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Hi everyone,

I'm currently living in England on a Working Holiday Visa (Youth Mobility Scheme) that allows me to stay in the country for two years and work (this expires April 2017). I'm a Canadian citizen living with my English boyfriend, and we are looking to go to India for 6 months starting April next year.

My question is, not being a citizen of the UK, am I able to apply for a 6 month Indian tourist visa while in England?

I have looked everywhere for an answer to this and so far have…

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Hey, is Holi celebrated in the northeastern states - Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya...? Anywhere particularly good/bad for it?

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Hi,
I have 2 options and need your advice as to which to choose:
1) Fly - Varanasi - Delhi - Amritsar, and then visit Dharamsala, Manali, Kaza(if Kunzum La is still open), Tabo, Recong Peo, Sarahan, Shimla - Delhi; or Dharamsala, Manali, Shimla(if Kunzum La is closed), Sarahan, Recong Peo, Tabo, Kaza and spend 2 days to back track back to Delhi;

2) Varanasi to Himachal Pradesh by overnight train or bus. The advantage in this option is I can wind-along and travel more freely and start/leave from…

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May I know where can I check the dates for their winter closing for the last few years ?
I will be coming out from Nepal in mid-October to visit Himachal Pradesh, wonder if I have enough time to make a loop and leave from Manali to Dharamsala to Delhi in about 2 weeks.

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Hi,

Spicejet informed me my flight from Varanasi to Amritsar(via Delhi) is cancelled and told to phone them,no online chat or e-mail.
I guess they will offer me 2 change my flights but a check on their website show if I still wish to connect on the same day now, the time between the arrival and next flight is only 1.5 hours. Do you think I should risk it ? I do not wish to waste a day. How punctual is Spicejet flights ?

Thank you

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I am arriving Goa on the 7th of October. I’m only staying for 16 days. Not sure where to stay, and what not to miss yet. Input is much appreciated.
I am a seasoned traveler. But this is my first visit to India. When I am traveling I do like to move around and explore. I do like to spend some time on the beach, although I don’t travel just for staying on the beach. I’m not a beach bum.
I have some ideas for this trip. I would love to rent a motorbike to get around and see as much as possible…

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Hi - I just got a 10 year, multiple entry tourist visa here in Vancouver. I went through the BLS agency, and it was as simple as could be.

  1. Downloaded and filled out the visa application - only one copy required.
  2. Took the application in person to the BLS office downtown. I waited for about 15 minutes. They took my photograph there (for an extra $15)
  3. Required proof of income, so I simply gave them a PDF of a recent bank statement.
  4. Paid $202 using debit (they don't take credit cards)
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I have been trying to book 'Ganpati Guest house' in Varanasi as it has such great reviews and I like the location. They have offered me a room at 'Ganpati Home' a sister guest house a short walk away. Has anyone stayed here? Is it any good? I have previously stayed in Yogi Lodge, Golden Lodge, Alka and Teerth guest houses. I like to try somewhere different each time. Any recommendations for approx 1500 rp a night?

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Hello, I have a day in Amristar and planned to visit the Golden Temple and stroll around the town. Anyone else who's here today want to meet up?
/ Freja, solo traveller from Sweden