India was at the top of my travel bucket list for as long as I can remember. I’m not sure why or how I became fascinated with this South Asian country, but the promise of a colourful adventure was very appealing. Rick Stein’s latest programme on India and its cuisine re-affirmed my desire to visit the country. I just had to go.
Singapore has been getting a lot of press lately in the travelling community: it is a bustling hub in the heart of Asia, a perfect stop-over for many, particularly those travelling to Australia/New Zealand. It has been dubbed the world’s most expensive city – but it does not have to be.
Below, I share my experience in the Lion City, with budget-friendly and alternative, off-beat options for the everyday traveller.
Situated over 1 km away from Orchha, the village of Ganj is home to the beautiful initiative created by Asha. Friends of Orchha is a unique homestay in Madhya Pradesh, showcasing the beauty of rural life in Central India, with particular emphasis on the socio-economic progress of the villagers and the sustainability applied to their day-to-day lives.
Being struck ill in Jaisalmer, I was suddenly stuck on my plans after a couple of weeks in Rajasthan. Do I head to Himachal Pradesh early, before the season begins, or do I follow suit and head to Goa for a while?
A flight from Delhi to Goa was booked on April 11 for just over 4000 rupees one-way, and I flew to the smallest state of India two days later.
Having visited Marrakech and India in the short space of two months, I feel as though I am able to conquer most countries as a solo female traveller now. They may not be the destinations of choice for many first time female travellers around – and understandably so. In both places, I have experienced and seen some of the craziest things. But rest assured, both are safe and stress-free destinations once you’ve got the lowdown on a couple of things.
For many Westerners, travelling around India is a fairly cheap ordeal. I managed to cut costs down dramatically by partnering up with Zostel, the first and largest branded hostel chain in the country. In addition, getting clued up on apps such as Ola Cabs and Jugnoo, and travelling groups have helped, too.
Dubbed India’s most romantic city, Udaipur is the lake city in Southern Rajasthan. A much-talked about destination situated between Mumbai and Delhi, it captured mine (and many others’) hearts, as with each sunrise and sunset, the idyllic setting came to life.
Though a seemingly small place, Udaipur offered an espionage into the artistic endeavours of the city’s creatives, from humble cafés to bespoke clothing stores. It was fantastic to dip into everything Udaipur had to offer. The culture vulture in me fell in love.