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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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35-40 days in India: Itinireray advice

Hi guys,

I'm travelling with my girlfriend in S-E Asia next year.

We have a 35-40 days window in India and we are reviewing our options.

We're over there in February. This is an aproximate itinerary:

(KERALA : 5-7 days)
Mumbai : 4-5 days
Udaipur - Johdpur - Pushkar : 10 days
Jalsaimer - 4 days
Jaipur : 4 days
New Delhi (Agra): 4-5 days
Varanasi : 5 days

Our questions:

-Should we remove/add cities? Is it too much? I know travel in India is tedious and we don't want to overdo it...
-Are we…

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Goa!!

Solo bag packer in goa, let me know if u would like to catch up

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Animal Activities During the Monsoon

Okay! So I've come up with a route from Nepal to India, planned all the trains, hostels, and most of the activities. However I'm a real lover of nature and animals, but the eco-tourism out there seems to be saturated with elephant and tiger tours/activities!

Of course I'd love to see/interact with elephants and tigers, but are there any other highlights in terms of day (or weekender) activities outside of the traditional "elephant ride" / "tiger safari" usual?! Anything would be of interest -…

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North East India Itiernary Review

Hi All,

I plan to visit north east India with family (4 Adults) in May. I wanted suggestion on the rough itinerary as below:

Day 1 : Guwahati airport pick up. Proceed to Umiam.
Day 2: Umiam to cherapunjee via Shilong and local sightseeing at both places.
Day 3: Cherapunjee to Double decker root bridge and Mawsynram and overnight at Shilong.
Day 4: Shilong to Nameri
Day 5: Nameri to Tawang
Day 6 and 7: Tawang
Day 8: Tawang to Bomdilla
Day 9: Bomdilla to Kaziranga
Day 10: Kaziranga to Majuli and…

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Flood alert in J&K, Jhelum crosses danger mark in Srinagar

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Flood-alert-in-JK-Jhelum-crosses-danger-mark-in-Srinagar/articleshow/46738884.cms

Kashmir divisional commissioner Ghazanfar Hussain asked people to brace for possible landslides in the next 24 hours in prone areas of Kulgam, Pulwama, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal and Kargil districts, an official spokesman said. People were advised not to venture in to avalanche-prone areas.

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July-August family travels in India... where?

It looks like my wife and three kids aged 5 9 10 will flee New Zealand for a month starting mid-July (we are US citizens). We have a hazy dream of India. It's a big place, but can anyone give me some suggestions on where to start some research on planning our trip. Our kids have traveled heaps and are adventurous, but they are still kids. I envision staying a week or so in 4 different places. The kids love the beach. Mom and dad love trekking. Dad loves exotic nature. Mom is Italian and…

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Rajasthan Itinerary Review

Hello all,

This is the Itinerary I have put together for my boyfriend and I (late 20's). I have a feeling you will say it is too much but I don't see where to cut. We don't feel like we need to see everything at each stop, just a couple of the highlights and try to soak up the atmosphere. I have two weeks before and after his departure but at a much slower pace. We are pretty settled on the destinations and don't want to switch anything, just wondering if we have to omit something or…

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India at the end of April

My friend and I are planning to spend around a week in India at the end of April. I know it's hot and humid at this time, so I'm wondering if anyone has any idea of comfortable places to go? And how many places should we visit for 7~10 days? Should we take train or taxi (will that be very expensive?) And I don't want to fly between places that are too far...

I've read some posts about staying high round the mountains etc, but I think we can finish that in less than one week?

Any recommendation…

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Independent Trekking Guide in Leh

Hi,

I going to Leh in August en would also do a trekking .
I did several trekkings in Nepal and used always independent Guides .

Is this also possible in Leh , i can,t find any independent on the www .

I like to do the Markha Valley trek , and i did send some agency,s a email asking what the costs are for this trekking and i found the prices are very very high , about €75 per day per person

I think that is very high sleeping at a homestay and eating will cost not more than €10 per day…