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June 24

Family-friendly travel suggestions for India or points nearby

I'll be traveling with my wife and our 2.5 year old daughter from the USA to India in early November for a very good friend's wedding in Pune. We'd like to get there 3-4 days early and decompress/adjust to jet lag/settle in. I'd love suggestions for a place to stay! [more inside]
posted by pziemba around India at 9:29 AM - 7 answers has best

May 5

Attending AA meetings in Delhi and Mumbai for a visitor!

Attending AA meetings in Delhi and Mumbai for a visitor! Hi, I was asked this by someone going to India for a couple of weeks. I know there are meetings in both places but the question was "How easy/difficult is it if you are an American Woman visiting and want to go to a meeting?" This completely floored me as I had NO idea how women friendly meetings are in India, especially if you are a White woman. Please don't impute any racist undercurrents to my query. I am an Indian man myself, and I know first hand how tourists, especially white women, get harassed by all and sundry. I was curious if any Mefiers have any suggestions or experiences that I can pass along to my friend. Thanks.
posted by indianbadger1 around India at 11:29 AM - 6 answers has best

March 1

Quick shipping of personal items to India from US?

Mrs. procrastination is traveling for work in India and has arranged to stay a few extra days to tour. In the rush to get her out the door, we forgot to pack our very nice camera, which she had hoped to use. I would like to ship it to her. She has a few days in a high-end hotel, so I am confident that there is a safe place to receive it. Does anyone have experience with this type of shipping? What can I do to keep it from being caught in customs? Will there be unforseen customs charges? Anything else I should be thinking about? I would have to send it out tomorrow morning.
posted by procrastination around India at 6:12 AM - 8 answers has best

February 9

B is for Bengaluru

Please tell me more about visiting Bangalore, particularly as a solo woman. Is it a can't miss? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize around Bengaluru, India at 5:23 PM - 8 answers

February 7

Recommendations for beach shacks in South Goa?

I'm looking for recommendations for beach shacks in South Goa. Ideal would be right on the water, quiet, and with good food options nearby. We'd like to steer clear of places with a bit too much of a ayurveda/yoga/woo/backpacker vibe, but understand some of that is inevitable. I'm familiar with TripAdvisor and IndiaMike--I'm mostly just seeing if AskMe users have any personal recommendations of their own.
posted by whitewall around India at 8:31 PM - 2 answers has best

January 29

Need recommendations for reliable car service in Mumbai

The imperial family and I will be traveling to Mumbai in a couple of weeks. We'll be arriving at a profoundly unfriendly hour of the night with three children 12 & under. We need to get from the airport down to the Fort District without getting taken for a ride, as it were. What do you recommend: Taxi rank at the airport? Reliable car service? Recommendations sought.
posted by Emperor SnooKloze around Mumbai, India at 10:43 AM - 5 answers

September 5, 2014

Help me travel to India!

Hi, I am traveling to India from the US. I've booked my flight, and am leaving on October 3rd for a ten day visit, along with my husband and my two year old. My husband is an Indian citizen, and has a valid Indian passport. My son and I both have valid US passports. The purpose of the visit is tourism and a family visit. Do we need visas, and if so where do we apply? [more inside]
posted by JenMarie around India at 12:48 AM - 9 answers has best

July 31, 2014

bread maker in mumbai - will it work out?

I'm thinking of taking a bread maker as a gift for a family that I'll be visiting in Mumbai, India. What potential problems might I be overlooking? [more inside]
posted by metadave around Mumbai, India at 3:53 PM - 13 answers has best

July 16, 2014

Should I travel to India in early October or early November?

I am planning a 2-3 week trip to India this fall, and the dates I can go would be either early October or early November (2014). I've been told that October is still pretty hot, and that early November is a bad time to go because of the Pushkar Camel Fair - that many hotels would be sold out, rates will be high, etc. (Also, I'm a travel consultant and would be less likely to get travel industry rates when hotels are full.) It's my first trip to India, so I am thinking that I will be mostly in the North - Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Varanasi, etc... possibly with a few days in Mumbai. Which set of dates would you recommend? Any other factors I should consider?
posted by kdern around India at 9:55 AM - 5 answers

May 23, 2014

How to book a train with IRCTC?

