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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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Weather in April

Hi, I’m planning on traveling to Punjab in April and it’s going to be my first time in April. I’m worried about the weather and if there’s going to be a lot of mosquitos. I usually travel to India in December - February. everyone’s telling me that it’s going to be hot and I’m from Seattle, Washington, were the weather is always raining and cold but it does get warm in the summer but still. I’ll be going to Jalandhar and Hoshiarpur but not in the city.
How is the weather in April and is there a…

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Liquor Laws in South India

I have read through most if not all the posts and have little current info on the evolving liquor laws in the south. My Wife and I are traveling to southern India, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. We are not into the nightclub scene and will be staying in mostly homestays. We are just interested if we can buy beer and wine your from some sort from a local vendor.
I am confused with the changing laws and permit system and what appear to be a large illegal trade in dry areas. Simply put can we buy wine…

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Tourist Places in Chennai

If any one wish to visit tourist places in Chennai, first you need to know what are the places are available to see in Chennai and then you need to make a plan where to visit. Here I am going to list some most popular places to visit in Chennai. The places are

Marina Beach
Crocodile Bank
Mamallapuram
Vedanthangal
T.Nagar
vadapalani Murugan Temple
Muttukadu
Elliot's Beach
Beach Resorts

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Kolkata - Udaipur - Hyderabad by Train in 20 days?

Hi guys!

I am planning to cover Kolkata to Udaipur and finally end up in Hyderabad, all by train or bus. My budget allows me to do 20 days of backpacking (+/- 3 days). I will fly down from Singapore to Kolkata last week of March. I am travelling solo and not engaging the help of travel agency. The route I am planning to take is:

Kolkata-Varanasi-Khajuraho-Udaipur-Aurangabad-Hyderabad (fly back to Singapore) Will only purchase return ticket when I reach Hyderabad just in case. If there is…

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Indian Railways - Advance Reservation Period

It seems that Indian Railways are going back to the future, re-introducing 120 days ARP.

http://www.cr.indianrailways.gov.in/view_detail.jsp?lang=0&dcd=2542&id=0,4,268

Can anyone offer insight to the last line in the link above?

There will also be no change in case of the limit of 360 days for foreign tourists.

If this is correct, then what, exactly, does that mean?

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Accommodation - easy to find?

I'm travelling to Mumbai on the 26th March for two weeks - primarily to see a friend but will also make a trip to Asra and Goa.

I've been so SE Asia before and generally found accommodation as and when I needed it by walking the streets looking for a decent hostel with my backpack.

Can I do this in India?

I won't be staying with my friend. I'm travelling with another person. Hostels with private rooms are preferred. 3000 INR budget per night

Bandra area to begin with?

Thanks!!

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Mumbai to Kerala itinerary help

Hi

We are a late 20's couple from England intending to visit India in late December/ early January for 14 days. We are thinking of doing the itinerary below. Will probably hire a driver from Goa to Cochin to save time travelling.

Mumbai to Goa (Overnight train) to Hampi to Munnar to Cochin (and around) then fly back to Mumbai from Cochin

Wanted some advice on whether our itinerary is realistic in the time we have?, also are there another places you would recommend visiting either near the…

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Fast internet in Landour/Mussorie?

Hi,

Does anyone know if 3G/fast internet is available in Landour/Mussorie? I have a vodafone sim card.

Thank you!

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Natural Dyes for Holi

How to make natural dyes and info about chemical dyes.

Play Holi... Naturally!