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India visa info
Plan ahead. India says it want tourists, but has a rather bureaucratic process - no surprise.
India dropped the "2 month rule" in December 2012.
Transiting via New Delhi
If you are merely transiting New Delhi en route to Kathmandu then staying in the Eaton transit hotel in the airport may be the best option.
Visa on arrival
Generally NOT possible.
Visa issued from India's embassy in Kathmandu
Yep, you will have to waste good time on this. There are two types available:
Transit visa - this is valid for a maximum of 14 days FROM the date of issue, not the date you enter India. 2 photos required, 1500+250Rs. You must be transiting, ie going from one place to another via India, not beginning and ending in Kathmandu, for example.
Tourist visa - valid for 1-6 months from the date of entry. First you have to fill out a telex form so that they can check whether you have been refused a visa in your home country, and wait a week for a reply, then it is a one day process of waiting. The cost varies by country but US$40 or so is normal.
Visa issued in your home country
This is definitely the best option. In London you wait 10-30 minutes and the process is complete. Using your travel agent's visa services is worth it, if you are not in London.
Similarly in the USA. For Americans, there are 5 and 10 year visa options available, well worth getting one of these if you will be returning.
You might have to list two contact addresses in India, you can use these, the hotel we usually stay in, and our Delhi agent's address: