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thinking about spending 3 weeks in either Bangalore or Panjim (Goa). anyone got opinions on either?
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They're so different. If you want (relative, but not actual) chill and sand and tourists and Portugese churches, Goa. If you want bustling overcrowded metropolis and a peak at India's modern-day culture, Bangalore.
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jzotrzbhhzs rwmphroukjs thanks both! i was looking for opinions on Panjim in particular (not the rest of Goa). I chose Panjim over Bangalore in the end and it's working out pretty well. Great food/coffee, lot of cafes to work from, amazing weather at the moment, chill and quiet vibe. Definitely a worthy DN spot ๐Ÿ‘
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Doing the e-visa application.. such a joke "Countries Visited in Last 10 years"

With the note "If information furnished is found to be incorrect at the time of entry or anytime during stay in India, you will be refused entry."

And thenโ€ฆ!!
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I relate to this pain so much, having done mine a few days ago & had this exact issue ssgtfprl
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Then playing the fun game of, which countries are the safest to remove?
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Haha, exactly! I removed the ones that don't 'look' so good.. like Iran.. and then almost removed all European countries since I was born here I don't get passport stamps.. lol
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I have to get this done this weekend. Just counting in my head, I think I have exactly 20. But I probably forgot somewhereโ€ฆ
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That's what I did kdaxlauckdet I used my passport and just wrote down the places I had stamps from in my most recent passport.
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I highly doubted that they have the information from my previous passport and the only way they'd figure out my european country hopping is by digging in social media/mobile phone.
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Good point, makes sense. Will look into my current passport as well when submitting the final list. Thanks!
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jynojxmdququj xzrnqtcnkz I'm stuck with one point putting down a reference in India (name, address, phone). I have never been to India. How did you guys solve this? Thanks!
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chtmzhbl last time I put the hotel I was staying in.
This time I put the AirBnB address of the first place we're staying at (with only his first name & mobile number) & it's been approved. I later realised I'd only actually given an area in India not a full address but it's what AirBnB showed so there we are!
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Wow, seriously? Ok, that's great, guess I will try that path and can finally complete my application :) Thank you!
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Yea, hotel or hostel should work. I just used a parent of an Indian friend.
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gfgzopfcqzr Thanks again for your help!! :)
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Has anyone had any luck opening NRO account as a tourist?
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If so, which bank did you use? Or do you recommend something different?
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For this sort of thing I think you're probably better off using a private bank like HDFC/ICICI, instead of a government-run one
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hfvwwcdsbyuxtostjcihkwd just arrived in Bangalore, #india
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Anybody been to Varakala (Kerala)? Thoughts?
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zitacljgk I spent a lot of time in Kerala (not Varakala). I'd highly recommend a long weekend to Munnar
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that looks lovely vgcbfcfbqc thanks for the tip
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reminds me of Ella, Sri Lanka
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It was one of the best parts of my trip. ๐Ÿ˜
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was it easy to get to?
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I hired an AMAZING private driver. He stayed with me for three days. He also gave me the best price out of all the people I contacted.
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He was honestly one of the best more genuine people I met in India.
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Also, he picked me up directly from my AirBnB and stayed outside my hotel throughout the night by sleeping in his car (apparently common practice in India), At the end, I almost doubled the amount of money he requested because of the service he provided me. He would do things that clearly made him uncomfortable (but made me feel more comfortable), like have a sit down dinner with me and let me pay or talk about his wife and kids.
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Sounds like you both were very good to each other tbh
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Even though he was just a driver, he ended up being a tour guide too and showing me a lot of things I wouldn't have seen otherwise.

I can give you his details. I was staying in Kochi, he was located in Thrissur. So, I can't guarantee he will go to Varkala... but he knows a ton of other drivers.
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Yeah, maybe he knows somebody in Varakala. Would be great to have this number. Thanks a lot!
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How did you like Kochi btw? A lot of people say it doesn't live up to expectations
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Thanks!
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ehytrrkbngg seems to be a slow uptake on Meetup. Com, where do folks socialise?
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Hey guys, we're going to stop in India on our way to Thailand.
It's our first time in India and we wonder if we should stop in Kochi or Mumbai (5-10 days max) before heading to Thailand.
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Any thoughts about Mumbai vs Kochi for a short stop?
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logistically-wise, both cost the same amount of money to get from there to Thailand and the average flight time is the same.
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ejvszpdc what are you looking for in terms of an experience in India?
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Mumbai will give you a big city feel. I like the city personally, stayed in Nariman Point and Bandra West (would highly recommend the latter). But if you're not looking for city vibes, Kerala may be better (although I can't speak to Kochi since I haven't been there)
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Kochi is a city but not like a mega city as Mumbai is, if I understand correctly
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I'd say a "(very) small bite" of india (culture, atmosphere etc), relatively easy-going stay (in terms of India of course) as we probably won't travel out of the city and mostly stroll around without any specific agenda, eat something nice, see some random places and go back home - this kind of vibe.
I did read that Bandra West might be a good place to stay in.
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It's my first time in India and I've been always told how messy Mumbai is and it really made me to have second thoughts perhaps is not a place for a casual stop
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But after reading more, and of course after you experience cities yourself, you understand that you can always find your place for a people with a pace like yours, so I hope it would be like that in Mumbai
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I think that a stop in Mumbai would probably be a nice experience for what it sounds like you want. Stay in Pali Hill if you can (a neighborhood in Bandra West where I stayed with my mom and totally loved). There's uber in the city that is super cheap and lets you travel around more conveniently than haggling (which becomes normal but can be overwhelming at first), and will make crossing the massive city much easier.
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We did a tour of the Dharavi slum and found it fascinating, toured the Elephanta Island Caves (touristy, but worth it, and a lovely ferry ride), got drinks in the Taj, and talked about doing a whole lot more but just hung out mostly. We were there at the end of March so it was quite hot. Can't speak to the weather this time of year but it will probably be more enjoyable
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Definitely get a second set of opinions bc I was there for a week only and haven't been to Kochi, but those are my two cents :)
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Those were useful 2 cents, thanks for the tips! :)
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gzvqxcqhputomfz WorkStays in Koramangala hosts weekly meetup for nomads every Tuesday.
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Fantasic advice btwfxbitoxc - I just got myself a few days space at 91springboard in SG Palya (helps me focus), and loving it so far :)
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njkxtofnrglpi just arrived in Chennai, , #india
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We're in Bangalore, and trying to get a driver up to Mysore for a 1 way trip. The taxi booking sites require a 15% deposit (which is fine), but won't accept non-Indian card. Any thoughts on another approach?
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Uber won't work for us as a lot of longer jobs (1+ hour) seem to get declined, and we need to arrive in Mysore with a 1 hour leeway
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Hiring a driver for 3 days. All fixed.
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For anyone else looking it's ~ RS. 7855 for a dedicated driver for 3 days, that includes up to 675km of driving on www.savaari.com/outstation-taxi/car-rentals. They're really nice on the phone & sent a payment link that worked with a UK Amex - then said to call back to get the deposit waived if our international deposit didn't work.
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gkivmdzqcd just arrived in Gurgaon, #india
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going to be in new dehli in a couple a weeks
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any accomodation reccomendations? hotel or airbnb?
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Bring an N95 mask!
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where can i get one of those?
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hlbppfihttgyz just arrived in ๐Ÿ› Mumbai, #india
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jedpudyjf I bought them on Amazon before I left. Online sites might be best bet. Or hardware stores. 3M makes good ones that aren't too expensive.
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what about internet, will 4g be ok?
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4G is good and extremely cheap. But getting one is peak bureaucratic hell. Avoid small mobile shops, choose official Airtel/IDEA shops and take your passport, accomodation details and a phone number from somebody working at your airbnb/hotel.

