A boat ride around the Ganges in Varanasi

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Varanasi is the epitome of India many people think of before they touch the soil: it is dirty, crowded, loud, noisy and crazy.  When I arrived from an overnight train from Khajuraho, the tuktuk drivers proceeded to harass my friends and I; when we finally got a good deal on a pair of tuktuks (it took a lot of haggling), we passed through narrow streets littered with trash, which was also where skinny cows seemed to loiter around.

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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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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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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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