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I'm in India at the moment on a one-month visa which I received on arrival. I'm a dual-passport holder and I'm wondering whether it's at all possible to get a new visa on my other passport without leaving the country..? I can't find any info about this anywhere. I'm assuming it would be impossible, but I thought I'd just double check...
After reading the thread about accomodations prices,i realized i should probably look it up,then checked on both hostel***** websites for the cheapest available in macleodganj and leh,and both seem to be 850 inr,which is a bit more than my budget can handle.
Are those places full of guesthouses/hostels not on websites and cheaper,and ill be able to just walk around and find a place,or are most places on websites?
My budget is of around 5000 euros for 10 months between india and nepal,and i planned to stay a few months in the hill stations and ladakh,should i plan again and just go to goa and monsoon-prone places as to get cheap prices?
Thanks very much
My friends and I are planning to Bike tour Key Monastery near Kaza in Sipti Valley himachal.
Anyone who has been there can help us with bike rentals ?
Should we prefer taxi or jeep over bike tour ?
Any good accommodation in KAZA ?
Any traveller who would like to join us in first week of july ?
Thanks in advance for you response.
Edited by: gauravlakhwani
I have a Lonely Planet guide to India, 13th edition from 2010 or so. The whole point in me going to India is because they have, according to the book, rooms for Rs 100. Granted, not everywhere, but plenty to facilitate a trip. However, upon checking online with one hostel, I was told their cheapest room is Eight Times more expensive than the listed price, at 800 rupees.
How can the price of any commodity jump by 800 per cent in two-three years? Is this some mistake? And do you good people have any ninja advice on finding hostels for Rs 100 or less per night?
I've been reading through several posts for a few months trying to get a lot of great ideas and suggested itineraries. As vast & varied as the country, so has been the recommendations. I have about 6 weeks to visit India (my first time) during peak season--late Nov to early Jan. My instincts are to sign up with a tour as I arrive in Delhi to do the standard tourist triangle. I'm intrigued by including Varanassi but my friend felt the most unsafe as a solo female traveler a few years back & causes me some hesitation...so, may do that via tour as well. Then I feel I will head to Southern India and spend probably a month going Chennai down & around to eventually fly out of Mumbai.
I have a few specific questions if anyone can chime in (thanks in advance):
1) How necessary is it to make advanced reservations during this high peak season? In my past travels to other countr... more »
basically with my schedule, the only time I would be able to arrive in Varanasi is either in the middle of Ganga Mahotsav or I might be able to delay my travels to arrive a day or two right after it ends. Unfortunately this will be a short visit to Varanasi (3 or 4 days) and most people tell me to just come and enjoy the festival, however I think I would prefer Varanasi when there inst a million other visitors and am also concerned with accommodation availability restaurants etc.
My questions is how many people will still be lingering in Varanasi the first days after the festival ends? or will the city be back to normal pretty quickly?
I also should note I am a photographer and originally intended a more mellow visit trying to take my time and get to know the sadhus & aghori baba before trying to take their portraits.
any advice would be greatly appreciated!! more »
Me and some friends are planning on going to Goa for New Year. We will arrive on 27th and are planning to go to Sunburn and then stay for a few more days. We are then going to go up to Delhi and spend a week or so doing the standard tourist loop Delhi/Agra/Rajasthan
I have been to goa before but not since 2004 and I'm sure things have changed. Has anyone been at this time of year before and can you recommend any good places to stay etc. Is it better to stay in Candolim or a bit further away from the action to avoid noise/ trouble.
If we don't fly to/from Mumbai what's the best way to get there? I know this is early but I have heard how busy it gets so I want to get as much stuff sorted in advance as possible.
Also I have a valid Business visa for India at the moment. Will there be any issues entering as a tourist?
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i'll be arriving in delhi on june 12th,and plan to go to macleodganj on the 13th or 14th by bus.
Should i book a seat now,is it too late,or will i just be able to book it the day before?
(it'll be my second day in India,so i probably wont rough it and go with ac ;))
will be starting this 16 day trip in Shimla, and ending it in Mcleod Ganj
i plan to go from shimla to sarahan, karcham, kalpa and maybe chituk
then i get over to dankar, in the spiti valley - is there a bus doing that?
and then kaja, ki, kiber, hansa
and finding my way back to manali to get the bus to mcleod
can you recommend the best places to stay - i prefer smaller, less touristy places - and if you know of some short day treks i can do in that route that would be perfect!
thank you for the help!
First Pre-Monsoon Storm in Delhi !!! 17H18
Wind Rain Power Cut
Before embarking to Ladakh...got some xtra days time off...so thought of experiencing the Goa rains...with a backpackers budget... I know there might not be a great beach life...less fun...may be heavy downpour... but yes, i need to experience the greenery...less crowd...get drenched.....riding a bike n the rain..a nice place sit and finish some unread books, till the sun sets... Then to get drunk and party...
Folks, please help with ur valuable ideas and suggestions...
I need to get from Paloem in Goa down to Allepy (or Cochin) in Kerala - whats my options please? Looking for specifics please
Thanks a lot :-)
June 2013-Update- Thai Visa Delhi
New regulations madness :
1 photo background have to be snow white
2 must have hotel bookings for ALL your stay,I repeat ALL.This not a joke. ???
3 must show recent bank statements proving you have sufficient funds (preferably in English ??? even if you are German or Spanish ???)
4 return flight tickets
5 write a letter explaining where you go and that you will leave Thailand...???
6have a guarantor in India ???
7have a guarantor in Thailand ???
8sign a paper accepting that if you do not get a Visa its your fault and that they keep the 2360 BHT ???
Completely Kafkaian !!!
A lesson in stoicism.. more »
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