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It's not "Indians" that are pushy. Not "Indians". That makes it sound like everybody. It's "rickshaw drivers, taxi drivers, and some street vendors in India." I never found pushiness from regular people other than when queueing up to buy tickets at the train station. Just from people in certain professions, and mostly in touristy areas. So it's not really ...


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In order to acquire a canonical question/answer about lying on Schengen applications in our TSE archives, allow me to offer the following advice. The strict 'party line' on TSE is we do not encourage deception. We won't do it, and any answer that proposes it will be heavily downvoted anyway. Deception can have disastrous consequences. It goes into your ...


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The best tactic in India is to ignore beggars / paupers and keep moving on. The very fact that people give money creates a vicious cycle where people are forced into the profession by local mafia. Yes, you may think your alms to a small kid will feed him but it reality very often what happens is that the kids' parents or local mafia will take away their ...


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In India, never drink tap water without boiling it. In Delhi, when you ask nicely at any restaurant, they will usually get your bottles filled with hot water. There will be proper filtered water available in most hotels and hostels where you can fill up. The blue drums will be found in many places and you can ask where any of those are found. Also, bottled ...


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If you do not look like a native, then you will be hounded by paupers/beggars. If you help one, generally onlooking beggars may come asking you for money as well. The rule to respect would be to ignore anyone asking for money - a conversation isn't going to lead anywhere. Keep yourself safe - do not make a display of your money. You never know who's ...


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Aniket basically said the right thing but let me clarify a few things. There are many regions/groups of people in India but for myself the Bengali example is the best. It is very common for Bengalis to have two names, one of which (bhalo naam) is the legal name used on all official documents. The other (dak naam) is a colloquial name used by family and ...


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Don't lie, regardless of what a travel agent says: it's an immediate family member, not some distant, tangential relation. Include what information they do have (name, city, email etc.). While your parents may not now plan to connect with them while they're in England, they did attempt contact for some reason, and were ignored. UKVI is adept at spotting ...


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Let's reiterate: You had a problem with your current passport People were not accepting (or at least easily) other means of identification It seems you were just let go on that occasion because people had "better things to do". Even if by all laws your current passport (or other documents provided) should work, you already know that this didn't much ...


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I have backpacked around a fair bit in India - I grew up there, by the way - and yet I still mostly had to use English to get myself understood when I was visiting other states.There are at least 22 languages in use in India. The curious thing is even for Indians it is often English that is the binding thread - the one language that I could communicate in ...


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I have personal experience of walking around the mountains of Thiruvannamalai on a full moon day along with other devotees. Most of the devotees walk barefoot and so did I. The asphalt road is used not only by the devotees but also by other local peoples for transportation. So you will see many people wearing footwear on the asphalt road, who are not part of ...


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Can we carry cremated remain ashes while we travel to India? what are the rules and regulations we must follow? Yes, you can carry and travel with cremated remains from USA to India. You are supposed to meet TSA requirement, Airline policy and Indian embassy/consulate requirement. Tsa Regulations From the My TSA, you can carry cremated remains and there ...


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There have been Jews in India for 2500 years, and largely without experiencing anti-Semitism. Even if there was a sudden, historically unprecedented upswing in hostility or violence against Jews, it wouldn't affect you personally. While you may regard yourself as obviously Jewish, in a country with thousands of different ethnic and cultural groups, you ...


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It says that, when you hand them 500 INR bills, they replace those with 100 INR bills since they look similar. So in the first case, when you hand them 500 INR and the object costs per say 50 INR, they will give you 50 INR change instead of 450 INR. When you ask them about where the rest is, they will show you 100 INR and tell you that you have given them ...


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Cows are considered holy in Hindu religion, not India as a whole per se. North/East/West India are primarily Hindu-majority regions and thus you're highly unlikely to find any beef, except perhaps at dodgy places in Muslim-dominated parts of those towns. Dodgy places because in those three parts of India cow slaughter is frowned upon and you don't find ...


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My family and I had our passports stolen two days before we were supposed to return home from Portugal to the UK - so we spent a day in the British Consulate (yes, all day) to get emergency passports (good for one use only - to get us back to the UK on our scheduled flight) and then we had to sort out new ones - which took a full day at the Passport Office ...


