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Welcome to the Indian Subcontinent branch, please read this thread first!

If you have any general tips about travelling in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bangladesh or Bhutan, suitable for a FAQ list, feel free to post them in here

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I am from the UK, and will be moving to Bangalore (Bengaluru), India, in early 2017 for 1 year to work in a lab as part of my PhD programme. My boyfriend (also from UK) is hoping to join me in India for 6-9 months of this time, and would like to work (not volunteer) while he is out there. What options does he have in terms of getting a visa? Is it possible for him to go out on a tourist visa of some kind then find a bar job (or similar) out there, or would he have to have a contract of…

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I'll be travelling to India in November and would like to volunteer for a month with an organization involved in microfinance (I've previously worked in developing world - Micronesia - as a small business development consultant) and/or education (I currently work as an English teacher in the US and have taught abroad, also in Micronesia).

After searching this forum (among many others) for opportunities, I've come up empty handed and would like to set something up for next month soon. I will be…

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Hello all.

I have two weeks in India this November, and I'm struggling to finalise my plans. Two weeks is very little time, so I want to strike a balance between diversity of experiences without trying to take too much on.

Here's what I have, and I'd welcome some guidance. I'd particularly like advice on the length of time I've allotted for each place (Too long? Too short?), and whether there are alternative places I should consider (choosing a hill station was particularly difficult, for…

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Hi everyone,
We are going to spend 2 weeks for the first time in India next December. We feel totally overwhelmed by the possibilities : We would like to see the south but the Taj Mahl is also a must...Can anyone help us with his own experience? Where to arrive in the country? We want to enjoy the beaches , the cities, the food, have a first impression with no stress...What would you suggest?

Thanks a lot!

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Hi everyone,

I'm a Canadian citizen currently in the UK on a working holiday visa that allows me to stay in the country for two years - my visa expires April 2017.

My boyfriend and I are applying to travel to India next April for 6 months, however, I have read online that when applying, any journalists - regardless of purpose of visit - are required to apply for a journalist visa only valid for 3 months.

I'm a journalist, but I'm looking to travel for 6 months - not 3. I will also be…

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hi – Im to be travelling at Christmas / New year time in Southern India and looking for a kid friendly beach to spend some time. We like a but of kicking back but also things like bike rides, boattrips and that kind of thing. Am looking at Agonda in Kerala and also Marari in Kerala – thoughts, preferences or other recommendations very welcome. Thanks

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Can anyone let me know whether this is considered a scenic journey and is advance booking for seat necessary ?
I can take any Company's bus. Flexibility and convenience is my priority as I don't know which day I will leave Dharamsala.

Will all the buses go via Palampur and Bir ?

I have to decide whether to take a day or night trip and whether I should go to Bir.

Thank you.

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I understand that the first 9 days are Navratri and the 10th day is Dussehra.
This year the date is October 11th. Can I know Oct 11th is the first day or the last day of the festival ?
Will it be difficult to get a seat for long distance bus around Varanasi, Gorakhpur, Amritsar, Dharamsala and Manali ?
Thank you.

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My friends are meeting me in India for only 8 days. Do we:
1.Delhi-Agra-Jodphur-Jaipur by hired car?
2.Fly to Jaipur-Hire a car to Jaiselmere-Jodphur-Agra-Delhi?
3.fly to Varanasi-make our way back to Delhi by hired car?
Any thoughts? None of the above?