We can certainly commisserate with those expressing exhasperation with the problems of obtaining an Indian visa. We went through it this past August when we obtained our visa because OAT had changed the hotel and we had to actually enter India. However, we understand one of the reasons why OAT made the change was to avoid the process the Delhi transfer desk uses, which can be quite lengthy. In fact, it is actually easier and more convenient to actually enter India rather than having the transfer desk arrange for the transfer of your bags, which can take some time. Since the connecting airline is different from the one you flew into Delhi on, you'll have to have the transfer desk obtain your boarding passes, which they generally won't give you until they arrange for baggage transfer. Of course, the cost is a factor, but you'll need to pay for a transit visa anyway, but if you have an Indian visa, that won't be necessary. The convenience may actually be more preferable than the cost of the visa( $67.50 for a 6-month multiple entry visa, if you do it yourself ). However, India offers long term visas so if you're planning to go to India as an additional trip, you may actually be better off by getting one of the visas for the longer term.