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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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Sikkim or nepal for first time trekkers

Hi.
Me and my girlfriend want to spend 10-15 days trekking during our 3 month stay in india. This would be in october. We have looked into both nepal and sikkim and we're leaning towards the latter mostly due to it seeming less exploited. What makes us hesitate though is that it seems more difficult to reach and to wander once youre there. Im hoping someone can share their experiences of sikkim, how difficult is it to reach and navigate once there, and how suitable is it for two beginners…

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Bus or Car Agra to Varanasi?

Hello!

Please i need help for me and my next 3 friends.How the best option to get to Varanasi except trains. Trains are already occupied and waitin list very long. Ride bus from Agra to Varanasi? We need traveling 4th. november 2014.

thanks

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Train from Delhi to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal. Booking online option?

Hello.

As many tourist do, I am planning on going from Delhi, early in the morning, in two weeks' time, to Agra, to see the Taj Mahal, and get the last train from Agra to Delhi to sleep in Delhi again the very same day.

Can I buy the tickets right there at the railway station? Is it possible to buy the tickets online and print them out? I'd rather do that to avoid all the hassle but I wonder whether you guys can recommend me a good website where I can do that.

Thanks in advance.

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Jodhpur to Jaisalmer bus

Does anyone know where I can see a full timetable of departures for this journey?

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Nice guesthouse to stay in Delhi

Hi there,

I am backpacking through India for the first time this November.

We are starting out in Delhi as I need to do a bit a sourcing for work. Can anyone recommend any nice boutique guesthouses to stay - We dont want to pay the high prices of the hotels but would like somewhere nice to stay whilst working.

Many thanks

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3 week Solo backpacking. Help required!

Hi guys,
I'll be doing a solo 3 week trip on my own, starting Oct 15th. The whole plan is very flexible. I will be leaving from Mumbai and plan to explore the southern peninsular beaches (Goa-Kannur-Kochi-Alleppey-Trivandrum-Kanyakumari-Rameshwaram-Puducherry-Chennai), then take a train from Chennai on 27th Oct, reach Delhi, leave for Amritsar the same night (28th), reach there in the morning and spend a day ,then leave for Himachal, and spend a week…

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How smelly is the Hooghly River ?

Am tempted to lash out and have a night or two at the Flotel Hotel in Kolkata which is a floating hotel moored in the Hooghly River opposite Howrah Station.

But then I thought how smelly is the river? After all the river has flown down past several hundred million people and their livestock....

PS- and how noisy is these upmarket places with large restaurants/banquet halls/bars at the weekends. I dont mind people carrying on until about midnight, but not after that, no thanks!

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Shekhawati

In spite of the many visitors that Rajasthan gets, the Shekhawati area is largely overlooked by tourists.

This is a shame, as there are some unique sights here, and having them to yourself is an additional treat.

I wrote short trip report of a recent trip to the area. I hope it will help others to discover it.

http://www.minorsights.com/2014/10/india-painted-havelis-of-shekhawati.html

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Ashrams suggestions in South India? I'm lost searching!!

Hi everyone!

I'm going to South India, alone, January 6th to April 6th (2015 of course ;).

Anyone would have suggestions for an Ashram in South India?

I I'm looking for an interesting Ashram (or more than one). Meditation is primary focus. Yoga could be nice, but I'm a beginner, so not one for advanced yogis. I'm interested in the body-mind connection, Ayurveda, etc. I'm interested in India community too!

I'm currently doing Ashrams internet hunting and start to wonder how many more hours…