Getting a visa for India
The first thing to know about going to India is that you need a visa for India. It’s a nightmare. There are so many different types of visa for India it’s a job to know what’s what. The easiest by far is the eVisa which is valid for a month and you can get it online here.
Ok, I know. Where? At the bottom of the page where you see this graphic. It’s not immediately obvious because the web designer didn’t make the image a link but the text underneath is the link. Click that.
My visa is a 1 year multi-entry visa. A bit harder to get and way more expensive to buy. You have to write a letter to the Indian High Commission to tell them why you want to be there that long. I found it easier to use a visa broker to do the work. These guys do the applications daily and have way more knowledge of how to present the info that is required. The mob I used were VisaHQ and they got the job done. There are loads of others out there, I looked at a lot myself.
Registering in India
I’ll have to register at the police station within 14 days of arrival and I have to exit the country after 180 days. So a the multiple entry visa for India is important for long stays. There are a couple of projects I want to undertake. One is discover where my grandmother was born. I believe it was in Howrah, West Bengal. Howrah seems to be a suburb of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) now, but I’ll find out more when I get there. I also want to look into the possibility of retiring there and I want to make this blog in spanish for the Spanish people that have difficulties with the english language. I also have a number of art projects that I’d like to see if I can get underway there.
Time will tell.