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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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If you really want to know how lower class and lower middle class people of India watch movies, you can visit Maratha Mandir theater. The quality of theater is not that good but it has some history associated with it. It has a record of screening superhit Bollywood movie "Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge" for continuous 1009 weeks. Unfortunately it doesn't ...


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The 500 and 100 Indian rupees bills are almost identical in size and also looks somewhat similar. So to answer your first question, when you pay someone with INR 500 bill for some service/good, the person might trick you by saying that you paid him/her just INR 100 and return you the change. Suppose one item costs INR 70 and you paid the vendor INR 500 for ...


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No Normal tourist visas can only be gotten by handing an application into an "Indian Visa Application Center (IVAC) or directly to [an] Indian Mission." These facilities are all found abroad, you don't find them within India. Moreover, for your visa to be valid it also needs an entry stamp from an Indian border official. The only way to acquire such a stamp ...


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Here you'll find a relevant ten-step approach. One of the most common approaches followed is to submit your profile photographs to various production houses and film companies, like this one. Most of the 'side artists' are sourced by local 'Artist supplying agencies'. Almost half of these artists are sourced through local news paper advertisements. The rest ...


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It really depends on which part of the city you will be staying in. There are many old, single screen theatres in Mumbai, specially in the south part of the city, which is locally called 'Town'. I would suggest that you try one of the following: Regal Cinema: Eros New Excelsior Liberty


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India doesn't have a strong tipping culture. Still tourists are used to tip there, especially when they had a good service. And to be honest, this is a general trend in the vast majority of countries around the world. When you have received a good service, you are encouraged to tip. This is a way to show your appreciation and also to make those people life a ...


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If you want to travel to and from Mumbai airport (international/domestic) look for taxi counters inside the airport. Don't hire from unscrupulous persons (this way you wont get scammed). You can also book a cab by calling Merucabs.com or Easycabs.com anywhere in the city Regarding staying safe in the city, usually Mumbai is very safe, except minor incidents ...


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Are there any tricks to get one quickly? There used to be many tricks available online but I think it's not worth looking at them now because lately I have had very good experiences while booking Tatkal tickets at IRCTC. I have heard the same from many of my friends. I mean the site has improved a lot so I don't think you will need any complicated tricks. ...


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The Taj Mahal may qualify as one such place. Due to its marbled construction, it is quite susceptible to pollution and hence it is inaccessible by pollution emitting vehicles in what I believe is approximately a 2 mile radius. The only other vehicles which are allowed in the area are human powered and battery operated Rickshaws which must of course stop ...


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Here's what I ended up doing: I left my hotel at 5:30 to walk up to Colaba Causeway to catch a bus to Churchgate station. There are at least four different buses doing this route including the 106,123 and 132. I had to wait 30 minutes for the first bus, in this time I could have walked to the station. The fare was 6 Rs. At Churchgate I bought a ticket (8 ...


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The cheapest (that's not walking or hitchhiking) is to take an autorickshaw to Andheri train station (50 - 100) rupees, followed by a train ride to Churchgate (7 rupees), from which you can walk or take a taxi (40 rupees?) to CST. However, this is quite cumbersome and very time consuming. Expect this to take two hours total. The prepaid taxi booth at the ...


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This is something that I have done before, although not in India. All that it took is a call to the hotel to let them know that this guest is expected to arrive first and that you will be arriving later. A print-out of the confirmation will help them check-in but is not essential, particularly if you have already entered their names on the reservation. ...


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Few reliable options for you would be TripAdvisor Makemytrip Goibibo Expedia But one thing which I always do after selecting a hotel from these sites is to check for the hotel's independent website and see if a booking option is available on it. If it is present, then a booking can be made easily through the hotel's page and you could confirm your booking ...


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Long distance buses in India is a pretty unorganised sector. Bookings aren't usually made online! So one option would be get to Mumbai, then book a bus ticket with a local tour operator. There is one online bus ticket booking site called RedBus but they don't seem to have scheduled services running between Mumbai and Hospet. (This doesn't mean bus services ...


