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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, 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

December 13, 2012

RIP Ravi Shankar

Going to India in two weeks and I need some answers to some fairly basic questions. [more inside]
posted by Flamingo around India at 8:46 PM - 43 answers has best

December 3, 2012

What should i pack and what should i do - India/Yoga edition

Going to a retreat in Kerala in Jan 2013. What do i need to take with me so i'm not the ill-equipped and inappropriate lady everyone rolls their eyes at? (Daytime is yoga and ayuverda therapy, weekends off for sightseeing, eating out down the beach or in the local town in the evening) Also, any recommendations of sightseeing and anything interesting to read beforehand? [more inside]
posted by moreteaplease around India at 4:06 AM - 4 answers has best

November 8, 2012

Looking for advice on taking short business trips to far places. (And maybe extending those trips for non-business visiting)

Looking for advice on taking short business trips to far places. (And maybe extending those trips for non-business visiting) [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit around Kolkata, India at 3:10 PM - 6 answers

November 5, 2012

Emirates experience anyone?

Emirates Airline? [more inside]
posted by pakora1 around Mumbai, India at 1:28 PM - 23 answers

August 30, 2012

How do I arrange a day boat cruise in alappuzha, India?

Three friends and I are staying in Cochin this January. We want to take the train to alappuzha for a day. Most of the online searches I've done have involved multi-day house boat cruises. Has anyone taken a day cruise in alappuzha, and if so, how did you arrange it?
posted by The Ted around Alappuzha, India at 9:24 PM - 3 answers

May 22, 2012

Cheap, safe and in New Delhi- any ideas

Where can a single woman stay in Delhi for a few days that's both cheap and safe? [more inside]
posted by Tamanna around New Delhi, India at 12:29 AM - 6 answers