Two Months in India: Solo Female Travels on a Budget

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My last stop: sunrise at the Taj Mahal, Agra

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.

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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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Finding peace in Pushkar

  

 Having endured the madness of Delhi and Jaipur in the space of a few days, a well-deserved retreat into peaceful Pushkar, near the Thar desert in Rasjasthan, proved to be the perfect place for recuperation.

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Holi Festival 2016 in The Pink City of Jaipur

 Having seen the Top Gear India Special, and Rick Stein’s India documentary series, celebrating Holi festival in India had been a dream of mine for a very long time. I specifically wanted my travels around the country to coincide with this year’s festival. It was an eye-opening experience, to say the least.
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