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The Hospitality Club is the world's largest hospitality exchange organization. We are thousands of friendly members world wide who offer each other free accommodation when traveling. Membership is free and joining just takes a minute - we would love to have you onboard!

Travel Guide for India

Here you will find travel information and insider tips about India that has been cooperatively contributed by other friendly Hospitality Club members. Please become active as well, and share your vast budget travel and backpacking knowledge with other members and the internet community - it is very easy to edit any information here (more info in the Help File). We hope that these Travel Guides will quickly become a great and fun resource. If you want to print this guide out to take with you, we have prepared this Printer Friendly Travel Guide for you. Enjoy!
For Introduction, Top Things to See and Do, Neighboring Countries, Who is coming?, Want more guests!, Hospitality Club Meetings and the geographic navigation please see the main India Page.

Basic Facts

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Official Country Name: Republic of India
Capital: New Delhi
Population: 1.3 Billion and growing Telephone Code: 91 Time Zone: GMT + 5.5 hrs Area: sq km Language(s): Ethnic Groups: Dravidians, Aryans, Mongloids race, Tribals. India is formed of various other ethnics groups also based on various Religions and cultural backgrounds. Highest Mountain: Kanchenjunga President/Head of State: H.E. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Governmen ... more

Attractions and Things to See and Do

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Music and Dance Festivals 2005


Sur-Singar (Mumbai)

Prithvi Theatre festival - Mumbai


Urs of Amir Kushrau (Nizamuddin, New Delhi)
Harballabh Sangeet Sammelan ( Jallandhar, Punjab)
Chennai Music Festival (Chennai, Tamil Nadu)
Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Mahotsav (Pune, Maharashtra)
Tansen Sangeeth Sammelan or Music festival (Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh)
Christmas and New Yea ... more


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Here you can include references to maps that are somewhere on the internet. Two conditions apply: they cannot be protected by copyright, (or you have to make sure that we are allowed to use them), and you have to make sure that it is ok if we call them up from here. If that is a problem, you can also send us the image file and we will upload it to our server.

Off the Beaten Path and Insider Tips

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Suggested Itineraries

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1 Day, 1 Week, 2 Weeks, 1 Month ...


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Getting there and away, Getting around by Air, Train, Bus, Car, Motorcycle, Boat, Hitchhiking, Bicycle ...


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If you do not want to stay with other HC members, or noone is available, here is what other members suggest. Hostels Hotels Camping Other Options

Food and Drinks and Local Specialties

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Restaurants, Supermarkets, Street Food, Local Specialties ...

Money and Costs

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Currency, Exchanging Money, Credit Cards, Tipping, Bargaining, Costs...

Visa and Documents and Embassies

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1.Who needs a visa? Citizens of Bhutan and Nepal don't need visas for India. Citizens of Maldives can get visas on arrival. All others need visas, which can be obtained in Indian High Commissions, Embassies and Consulates Abroad. 2.How to get it? It depends on the nationality of the applicant. Citizens of Poland, Mongolia, South Africa, Bangladesh and a few other countries get free visas. Embassies & Consulates, of the country abroad and in the country India has diplomatic represen ... more

Borders and Customs

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Post and Communications and Internet

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Post, Telephone, Fax, Internet Access ...

Questions and Answers or Forum

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Here anything goes, you can post questions you have, and other members will answer you. If you do answer, please send the reply directly to the asking member as well, and try to integrate the information into the categories above. If too difficult to do, just answer right here and a volunteer will integrate in the future. Also, you can put thanks notes in here. Add new questions on top so they show up on the Travel Guide page. Please post messages not related to traveling or the aim of the Hospi ... more

Hospitality Club Meetings

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Use this section to add more info if you organize meetings and events (you can add a short note on the main country page). You can also invite other members to parties, sports events, whenever you would like to meet up with someone.


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Activities and Sports

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Yoga and Meditation

Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Center
A41, Kailash Colony
New Delhi 110048
Tel: +91-11-648-0869
Fax (and phone): +91-11-645-3962

Sri Aurobindo Ashram
Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi 110016
Phone: 91-11-6569225/6567863
Fax: 91-11-6857449

Nightlife and Entertainment

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The Best Bars in Delhi are F Bar and Lounge, Ricks, Agni, Olive Kitchen and Bar, Shalom, Nasha, Buzz, Polo Lounge, Dublin, Aura- The Vodka Bar, djins, 1911, Dublin.

Moorish Fable Ego Thai, Bed


Elevate, Royal Mirage, Decibel, Fabric



THE B ... more

Population and People

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Culture and Conduct or Local Customs

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Language and Useful Phrases

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Events and Holidays

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Festivals, Sports, Concerts, Public Holidays...

Climate and When to Go

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Environment and Flora and Fauna

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Dangers and Warnings

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Tourist Traps

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Government and Politics

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GDP, GDP per head, Annual growth, inflation, Major Industries, Major trading partners...


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Music, Literature, Theater, Movies ...


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Newspapers, Radio and TV, Magazines ...


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Volunteer Opportunities and Work

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1: English Teacher for monks To teach 15-20 monks beginner and intermediate conversation and grammar. To create a curriculum and lesson plan. Teaching experience and native English are necessary.

2: English Teacher To teach a small class of 10-20 students basic grammar, conversation and story telling. Ideally the teacher has experience and can he ... more

Organized Tours

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What to Bring or Packing List

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Books and Further Reading

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Guidebooks, Travel, History and Politics
Please enter Amazon links to the books - we will put info on how to do this here shortly. This way we hope to get a bit of funding for the running of the club, if someone buys the books you recommend.

Other Information

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Could not fit it into any of the categories above? Put it here...:-)

External Links

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Guide to SCUBA Diving in India (L)

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India (L)

India Travel Guide (L)

Offtopic Messages

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Here you can add messages that are not exactly related to the aims of the Hospitality Club (but related to the country). Do you need a visa invitation? Looking for an internship, job or a flat to rent? Just add this here, and if you are lucky other members will read it and contact you. Remember: do not send messages like this directly to members - after giving you this space here, we will fight spam even more strictly!
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