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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 all,
I visit India every year to practice yoga and couldn't find any retreats that I could take my child to (I'm a single parent). So I have decided to setup my own 7 day retreat in Bangalore from 30th July 2017. It includes Vegan food, accommodation, childcare and 4 hours daily yoga practice. I'm currently marketing at cost price ($46 per adult per day, $23 per child per day) as I want it to go ahead. Would anyone be interested in joining forces to make this happen? https://www.facebook.c

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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…

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Hi,

I will be in Northern India in April and would like to go to an ashram and meditate. It should be a peaceful and beautiful place which offers guided meditation for 4-7 days, preferably in one the states around Delhi—but it could also be elsewhere. Does anyone have any good experiences or ideas? Please let me know!

Thanks!

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At the beginning of this year my brother and me embarked on a great journey, driving Enfields from Chennai all the way up north to Delhi. It has been an adventure to say the least, but it's coming to an end.

The bike will arrive in Delhi around the 10th of April, and its looking for a new owner. Its a fairly new Royal Enfield 350cc Silver, from 2015. It only has 21k km on it and has been used with great care. We bought it from an official Royal Enfield reseller in Chennai and it has been…

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Hello all im going to India sometime around april 2017. my initial route throughout India is from Kerala in the south to the north, after my six month stay is up i plan on heading to Nepal then SEA countries. My budget is 15Kusd and i plan on moving slowly by bus, train, taxi, walking. Staying at cheap hostels/ guesthouses, sampling street food. Since this will be my first time in India im open to any tips or suggestions on where to stay/visit/money saving/etc.
thanks. peaceful travels
Matt

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I will be traveling to Udaipur this summer a week and a half for leisure. This is the only city I will be traveling to while in India and I really want to do a day trip to Agra to see the Taj Mahal. I know that it will be a long journey, but I'm willing to do such travels. If I wanted to reach Agra from Udaipur, what would be the best one day, round-trip method of travel?

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Hello all ,

i have plan to visit Manali , kullu , kasol , manikaran , and trakking to keer ganga in the middle of April or may
Is there any 6-10 days trekking available for independent trekkers? Home stay probably?
if any body have same plan then please share with me .
thanks

Will appreciate any tips!

Thanks!