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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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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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Yes, we Indians normally don't use toilet papers. We use water to clean after toilet use. The water hose is used exactly for that.


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You can change boarding point any time you like after booking the ticket, so that you don't have to cancel the ticket and buy another. Railway will cancel your ticket if they can't find you in a fixed number of stops and will assign your reserved seat to a person who boarded the train with waiting list ticket. Also, some stations will have a fixed quota of ...


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Absolutely mention them. Describe your relationship in one word: "estranged". UKVI will get it. Lying about it is suicide. The typical punishment is not only refusal to enter, which will then make you ineligible for visa waiver, but also bias future visa applications as well. (In the harsher USA, lying is a lifetime ban.) Also, from immigration's ...


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I've lived in India for five years, and I believe it's better to err on the side of caution here. Why? It's important to remember that as a foreigner, your immune system is quite differently equipped compared to that of the locals. Indian ground water and tap water is often contaminated with various bacteria, other pathogens, as well as toxic chemicals ...


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It is a Bidet Shower. A bidet shower (bum gun, bidet spray, bidet sprayer, or health faucet), is a hand-held triggered nozzle that is placed near the toilet and delivers a spray of water used for anal cleansing and cleaning of the genitals after using the toilet for defecation and urination. The device is similar to that on a kitchen sink sprayer. ....


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Yes, you can buy prepackaged food in convenience stores throughout India and there are many. Even in small shops you can buy prepackaged food like cakes, or ready to eat stuff etc. which you can heat up in your room. But prepackaged food in India does not mean that you will not get sick. If you want to avoid getting sick in India you have to do: Don’t ...


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In my experience there are two possible explanations. The least likely one is that the person who checked you in does not understanding the booking.com procedures. The more likely explanation is that the hotel is trying to save the amount of the commission due to booking.com. Bring the matter to the attention of the hotel reception and reply to booking.com ...


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I think you are confusing goods with cash (or its equivalents like Bonds or Cheques) in excess of $10,000. Gold bullion will be different. If you have "jewelry of gold and/or silver" those are "goods", my understanding is that if you are visiting the U.S. for 72 hours or more you are allowed to bring up to $100 worth of goods duty-free. If the value of the ...


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You should declare everything and let Customs sort out any duty that may be required, even if you think the value of the items might be less than the duty-free allowance. But you should still declare it, even if you might owe nothing. If you do not declare something when you should have, you may be subject to significant fines and possibly seizure of the ...


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Delhi has a few water ATMs which dispense potable water at a really cheap price(~ 0.07$/liter). Although you have mentioned that you don't want to purchase water bottles, I'd like to mention that water bottles are relatively cheaper (not more than ~ 0.30$/liter ) in India. If you are traveling really cheap, don't hesitate to knock on a roadside house door ...


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Its for cleaning yourself, and is not limited to India. They are also common in the Middle East, and there are also portable versions people take with them when traveling. Cleaning with toilet paper after attending to nature's call is foreign in the Middle East and many parts of Asia.


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It's easy, use the hose! while you're sitting on the toilet seat, direct the hose to your private area (do not insert it there, of course), press and get yourself cleaned. This answer explains how to use the hose.


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Almost everywhere I go, I carry a “Grayl.” This has allowed my to drink from irrigation ditches, small puddles, etc. with no ill effects.  Replacing a filter cartridge every three months or longer for $45 (US) definitely beats buying bottles of water every day.  Although I prefer the Grayl, it has many competitors, some of them quite good.


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This is no problem at all. Yes they can take help from their group members for interpretation. Even if they are alone and require help, the border officials will have interpreters available for commonly spoken languages. Hindi is definitely one of them. The U.K. does not require standard visitors to be fluent in English. will they be sent back if they ...


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There are virtually no self-driving cab services anywhere in the world as of 2018. Apart from an announced Waymo project in Phoenix AZ (USA) and the odd campus-style test, there simply isn't a full-fledged self-driving taxi available in any significant geographical area as of this writing.


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So here's update 3 years later. I've did the trip in Oct-Dec 2017. So it was totally possible then, I believe it's still is now. In short: all went fine. I've went through Turkey-Iran-Pakistan-India. I'm very glad I did it this way, as all countries and its people were fantastic and incredibly interesting, especially those least known and visited: Iran and ...


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I visit this area twice a year. Assuming you can't change your time of the year to visit - some months are better than others - unfortunately the only thing you can do is to physically limit the time you are present there. Such as flying in in the morning, having your meetings, and flying out as soon as they finish. Or hope the storm comes through right ...


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Recently I found this Boarding point feature very useful. I was booking ticket in Rajdhani from A to B but it was giving me error "BOOKING NOT ALLOWED FOR GIVEN PAIR OF STATIONS". The reason for this error is "If you're trying to book a ticket for a short journey on a train that travels a long distance, you might encounter this error message." So I booked ...


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Yes this is allowed. Before 2017, Bangladesh passport holders were required to exit from the same point by which they entered India or apply to have it changed. This restriction was relaxed in 2017, so that major points of entry/exit were excluded from this requirement. As per new rules, Bangladesh citizens having Indian visa can enter and exit from any of ...


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Yes, you do have free Wi-fi at Cochin airport. The Cochin airport website states that there is Wi-fi at the airport. However, you can only connect if you have access to the local mobile number. You need to provide the OTP for signing up. The last time I checked was in February and I was unable to use my German number for authentication. They do claim that ...


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In the past there were restrictions on Bangladeshi ciitzens entering India by air, but these are no more. You can enter or exit India via any of the 24 international airports or two land checkpoints indicated, in addition to any port of entry printed on your visa. There is no restriction regarding the country you traveled from when entering, or the country ...


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There is no 7-11 in India. Convenience stores that sells pre-packaged food that can be heated up like 7/11 are rare. You can visit shopping malls in the area or hypermarket and search. They may sell it. However, noodles, bread, biscuits and other things that can be eaten right away or bit cooking is available in even the smallest store. Just a pro tip: ...


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If your Visa was approved, it is for the USA, not for a specific port of entry. It doesn't matter which airport you enter on (or which sea port or street crossing), as long as your activities are within the limits of the visa.


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According to the latest changes( in 2017-2018), Any Travel Visa (No matter which port of entry, or route you chose during VISA application) issued to Bangladeshi citizens will allow the traveler to Travel by train Travel by air Travel by road at Benapole-Haridashpur border. It does not matter when you got the Travel VISA, you are allowed for the 3 routes ...


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The correct course of action here is to change the document(s) that are wrong, not to change the documents that are correct. I understand that changing all the various identity documents in India to read the correct date might be more difficult than changing your passport, but changing your passport to have the wrong date is inadvisable.


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When you mention 'visa' I'm presuming you are referring to the "U" Visa in his passport corresponding to his OCI status. Since 2015, India has ceased issuing these visas, and they are no longer required when entering the country - you only need to present your OCI card. You will find this information stated on many official websites, such as the Bureau of ...


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Please make sure to ABSOLUTELY NOT drink water on Railway stations from so called RO-filters. Those machines haven't actually had their filters replaced in years. You will get sick drinking that water. Trust NO water in India except after carefully checking the spelling, lables 'Bisleri' and 'AquaFina'. Source: I am an Indian.


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You do not have to donate anything in a hindu temple but you as a foreigner some priests may expect money from you. They even ask you to donate 500 rupees (about 7$) or even more. As mentioned above you don`t have to donate anything. In some temples you will not get any mark on the forehead (it is called "Tilaka or Tilak") or anything like that unless you ...


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