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    Will Republic day make travel difficult in Jaipur, India next year

    Yes, I agree with the above mentioned answer. I have been in India during Republic Day, and have hardly notice. Maybe in hindsight, there was a lot less traffic on the roads. No rickshaws. So as long as you have made arrangements prior to Republic Day, for transport, lodging and dinning. There shouldn't be any problems... The only thing that I can foresee you should be aware of is, I can imagine many monuments and museums will be closed on that day! So do not plan on doing any city or monument tours on that day! Republic day falls inbetween Chrismas and NewYear... Giving many Indians the excuse to take the whole time off from work, hence hotel prices are higer, and some resorts can be packed to the gills! Especially Goa. over 8 years ago

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    Train from London heathrow to Manchester? Blackpool?

    Nationalrail.co.uk is probably your best source. As an ex-Londoner, I remember it has only been ten years since the first rail connection between central London and it's largest airport, Heathrow. Due to Heathrow's geographical location, I doubt there are any direct connections. Even when connecting through London Paddington railway station, you will probably need to take a taxi or the 'tube' (subway network) to change to the railway station which services your eventual destination. If I remember correctly, Paddington station (where the Heathrow express arrives) only services the West of England. (I remember it being; Swindon, Bath, Bristol, etc).... For example, to get to Southhampton or Kent (south of London), I imagine you will need to go to Victoria or another station that services the South of England. To go to Edinburgh, I know you have to go all the way to King's Cross Railway station. Each rail station services a geographical area of the country, simmilar to Paris and the French rail network. If I'm correctly informed, London's politicians are still arguing about having a railway line circumnavigating the capital city... 100+ years since they invented the thing! Good luck! All I can say is that it will be a long trek! Maybe spend a night in London first! over 8 years ago

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    How much it takes to go from terminal 2 to terminal 1 in Copenhagen airport, please.

    There are two connections, by foot or by bus... Neither take more than 15 min, but by foot may not be feasible anymore.... CPH airport has changed a fair bit since I last used the walking concours over 8 years ago

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    Where can I ski near Copenhagen. I'm coming for two days on the beginning of March?

    One little fact about Denmark. The are NO mountains,,, not 1! In fact the tallest peak in Denmark is called "heaven/sky mountain" and is technically classified as a hill! Danes go to Sweden, Norway and The Alps to go skiing, and the skiing is good there. In fact, Denmark only gets a light sprinkle of snow (by most ski area standards)... The last two years this has not been the case, however, there are still no out-door ski resorts inside Denmark. The nearest is an area on the Swedish/Norwegian border, the name slips me by. I'm sure I read someone before me had mentioned it. I've heard it is a party area and can get "crazy-with-snowboarders"... If you are with family and children I recommend places in Norway, such as Lillehammer (host to the 1994 Olympic winter games)... Where prices are not as inflated as The Alps (Switzerland, France Italy, Austria) Sorry to burst your 'snow' bubble! ;) over 8 years ago

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    I am going to India in April. Do I need to convert American dollars to India currency or do they accept American dollars when shopping.

    This is a very good question! I'm, an America, in India right now and have travelled here, every year now, since 2007. Just yesterday I used my American VISA CerditCard to pay for two pairs of designer eye-ware (frames and lenses), costing less than US$600. Like many countries, haggle! But to get back to your question... Here are the facts: gone are the days where paying in cash USD is an actual advantage. It is illegal for the Indian shop keepers to accept USD, they may only accept local currency or credit cards. There are very few establishments that do have permits to handle USD, but they are few and far between. The only place there remains a real black market for USD is in China (as far as I am aware). You will probably get the best price with cash INR (Indian rupees). Your best is your Credit Card, because often they can charge you in INR. In turn, the credit company charges you in USD. Almost all shops accept VISA and American Express, and you will be SAFER! Just by carrying a credit card you will be protected in more ways than I have space to describe. Do not offer to pay in cash USD, most shop who accepts will be breaking the law, and will probably give you a worse exchainge rate than the credit card company! And, you will have no recourse if you return home, unaware of defective or faulty equipment. I hope this can be of some help. I will try to lookup reputable shop for your next question. Remember; No guarantee, only with VISA and American Express! BTW, yes you will need some INRs, in cash, for smaller things and other incedentals. over 8 years ago

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    Is North Korea a cruel place to visit?

    I don't know anything at all about traveling in North Korea, but as a professional traveller; I would love to visit, but I believe it is nearly impossible to do so. I've heard even diplomats have a hard time gaining entry visas (one class of traveller who normally don't even have to apply for visas). About it being a cruel place to visit? One could only compare it to travelling behind the 'iron-curtain' pre-1989. If you are lucky enough to enter (or sometimes crazy enough, like me! I travelled in Fiji during one of their many uprisings) I doubt you will be given the chance to see any cruelties. I can guarantee you before hand. You will not be given the chance to slip away from your guides either (because they will probably be executed if you do). If you are crazy enough to try 'the slip', they will keep you in your hotel under house arrest until your departing flight (which has even happened to many international news reporters). So let me answer your question another way.... "Is North Korea a cruel place?"... Ans: from what I've heard, Yes! "Can I visit North Korea?"... Ans: I don't think it is even possible to obtain a tourist/entry visa... If you can, I know you will raise many red flags when you return home, unless you work for a NGO or news organization over 8 years ago

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    how to explore rural culture of villages near bikaner

    Yes, the Camel Festivals is probably the best time to see rural culture in the whole of Rajasthan. If you go to Bikaner any other time I strongly advise anyone to look up "The Camel Man" (his real name is Vijay Singh Rathore). He actually owns his own Sand-Dune and has been hosting foreign and domestic tourists, with traditional food, music and camping, for more than 25 years. He is the one to go see, when in Bikaner, if you're looking for exploration and special experiences over 8 years ago

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    Best place to stay inBikaner is I recommend Rao Bika ji Group of hotels & Resorts c/o hotel meera mahal heritage opposite kalakar colony

    Born in America, I am very picky about where I stay. I stayed in Lalgarh Palace when I was in Bikaner. It is the most majestic heritage property I have ever visited. Services we only OK though, but still much better than a hostel. You really feel like you have stepped back 100 years in time. Old photographs of the royal family adorne the hallways and dinning room. I was there in the winter, so the indoor swimming pool was out of use (something common that time of the year in northern India). But you could feel royal presence through out the property (only half of which has been converted to hotel use). I have also been recommended Gajner Palace Hotel, outside of Bikaner over 8 years ago