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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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the "new goa"

Hello

I spent six months in india a few years ago and I'm heading back, but as my situation has changed, i'm only able to spend three weeks there this time. I'm planning to go with the flow, with just a quick trip to the andaman islands as my only plan. Apart from that, I am going to make my way to chennai from mumbai 9 or 10 days with a few days in goa/gokarna on the way. I'm looking for a few days in the hippiest "goa 20 years ago" place on the east coast. i'm not interested in comfort or…

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Hiking in Manali or Leh

Hey,
I'm planning to be in Manali and Leh for two nights each. I'm an inexperienced hiker but I would like to hike in either one or both of these places. I don't want to hire a guide and would like suggestions on which place has the most accessible paths and great views for a solo hiker. Thanks!

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Prohibition winning?

Another take on the prohibition argument. So, what will they do if they try to get rid of permits altogether? Kerala has mostly folded, Maharashtra is trying to hold on, and this is front page news in Gujarat...

LIQUOR PERMITS TAKE A HIT AS TIPPLERS PREFER BOOTLEGGERS OVER FEE

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Sikkim Permit & e-visa

I have a USA e-visa (Travel on Arrival Visa). Can I use that to get a RAP (Restricted Area Permit) for Sikkim?

Can I get the permit in Darjeeling?

thanks!

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Visas and places of interest

Hi all, I'm heading out to India in June for 10 days, I've been trying to apply for a visa online but can't see, to make a payment. Is this the best way to get a visa for a uk citizen? Also I fly into Delhi and plan to do the golden triangle. I'm wondering if 10 days is enough and if there is anywhere in the close proximity to visit? I enjoy culture, more off the Beaton track and national parks. Also how easy is doing the golden triangle? Tour or local train. Thanks in advance x

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Multiple entry visa in India

Hi all,

I'm aware of the "on arrival visa" which lasts 30 days, one entry, twice a year. But as I would like to stay in India longer than that I was wondering if and how can I apply for a longer visa? Like 3 months?
Thank you!

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Beaches in east India?

I've spent the last several days in Goa, will travel with a friend for a few days, and wouldn't mind another beach day. I'll be in Hyderabad and am wondering if there are any east coast swimmable beaches (vs. the gross garbage breaches I see in most places). Preferably 14 hrs or less by express train from Hyd. Thanks!!

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Parking near Metro or Railway station

Hi everyone!
We don't want to enter Mumbai City with our car and want to leave the car at a safe parking area next to a Metro or Railway Station while we do sightseeing. Does anyone have ideas where to park?
Thank you!
Naglwitz

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new delhi & agra

only in India 4 days for 2 cities. fly stand by for airlines so i cant make any plans until i get there. can i get a reservation tour that night for the next day. will be there February 19th if everything goes well. tour or a single guide? 2 days in new Delhi and 1 or 2 in Agra. need some help with a honest and longtime tour company or tour guide. thanks,Wes