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    • hydro-tigger
    • By hydro-tigger 18th Mar 17, 1:47 PM
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    India - Help and Advice
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    India - Help and Advice 18th Mar 17 at 1:47 PM
    Hello
    We are travelling to India at the end of July and will be there for 5 weeks .
    This will be our first visit there.

    The first 3 will be spend at a yoga center in Rishikesh
    We will then be travelling for the other 2 weeks,

    I would love to hear from anyone who has been in India recently

    I know we cannot take Indian currency in or out of the country - so any advice re currency, cards, ATMs etc would be great.
    What cards are best to use in ATMs .
    Am I correct in thinking that Credit Cards aren't used much outside western tourist areas and that generally everyone deals in cash.
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    Any information, advice or help would be appreciated

    Thanks for your time
    Last edited by hydro-tigger; 18-03-2017 at 2:23 PM.
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    • Voyager2002
    • By Voyager2002 18th Mar 17, 7:28 PM
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    Most of our cards will work in ATMs there, so choose the travel cards recommended elsewhere on this site. Be aware that there is a great cash shortage and so many ATMs will be out of money at any point. There are various mobile "apps" that enable you to locate a working ATM: see this article
    http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/demonetisation-4-apps-and-services-to-find-atms-banks-with-cash-near-you-347662.html

    Uber works well in most Indian cities so install it on your smart-phone (and link it to a good travel card since the fee will be charged in rupees). Once you have identified an ATM with money you need to get there within about half an hour, so use uber to do so without delay.

    Roaming charges for India are incredibly high, so you will want to get a local SIM card. The process for this is extremely bureaucratic and took me about three weeks, so get started on it as soon as you arrive.
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 19th Mar 17, 8:13 AM
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    I'd head over to the relevant boards on Tripadvisor.

    I know the rupee used to be a closed currency but IIRC you can now bring currency out & take it back in.
    Not sure of the maximum amount though.

    When are you thinking of doing your visa application?
    There's a great guide on the Goa board of Tripadvisor that takes you through the application step-by-step.
    • Ballard
    • By Ballard 24th Mar 17, 8:14 PM
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    I was in West Bengal last November/December and at that point Sterling was absolutely useless as no one had any rupees to exchange for us. ATMs were mostly empty and when you found one with cash there would be a 40-60 minute queue whereupon you could withdraw one note of R2,000 per day.

    I wasn't in particularly touristy places but credit cards were accepted in quite a few places (thankfully). We just had to remember to ask before ordering in restaurants.

    Hopefully things have eased now but even if they haven't don't let me put you off. India is a wonderful country and you'll never forget your visit.
    I got a letter from the government the other day. I opened it and read it. It said they were suckers.
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 25th Mar 17, 8:36 AM
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    I was in West Bengal last November/December and at that point Sterling was absolutely useless as no one had any rupees to exchange for us. ATMs were mostly empty and when you found one with cash there would be a 40-60 minute queue whereupon you could withdraw one note of R2,000 per day.

    I wasn't in particularly touristy places but credit cards were accepted in quite a few places (thankfully). We just had to remember to ask before ordering in restaurants.

    Hopefully things have eased now but even if they haven't don't let me put you off. India is a wonderful country and you'll never forget your visit.
    Originally posted by Ballard
    That was because the government withdrew certain denomination old notes with no notice and had very little new currency available to replace it.

    Back to normal now.
    • Ballard
    • By Ballard 25th Mar 17, 8:41 AM
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    That was because the government withdrew certain denomination old notes with no notice and had very little new currency available to replace it.

    Back to normal now.
    Originally posted by Pollycat
    I was aware of the reasoning behind it and I'm pleased to hear that things have improved. I suspect that it's still a pain, though, as changing a R2,000 note isn't ever going to be a straightforward proposal when the next biggest is R100. Hopefully they'll introduce new R500 & R1,000 notes at some point.
    I got a letter from the government the other day. I opened it and read it. It said they were suckers.
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