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tanmay 1mo
So what does a user flow for UPI look like? All the QR codes Iโ€™ve seen have wallet logos on them like PayTM or PhonePe
If you are in India for more than a month, I would suggest getting a local bank account, since UPI payment is leaps and bounds ahead of any foreign countries ( including US), and it has highly penetrated the society.. i dont even carry cash anymore ..
For UPI, you would need to have a number in your phone which is registered to your bank account(indian).. then you can use either Phonepe/paytm/Google Pay to register into the UPI network..
You can send and receive money using any UPI supported apps, they are inter-operable
tanmay 1mo
Yeah unfortunately, not there for too long. Any UPI setups for tourists?
tanmay 1mo
Oh interesting, so PayTM account to PhonePe would be supported?
UPI operates on bank level.. So any are good..
But for you one option would be to use Paytm, if the vendor has paytm qr.. I heard paying via paytm on paytm specific qr has the credit card option.. I have never tried it, though
tanmay 1mo
Hmm I believe I still need an Indian bank account for it tho? Apparently I canโ€™t register on foreign passport or card
I dont think paytm pay via card needs indian bank account
tanmay 1mo
Ok Iโ€™ll check it out. Thanks nxzokobuxvpzabp !!
One of the not- obvious problems you'll encounter in India is that you can't pay for a train or flight without an Indian card. Sure you can buy the flight thru a reseller (Priceline, etc), but the trains... nope. Getting SOMETHING that will work in-country is a really important thing. Good luck man, I've struggled with this over 6 trips so far.
Actually i did a small research on this.. in the irctc portal they support multiple payment gateways.. some support international cc while some dontโ€ฆ similarly if you book via external providers like paytm/phonepe/ixigo international cc works
darpan 1mo
๐Ÿ›ฌ sxiawkrf just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Ahmedabad, #india
varoon5 1mo
๐Ÿ›ฌ ytwrputcz just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Jaipur, #india
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the meetup in Bengaluru! Iโ€™ll get us a seat on the roof top and send a picture where.
Anyone here In Dharamshala or going there? :cyclone:
Dalai Lama will be speaking Nov 25-26 at the Main Tibetan tempel if anyone is curious โ˜ธ
ancazzz 1mo
๐Ÿ›ฌ wzelkrgdt just arrived in Kerala, #india
๐Ÿ›ฌ ptkqvtfhhwqh just arrived in ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ Goa, #india
imthath 1mo
not sure if it could work but try something like amazon pay. reload using international card and pay out using UPI
#india hi anyone know what the visa process in India is like for last minute arrivals? A friend of mine has a wedding and hervisa expediting service didn't work out. Is it possible in India to purchase a temporary visa upon arrival?
nomadlist 1mo
๐Ÿ“ธ Did you take any photos at the Bengaluru meetup this week? โœ… Upload them here nomadlist.com/meetups#d7b1fc46d9ee5ed34dbbf7785eaec751
attemka 1mo
๐Ÿ›ฌ jdruvyrns just arrived in ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ Goa, #india
Depends on her county (passport) on whether you can get a VOA. For US citizens, my last several evisas to India took an average of 11 hours for an approval, online (both business and tourist visas). As always, YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary).
๐Ÿ›ฌ imzfiomjppcad just arrived in West Bengal, #india
pravin 1mo
sweet, lot of folks at nomadgao dharamshala, check that out too
Nice, been looking at Nomadgao and The Void - got any knowledge if anyone of them is to be preferred?
pravin 1mo
Havenโ€™t researched void mate, stayed at nomadgao for 2 months in may-june and loved the vibe and internet and power backups etc. great people, community and proper office setup etc

google reviews can help more too
Thank you!
She is from the U.S
I will book Nomadgao for a week and try it out! Thanks for the recommendation mate ๐Ÿ™Œ
drwnbs 1mo
Have anybody stayed at nomadgao place at Anjuna? Site looks suspicious and price on booking is much higher than on there site.
hey champs, I'm looking for no-bullshit sources for travel destinations in India for solo-travelling (hike/adventure and not party oriented). Any suggestions for blogs/portals etc ? (I remember when sifting through ads and promoted offers online was so much easier when planning trips)
pravin 1mo
I know the team closely and have stayed for many months in anjuna, assagao (goa) and dharamshala (himachal) โ€” it was the best DN expeirence in india - epic internet, power backups and lively community + events etc

Sorry, but what made the site look suspicious mate - kindly help so that I can share feedback with the team?
pravin 1mo
Big time customer and fan of them , check the google map reviews of nomadgao to get more understanding and on instagram too mate
With a US passport she can have her email visa paperwork approved by this time tomorrow if she gets right on it. Make sure to use the official government of India website indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/
ryan6392 28d
๐Ÿ›ฌ zrrudqelnd just arrived in ๐Ÿ› Delhi, #india
sankalp 27d
I can attest, the place is legit good.

