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We will be in Kerala in November and are quite interested in an introductory program of Kalaripayattu. A two day program would be ideal, and are especially interested in the southern form. Either that or being able to arrange for a private set of introductory lessons. There are a lot of schools listed but we have no way of evaluating them. Any thoughts?

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I am flying to Chennai and would like to connect to the domestic flights to Port Blair. Can I get my landing permits at the airport, or Port Blair on arrival, or must I go to the city centre first?

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Hey guys n gals ...just discovered kite surfing around tamil nadu ...awesome n adventurous ...lets gets some wind n water ..yikes and fly too...love it.

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Hello! Any suggestions for the best train from Delhi to Gaya? I know I want an overnight train that arrives as close to daylight as possible. The Dli Gaya Superfast Special or Bubneswr Rajdhani seem like my best bet, although are filling up very fast for when I will be there. Do either of these trains typically run late? I know how common it is in India as a whole and it seems as though this is more pronounced in this area. Thanks in advance!

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Delhi, Varanasi, Kushinagar & Bodh Gaya with three weeks to travel? Am I pushing it wanting to head into Lumbini, Nepal? I don't like to feel rushed but there is a lot I want to see in this part of India.

Also, would it be safer to arrive in Gaya by plane as opposed to the train? Any thoughts or experiences are welcome!

Thanks os much!

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Hi,
I did a lot of internet research about the possibility to accomplish the "short" Markha valley trek (from Chilling to Shang Sumdo) in just 4 days, without bringing any tent or food (homestays trek - tentstay in Nimaling), but I didn't find any answer so I tried. The short answer is yes, it is possibile (for an average trained hiker), and if you are a VERY fit trekker (and already acclimatized) you could even make it in very long 3 days (but you'll probably have to sleep in Shang Sumdo unless…

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Hi guys,

We are a company of 2 and plan to summit Stok Kangri in the last week of September. We plan on trying the summit after doing 12 days in the Hemis national park doing the Markha valley trek (So, we should be sufficiently acclimatized.) Need some help/advice on the following:

  1. Is end September/ start October a good season to summit the peak?
  2. Can we hire a guide at Base camp for the summit push? And how much does this cost?
  3. Can we drop our backpacks safely at basecamp and at what…
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Thoughts on two women traveling to Bodhygaya on the overnight train from Delhi. I really want to visit this pilgrimage, but keep reading how dangerous this part of India is.

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Hello everyone! Very excited about my upcoming travels in India! Is the only way to get to Kushinagar by train to take the train to Gorakhpur and then take a 2 hour bus or car ride?