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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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N E states permits

I believe there is now no need for a UK Passport holder to get a permit for any NE state except AP, can anyone confirm or deny this?

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Makemytrip help

Hi All,

I've tried now to book a domestic flight with Makemytrip and have problems by giving the phone number. I'm from Hungary and gave in the country number +36 and on the field nearby my mobile-number and got the error message that it is wrong. Then I tried with our normal telephone number but failed again. This is not the first time (around the 20th) that I book flight ticket by Makemytrip but never had problem with it. Maybe you have an idea what could happen. Please help. Thanks in…

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Nainital and Pangot from Delhi?

Hi everyone,
My friends and I are considering going to Nainital on a day trip from Delhi in 2 weeks.Anyone knows how much a taxi will cost approximately?We are a group of 4/5....Anyone's been to Pangot?Will there be a lot of birds at this time of year?
We don't mind leaving very early in the morning and returning very late at night...(we didn't reach consensus about staying overnight!)
Any other places that you would recommend??Mussourie?Dehra Dun?Corbett national park(Tiger sightings??)(Been to…

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For those worried about consuming street food...

A lab test performed on Mumbai pav bhaji, taken from a roadside stall:
http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2014/nov/26/more-than-a-taste-test-just-how-hygienic-is-mumbais-street-food

results of the test were encouraging, but the fact that,

"According to the Public Health Association, only 53% of Indians wash their hands with soap after defecating; 38% do so before eating and only 30% before preparing food."

less so.
Wash your hands, take reasonable care and enjoy the food is what I take…

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Short visit from Delhi to Agra - train v road

Hello all.

I'm travelling in a group of 5 adults and in January we'll be in Delhi for 2 nights before we fly back to Europe.

We don't arrive in Delhi Airport until 8pm on our first night and then we fly back to Europe 2 days later around 10am.

We would like to go to Agra primarily to visit the Taj Mahal, but also visit as much as the other sights as time permits.

We have done a fair bit of research into the various options and are now considering the following options:-

Get picked up from…

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A blow to those who like the occassional smoke in India!

According to todays paper, the government is planning to ban the sale of loose cigarettes.

Bad news for those who like the occasional smoke.

The paper also said that 70% of cig sales in India are of loose cigarettes, and only 30% packets....

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Indophiles - Guardian Cities in Mumbai

Some regulars may be interested to follow the Guardian's (UK newspaper) current focus on Mumbai.

Guardian Cities is in Mumbai for a week of live reporting and special events, discussing every aspect of this fascinating city ...To keep up with our latest films, articles and live events (plus the odd joke), check out our rolling “live blog” all day, every day, from Monday 24 to Friday 28 November inclusive ... A highlight each day will be our NDTV-Guardian Cities debate, screened live on NDTV…

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Kolkata aka Calcutta

Calcutta is much better than expected.

I was expecting some kind of slummy Singapore with crumbling buildings and everything covered in vines. But the weather is quite good- even cool at night and lots of good sights.

Very easy to get from Howrah station to hotel on the Strand. Walked out of train station, straight ahead to ferry, even had a seat on the ferry at 8 in the morning, got off ferry and walked 200 meter to hotel.

Top sight- Victoria Monument. If Haigh Sophia is greatest building of…

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Anyone going to India in December or January?

I am planning to visit India in December or January and I am wondering if there is anyone else planning the same trip so we can organize together?
tyturk@hotmail.com
Thanks