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Delhi is a Modern Indian city with a population of about 15 million people. If you have been to Delhi, you must have noticed the amount of traffic in the city. Even though it is true that cows are worshiped in Hindu Mythology, they are an inconvenience for the flow of traffic. Over time they have been moved away from Delhi and now you won't find them on most ...


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This is a well-trod trail on the backpacker circuit, and Seat 61 has the full scoop, but here's the outline: Train from Delhi to the end of the line at Gorakhpur, overnight, US$10-50 depending on class of sleeper Bus to border at Sunauli, one and half hours, ~$2 Cross border on foot Bus to Kathmandu, 9-12 hours (overnight buses available), ~$6 So it's ...


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If you'll be traveling on train from New Delhi, then you can use the cloak rooms and safety lockers available at New Delhi railway station. Most major stations have cloak rooms and lockers where you can leave your luggage, on payment of prescribed charges. This passenger amenity ensures safe custody of your luggage, giving you the freedom to spend ...


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As is the case with many countries, India also follows the Transit Without Visa (TWOV) rule for layovers not exceeding 24 hours as you will be routed through the airport's transit area without having to clear immigration. However, this is valid only for tickets made under a single booking. I say 'single booking' instead of 'airline' because there are many ...


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Yes! Many of the train stations in New Delhi have rooms that travelers can use for showers and sleep - they are called retiring rooms. They can only be booked at the station and are given on a first-come-first-serve basis. Sorry, I am not familiar with facilities near the airport area.


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3 hours should be fine, especially if you're flying on a major airline, since they fly domestic flights out of the same terminal as international flights (T3). Only LCCs (SpiceJet, Indigo, GoAir) use T1. If you do need to transfer, figure on 1 hour for customs and immigration, and assume you need to check in one hour early, which leaves you an hour -- ...


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You will find less traffic on Manali route because majority of commercial and defense vehicles use Srinagar route which is also a better quality road. Srinagar - Leh route has a lot more options as compared to Manali - Leh route for both accommodation and places to eat. Manali route does not have as many petrol pumps as Srinagar route does. If you do go via ...


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I imagine the new bus service would follow the Narayanghat Mugling Highway to get into the higher valleys and onto Kathmandu or Pokhara. Without knowing where you went within Nepal 20 years back, I would hazard a guess that maybe you went up either the Siddharta Highway (to Pokhara) or the Tribhuvan Highway (to Kathmandu). Both of these roads are still ...


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Lets get realistic, even if you do whatever other people may say, humans need food and a place to sleep, so absolute free travel is impossible, unless you walk(using your own energy), beg (ask for a lift) or steal (travel without ticket in a train and pretend to have no money to any ticket checking staff, which is highly highly discouraged). Having said, ...


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There are tons of trains running between various stations in Delhi and Agra, just do a search on the Indian Rail site. However, Indian Railways doesn't believe in regular schedules or short routes, so most of all of them run on long, weird, multi-day routes, and are consequently liable to be delayed, sometimes hours, sometimes days. Many trains also do not ...


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Most of North India doesn't see snow, and the winter temperatures almost never reach close to freezing. The places that see snow are J&K, Himachal Pradesh and some parts of Uttarakhand. This article has some places that you can visit. Most of these places however don't have good public transport connectivity from Delhi. The other place where it snows ...


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Regarding Himalayan National Park The climate is typically the Western Himalayan temperate and alpine type. There are four distinct seasons recognized for GHNP: spring (April-June), rainy/summer (July-September), autumn (October-November) and winter (December-March). During winter, the precipitation is in the form of snow even in lower elevation (1,560 m) ...


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The cows you see are not strays. They are owned by somebody, who lets them loose during the day to feed (which they probably get in the city markets and the open trash that lies all around, in most Indian towns and cities), without having to pay for cattle feed. At night, the owner just waits for the cows to come home. Or he doesn't. They come home anyway. ...


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There is Plaza premium lounge at T3 international departures that you can use. Three hour pass would cost US$30 and a six hour pass is around US$60 and a 12 hour pass would cost $85. Price included hot buffet and non alcoholic drinks. This lounge is after immigration and security so you would need to have your boarding pass to access the lounge. There is ...


