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#1 Feb 21st, 2006, 15:21
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I'm looking to spend some time in India for a reason, and I'd like to find out about India as much as I can. The followings are some of questions I have:

q1. What is the cost of living in India?

q1.2. I do not necessarily need luxury place, but I do need internet connection. This is a must. How easy is it to get it and how much does it cost?

q2. I'd like to go visit initially, and then, if I can foresee the future potential, I'd like to spend a couple of months there. How's India's immigration policy? More specifically, is it easy to get a visa to spend a couple of months or it can be tricky?
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Finding a short term accomodation in India is hard.

q1: India in inexpensive, by western standards. But living in Metros is 4-5 times more expensive than living in medium sized cities. I assume you are not going to live in touristy cities such as Agra or metros such as Delhi. You need to tell us where you plan to live so someone here can guestimate.

q 1.2: To get internet you need landline which can be tricky. Most of indian cities have plenty of internet cafes - for about 10 bucks an hour. Pretty cheap. you can do most stuff from there. Metros have internet over cable these days - so internet is not a problem there.

q 2: Indian visa are generally given for 6 months. Not sure if they are single entry though. If cost is a consideration, try not to stay in such touristy place as Goa or Agra.
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1. Don't worry much about cost of living, for a decent life style, you need 150-200$ per month, that includes your travel, lodging and food.

2. Most metros and second rung towns these days have PG (Paying guest) accomodations, for example, in Bangalore, you can get PG from 1500 to upward 5000 INR, some include breakfast and dinner as well. You can always choose not to take food and ask for rebate, most local dailies or (www.admag.com) will post such ads.

3. Visa is multiple entry 6 months and that can be extended at the time of expiry if situation demands.

4. Internet, I sincerely advise to go for nearby cafes, cafes are quite fmaous and can be seen at length all through small towns to big cities. They are quite economical with price per hour varying 10-20 Indian rupees.

5. Food, depends on your style, most vegetarian hotels charge 30-75 INR per typical sotuh or north indian meal. Also you can find several chinese style restaurants that serve noodles at affordable price. In metros, you can see pizzahuts, mc donalds and kfc as well.
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Originally Posted by concoran q1: India in inexpensive, by western standards. But living in Metros is 4-5 times more expensive than living in medium sized cities. I assume you are not going to live in touristy cities such as Agra or metros such as Delhi. You need to tell us where you plan to live so someone here can guestimate.
Metropolitan area where I can get internet connection and what have you. Spending time relaxing and hanging out isn't exactly my objective. I'm kind of looking for a place to do business. Perhaps you can give me some ideas.
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Originally Posted by siri 3. Visa is multiple entry 6 months and that can be extended at the time of expiry if situation demands.
Many countries have (visa waiver/visa) program like this, but some countries generally do not like foreigners to come right back from outside the border right after 6 months expires. How does Indian government handle this?
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Originally Posted by siri 4. Internet, I sincerely advise to go for nearby cafes, cafes are quite fmaous and can be seen at length all through small towns to big cities. They are quite economical with price per hour varying 10-20 Indian rupees.
I kind of need to have the connection at home because if and when I stay for a period of time, I'd like to work from home to operate my internet business. How much does it cost? How good is the connection? This is very important to me.
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4. Yes, you can opt for 24 hour uninterrupted ADSL broadband service. That would cost you close to 1000 INR per month for 512 kbps. Also you are required to deposit 'refundable amount' totalling to about 2500-3000 for the equipment along with telephone line (ADSL). Prices may vary depending on the usage, unlimited bandwidth costs more. I'll search and post price plans if I find on internet (I'm sure they would be available).

Airtel and Sify are 2 private players with comparable tariffs. Usually service will be activated in 2 days time. For a much cheaper price (half the price) one has to depend on public service provider, BSNL dataOne, that takes roughly about 7 days for activation. Not sure, if foreigners can opt for it.
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Originally Posted by siri 4. Yes, you can opt for 24 hour uninterrupted ADSL broadband service. That would cost you close to 1000 INR per month for 512 kbps. Also you are required to deposit 'refundable amount' totalling to about 2500-3000 for the equipment along with telephone line (ADSL). Prices may vary depending on the usage, unlimited bandwidth costs more. I'll search and post price plans if I find on internet (I'm sure they would be available).
Sorry, I don't know anything about exchange rate. How much is it in $US roughly?

Also since I'm asking about this, I'd like to know more about it.

i. How's connection reliability?

ii. Is there any restriction? For example, is there any site that you cannot visit?

iii. Does ISP say anything about use of router, stuff like that?
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Originally Posted by formalizingBiz Sorry, I don't know anything about exchange rate. How much is it in $US roughly?
I'd say you should do a little more research first....trying to run a business from here and you don't even know the most fundamental of basics.
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Originally Posted by scub_a_holic I'd say you should do a little more research first....trying to run a business from here and you don't even know the most fundamental of basics.
Ok, I just checked the currency rate.

10 INR = 0.23 USD
100 INR = 2.25 USD
1000 INR = 23 USD

(http://www.oanda.com/convert/cheatsheet)

It's not outrageously expensive, but it seems that some things are priced about the same as they are in US.
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formalizingBiz, you will find all you need to know about visas in the Passport and Visa section of Indiamike.com, but you should take the indformation from the website (or other source of enquiry) of your local Indian embassy as being the only authoratitive source.

Two months is less time than may tourists spend here, the word immgration doesn't really come into it! It should be no problem at all, but a tourist visa is restrictive: eg you are not allowed to work.

You only tell us that you are "somewhere" and give no idea what you will be doing.

Please read the sticky posts in the visa section first, then other posts also will give you good idea about people coming here for reasons other than strictly tourism

You'll also find a Geek's forum here to discuss broadband. It could take you anything from two days to a lot longer than two months to get a phone+broadband line.

Please search and browse Indiamike.com; you'll find most questions answered, but if you don't, then you'll have to tell us a little more about your plans, where you come from etc.

Just one point, although it is covered in the Visa FAQs: A Tourist Visa cannotbe extended in India except in cases of serious (eg medical) emergency.

Ahh, I'm assuming from your recent post that you are in USA.

I'm with Scub on this... please don't waste people's time on the techinical details until you are better informed generally.
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