Applying for a Bangladeshi visa - the first attempt
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We were only a few days away from heading to Bangladesh, and hadn't got our visas yet, so we decided to head to the Bangladeshi embassy in Delhi to try to sort this out. This turned into a bit of a frustrating day!
First we spent ages trying to negotiate a decent price for an autorickshaw to take us to the embassy. In the end we had to pay more than we wanted because no-one would take the price low enough. It was quite a long ride to the embassy, and when we got there it turned out that we'd gone to completely the wrong part of Delhi; the Lonely Planet map had the embassy marked a few miles away from its actual location! Luckily (?) the street address in the LP was actually correct (just didn't match the map), so for another 110 rupees we were able to redirect the rickshaw to the right part of town.
It took a bit of circling around embassyland before we found the right embassy; the driver had to keep asking for directions. He tried to charge us even more money which we refused to pay.
This is where the fun truly began. The security guard on the gate of the embassy (a gate which led to a small enclosure in which there was a small window through which the visa applications were handled) was very officious and for quite a while wouldn't let us approach the window. He gave us an application form, but only one, in spite of the fact that we needed to fill in two copies each. We had to get a rickshaw to a nearby shop (presumably his brother's shop) to get the form photocopied. We also had to get photocopies of our passports.
When we'd finally jumped through all of the hoops we headed back to the window (we were allowed past the guard this time!) and submitted our applications. However, when we asked how long it would be before we could have them back we were told that it would be several days because it was Eid. We already had a flight booked to fly to Kolkata in a couple of days, so this was no good to us. So we had to abandon the whole thing, and vow to try again at the Bangladeshi consulate in Kolkata.
We walked from the embassy all the way back to near the parliament building from where we were able to get on the metro and head back to near where we were staying. There were no autorickshaws to be had near the embassies by the time we'd finished so we didn't really have any option, and didn't really want to have to haggle over the fare anyway. It took ages to walk and it was a really hot day.
It was a thoroughly frustrating affair.