Or avoid all of this and buy a tourist sim from the airport. Costs 3x more (still vaguely cheap) but you worth it to avoid the hassle.
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thanks for the tips mhitwgtln
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the sims at the airport are roaming sims from countries like thailand
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so the minutes and data runout pretty quick
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(at least from my experience)
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def recommend airtel though for service
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yep stick with airtel. they have kiosks that sell official airtel sims at the airport
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Anyway to get otp for an indian number done online?
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you could rent a virtual number online
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How
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I got an Indian Sim at the airport for 1350 ruppes for 3 months, I got unlimited calls/texts & 1.5GB of data a day
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I didn't have a photo (which you need to get a sim) so it went from 900 to 1350, and when I went to the Vodafone store in the city with my husband so he could get one they tried to add him to my account as friends&family, then it turned out my account was registered in a different name. They didn't take it off me though & it's worked great for the last 5 weeks so I can't complain really.
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Skype maybe? Works for a UK number.
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google virtual number india
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1.5gb a day? Does anyone know the largest capacity available?
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You can get a 750 GB plan ๐Ÿ˜„
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(not per day that one tho)
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I got my sim card at the airport in Mumbai for 1000 INR. The guy took a photo with this mobile of me and did all the paper work, took a bit, but then I was all set already. Would recommend to spend the few bucks more and get it at the airport.
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750gb is enough for 6months ๐Ÿ˜‚
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How many gb did you get for 1000inr?
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1.4GB per day. The package itself cost actually 249 INR, I believe.
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Yeah, never seen such large data packages anywhere else in the world. Nor this cheap.
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yeah, JIO has created new milestones for every company in the world to get angry and dream on - but they will start charging higher soon once customers are acquired well, enjoy this time ๐Ÿ™‚
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Iโ€™m with Airtel, apparently best network for data
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Anyone stayed in Bandra West in Mumbai? Thought it would be good fit for me but Iโ€™m not sure where exactly should I stay within this area if I want to be close to the interesting part of it and also have a good gateway to the city center.
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How did you transport from there to the city center? I heard the trains can be a pain
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What are you guys doing in India? Just visiting or business too?
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Enjoying life ๐Ÿ™‚
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Does anyone know if you can buy Ventolin inhalers (Salbutamol) over the counter in India?

Donโ€™t really want to go to a doctor and my lungs are struggling a bit
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lojdoebbq just arrived in Hyderabad, #india
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abynihopkoplild just arrived in Chennai, #india
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xuwanejy just arrived in Bengaluru, #india
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cnyhkklaa just arrived in Goa, #india
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I don't know but please update when you find out so I know how organised I need to be if I run short!
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wmpiiwbvswqxs I was able to walk into a chemist and buy it for 139 rupees. It took all of 3 minutes.

It wasnโ€™t Ventolin. It was another brand (donโ€™t have it with me so donโ€™t know the name), but it says _salbutamol_ and thatโ€™s all that matter to me ๐Ÿ˜€
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Fantastic thank you!
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txolcznf just arrived in ๐Ÿ› Mumbai, #india
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Talks of Air India closing down, yikes, never thought that would happen.
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globalnomadsummit.com/ anyone going to this in dec?
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or have any opinion about the event?
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yeah it's decent, Amit is conducting - should be okay for networking
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I did an event/talk with him few months before, won't be able to make it, too many weddings/events in that wedding
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piousznxq just arrived in Chennai, #india
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ocfzlxkcn just arrived in ๐Ÿ› Mumbai, #india
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peforlsli just arrived in ๐Ÿ› Delhi, #india
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wynzomchl just arrived in Alsisar, #india
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