I'm trying to book a train in India via irctc.co.in, but I'm based in the US. All is well, and I've gone through some hoops to get a IRCTC account -- but now I'm not able to pay with my US credit cards - Visa, Mastercard, and AMEX alike! Has anyone had any luck, know any methods, or know any good Indian travel agencies specializing in train travel that may be able to book this for me? Help me give them my money! [more inside]
posted by suedehead around India at 4:34 PM - 5 answers has best

March 4, 2014

What vaccines / meds do I really need to go to India?

I have an appointment with a clinic to get some vaccinations before a two-week trip to India. My initial chat with the nurse made me feel like she was maybe pushing the "better safe than sorry" angle a bit, so I'm looking for some other opinions and links to good resources for making these decisions on my own. [more inside]
posted by toomuchpete around India at 9:34 AM - 21 answers has best

February 2, 2014

how to follow up on a theft in delhi?

my day bag was stolen from a train in delhi. contents: my camera (and all the pictures from my trip), a handheld digital audio recorder, my journal of the last week, an ipod, my glasses, and a lot of other stuff that i can't imagine anyone would care about. what's my next move? [more inside]
posted by fingers_of_fire around New Delhi, India at 6:41 PM - 9 answers has best

December 1, 2013

How do I make sure my iPhone isn't a brick in India(prepaid SIM plans)?

I'm going to be travelling to India soon and I wanted to get a prepaid cellular connection for my iPhone to avoid roaming charges and for internet access. What's the cheapest/best prepaid connection in India (going to be travelling around South India)? Is there some way I can buy it in the US so I can have cellular access from when I immediately arrive? [more inside]
posted by touareg around India at 10:20 AM - 6 answers

November 24, 2013

Newbie travelling to India

I'm contemplating travelling to India (New Delhi to start with) in January for ~10 days and meeting a friend there who is a naturalized US citizen who was born and raised in India. I know I need a visa in advance of leaving (gathered that much from the US State Dept website) but which kind? And: what else should I know?
posted by eustacescrubb around New Delhi, India at 9:49 AM - 17 answers has best

September 9, 2013

First time in India, looking for decent hotel for arrival in Pahar Ganj

I'm a first-time traveler to India and am looking for recommendations for a clean hotel with western fixtures in the Pahar Ganj neighbourhood in New Delhi. I don't want to spend *too* much (30ish CAD/night) but would like some western amenities for my first few days in the country. The hotel would be for this weekend. Any experiences/ideas?
posted by jpziller around New Delhi, India at 8:11 AM - 9 answers

August 26, 2013

"Best of" recommendations for 80 days of backpacking in India?

I'm planning to leave in a few weeks for India to travel with a budget of several (<7) thousand dollars. I may stay up to 80 days (but have the opportunity to come back earlier). Have any of you done a trip like this? Can you point me at any (good) links or recommendations for itineraries, or even out of the way one-off points of interest?
posted by jpziller around India at 4:16 PM - 15 answers

March 9, 2013

What Gift from India?

I live in the Midwest (if it matters) and I have a friend going home to India. He's offered to bring me back something. I don't want to miss an opportunity to get something I can't get in Iowa. [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen around Nellore, India at 10:25 AM - 17 answers

March 4, 2013

How do I keep running in India?

I'm traveling to India for two weeks, and am also training for a ten-miler. Help? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals around India at 4:00 PM - 19 answers

February 11, 2013

I'm traveling to India (New Delhi), for business in a week. Need advice!

It's my first time out of the USA, and I don't know what to pack! [more inside]
posted by PetiePal around India at 10:26 AM - 21 answers

January 31, 2013

India -- gift guidance

ISO gift guidance for meetings with disability rights advocates in Mumbai. [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter around Mumbai, India at 7:20 AM - 2 answers