North-Eastern provinces of India, like Tripura or Nagaland? I keep reading articles about some uprisings but they are years old. Is it better now? Has anyone ever been there?
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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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Is there an overland route to Kashmir from Europe?

I want to travel to Kashmir from Europe. I know that I can easily go to Russia, but what next? What will be the route from there? If I go to Pakistani-administered Kashmir, will I be able to cross the ...
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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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Drinking tap water in India

I ordered SteriPEN before I started my India trip but unfortunately it didn't arrive in time. I'm only drinking bottled water here but am interested whether tap water in train stations and some ...
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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?