A Solo Female Traveller’s Guide to Zostels in India

The hanging seat in the balcony (Jaipur)

It is long known that hostels are the best type of accommodation around to meet fellow travellers if you’re going solo.  They’re inexpensive, located in the major backpacking spots in India, and you’re guaranteed a different experience in each location.  Though not as cheap as guesthouses, the friendly atmosphere often created by social spaces and lounges, and probability of finding other solo travellers make it worth the extra rupee.

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On a shoestring: Singapore

 

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Haji Lane

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.

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How I survived the madness of Marrakech

  
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.

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Jodhpur in less than 600 rupees/£6 

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.

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Forget the cliché boat ride: exploring culture-haven Udaipur

Rooftop view from Bunkyard Hostel

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.

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Where To Stay: Zostel, Jaisalmer

  

Recently awarded HostelWorld’s ‘Hostel of the Week‘, Zostel, the haveli-style budget option in the Thar Desert city of Jaisalmer boasts luxurious dorm rooms for backpacker-friendly pockets.  

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Sustainability at Stops Hostel, Delhi

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On my brief 48-hour stay in Delhi, before venturing off to the dry state of Rajasthan, I stayed at Stops Hostel, in the Daryaganj area of New Delhi, by Delhi Gate.  Whilst reviews of the popular hostel chain are a-plenty, it was interesting, as a zero-waste enthusiast, to find a hostel which operated with sustainability in mind.

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