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1. Posted by Psamathe (Budding Member 366 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I'm stuck. To apply for an Indian e-Visa you are required to enter your hotel details (address phone number, etc.). But to book a flight before you've got a visa (on short timescales) is a big risk - delays to visa and you lose your flight! And you can't really book a hotel until you've booked a flight (might be no flights or only really expensive flights arriving on the day your hotel is booked for).

Chicken and egg - but Indian Immigration is insisting you must enter your hotel details.

Seems weird as it's a 1 year multiple entry visa and you wont be in the same hotel 365 days over multiple visits.

Only thing I can think of is just book a cancellable hotel booking (through an online site) for any day just for the visa application then cancel it once visa granted.

Any thoughts as to the best way forward?

Thanks
Ian

2. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1802 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

That's what we do most of the time - book something that can be canceled upto 24 hours before the date. And once you get your visa, you can change the accommodation to somewhere else. It's never been a problem for us.

3. Posted by tfreese1 (Budding Member 6 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

If you are going on a tour or even hiring a day guide, ask them for their address. If not, book a hotel on booking.com with free cancelation. Most allow cancelation up to a day or two prior to arrival. This should not be a big deal. For me paying for the evisa was an issue. Finally after many attempts got it to go with a credit card.

4. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1575 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Pick a hotel with address and phone number and enter the information on the form. It's as simple as that. No need to book a hotel in advance.

I travel to India frequently so I have a 10-year multiple entry visa. The last one was issued Aug. 1, 2022. I used it to travel six weeks in Northeast India on a road trip that totaled 3,506 miles, or about 5,600 kilometers.

5. Posted by Psamathe (Budding Member 366 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Many thanks all.

Sorted (and was actually a lot quicker than the quoted timescales).

That said their helpdesk is anything but. I e-mailed them with some queries (to the published e-mail helpdesk address), specific details questions and response was "Please call us on ...". So I called them, waited and waited (paying for the international call) and when answered no help whatsoever. Just like all the other overseas call-centres we in the UK have to endure so often.

If anybody has any "do not miss" thoughts on India please do let me know (maybe a separate thread but it's so general maybe not). Probably (depending on what flight costs are like) heading to NW India initially but I've not done a lot of planning (and probably wont get round to it either).

Ian

[ Edit: Edited on 24 Jan 2023, 16:51 GMT by Psamathe ]

6. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1802 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Psamathe

If anybody has any "do not miss" thoughts on India please do let me know (maybe a separate thread but it's so general maybe not).

The Wagah border ceremony is well worth a visit. From memory, it's around 3pm every day. It's easy to get to from Amritsar where you can also visit the serene Golden Temple.

7. Posted by Psamathe (Budding Member 366 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Many thanks. On my "list".

I've decided destination on short notice so not enough/hardly any preparation (daft but I'm just fed-up stuck in UK). So t'll be easy to miss stuff - but better go and miss some places than stay at home and see nothing.

Flying into Mumbai. Might head towards Pune initially then head up NE. I suppose a lot depends on how easy getting transport is (e.g. how booked-up the trains are or what buses are available).I don't need or want high-end luxury.

In S America and even SE Asia (except maybe Thailand & Burma) hostels & hotels were great to chat with other travellers and find out what and how to see locally. I have no idea how this will work in India - my online search for initial place to stay in Mumbai (as above, for visa) most places looked less suited to meeting other travellers ... but that's a complete guess on a very limited impression.

Ian

8. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1575 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

There are various state transit systems that you should look into. For example, these are the Web sites for the ones in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

https://gsrtc.in/site/
https://online.hrtchp.com/oprs-web/guest/home.do?h=1

Trains don't go to as many places as buses do. Tuk-tuks are available, too, and in some places bike-taxis.

To cover greater distances it sometimes makes sense to fly. I use IndiGo, the largest domestic carrier.

For longer trips I usually like hiring a driver and car (fuel included) with prices ranging from US$70 to $100 per day. It's for the entire vehicle. For example, I often travel with a friend and we share the cost of the car (a Toyota Innova) and driver. We recently completed a 3,506-mile six-week road trip in Northeast India. We had an excellent driver who knew the route. He also acted as a guide. He spoke and understood English.

In a shorter road trip in 2020 in Northwest India (where you're headed) we visited Udaipur, Bera, Mt. Abu, Poshina, Kutch, Bhuj, Hodeka, Gondala, Sasan Gir (too see lions in the national park), Diu, Velavadar, Vadodera, Jambughoda and Ahmedabad.

If you like the accomodations where you are staying, ask if they know of a guide who can take you around. Prices often are reasonable. Some guides are better than others.

You'll have a great time and meet lots of fascinating, friendly people. For me and my friend, Barbara, we consider India our favorite country to visit. North, South, East, West, it's all different. We particularly enjoy the Himalayas and the tribal regions. We plan to be back this year.