On past Indian trips, I've tended to use autos to get around, despite issues with haggling for a price as a foreigner. This time though, all my colleagues have told me not to bother, and to use a taxi / ride hailing app like Ola Cabs.
Using an Indian sim card which I thankfully got before the rules were tightened, I've downloaded the Ola app to my phone, and created an account. It comes up with a big exclamation mark against my account, and gives a low balance warning. Probably expected on a new account with a zero balance!
Following the prompts in the app, I tried to top up my balance. All went well with picking an amount, entering credit card details etc, but after a long wait at the end it gave me an error saying that international credit and debit cards are not accepted.
As I don't have an Indian bank account, and all my cards are issued abroad, that seems to be a pretty major problem for me...
Is there some other way to top up my account using an international card, or cash, so I can use the Ola Cabs app to book a ride this weekend?