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Indian Subcontinent FAQ thread

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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Kathmandu to Lucknow

Me and my friends are hiking in Langtang right now, but we need to be out of Nepal by the 29th. Our plan is to go into India (our visas are good to go) and make our way to New Delhi, but we don't want to have to make that trip in one, painful bus. Does anyone have any knowledge of this route, and where a good place to stop in north eastern India for a day or two would be? By the looks of it, Lucknow is our best bet, but we would be up for going anywhere that's cool and on the way to New Delhi.…

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Cancel India train ticket on Cleartrip

Thats easier than expected.

A couple of clicks on Cleartrip and the ticket is cancelled and your money is on its way back to you- less small cancellation fee

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South India Dec 2014

I'm from Barcelona (Spain), 23 years old solo traveller. I'll be in India from Dec 2014 to Feb 2015. Is anyone interested in or want to share the experience for some weeks, days, months,... I'm looking for travellers going to the same place in order to meet up and enjoy the experience together.

You can write me on morerars@gmail.com or https://www.facebook.com/roger.m.serra

loves!

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Travelling solo in North East India

Hello. I'm planning a trip to North East India in second week of November. I'm Indian National and travelling solo. Need help on following questions:
1. Is there any fuss getting ILP for solo travelers?
2. How do I get ILP to Arunachal Pradesh/Mizoram/Manipur/Nagaland? Do I have to arrange myself or any agents can do it for me? Or can I get it anytime at the entry point of state?
3. Can I reach Tawang from Guwahati by public transport? How is the public transport network in North East?

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Indian Tourist visa on arrival update?

Hello all,
I'm from the UK (currently in Nairobi) travelling to Kathmandu next week before flying on to Delhi. I have just over 3 weeks in Nepal in which time I intend on applying for my Indian tourist visa. However I have been keeping an eye on the option of obtaining a tourist visa on arrival (my itinerary covers around 30 days). I will be arriving in Delhi on the 24th of Nov, and wondered if anyone had news of any progress on the implemenatation of TVOA for extended nations?
Many thanks for…

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North India transport bookings and how much time?

Hi everyone.
I am looking at going to northern India during the second half of January. I will fly into New Delhi then go to Jaipur, Agra and then to Varanasi where I will fly out. How long do you suggest for this trip/each city? Also, will it be necessary to book train/bus tickets in advance or should I be fine to do so when I get there? Thanks for the help. Cheers.

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6 hours in Delhi airport

Now that we have had to book a different flight out of Delhi (see recent thread about our Air India disaster), we have time to kill in Delhi airport. We'll land at 11.55 and our flight to Udaipur is at 18.35. We'll be returning to Delhi at the end of our trip so will have some time there. But: a) Is it easy to get into the city on the metro, b) is it worth it and c) are there any suggestions for how to spend our time? We will be pretty tired having flown overnight from London.

Thanks!

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Looking for accomodation near Vagator, Goa over new year

Hi does anyone know of any beach hut type accommodation that is available from 27/12/14 to 2/1/15 at Vagator/ Orzran/ Chapora area? I know it's the busiest time of the year but I can't find anything available at all at the moment! I just want a basic beach hut.

Thanks
Victoria

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Re-entry to India, 2 months gap?

Hey everyone,
I've been to India for a couple of days before I headed to Nepal. I wanna go back to India next week but heard about this supposedly 2 months gap between entry and re-entry. Is this still the case? Cause I've only been to Nepal for 2 weeks but wanna go back to India next week (I have booked some domestic flights for traveling India already). I also don't have a flight leaving India, yet (I read that this would be mandatory if one wanted to get an early re-entry). Anyone any…