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Looking for a professional in diamond sphere, gemologist.
I am going to start importing diamonds from India. Before I was buying and selling only at European markets.
I need a guy who is aware of local market and seller's peculiarities.
From my side I can offer regular job and good reward.
So if you can help me or know somebody who can, please contact me by e-mail koluplo (@) gmail.com

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Hello,
I am looking for female travel buddies to travel/backpack in indian or vietnam or cambodia in july 2016. I am on open itinerary. If anyone is interested, pls PM me or reply here and we can plan together.
I am female, 36, married with 2 kids and live in USA.
On holiday in india for 3 months and looking to backpack solo in the month of july/early august.

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Here's your dentist.

I can see the Aussies all running to Jaipur... ;)

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Hello everyone,

I have a question on the e-Visa upon arrival for India. I am a British national. I understand it is valid for 30 days. Is it possible to leave India, say go to Nepal for one or two weeks, fly back to one of the major airports and get another eVisa? According to Wikipedia, you can get up to two e-Visas per calendar year. I don't know if you have to have X amount of days in between them.

Has anyone tried this? Or should I just go to the embassy and get a regular visa but for…

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As a German citizen I had since 1991 5 times a 5 year tourist visa. My present 5 expires in 3 months. Is there a 10 years tourist visa possible for German citizens like it seems to be available for American citizens?

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Hello all,

I’ll be visiting a friend in Mumbai in August for a few days and will then spend about three weeks exploring one other part of India. This will roughly be between 8 and 28 August, give or take one or two days. I know that means I’m traveling at the end of the monsoon season, but unfortunately I can only take my vacation then and I am very excited about visiting India. My initial plan was to just see what the weather is like two weeks before my departure, but I’ve been advised to make…

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Hi there, my boyfriend and I are planning to travel from Myanmar to North India and work our way down to South India via train over a period of 2/3 months. We would also like to see the Andaman Islands but are unsure if we should do it at the beginning or end of our trip. We are planning to be on a budget so will be staying in hostels or home stays. We would love to get any advise on the best ways to get around, if we should cross the border between the two countries over land or fly, how much…

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SIKKIM (plus trekking) info from recent travel experience

We recently completed a pleasant couple of weeks in Sikkim and would like to share some info, elements of which I was looking for on Thorn Tree beforehand.

1) THE VISA ON ARRIVAL (eVISA) WILL GET YOU INTO SIKKIM. I both read and heard people saying that the 30-day eVisa precluded you from getting into Sikkim (and other restricted areas). Not so: we got our Inner Line Permit in minutes, all smiles (it's free) by going through Rangpo…

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I'm planning a trip to India with my two sisters, we are planning on spending three weeks there this coming January. They have never been to India before and have requested to go to Delhi and Agra. I suggested we also add Jaipur and either Jodhpur/Udaipur (or both if we have time) Varanasi, and maybe Mussoorie, to get a hill station experience (or will it be too cold/snowy there?), however we're open to other destination suggestions in Northern India too. We will arrive in Delhi on Jan. 1 and…