experience in India is unreliable. Best to book directly if possible, but do check the reviews somewhere.
darus 27d
๐Ÿ›ฌ mtsjgiu just arrived in Jammu, #india
darus 25d
๐Ÿ›ฌ luutkwf just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Amritsar, #india
๐Ÿ‘‹ Anyone else in Dharamshala!?
๐Ÿ›ฌ gvslputvszton just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Kochi, #india
kittoo 24d
๐Ÿ›ฌ zkwxnhot just arrived in ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Bengaluru, #india
The best thing for Pondicherry is to make sure you REALLY want to be there long term. If you haven't, and you don't speak Tamil, it's not going to be easy; French is for the tourists only (and there's not a lot of it). It's hot and dry, I was there April 2022 and it hit 40C+. THAT BEING SAID, I used AirBnB, found this great landlady with multiple properties Her direct contact via WhatsApp is Nahid She's really nice.
imthath 22d
thanks. whatโ€™s the best about pondy? what to do there long term? howโ€™s it in december?
I cant speak to December, I was there for the entire month of April 2022. It's laid out flat, so easy to get around by motorbike or by walking. It's close to the big famous golden ashram (maybe a 30 minute ride). In other ways it is like Las Vegas, where everyone from Tamil Nadu comes there to do all the things they can't do just across the border (and in that way it has a seedy underbelly you'll read about in the papers). Fri/Sat are nonstop parties. During the day the pace is laconic and 'done tomorrow' might mean 'done next week' (I was out on laundry for 4 days on a 24 hour guarantee). Life is slow paced. The regular tourist is fine, but prices go up when you deal with the locals (motorbike rental, for example). Most of these things are what you'll find at any unfamiliar destination in India. There is a bar called 'The Greasy Tin' that I can wholheartedly reccommend, and it has live music on Saturdays. If you've got language skills, go for it. If you contact Nahid on WhatsApp tell her Tom says Hi, and she will be a trustworthy guide when you have long-term Pondi questions.
imthath 22d
Thanks Tom!
Oh, in case you need ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Rajah Autorickshaw in Pondi is +9194886 47513
jrosseel 20d
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ancazzz 20d
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darus 20d
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shivani 18d
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ruban 17d
I moved to Goa today. Any suggestions for the best pubs/clubs?
ruban 17d
Also, any place suggestions to buy winter clothes here?(GOA)
๐Ÿ›ฌ egikdqigtiuegbf just arrived in ๐Ÿ› Delhi, #india
divyenduz 15d
๐Ÿ›ฌ pvfvsnkngph just arrived in Jammu, #india
U01DGESCY0Gbr /> Thanks tom, Was able to get something cooked up based on your suggestion. Appreciate it
Glad it worked out. I hope you enjoy Pondi. Bring singlasses and sunscreen, thats for sure!
OMG what a typo. SUNGLASSES. A Freudian slip to be sure.
divyenduz 14d
Not yet, tomorrow :sweat_smile:
I am so bad at putting these dates!
darus 14d
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jessw 12d
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elemilion 12d
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darus 11d
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๐Ÿ‘‹ New Delhi airport question - I have a layover flight arriving in New Delhi around 4 PM, next flight leaves at 2 AM
Does anyone in here know of any good hotel or place to work from that's close to the airport?
divyenduz 10d
There is a good holiday inn inside the airport premise, but you have to be careful with timings because the hotel is inside the airport and there is a time limit on how long before the flight can you enter the airport, even if you are inside they might route you in such a way that you end up outside again!

Basically call them and explain your connection and ask! If it works out, it is super convenient!
Ahh that would've been so good.. Unfortunately its self-checkin for the 2AM flight, so will have to pick up my bag and check in later for that flight..
jessw 10d
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jessw 9d
๐Ÿ›ฌ jwpdikx just arrived in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, #india
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pranaym 8d
Go to Cubbon Park on sunday morning if you like dogs
pranaym 8d
The Delhi Airport is in a complex called Aerocity that has a lot of hotels right outside. There's a Holiday Inn, JW Marriott, Hyatt, Novotel and many others that you can choose depending on how much you want to spend.

All of these hotels also have business centers but if you just want to stay in the coffee shop or eat good Indian food, I would suggest Roseate House.

If you can find a way to store your luggage somewhere you can even hit a pretty decent club called the Dragonfly Experience.
darus 8d
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hipranb 8d
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jessw 7d
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tom 6d
hi guys, I am considering spending one month in Goa over the Xmass and NYE. Is it a good idea? btw I have never been to India before and I would like to surf in my spare time.
jessw 6d
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archand 6d
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anyone in Varanasi for the next couple of days by the chance? Or in Rishikesh afterwards
darus 5d
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pravin 4d
Yeah sure, fun times then, just will be crowded a bit as lot of rush (but thatโ€™s the same everywhere)
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darus 2d
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quinn 1d
In the Delhi airport, do the guards still not let you enter until within a few hours of your flight?
My girlfriend will be there in a week and is wondering if she will be able to enter the airport 5 hours before her flight so she can hang out in a lounge.
5 hours before is okay. Mostly they donโ€™t let you enter if the day is different or 10+ hours! Also depends on the guard but 5 hours surely wonโ€™t be a problem
I will be there whole of January ๐Ÿ™‚
vike27 19h
In India everything is flexible. In case you get a picky guard just say you are there early to buy some luggage wrapping that they only sell inside or something, etc. They really don't care, you just have to know how to make your case. Try another gate, etc
sankalp 4h
Also keep in mind that some airlines might not let you drop your baggage 5 hours in advance. Would be good to call up the airline office in Delhi and ask.
anandb 2h
Yo nomads, i am trying to use openvpn to connect to my company network which is in germany and i see that connection is not at all workable.. The sys-admin is telling me that this is a problem because of Indian ISP without giving any logs to prove it.. she did say that the other colleagues in Italy and Czech republic are using the same setup and it works for them.. so, i am looking at debugging it myself and i have heard about the vpn ban in india in the last year.. so, i wonder is there anyone else who has faced any issues with openvpn or other vpn issues? any tips ?
Not sure if this will work but can you try adding below dns to your network config?

```8.8.8.8
8.8.4.4```
Is it using the default openvpn ports? Have you tried only using 443?
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