I had the same problem when I went to China a few years ago. My friend booked the hostel, so I didn’t have anything like that in my name. I sent through the booking confirmation that was in my friend’s name (direct to the embassy, in my case), and my visa was approved without any problems.
Obviously I can’t say for sure if it’ll be the same for you, but make sure everything else is in order and hopefully you won’t have a problem.
India has recently simplified its visa process, allowing people to get ‘e-visas.’ You apply on this website: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html, and it’s supposed to take around 4 days. They’ve cut the cost to £40 too!
Organised group tours can be a great way to go if you’re worried about travelling alone. They take almost all the stress out of planning a trip and heading off. There’ll be plenty of other likeminded people on the tour so it’s pretty much impossible not to make friends, accommodation, transport etc. are all sorted for you, and you’re guaranteed to see all the best spots a destination has to offer!
If nothing else it’s a great way to prepare you for travelling independently in future, if that’s what you want to do. You might even meet some future travel buddies on your tour!
We offer a huge range of guided tours right here on gapyear.com, so maybe have a look at our Book section (https://www.gapyear.com/book) and see if anything takes your fancy. You can always give us a call or drop us an email and we’ll be happy to help with any other questions you have 🙂