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To help foreigners, from today they are allowed to exchange Rs5000 per week in old notes (and they'll probably waste 3 passport pages noting it).

And until Dec 15th, govt entities will be accepting old 500s (only) which will better the acceptance on the street.

EDIT: Making this a sticky topic to consolidate some of the discussion, as we now have nearly twenty currency topics in the past two weeks.
Please use this topic if you can, for all your new updates & questions about the currency

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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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Hi, had applied for tourist visa for my wife and kid on 28th Feb'17. It has been almost one month and still status is "Under Process". I don't know what they mean by that. And when would we get the visa. Any such experiences??

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I will be visiting India in a cruise (Cochin, New Mangalore, Goa and Mumbai). I only have one day to visit each city, so the time is very limited and I need to be onboard before dinner.

What are your suggestions about the places I need to visit in each city?

Thanks

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ok, so my friend and I are flying to India may 1st. we know it's terribly hot, so that's why we need some help with our general itinerary. we'll be flying in to New Delhi. as I see it there are 4 main options:

  1. heading straight to the himaylays. hill stations. dharamsala, leh, Shimla, rishikesh, manali, almora, nainital and so on. my questions for this option: spending 2 months in this area (EXCLUDING Jammu and Kashmir, as Israelis it won't be too safe) would be good? enough things to…

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Hi everyone,

So, me and my friend have decided that once we graduate we’d like to travel India for three months(ish) but we’re struggling to finalise our itinerary so any advice would be very appreciated!

This is what we’re thinking so far:

Fly into Kolkata: 2 nights here
Bodhgaya: 2 nights (Rajgir for one day)
Varanasi: 2 nights
Khajuraho: 2 nights
Agra: 1 night
New Delhi: 4 nights
Shimla: 2 nights
Amritsar: 1 night
Jaipur: 3 nights (Day trip to Ranthambhore)
Pushkar: 2 nights (Day trip to Ajmer)

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I talked to nearly 100 people about Demonitization on a recent excursioin to India. Delhi businessmen are saying, “Tourists are fickle when something goes wrong in a country, such as a rise in terrorism or India’s shortage of available currency. Instead of traveling to India, people are going elsewhere such as to Thailand, Malaysia, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.”

Demonitization took place on November 9, 2016 when President Modi made a sudden move that declared all 500 and 1000 Rupee notes illegal—86%…

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I am off to India in 2 weeks time for 18days and since time is short I don't have much time for research. Can you give me some advice please? . I am mainly interested in Kerala and goa but I am not sure if I add on some places in Tamil Nadu or pop over to Sri Lanka. Can I have some tips on the itinerary please?

9th April arrive Mumbai
10th Mumbai
11th Mumbai and take overnight train to Goa
12-15th time in Goa and Hampi
16th fly from Goa to kochin
17th kochin
18th alleppey overnight on boat
19th munnar…

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Hey all,
We have fixed flights going to Darjeeling and we were initially planning to go for the Singalila Ridg Trek. However, we are currently a little bit worried about the weather conditions and the lack of view. Is anybody currently there and give us an update? Also, is the weather report generally speaking reliable for this region? Currently the weather report states rain for the upcoming Dazs and temperatures around zero degrees...

Many thanks for your feedback,

Christian

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I am a solo traveler, looking for company of like minded people (only 2-3) for a leisurely trip to Garhwal. I am not a regular trekker, but this one can be done even by elderly people. I will take a pony along to ride when too tired to Gaumukh, the source of Ganga.

Day 1 - Haridwar to Uttarkashi (1,150m) (195km)
Day 2 - Drive from Uttarkashi to Gangotri (3,048m) (90km/3-4 Hours by Road)
Day 3 - Trek from Gangotri – Bhojbasa (3,658m)
Stay in Lal Baba ashram
Day 4 - Trek from Bhojbasa – Gaumukh (5…