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In Leh, Ladakh, a fun activity is to be driven up the Khardung La pass by car for you to drive down by mountain bike. I booked this with a company called "Summer Holidays". After arriving at the top, I confirmed with the company's owner, that I have time to eat lunch. When I got out of the restaurant, everyone had disappeared and they took the bike I have rented with them. Only with the help of another company, I managed to catch up half way down. The owner then made up various excuses why it…

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Hi Friends,

I am Travelling to Uttarkashi, Gangotri and if possible Gomukh in mid August , Stay is already booked but i need to know on weather conditions in Month of August (Rain, Landslides etc) i will be exploring town, Market other activities around Temple and Ghats, Nature and also might visit Gaumukh if i find someone who would come along or may be a Guide. Also is month of August a tourist season in Uttarkashi will the town be busy ? Any other pointers would help!

Regards

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Date - 12-15 Aug 2016

27 YO male travelling solo to Darjeeling & Gangtok in August.

Will reach NJP by 12/13 morning.

Looking for travel partners. Ping me if anyone wants join in!

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Hi All,

planning a trip to Ladakh at the beginning of October and looking for suggestions. It will be me and a friend

We're there for 2 weeks, both fairly fit, moderately adventurous.

It's our second time to India, though very well travelled elsewhere.

Looking to do some trekking but also experience some of the culture.

If you have something to share that would be greatly appreciated.

thanks

Jamie

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ive got an overnight in Mumbai before flying down to goair rather than slepping down to Colaba which i've done previously do you have any recommendations for place to stay close to the airport. Criteria would cheap and cheerfull (sub $30) and somewhere close by I can get something to eat and a beer.

cheers

Mark

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So, we have about 6 weeks from arrival into Leh on August 17th to our departure from Delhi on the morning of September 29th.

Initially we will lie low and spend about 3 days acclimatising before heading off to trek. The following is our rough itinerary and is subject to how we feel and transport etc.

We are fiercely independent and will try to do most trips on our own, where possible. Also we prefer to travel slowly and soak in the surroundings.

Any comments and observations are welcome. Plus…

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Hi

We want to hire a punting houseboat for a two night trip in Alleppey. We contacted via email two companies that advertise punting boat hire online but neither has got back to us. Also sent follow up emails with no response. Other bookings for our travels in India via email have been fine with pretty prompt replies form companies seeking our business and good follow up etc.

Would be interested to hear from others of their experiences with a punting houseboat and would love to have a…

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Is it possible to buy train tickets in advance via an agency without having to have an IRCTC account? I'm finding IRCTC really difficult to work with at the moment. If it is possible can someone recommend an agency.

Thanks

(As an aside, I've lost my IRCTC password and don't have an Indian Phone and I am having trouble getting IRCTC to send a password retrieval code to my email address. To try and get around the problem I created a new IRCTC account a week ago but I haven't even received the…

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Trains

I am looking to book a train from Varanasi to Jaipur.

Does anyone have experience in this? Where/How should I go about the reservation?

What class would you recommend?

Thanks in advance!
Rae