I am going to India in June, however before this we are going through SEA for 2 months. My question is should I just get my visa for India in Thailand as we are going to be spending most of our trip there? And is I shouldm how long does it usually take? Or should I get it in Australia before I leave?
I just got my Indian visa this week - got my passport back in slightly over 2 hours. Quite a painless process quite contrary to what I've been told.
Anyway, I hold a Malaysian passport residing in the UK - I was told by my travel agent that you must supply proof that I've been residing in the UK (the usual works - utility bills and such) or else the Indian Embassy will send the passports back to Malaysia for processing which could take a couple of weeks.
I'm not sure whether it applies to Thailand or not but I think it's best you call them up to check. Alternatively, you can apply the visa in Australia - it's valid for 6 months. Safe you the hassle!!
Have a good trip!
I arranged my India visa through a travel agent in Bangkok. It cost me about 3,000 baht and took 5 working days. Visa is valid for 6 months and is a multiple entry visa valid from date of issue. If you want to go to the Indian embassy and do it yourself i think it is located in Sukhumvit Soi 23 or 25, and will probably be a little cheaper.
It probably doesn't matter a great deal if you get it now or in SEA. I got my Indian Visa done through the Sydney Consulate and it took about 7 business days, and this was including the time it took to return the passport back to me in the post. If you know how long you are going to be in India, and it is going to be less than 4 months, well you might as well save yourself the hassel of going to an embassy while you are away. The Visa is valid for 6 months from the date of issue, so as long as you weren't planning on being in India for a real long time, you could apply before you go. You could apply 3 weeks before you left Australia which would leave plenty of time to get the passport back. Then you would have approx 3 months that you could be in India if you are going to SEA for 2 months before India. If you are going to spend longer than 3 months, well you probably should apply in Thailand closer to the date.
The only reason to do it out of own country is if you plan to stay there long term multi months or so as the limit, 6 months from issue, becomes an issue or if you have uncertain travel plans I suppose..