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Closing time of Phoenix Market City in Mumbai is 00:00 not 11:30. Yes you will find plenty of shops open at 22:30. There are movie shows that end after midnight and some shops stay open for that leaving crowd too. There are a few bars that stay open well after midnight. I was at the Irish bar until 00:30 with no signs of closing down and they were taking new ...


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The cheapest way to get around will be to take a B.E.S.T. bus from Colaba to the international airport (called Sahar, or CST). Unfortunately, there is no direct route, and the schedules for the buses are not followed strictly, for you to work out the connections. Another way would be the local trains, but again, in the absence of anything direct, there ...


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Sleeping In Airports has a page on Mumbai (Bombay). (image from sleepinginairports.net) It's handy to note that as a traveller, there IS free wifi in the airport. If sleeping in the Mumbai Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport.. Sahara Star - opposite the Domestic Airport. Day rooms are available for 6 hours from 9am - 9pm. ...


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The IRCTC Magic Autofill Google Chrome extension will save you precious time while booking. Here's a video explaining how it works: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYh3s2tRYnY I have used it thrice and it works like a charm. Save precious seconds.


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Many of the people doing service jobs at this income scale make less than 10000 Rupees / month. I often give 100 Rupee tips for drivers / waiters / hotel workers for routine tasks and 300-500 for unusual or very good work. This practice seems to be appreciated and rarely makes anyone act uncomfortable.


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If you are flying with Jet Airways, Air Vistara or Air India only you will land on international airport in Mumbai. For rest you have to take the Bus internally.


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From expertflyer, the minimum connecting time (MCT) for domestic to domestic flights is nominally 30 minutes. Air India flights have a range of MCT from 0:45 up to 2:00 depending on arrival and departure terminal and flight number. Indigo has an MCT of 1 hour. To see the typical delay, you could look up the flight numbers on flightstats. Taking a sample VNS-...


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The dabbawalas are a monthly service and getting one-time delivery is generally not possible. Also, the dabbawalas don't cook the food themselves they just deliver home cook food made by you to your loved ones. As a tourist, I doubt whether you would be cooking and delivering your own food in tiffin boxes. But if you would like to know more or just see ...


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Having done this, I can confirm I needed no more than about an hour to get through security and exit immigration - although I was travelling through the "business" lane for both (not in Business, but I have OneWorld Sapphire). Mumbai seemed very efficient. If I were doing the journey again, I would arrive 2 hours before, just in case.


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With the speed of India, it could be longer than 2-3 hours. Also, I'm not sure if this is still true, but BOM airport always seems to be under construction, so the shortest route through the airport could be closed. Since you're Sapphire, the business class check-in lanes aren't that long usually. I would strongly recommend checking in online to reduce check-...


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I had a 5:30 AM departure two weeks ago from Mumbai international airport. Before checkin, my options for a nap were very limited, even very few chairs available. However, my checkin opened up around 1 AM, which seemed to be fairly typical for early morning flights. After checkin, there are plenty of seats and some recliners, but, on my visit, most if not ...


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I tried to find this specific limitation on airline sites in India and I wasn't able to. If you are under the prescribed weight limit, I cannot foresee any problem with carrying 3 laptops in domestic flights.


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According to the Mumbai International airport website, the airport transfer service runs non-stop 24h: For tips and tricks on where to sleep in the airport, see our other question on the topic: Where to spend a night in the Mumbai airport


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The airport webpage on shopping lists all the shops ordered by terminal. If you select Terminal 2 International and click on each one of the shops listed, you'll see that a few of them are found before security. These are: Jaya He Museum Store Jaya He Museum Store offers exquisite art, craft and design based collectibles made by renowned and upcoming ...


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As someone who regularly visited that route (Ahmedabad to Thane), I advise you take an overnight train (preferably Gujarat Mail) or ADI-BCT superfast. Choose the one that has a halt at Borivali (Duranto doesn't; it has only one stop: Mumbai Central). For morning, double-decker is a good option. This is because Thane is located to the east of Mumbai and ...


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