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Questions tagged [india]

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 passport threading coming off

My Indian passport threading is coming off i.e. the cover of the passport is coming off, there are only 2 threads remaining. Will it be a problem at the airport when going abroad ? Also anyone who ...
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Can I take two laptops to India from United States? One bought in India and one in US [duplicate]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How many iPhone 6 devices can I bring into India? [duplicate]

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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How to remove my passport from a blacklist in Indian Immigration?

I'm a citizen of Sri Lanka. I visited India on a tourist visa in 2007. I didn't overstay and didn't have any issues when coming back. But when I applied for a visa in 2012 for business a visit I was ...
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I have forgotten my ID proof and I'm doing an Indian domestic flight. Can I still fly?

I am travelling from Delhi to Indore, a domestic flight. I forgot to take ID proof. Can I still fly?
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What is valid ID for domestic flights in India?

Is post office ID card accepted as ID proof for flight to travel withinin India? What else other than PAN card, driving license is accepted as ID? Where do I need to show it?
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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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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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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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Passport book cover is slightly detached from page

My Indian passport book cover is detached from the main book, but all other information, as well as the book is fine. I am traveling to India in 2 days. What should I do? Will there any problem at the ...
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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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How should I deal with beggars in India?

I have heard that it is unsafe to show money or help someone in India. Are there any rules I should respect in order to avoid getting into trouble? How should I deal with these beggars?
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India just demonetized all Rs 500 & 1000 notes. What do I do with my leftover cash?

On November 08, 2016, India declared that all old 500 and 1000 rupee notes are no longer legal tender, and have to be deposited or exchanged before December 30, 2016. I have some leftover rupees and ...
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How can I remove myself from India's visa blacklist?

I am a Bangladeshi citizen. Back in 2013, I went to India with a tourist visa and overstayed for four days. It was due to a gout attack in my feet but I don't have my medical papers to prove that. I ...
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Is it possible to cross the Wagan border by car?

I was planning a trip by car when I found something a bit weird in Google Maps:if you try to cross from Lahore to India, it tells that you have to 6457 km detour. Is it possible to cross this border ...
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My passport was detached from the front cover but all the pages are intact. what shall i do?

My passport was detached from the front cover but all the pages are intact. I have an Indian passport and wants to travel from Philippines to India, is it possible?
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Hard time proving I am the same person as seen in the passport photo taken 9 years ago

This is a bit funny. I had posted a question in June - Use of unused Schengen visa to travel to Switzerland. Based on that I travelled to Norway and faced another problem. Some background: I have an ...
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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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What if I don't know my previous visa number for the Indian e-Tourist visa application?

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? I am French and we are not allowed ...
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Best way to go from T1 to T2 in Mumbai

I am travelling from Chandigarh to Mumbai (T1) and 90 minutes later I need to catch another flight from Mumbai (T2) to Shirdi. It seems that T1 is domestic and T2 is international. What is the best ...
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Travelling to India via Germany with 2 stops, do i need transit visa? [duplicate]

I have Indian passport and USA H1 valid visa, will be travelling US and my itinerary is Mumbai – Munich – Frankfurt – San Francisco. This route has two stops in Germany, Munich – Frankfurt is German ...
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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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Going to New Delhi for a conference. Where to drink/get water?

I've just read Drinking tap water in India, which has some mixed messages (in different answers) regarding tap water safety in different locations and conditions in India. Now, I'm traveling to 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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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 flight....
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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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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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How can I cheaply transport lots of baggage when travelling domestically in India when coming in or going out on an international flight?

I'm planning to travel to India from an international destination, and leaving back to the same international destination. My airline allows me to check two bags weighing 50 pounds each, and I plan to ...
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Where to spend a night in the Mumbai airport

My girlfriend and I have a layover at the Mumbai airport from 19:35 to 05:55 and we would like to sleep in a cheap place near to the airport (maximum 30 minutes away). Is there any cheap hotel near ...
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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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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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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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To travel 30 km from India to Sri Lanka, do I really have to take a 1500 km, 20 hour detour?

I'm in Tamil Nadu, India. Let's say I go to the area around Rameswaram, India, and that after that I want to visit the area around Mannar Island, Sri Lanka. Getting a visa for Sri Lanka is done very ...
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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 LifeStraw a silver bullet water purification solution for travelling in India?

LifeStraw has a 0.2 micron filter. Since "most bacteria are 0.2 µm in diameter and 2-8 µm in length" (source), is it safe to drink water from any source using LifeStraw without boiling? (India in ...
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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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Coming up with a fake travel plan to apply for a Schengen visa, will I get caught?

I am travelling from India with my wife and two teenage daughters to the Schengen region next week. My origin itinerary was 6 days in Rome, 3 days in Paris, 3 days in Amsterdam, 1 night in Zurich ...
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What is the intended use of the water hose in Indian restrooms? [duplicate]

In Indian restrooms, I have often seen a flexible water hose with a hand-release attached. My original assumption was that it is supposed to be used to clean the bowl if you have left 'skidmarks' ...
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How do I avoid conversation with strangers while traveling?

Personally I hate traveling not just because I hate going to a new city but because of seeing strangers who are watching and trying to start conversation with me. Well talking with someone is not 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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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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How to change the 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 ...