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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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Rajasthan & Uttar Pradesh - travel itinerary

Hello,
after reading the Rough guide, I´ve come to this rough travel plan for Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh on this winter.
Delhi. (3 days)
Varanasi (by plane)+ Sarnath. ( 4 days)
?Allahabad?(only if for Maghmela) 1 or 2 days
khajuraho (by plane)and maybe Panna natural park (2 or 3 days)
Orchha (1 day)
(Jhansi -Kota) -Bundi : 2 or 3 days
Chittaugarh:( 2 days)
Udaipur: 5 days (including Ranakpura and Kumbalgarth, and maybe Mont Abu)
Jodhpur ( and "village safari"- villages around it -): 4 days

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Playlist for India

Hi all,

We want a playlist of classic Indian songs for our upcoming trip to India!

Do you have any suggestions? Preferably songs that are atmospheric for long train journeys and time spent in the Rajasthani desert :)

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Looking for Travel Partner (solo/group of 3) in Goa (9th - 12th November 2014)

Hello,

We are heading to North Goa from 9th to 12th November, 2014. We are looking for people who are friendly and are open to share few days on a wonderful trip. As this is our first trip to Goa, we are looking to have the best time of our lives. If you too are looking to enjoy and have unlimited fun, lets join hands together and do some crazy stuff.

You may contact me on Facebook, Chetan Rajkumar Purohit, Surat, India

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Manipur - Foreigner registration?

Hello,

Does anyone know where a foreigner (UK) should register for being in Manipur?

I know permits are no longer needed, but I think foreigners still have to register with the police? Can it be at any police station? I am travelling by bicycle - entering Manipur either from Bangladesh or Assam. This means that I wouldn't be in Imphal until a few days after entering Manipur. I read somewhere that I should register within 24 hours? Anybody in the know about this?

Thanks!

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Info about Indian Gov't policy/enforcement re; Polio vaccine certification when traveling from Pakistan

Greetings. I wanted to find out if any fellow travelers here have any personal experience regarding the relatively new Indian Gov't policy of asking travelers returning from Pakistan for polio vaccine certification documents. I am crossing the border from Wagah to Attari so I particularly wanted to know if others found this policy being enforced at the Attari border and if so, what type of specific documentation Indian immigration office are requiring. Like most westerners I received this…

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Have a happy & safe Diwali

And, if you've been in the middle of Diwali in the last few years, you might be interested in the wave that is spreading through many parts of India... It used to be known as the Festival of Light. It's such a shame that this is changing...

Is Diwali the Festival of Lights Or Crackers?

Cracker Free Diwali Campaign

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gifts

Hello all, could you please advise me as to what gift we would take, when been invited to tea at our guide's home.
S&A

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India by car plus driver

Hello,

I am planning a family vacation to India and am looking into a company called "India car plus driver" this is a different company than the better known "India care and driver" and I'm having trouble finding reviews. Has anyone used their services? What was the experience like?

Thank you so much,

Marissa

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Two days in Varanasi

We will arrive off an overnight train in Varanasi, and then have two days in the city before moving on on the third day. Which ghats in particular would you recommend visiting (we are staying near Assi Ghat) and what times of day is it best to take a boat trip? We are keen photographers so any other recommended trips would be great!