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As one simple but quantifiable example, two of the conditions for a country to qualify for the US's Visa Waiver Program are: Their Adjusted Visa Refusal Rate must be below 3%, and The country must provide visa-free access to US citizens. India fails on both counts: The AVRR for Indian citizens in 2013 was 18.7%, 6x higher than required. This is worse ...


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There's nothing wrong with wanting some peace and quiet while traveling, to many people travel is more of a hassle than an enjoyment so I'd say it's quite common for travellers to expect non-social time. Not everyone is trying to chat all the time. Social cues and customs differ between countries, but I'd say in the West at least, if someone strikes up a ...


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The answers to your questions can be found in Air India's Conditions of Carriage, which you agreed to when you purchased the air ticket. Specifically: Can I blame the airline that let me board without checking my visa at the point of origin (Tel Aviv). Can I claim also compensation due to the 32 hours trouble? No. Article 14.1 states that it is ...


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No. India has train connections with Pakistan and Bangladesh, only. Bangladesh has no international train connections except with India. Pakistan also has a connection with Iran. This is the Quetta - Zahedan line, but PakRail does not offer tickets for this line at the moment, at least, not online. So, perhaps this line is currently not running. From ...


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Here's what customs rules in India state (the 'free allowance' referred to is for personal items, and the duty-free allowance of alcohol cigarettes): One laptop computer (notebook computer) over and above the said free allowances mentioned above is also allowed duty free if imported by any passenger of the age of 18 years and above. So obviously, ...


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India does have a well-documented problem with sexual assault and harrasment directed at women. So I start off with the basics: Try to avoid walking on streets that are not well-lit. This can be more of a problem than you think because the infrastructure in sections of big cities and / or smaller towns can be bad. Know the emergency numbers. Police can be ...


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No. Physical filters using pores with 0.2 µm (microfiltration) cannot remove heavy metal contamination (lead, mercury). This is possible with ion exchangers, distillation and nanofilters (see below). remove viruses. Most of them are too small and will easily pass through the filter. remove substances like salt and magnesium which make the water undrinkable....


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Missing pages generally invalidate a passport. Depending on how cleanly they were removed, a casual inspection might not notice, but if noticed, you will at the very least be in for some heavy questioning, and may be denied boarding/entry. Applying for a new passport is strongly advisable.


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OK, I can answer a good part of this. From Europe, you can get into Russia fairly simply with a visa - tourist visa is for 1 month max, however, which is a bit limiting (maybe not for you, but it was for me). From there I went south and into Kazakhstan, across Uzbekistan, into Tajikistan. Afterwards I continued north - Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, back into ...


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The wait list system for Indian train tickets is simply a case of supply and demand - there's so many people wanting to travel and only so many seats to go around. So there are three 'booking statuses' which may be specified when you book a train ticket: Reserved / confirmed: The booking is confirmed and a seat has been set aside for you. Note that the ...


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People who are obviously foreigners get a lot of attention, but so do people who are obviously well-off Indians. The main difference is in how we react. Stopping and making eye contact indicates interest. Would a local who has been propositioned by a tout or a rickshaw driver take the time to stop and say no? Although literacy is increasing throughout India,...


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Probably not. It seems very unlikely. First of all, India is quite a multicultural society with hundreds of various creeds and lots of religions. There is a longstanding tradition of being tolerant to other religions. Also, there is very little antisemitism in India, see the quote at the bottom of this answer. Moreover, I don't think many people would ...


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Currency inflow/outflow in India is regulated under the Foreign Exchange Management Act. The relevant foreign exchange / customs rules are: Import of Indian Currency is prohibited. However, in the case of passengers normally resident in India who are returning from a visit abroad, import of Indian Currency upto Rs. 7500 is allowed. This translates to ...


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Well, about changing clothes in Kerala, to stay fresh and hygienic you will need to do it twice in a day to be frank. Once after taking bath, and once may be before going to bed. So there is no way you could not get stinky without changing clothes after every bath. Doing laundry by hand is not such a bad thing. Maybe this is the time when you can learn ...


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