If you are here in Rishikesh try to withdraw today

#1 Feb 28th, 2017, 13:12
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Dear friends,

I arrived the 16th of February in Delhi. I checked the ATMs in Jangpura. Two were out of order, the one which is beside Eros cinema (hdfc if my memory is good) was ok.

Now I am in Rishikesh, in Tapovan. There is a SBI ATM, on the right side of the road when going to Rishiskesh, 100 m before turning down left to Lakshman jhula. Everyday there is a big queue there (photo). This morning it was bigger.

A woman told me she has a visa debit card but can not withdraw because she had no sim card for receiving the security code the SBI wanted to send her. It is the first time I hear about this.

The yoga festival is starting tomorrow. So a lot of people will withdraw money during one week. It will be difficult, maybe, for everybody.

So I crossed the Lakshman Jhula three days ago. There I asked for ATM. Somebody told where I will find one. No people in this ATM (hfdc). I succeeded to withdraw 10.000 rps (no need of security code by phone). Going to Ram jhula I found two others with no people inside too.

If you are here in Rishikesh try to withdraw today...
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#2 Feb 28th, 2017, 22:23
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Helpful info for those in the area. Thanks.
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I am reminded of the words of the philosopher Chuck Brown in his Go Go song "We need some Money"


"Mastercard, Visa, American Express.
Got nothing against no credit card but the cash is the best"

Only the Indian Government could manage to link both the ease of both an ATM and a SIM into a needless act of bureaucracy. Until this madness subsides I am just taking a large wad of cash.
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Is there any advantage in taking a wad of foreign cash, I thought the same problems of somehow changing it into enough Rupees would still exist? (I have not followed all the twists and turns of the issue...?)

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money changers. it took me 5 minutes to find one in CP in Delhi who was overjoyed at the fact that i had snubbed him for 15 years in favour of an ATM and was now humbled......
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Originally Posted by captain bruce View Post money changers. it took me 5 minutes to find one in CP in Delhi who was overjoyed at the fact that i had snubbed him for 15 years in favour of an ATM and was now humbled......
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That is good to know. I often used them on my recent visits, but assumed they would have the same difficulty obtaining "new notes" as the banks seem to.

Was their rate of exchange still in your favour, better than "official", or did you pay a premium for "easy access" to money?

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Eastern side of Janpath 100 metres short of the metro entrance, near to the old Tourist office, there is a paan stall with a few booths behind it with small travel agents and the like.
I think it was 3 rupees less that the rate advertised in the Imperial who had run out - which given the upmarket nature of the place shows how bad things were.
New notes - peeled off a substantial bankroll.......
Plus ca change......
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Originally Posted by bitchou View Post Dear friends,

A woman told me she has a visa debit card but can not withdraw because she had no sim card for receiving the security code the SBI wanted to send her. It is the first time I hear about this.
Train reservations, hotel or taxi booking all want to Send you confirmation or conformation code via SMS. If they are going to require Adhar card for buying a SIM card, it would be very difficult for foreigners to get a SIM.

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As I think, You have to face the problem due to Ban on Notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 in order to make cashless transaction, you can use Paytm and other mobile apps.
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Originally Posted by Indesh View Post you can use Paytm and other mobile apps.
For using Paytm one needs to have an Indian bank account. Don't they?
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Blogger - Aarosh. General information being distributed on the forum. Not sure how much is actually applicable..
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Originally Posted by Indesh View Post As I think, You have to face the problem due to Ban on Notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 in order to make cashless transaction, you can use Paytm and other mobile apps.
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Now I am in Rishikesh, in Tapovan.
Enjoy Rishikesh. I remember Rishikesh from days when it was a very small town. It wasn't even safe to traverse the toad to the train station, let alone to Muni ki Reti, or Lakshman Jhoola. As late as mid 60's the trail from Swargashram to Lakshman Jhoola passed through wilderness.

I have heard stories from my mother and her brothers, from the 1940s. It is so crowded now.
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I have heard stories from my mother and her brothers, from the 1940s. It is so crowded now.
It's my understanding that back then there were only 5 or 6 resident families and supplies had to be brought in from miles away. The land was owned by Jhuna Akhara most of the population where those guys and that the area on the opposite riverbank from Rishikesh was called English Gharwal as it was under control of the angrezi.

One story I can recall seemingly well enough of to attempt to tell from the 50's or early 60's was that the roads were blocked by downed trees. There wasn't enough cooking oil to prepare for some Holy day. Everyone was worried about "oh what are we going to do?" One Babaji told someone to go down to the Ganga and bring back two pails of ganga jal to prepare the food with. Well folks though he was a little off his rocker but none the less someone fetched the pails of water and someone else asked "What are we supposed to do with this?" Babaji told them to look in the pails, lo and behold they were filled with cooking oil!
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