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Iconic Movies That Were Shot in India!

Bollywood movies are famous for shooting scenes all across the globe, whether in the Swiss Alps or the Pyramids of Egypt and we’ve grown to love them. But nothing comes close to the excitement of discovering India in a Hollywood Film!Here are some movies that were either partly or wholly shot in India. The Darjeeling Limited (2007) - JodhpurThe director, Wes Anderson, said his inspiration for this movie was Satyajit Ray and several other documentaries on India. Apart from being shot in Jodhpur, one can also spot Irrfan Khan in the movie. The Fall (2006)- RajashtanThis film is a well hidden gem. Starring Lee Pace(Guardians of the Galaxy) and Directed by Tarsem Singh, a pass out of Bishop Cotton School, Simla, who chased his Movie making dream and made The Fall, a perennial favourite among critics. Though the movie is shot all over the world, its major bulk was filmed in Jodhpur, Agra and the Andaman islands. The Dark Knight Rises- Jodhpur (2012)This Superhero movie has scenes from Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur. The Prison where Bane grew up and later imprisoned Batman in, to be specific.

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India's Latest e-KYC Policy for Sim Cards 2018- All You Need to know !

For a long time, KYC and Aadhaar verification has been a pebble in the shoe for those looking to buy a functional Sim card in India and has caused a great deal of frustration and inconvenience, specially for tourists trying acquire a local Sim card for their stay.Until recently, the Indian Government required an ‘Aadhar card’ verification before issuing any sim card. An Aadhar card, along with a unique Aadhar identification code for each individual, is best described as being similar to the Social Security Number system employed by the USA. Only a person of Indian nationality can be issued an Aadhaar card. Therein lies the bane of many foreign travellers who, by virtue of not having an Aadhaar number, have to virtually jump through hoops in order to obtain a working Indian Sim Card for voice calling and internet data. In October, 2018, India’s Department of Telecommunication announced that Aadhar verification is no longer required to obtain an Indian Sim Card. This should have been a cause of celebration for travel enthusiasts and tourists. Furthermore, the promotion of the eKYC process (digital verification) should have had us ecstatic, right? At a glance, one would think so but looking closely, there isn’t much to be too happy about . Despite how much better it may sound in theory, the process for buying a new sim card hasn’t become any simpler. What is e-KYC ?KYC means “Know Your Customer”. It’s process by which regulating authorities ( Telecom Service Providers, Banks etc.) obtain information about the identity and address of the customers. This process helps to ensure that services are not misused. The KYC procedure is to be completed by service providers while opening accounts. e-KYC refers to an alternative digital process introduced by the Department of Telecommunications.Generally an identity proof with photograph and an address proof are the two basic mandatory KYC documents that are required to establish one’s identity. As mentioned, until recently, an Aadhaar card and Aadhaar number ( Unique Identification Number) were also required as KYC documents. What e-KYC Means for Foreigners/TouristsThe latest direction issued by the Department of Telecommunication, allows for fulfilment of E-KYC without a government issued Aadhaar number. This new provision, coupled with the term ‘E-KYC’ has led to some ambiguity. Taken at face value, ‘ e-KYC’ suggests an electronic or digital method for submitting pertinent documents via the internet in order to fulfill the KYC requirements needed to buy a local sim card.To help clarify the new regulation, the process for e-KYC is outlined below - The Entire process of eKYC verification will be undertaken by Licensees ( shops that sell sim cards) through authorised and official apps. e-KYC is done at Points of Sale or shops. Perhaps the most important omission in discussions about the new eKYC process is that a potential customer must be physically present at the Point of Sale ( PoS) or shop, where an Officially Valid Document for identification must be furnished. For example, an original and valid passport or a Driver’s License . At the Sim Card store, the merchant or shopkeeper Will take a live photo of the customer, that shall be embedded in a Client Acquisition Form ( C.A.F) by the storeowner. Further, this live photo of the customer shall be watermarked and must be geo tagged. i.e. include GPS coordinates along with time and date. These details are then embedded in the CAF by the shopkeeper, and sent to the regulatory telecom body for verification. Once a person’s KYC details are verified, that customer will be given access to an operating sim card. Evidently, the process of e-KYC is still tedious and quite inconvenient for a foreign visitor trying to buy a local sim card. Luckily, there is a virtually hassle free alternative!

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Jaipur: City Royale

The capital of the state of Rajasthan, Jaipur offers nostalgia for the past on the busy streets of its present. Home to majestic palaces, grand forts and architectural wonders, Jaipur is a city like none other. The Pink City, as Jaipur is often called, is visited by tourists almost all year round. A Jaipur itinerary is made up attractions like Jal Mahal, Hawa Mahal, the City Palace and Sisodia Rani Garden. It is also quite popular for handicrafts, jewellery and it’s food—an interesting mix of savouries and sweets. Things to do “Amber Fort” The Chokhi Dhani Village, a one-of-a-kind theme park, is a complete family destination. There are many entertainment activities available, including camel and horse rides, folk dance shows, puppet shows, fire acts and various games. It is also renowned for it’s mouth watering Rajasthani food served with gusto on leaf platters. “Chokhi Dhani” The Jaipur Literature festival, the world’s largest literature festival, is quite famous amongst book lovers around the globe. Typically held in January at the Diggi Palace, the 5-day festival gives people around the world a fascinating insight into Rajasthan’s cultural heritage.