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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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Delhi to Rishikesh?

My son is on a ship headed for India and asked me to find him a train schedule/ticket from Delhi to Rishikish on March 7th. The students are hoping for an overnight train to save them the cost of accommodation. I cannot seem to find a train from New Delhi, and they are flying into the airport with the code DEL. I'm a bit confused because I'm not sure if DEL refers to Old or New Delhi and which train station is nearest to the airport. So to anyone who has done this journey; is it better to go…

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Solo Bagpacker

Hi,
I am 28 years old based out of New Delhi. I am a solo bagpacker and like to explore new places. My tentative itinerary for coming months is as follow.

• Mukteshwar or Pushkar (6th- 8th March’15)
• Goa (31st March’15 onwards for about 10 days)
• Tentatively Nepal otherwise somewhere in Himalayas during May’15

I am looking for travel buddies who will be at these places on the mentioned dates. Also would request someone to suggest a place in North Goa to stay other than the commercial/popular…

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Places of Serenity in Northern India

India is fascinating, magical – and exhausting.

If I described Northern India with one word it would be: N-O-I-S-Y. Horns, loud voices, horns, wedding parades (Goa tekno raves = a whisper), horns, singing in temples and – horns. When you add on noise the pollution, filth, afternoon heat and constant hello-whatsyourname-onepen you are quickly finished. Unless you don't find out your ways to recharge your batteries.

Share here your tips on places of serenity in Rajasthan, Aggra and Delhi. Are…

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e-visa extended

Indian e-visa is extended from 43 countries to citizens of 150 countries. Don't know which 150 though.

http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/Increase-in-VoA-Facility-to-Boost-Tourism-Sector/2015/03/01/article2692088.ece

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india/nepal: 1 month budget backpacking trip in June suggestions?

My friend and I are planning a budget-style trip to India and nepal this June (we are both 18). We plan to travel for about a month (maybe more). We understand how hot it will be, and know we will mostly be limited to northern India. Suggestions on where to go/itinerary for an India-Nepal trip? Additionally, even though it will be extremely hot, is it worth visiting Rajasthan?

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Kathmandu to Kolkata - route advice / start of June

Hey everyone.

I'll be in Nepal from April 21st for up to one month - thinking about crossing the border into India around May 20th and then working my way down to Kolkata and flying onward from there. Time frame isn't important,I'm assuming a few weeks.

Has any one done this journey at the end of May / start of June? Am I right in thinking that the weather up by Nepalese/Indian border will be fine but the closer I get to Kolkata the hotter and more difficult the journey will become?

Hoping…

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Hotel Recommendation for a family in Cochin?

Hi,
Can anyone recommend a hotel in Kochi with rooms that are big enough for 2 adults/2 children? We'd like to avoid the bigger chains (even though their 2 double bed setup suits us generally). Does anyone know of any smaller hotels with rooms big enough for a couple of rollaway beds (and that will allow this?)

Many thanks.

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Goa or Mumbai in mid June?

A friend and I (both female) will be traveling in India this summer, and we want to plan a short trip (4-5 days) to either Goa or Mumbai in mid-June. Neither of us have been to either place, and we are trying to decide which would be better for a short trip. I have been to Kerala, so I am leaning toward Mumbai because, from what I have read, Goa has a more beachy/outdoorsy feel similar to Kerala. It would be great to hear pros/cons of both places to help us decide. Thanks!

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Lone female traveller advice needed please!

Hello everyone,

I am planning a trip to India next march/April on my own I will first be joining in the holi festival (with a tour) and then a week later joining another tour with STA however, I will have a week on my own and I would like to know if this is sensible;

I was going to travel to Varanasi and the areas around there, however I have heard it can be quite dangerous around this area on your own especially on your own.

I would also like to know how likely it is that I might meet people…