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 electronics and other valuables can I bring duty-free when going to India?

I am planning to travel to India (COK airport, Kerala) from United States. I want to take my laptop as well as my tablet (iPad). Am I allowed to take both in my backpack with my documents related my ...
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Indian Trains Wait List - will I get a seat?

After the fiasco of registering an account to book train tickets online using my British VISA card, I finally got into a position of being able to book a ticket, but what it appears to be telling me ...
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Can we carry three new smart phones in hand luggage to India? [duplicate]

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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Can I take two laptops to India from United States? One bought in India and one in US

I will be landing at New Delhi airport. The worth of new laptop (Lenovo Yoga Idea Pad 13) is about $1000 and old one (Macbook Pro) is > 1 lakh INR. I want to leave the new laptop in India. I have a ...
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Changing passenger name on an Indian Railways ticket

I have booked a ticket on IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation) for me and my brother but now even my sister is willing to travel but we are not getting tickets for her. So my ...
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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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How many iPhone 6 devices can I bring into India?

My Aunt lives in Newyork (United States) she's Indian, she's been there more than a year. I just ordered her 2 iPhone 6 phones for me and my brother personal use. The main problem is that with 2 ...
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Is it really forbidden to cross the Indian border with Indian rupee?

Last week I tried to exchange some Swiss Francs into Indian rupees. For that I visited a big bank and they told me that they have rupees but I'm not allowed to import any into India. Is this really ...
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Boarding a train in India at another station

I have booked a ticket on a train from Mumbai to Chennai and boarding at Pune. Since my schedules have changed, I will be in Mumbai on that day. Can I board the same train in Mumbai in my own ticket ...
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Is tea and coffee on the street safe to drink in India?

There are many street tea/coffee sellers around India, and although the water has been boiled at some point, often the pots are out for a long time. The clay cups are also lying around in the dust. Is ...
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Indian Visa in expired passport, new passport with husband's surname

I have an Indian visa valid till 2013 in my old passport. But since I just got married I'm changing my surname and hence changing my passport. Will my Indian visa in my now old passport be valid, ...
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How should I deal with beggars in India?

I heard that it is unsafe to show money or help someone in India. Are there any rules I should respect to avoid getting into trouble? How should I deal with these beggars?
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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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How dangerous is India for solo women travellers, or female-only groups?

Why India is not safe for solo women is an article in The Telegraph (UK) describing one woman's issues with sexual harassment in India. Some of the information there describes a worse situation than ...
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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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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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Which foreign currencies can be used to exchange for INR in India?

Is there a preferred foreign currency to bring to India to exchange for the Indian Rupee? I understand that USD is the preferred currency in most countries, but is it OK to bring CAD? Will cab ...
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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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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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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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What to do if I lost my passport before flight in another country?

I'm just asking this question for my info. I will be traveling from India to Amsterdam on a short trip. What should you do if you lose your passport or the passport gets stolen (especially in a ...
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Is it necessary to take malaria pills when travelling in South India?

Sources seem to differ on what precautions are required. Is there an authoritative source I can check, or is it better to drug-up anyway (or not to)?
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What if one family member doesn't have a photo ID for domestic air travel in India?

My friend has booked tickets for vacation in India (domestic travel), but realized that his wife doesn't have any photo ID. Will any of the following documents work for his wife? Marriage ...
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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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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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What class of travel is suitable for a woman travelling alone on Indian railways?

What class should a lone woman travel on a sleeper train to be safe at night?
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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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Meeting westerners in northern India?

I'm backpacking in northern India in January by myself. How easy will it be to meet other western backpackers and does anyone have any advice on doing so? I've never been travelling before. I've ...
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Who provides Carnet de Passage for Indian vehicles?

Under which government department and which law the Carnet is issued in India ? I have already visited Nepal and Bhutan on bike. Both the countries don't need any Carnet from Indians. Now, I want to ...
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Transit visa in India for a French Citizen?

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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Travelling to Himalayan National Park or Nanda Devi Reserve in Monsoon

I will be arriving to New Delhi in 15th August and this is a rainy time in Delhi as well as certain other parts in northern India. Is it safe to travel to any one of these two national parks in the ...
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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 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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Indian passport with two missing (ripped out) pages - should I get a new one to enter the US?

I have got a passport in very good condition with two inner pages totally ripped out (they are missing). I had my Schengen visa issued on those pages with a few stamps but now that visa has expired. ...
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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 many mobile phones can I bring to India?

I am traveling from the UK to Delhi and I am bringing 4 phones with me + mine the rest are for friends. These phones are all used so will this be an issue in bringing them through customs?
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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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Do I need a visa to transit in Dublin, when traveling from India to USA?

I am travelling to USA from India & returning, on Qatar Airways. Dublin is a transit layover for two hours. Is there any requirement for transit visa at Dublin?
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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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Minimize import customs duty on used repair replacement PC/Computer Server parts; Exporting India to US & back? [closed]

I've obtained airport departure Export Certificates for used laptops to be repaired and got them back. This was after Check-In. Here, PC/ Server/ Boxes / Parts will have to be checked-in to checked ...
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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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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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What is the most expensive train ride in India?

Considering a lot of people use trains in India, train tickets tend to be cheap, depending on class of travel, of course. What I am interested in is finding out which train ride or which route (since ...
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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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How can I effectively haggle for a decently-priced auto ride?

Pretty much wherever you go in India, you'll come across 3 wheeled autos or auto rickshaws, which normally look like this: In some places where you want to get one, there's an office or cabin where ...
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How to get from Delhi to Kathmandu overland?

I am going to Nepal and probably, same as everyone, through Delhi. I was considering going overland from Delhi to Kathmandu, however I have found many posts that advise against it in favor of a ...
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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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Can I get off the train or discontinue my journey before reaching the destination station?

I have booked my ticket for Kanpur to Guwahati. Can I get off at New Jalpaiguri?
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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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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 ...