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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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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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I've lived in India for almost five years now, and I believe it's better to err on the side of caution here. For drinking water, stay away from all fountains, taps and the like. I would stick to this advice even in the airport and at hotels. Also use bottled water for brushing your teeth. Buy bottled water of a known brand. (Bisleri, Aquafina, Kinley.) It's ...


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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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Delhi is a Modern Indian city with a population of about 15 million people. If you have been to Delhi, you must have noticed the amount of traffic in the city. Even though it is true that cows are worshiped in Hindu Mythology, they are an inconvenience for the flow of traffic. Over time they have been moved away from Delhi and now you won't find them on most ...


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This is a well-trod trail on the backpacker circuit, and Seat 61 has the full scoop, but here's the outline: Train from Delhi to the end of the line at Gorakhpur, overnight, US$10-50 depending on class of sleeper Bus to border at Sunauli, one and half hours, ~$2 Cross border on foot Bus to Kathmandu, 9-12 hours (overnight buses available), ~$6 So it's ...


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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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If you'll be traveling on train from New Delhi, then you can use the cloak rooms and safety lockers available at New Delhi railway station. Most major stations have cloak rooms and lockers where you can leave your luggage, on payment of prescribed charges. This passenger amenity ensures safe custody of your luggage, giving you the freedom to spend a ...


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Both water fountains and bathroom taps are probably risky - even water that is clean and safe for those living there might cause a traveler distress, because of local adaption. You might, if your hotel is reasonably fancy and well rated, ask if they suggest using bottled water or if the hotel water sources are safe for travelers - if they are, it would be a ...


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No, you don't have to pay duty fees when carrying cell phones from Chennai to Delhi. Both cities are in India, India is a unified federal republic, and import taxes are extremely rare between states. There are apparently some import procedures related to vehicles and some special goods into a small minority of states, but I don't believe this applies for ...


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Let's get realistic, even if you do whatever other people may say, humans need food and a place to sleep, so absolute free travel is impossible, unless you walk (using your own energy), beg (ask for a lift) or steal (travel without ticket in a train and pretend to have no money to any ticket checking staff, which is highly highly discouraged). Having said, ...


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My thoughts as someone who grew up there & then later visited as well as hosted Westerners (a fraction of which did get sick!): You have not just the bacteria to worry about but also minerals etc. because some waters are notoriously hard or have other toxics like PCBs, metals etc. Ergo, it is best to entirely avoid tap / fountains etc. especially as a ...


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Yes! Many of the train stations in New Delhi have rooms that travelers can use for showers and sleep - they are called retiring rooms. They can only be booked at the station and are given on a first-come-first-serve basis. Sorry, I am not familiar with facilities near the airport area.


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You will find less traffic on Manali route because majority of commercial and defense vehicles use Srinagar route which is also a better quality road. Srinagar - Leh route has a lot more options as compared to Manali - Leh route for both accommodation and places to eat. Manali route does not have as many petrol pumps as Srinagar route does. If you do go via ...


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Most of North India doesn't see snow, and the winter temperatures almost never reach close to freezing. The places that see snow are J&K, Himachal Pradesh and some parts of Uttarakhand. This article has some places that you can visit. Most of these places however don't have good public transport connectivity from Delhi. The other place where it snows ...


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I've been to India once and have been sick (water or food I don't know). As far as I remember, in Mumbai airport there were no water fountains; maybe it is different in New Delhi Airport. Drink only from sealed bottles. If drinking tea or coffee, be certain that it is very hot (YMMV). Hotels will have bottles water available in the room and on demand. ...


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I was not able to use it when I tried. They only accepted/processed Indian phone numbers, so when you have a phone from another country, (their) SMS don't work, and therefore you cannot connect. In my eyes, that is a rather silly limitation in an international airport. Also, it seems by giving your phone number to use the wi-fi, you agree to 'receive ...


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You can take a direct bus from New Delhi to Kathmandu from Ambedkar stadium bus terminus and goes up to Swaymbhu bus terminal at Kathmandu. It is a 30 hour journey and is a daily bus service both ways. Ticket from New Delhi to Kathmandu costs INR 2300. This has only started 2-3 days ago.


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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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Yes, you can exit the airport freely. You will clear Indian immigration & customs at Delhi, after which you can choose to stay in the terminal (both your arriving and departing flights are to/from Terminal 3) or continue anywhere else in Delhi.


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The T3 Terminal is open throughout the night and you should easily be able to move around anywhere publicly accessible inside it. If you have a visa, you can just as easily go out. Since you mentioned you have a domestic flight, I'll assume you do have a visa. Unfortunately though, there is a lot of hustle and bustle due to international flight departures in ...


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There are tons of trains running between various stations in Delhi and Agra, just do a search on the Indian Rail site. However, Indian Railways doesn't believe in regular schedules or short routes, so most of all of them run on long, weird, multi-day routes, and are consequently liable to be delayed, sometimes hours, sometimes days. Many trains also do not ...


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Regarding Himalayan National Park The climate is typically the Western Himalayan temperate and alpine type. There are four distinct seasons recognized for GHNP: spring (April-June), rainy/summer (July-September), autumn (October-November) and winter (December-March). During winter, the precipitation is in the form of snow even in lower elevation (1,560 m) ...


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The cows you see are not strays. They are owned by somebody, who lets them loose during the day to feed (which they probably get in the city markets and the open trash that lies all around, in most Indian towns and cities), without having to pay for cattle feed. At night, the owner just waits for the cows to come home. Or he doesn't. They come home anyway. ...


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Taxi fares in most Indian cities are regulated by the government. According to the Delhi Traffic Police, taxis in Delhi are supposed to cost: Rs 25/- for first Kilometer [sic] (upon downing the meter) and thereafter Rs. 14.00/- per Kilometer for Non-AC taxis and Rs . 16.00/ per Kilometer for AC taxis for every additional Kilometer (...) Night ...


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Can I stay 1-2 weeks after my visa expires? No, you can’t: Regardless of the duration of the valid visa, the maximum duration of stay in India is limited to 6 months (180 days) on each visit. Extension of stay is not granted on tourist visas and it can not be converted into any other visa. (Source) If so, be prepared to pay the equivalent of US $30> ...


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Yes. Customs at Indira Gandhi Airport, New Delhi is fairly fast, especially in very early morning in your case. I have been done International to Domestic Transfers in 1-1.5 hours. Since yours is on non-peak time, it should be even faster for you. Unless your incoming flight is significantly delayed, you don't need to worry about this.


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The Delhi Transport Corporation has its own home page where it lists the schedule for different bus routes (dead link) in a downloadable Excel spreadsheet. (Different routes are listed in different "sheets" within the spreadsheet so switch using the tabs at the bottom.) There's a second spreadsheet for fare stages that lists all stops on a particular route (...


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There is Plaza premium lounge at T3 international departures that you can use. Three hour pass would cost US$30 and a six hour pass is around US$60 and a 12 hour pass would cost $85. Price included hot buffet and non alcoholic drinks. This lounge is after immigration and security so you would need to have your boarding pass to access the lounge. There is ...


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