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21. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3719 posts) 6y

India is hopefully going to be my next trip and your information is really helpful, thanks Raj!

It would be great to see it in the guide too :)

22. Posted by kidintown (Budding Member 59 posts) 6y

Quoting Sam I Am

Great tips indeed; have you considered contributing to our Wiki Travel Guide to India? :)

Sam will make sure that the Travel Guide is ready. lolol

23. Posted by random0786 (Budding Member 34 posts) 6y

Good post by Raju.

India is as safe as other Asian countries. Just keep in mind that you should have few ppl around you wherever you go. Because if you ever fall in trouble there will be atleast few ppl in the crowd who would be genuinely try to help you. In a country like india you will never find yourself alone in trouble with nobody around you to take your side and help you.

[ Edit: Edited on 24-Dec-2009, at 01:19 by random0786 ]

24. Posted by Norlamin (Budding Member 6 posts) 6y

do not avoid kashmir you shouldnt belive everything the lonely planet tells you i was there in the summer and was perfectly safe the streets are crawling with military so no need to worry about getting kidnapped unless you wander around at night, the soldiers shouldnt bother you and are generally quite helpful. I had to walk from my houseboat into the centre of srinigar at 5am to catch a taxi, this was during rammadan and loads of people were going about from house to house to feast and they were all very helpful with directions and invited us in to eat or offered to call a rickshaw.
apart from that good post :)

25. Posted by rajuindia (Budding Member 22 posts) 5y

To go Varanasi to Kathmandu ( Nepal):- Often flights are full from Varanasi to Nepal so to find out new possibility I wend to Nepal by road from India last month in April.

I already been many times with my car but it was always from Varanasi, this time I start from Jaipur (Rajasthan). It was beautiful trip.

People can go by road to Nepal from Varanasi it’s quite easy.
Varanasi to Sanouli Border (Nepal) via Gorakhpur is around 300km 7hours drive.
To start early morning is recommended to avoid busy traffic hours.

Just after get in Nepal you can sleep in Lumbini or Chitvan National park or if you have enough energy then be continue till Pokhara, just 180km more through the Himalaya Mountains 4-5hours drive.

This drive between Nepal Border to Pokhara is one of the most beautiful drive on the Himalaya mountains.
Raju India

26. Posted by rajuindia (Budding Member 22 posts) 5y

Few years back I went to Nepal by car from Jaipur (Rajasthan) to Pokhara to Kathmandu.
It was really great experiance.
It was really very beautiful to drive between Saloni border to Pokhara through the Himalaya mountains. It is shortcut to go Pokhara but it has very beautiful views.
Situation is much better then before in Nepal. Completely peaceful at the moment.
I did following route - JAIPUR - DELHI - SIDHARTH NAGAR & KAPILVASTU ( The Buddha place) - SANAULY NEPAL BORDER - POKHARA - KATMANDU - NAGARKOT - DHULIKHEL -CHITWAN - LUMBINI - DELHI
All it was really very beautiful.
It can be a great experiance to stay on the mountains near Kathmandu.
Raju India

27. Posted by rajuindia (Budding Member 22 posts) 5y

Hi,
I just came back to say something very important that many people are always confused about tipping system in India. I just want to give information regarding tipping practice in India as follows:-
Tipping in India is a common practice. There are basically two types of tips. In the first case, the tip is paid after the work is completed. In the second case, tip is given beforehand to ensure a good service. In hotels, porters and room service attendants are generally tipped at the end of the stay. However, the amount of tip varies depending on the type of services rendered and the type of establishment.
In restaurants, the tip to waiters is around 10-15 percent of the bill. In cases of restaurants of famous and prestigious hotels, generally a 10 percent service surcharge is added to the bill. Tipping at such a place is discretionary. In smaller places, the tip is not a percentage of the bill. Rather, few rupees are given as a tip, depending on the quality of service.
Tipping taxi and three-wheeler a driver is not too common but still they expect. It is up to your discretion. However if you want to give tip, then, 10 percent of the fare or leaving the change is enough. If you are hiring a car throughout your stay, then, tip the driver Rupees. 100-200 per day, depending on the distance traveled. At railway stations, pay the porters around Rupees. 10-20 per bag. But, make sure to set the rate beforehand. If you stay at somebody’s house, ask your host before giving tips to his/her domestic help.
All prices are in Rupees:-
driver/guide for long transfers (up to 5 hrs or more) – 200 +
driver for short transfers Airport-hotel - 100 +
guide at National parks – 200 +
concierge at the hotel – 20 +
waiter –5 to 10% of the bill
room maiden – 20 +
Touristy people photos 10 +
All above advise are if you staying in mid range hotels or restaurants but if you staying in high class hotels then it can be just twice or more.
This issue is completely personal and depends on your pocket and services you are getting.
I hope this will help you lot.
Dear members, I also want to thank you for your appreciation and beautiful words for my efforts. It really encourages me to help people more and more.
Thanks once again.
Peace be at your home and in life too.
Raju India.

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