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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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Im walking from Madurai to Kochi.

Hi,

I visit South India early next year. I am going to walk from Madurai to Kochi.

I would follow principal roads and walk approximately 20 miles each day. I’m in the very early stages of planning but could anyone suggest how long this walk might take?

My inspiration is Alastair Humphreys who walked across India following the course of a holy river. I too would love to walk coast to coast but as my time is limited I plan to start in Madurai.

Any advice, tips and recommendations would be…

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Solo female traveller looking for buddy

Hi guys! I'm arriving in dehli on the 3rd of October and thinking of doing a few days there, including a trip to Agra and the taj then heading north to dharamshala to try and catch a dalai reading. Wondering if anybody wants to meet in Delhi maybe split the cost of an Agra trip then come up north for an adventure! Let me know!!

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young, single traveller holy festival any thoughts?

hi really want to go to india for the holy festival in april but will be going on my own do you recommend going with a tour i would prefer to but every company rips you off and you have to a supplement which is usually rather ridiculous

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Indian vISA

Hi
I am planning on going to india within the month and was wondering how long it would take to get a tourist visa? And what is the best way to do it?

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Visiting Punjab

Hello

I will he spending 4 days in punjab. I plan to go to Amristar, patalia
Are there any other places in punjab worth visiting there, i was thinking perhaps ludhiana or chandigarth or if any one else has any suggestions
I would like to get a nice feel off the rural/village life there as well as the food there

Will 4 days be enough
Any help would be great
Thanks

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Visas for UK citizens outside of UK

I'm a British citizen currently living in Australia on my second working holiday visa.

I want to take a trip to India for a month just for travel, but can't seem to find any information about whether I can apply for an Indian visa whilst outside of the UK .... Can anybody help? Do I have to go back to England to apply for the visa or is there any way I can obtain it from Australia?

Thanks in advance :)

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Hotel booking using Reverse bidding process

Hi
I am frequent traveler in India and keep looking for hotel deals and restaurant deals. Recently I got to know about Reverse bidding process for Hotel booking. Earlier, I had only heard about Bidding, can someone tell me about the Reverse Bidding process and how does it work for hotel booking sites?

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Unlock my phone?

I figured that's what I would do, prior to my India trip, so I could buy a SIM card in Mumbai. But then I read somewhere that it's really hard for tourists in India to buy a SIM card. Is this true, and if so why? Why would the Indian government make that difficult?

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Modi announces Visa on arrival for US citizens - whats the catch?

Are the Babus in New Delhi going to implement it soon? And are they going to put a money spin on it - like send us to a counter to pay $60 first and then head to the Immigration counter to get our pasport stamped. Some other countries (like Indonesia) do ask for $25 first and only after that you can go through Immigration but asking for more is a bit too much. They really think this will attract more tourists? I hope it would be like Thailand, where they give VOA without any money transaction…