Before 2014, the process for procuring a tourist visa to visit India was a bureaucratic nightmare. But now there’s a streamlined system in place: simply fill out the application online, then upload the first page of your passport and a recent photo. The 60-day visa arrives via e-mail in as little as four days ($75; e-visaindia.org.in).
Head to the excellent breaks of Varkala, a town 85 miles northwest of India’s southern tip, where Soul and Surf India set up shop in 2010. In addition to lessons, this clifftop oasis offers rooms with verandas, daily yoga classes, and a full menu of holistic food and therapies (rooms from $61; soulandsurf.com).