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Exactly what Mark Mayo said, just check Google next time or go to Delhi's main bazaar and ask in any of the music instrument shops, most of them offer sitar lessons and they all provide sitars for it. Here is a one that was recommended by a fellow traveler when I mentioned this question over dinner: Dhingra Musicals Rajat is giving the lessons in a room ...


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You can take a direct bus from New Delhi to Kathmandu from Ambedkar stadium bus terminus and goes up to Swaymbhu bus terminal at Kathmandu. It is a 30 hour journey and is a daily bus service both ways. Ticket from New Delhi to Kathmandu costs INR 2300. This has only started 2-3 days ago.


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The Delhi Transport Corporation has its own home page where it lists the schedule for different bus routes (dead link) in a downloadable Excel spreadsheet. (Different routes are listed in different "sheets" within the spreadsheet so switch using the tabs at the bottom.) There's a second spreadsheet for fare stages that lists all stops on a particular route (...


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Your best bet would the Rajasthan State Government owned-operated tourism development corporation. They have their own buses, hotels, and tour packages, so you get kind of an end to end solution. Private tour operators coordinate with different agencies and sometimes their plans go wrong. When that happens there is nothing you can do really other than ...


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The T3 Terminal is open throughout the night and you should easily be able to move around anywhere publicly accessible inside it. If you have a visa, you can just as easily go out. Since you mentioned you have a domestic flight, I'll assume you do have a visa. Unfortunately though, there is a lot of hustle and bustle due to international flight departures in ...


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I went through this in Oct 2012. After reading a few threads on line we decided to get an Indian transit visa "just in case". This turned out to be a waste of time and money. Transferred from a BA flight into Delhi to an IndiGo (discount airline) flight to Kathmandu. We are Canadian citizens. Upon arrival in Delhi there is a transfer desk that arranges the ...


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I would like to recommend Nainital and Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand and Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh. These places are less touristy than Shimla and Manali. It usually snow during December and January, however it often depends on one's luck. These places are also easily accessible by bus from New Delhi.


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Frankfurt Airport operates a Fast Lane to allow connections under 30min: http://www.frankfurt-airport.com/content/frankfurt_airport/en/services/container_services/fast_lanes.html Fast Lanes What not everyone knows: when passengers are hurrying to catch a connecting flight at Frankfurt Airport they can take a shortcut to get to their gates ...


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The Guide to Sleeping in Airports has an entry on DEL.


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This one looked the most 'friendly' I could find with a quick search. However, it would seem there are plenty around, if you have a look at this list, for example. So I suggest maybe calling a couple of them and seeing what they say, how their English is, and whether they provide a sitar - I suspect they would in most cases.


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I went through today (March 2013) and was told the opposite at the transfer desk. I was asked if I had a visa at the transfer desk and when I had I was told to go through immigration and check in landside. This is why I had a visa. Single booking/itinerary is not what will get your bags checked through. Its whether the airlines concerned have an ...


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SAMS SNOOZE AT MY SPACE may be what you are looking for. Be advised though. IGI Airport like all airports in India restricts passenger movement. Some areas are strictly meant for international transfers only. Also, check out IGI's Aiport Hotel.


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For starters there is no reason not to have the same flights on the return leg for both people. YOU pick your flights for each ticket and just make sure they are the same. Seats are another story, but you can call the airline and have them tie the bookings together and request seats together. If the airline charges for advanced seating, then pay the money ...


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You can transit without a visa in India provided you remain airside in the transit section of the airport, and you stay for less than 24 hours: Then, when can I transit through India without a visa? If you meet all of the following conditions, you can transit through India without visa. The conditions are: Layover time less than 24 hours as ...


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It depends on what your interest really is. New Delhi has quite a lot to offer to foreigners who are looking for something different when they travel. When i travelled to India I wanted something completely different from how it is in Europe - mainly cuisine. I would recommend a couple of places: 1) Qutub Minar - a really tall brick minaret which is lovely ...


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I wouldn't say your question fits this site well, since it's more of tripadvisor type. I'm familiar with all these countries, so I though to put my thoughts. There are many experienced travelers here than myself, so expect some better answers. 1. India You can't "do" India in just 8 days, but it's certainly possible to visit many places and have plenty ...



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