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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.
This is valid for a maximum of 14 days FROM the date of issue, not the date you enter India. You must be transiting, ie going from one place to another via India, not beginning and ending in Kathmandu, for example. This visa is available in Kathmandu, start with the process below.
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.
There is a 2012-new worldwide visa process for India, and this requires filling out an online form, start here
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 in Delhi we occasionally use, and our agent's (as well as hotel) in Leh: