Although the law is on your side, the people engaging in moral policing is on rise in these days, especially northern India.
Be cautious. Let me address the situations one by one.
Going to restaurant - Safe
Shopping Mall - Safe
Walking on roads - Mostly Safe, refrain from PDAs (Public Displays of Affection)
Movies - Safe, Stick to multiplexes.
Park - Can ...
India is vast and it is not possible to visit every part. And every corner in India has its own culture.Its a very diverse country and so its called "Unity in Diversity!" You might need years to just experience it. But if you have limited time this should help]
1) Southern India - Land in Mumbai enjoy couple of days here (Ajanta and Ellora Caves don't ...
It is available in India, and in Delhi in the North, but the supply may not be reliable. As the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes:
India has the highest burden of rabies in the world, with estimates of 15,000–20,000 human cases per year. Dogs roam in packs in many areas of the country. Unfortunately, human rabies immune globulin is ...
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 ...
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 ...
Are sunflower seeds popular in North Indian food?
No. Sesame seeds and mustard seeds are more common.
Is it safe for me to eat whatever is there?
Also no. Just because they're not "popular" doesn't mean they are never used. What kind of allergic reaction do you have to sunflower seeds? If your reaction is mild, then maybe you are willing to risk the ...
There is no Reliance JIO coverage anywhere in J&K. There was Reliance JIO network until Pathankot but as soon as we entered J&K it did not show up in our entire journey. Manali had Reliance JIO network throughout the town and even in near by villages. For coverage of other networks please read my reply here.
The only network you can rely on is BSNL ...
I got this link which claims to have averaged the temperature data across months in the town of Shimla in Himachal Pradesh. It might not be snowy but expect chillness in the air - definitely at night.
I don't think you need to pack clothes to withstand freezing winter. You do not need snow boots or thick jackets. As for what you need, you could decide for ...
For me the time is of importance - the whole tourist industry is based on this.
There are three ways I think of India when 'partitioning' it:
The first would be by the parts that are affected by the monsoon
season (there are two main ones in India) and according to the time of your
The next "division" I would make would be:
Northwest, Northeast, ...
I would like to recommend Nainital and Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand and Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh. These places are less touristy than Shimla and Manali. It usually snow during December and January, however it often depends on one's luck. These places are also easily accessible by bus from New Delhi.
your clothing depends on your tour.
Like if you are trellising to hilly areas you need to bring some serious clothes as the rain season is about to end and so the began of snow fall and in HP winter starts from September and lasts upto march.
But if you are planning to travel to areas like shimla, kasuli average clothes(average means a little warm as shimla ...
There's another thread which talks about this here: Ideas for versatile clothes in northern India
The link explains that a simple Pashmina can be versatile for cold weather, a windcheater is also useful but essentially it is possible to buy some suitable clothes that you need there, rather than packing them
Do not take the Srinagar route if you are going now because of the recent protest and most areas of Kashmir are under curfew these days. Manali - Leh route is absolutely fine as far as security is concerned and whole of Ladakh is good as far as security is concerned. Road (travel) Safety is a different aspect and out of the scope of this thread.
It is safe. Hope you enjoy your travel :) I traveled to Leh in 2010. The place should not be missed.
Anu Motors in Manali have a good network of good people. They extensively travel to Leh and back as part of groups. You can approach them for more information and help.
Firstly, the climate will depend on the places you plan to visit, also the month of October marks the beginning of Winter in India and hence you're more likely to face the cool weather.
The cold winds of October won’t let you to wear summer clothing, specially in the evening when the sun sets, so before coming, be prepared with some of the woolen stuff. ...
I am late to party and one thing that you will not receive any kind of signal in J&K if you have prepaid sim card but if you have postpaid then you will receive only broken signals.
There's only one signal that works fine is of BSNL postpaid and realince jio is being tested in country and it has not been even at initial phase in J&K.
Rest are ...
no we prefer mustard oil and sunflower is rarely used (it is costly and we do not have many dishes with sunflower) and you do not have to worry and if we do not use that much in local food and if you are eating in reputed restaurant then menu will have all.
In India, PDA (again, that means Public Display of Affection) is generally considered inappropriate, at least a lot more than in the US or in Europe. That includes kissing, hugging, sometimes holding hands while walking or over the table, or stuff like grinding). This is little related to Feb/14, but applies all year.
Couples walk all the time, talk, smile, ...
You only need a permit when you go from Manali to Keylong but on the way back there is no permit required. I would still advise asking when you are at Manali because rules do keep changing a lot and the government is not very proactive in letting people know about the changes.