A TASTE OF INDIA

Quick facts

Trip length: 

Time of year: 

Year of trip:

Total Budget:

6 weeks

Dec - Feb

2015-16

$2,565

Table of contents

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       - New Delhi

       - Varanasi

       - Agra

       - Jaipur

       - Jaisalmer

       - Jodhpur

       - Udaipur

       - Vagator, North Goa

       - Palolem, South Goa

       - Hampi

       - Alleppey, Kerala

       - Varkala

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Budget breakdown

 

Things to note:

  • India is one of the cheapest countries I've ever travelled to

  • That makes doing the budget breakdown difficult, whilst I can go through bank statements to find out how much cash I took out and what I spent on trains, planes and accommodation, the day to day costs were so small I didn't keep track of them

  • I basically spent $300 per week and that's including some flights, AC2 Tier tickets on trains, and generally just not holding back on spending with food, drink, whatever

Total Trip Costs

Flights from UK:

 

Visa:

Accommodation: 

 

Transport:

Activities:

Cash spent:

Total:

$720

$110

$266

$405

$90

$1,083

$2,674

On the ground costs (43 days)

Accommodation: 

 

Transport:

Activities:

Cash spent:

Total:

$266

$405

$90

$1,083

$1,844

Itinerary Summary

 
 

Delhi

 

Duration of stay

3 nights and 3 full days

Accommodation

The Madpackers Hostel, dorm room: $11 per night.

 

Varanasi

Duration of stay

2 nights and 1.5 full days

Travel

Flight from New Delhi 1hr 20: $83

Accommodation

Zostel Varanasi, dorm room: $6.50 per night.

 

Agra

Duration of stay

2 nights and 1.5 full days

Travel

Train from New Delhi 3 hours 

Accommodation

Zostel Agra, dorm room: $6.50 per night (hostel permanently closed)

 

Jaipur

Duration of stay

3 nights and 3 full days

Travel

Train from Agra 5 hours

Accommodation

Pink Turban, dorm room: $6 per night.

 

Jaisalmer

Duration of stay

4 nights and 3 full days

Travel

Overnight train from Jaipur

Accommodation

Zostel Jaisalmer, dorm room: $6 per night.

Activities

Camel safari was booked through my hostel 2,200 INR / $28

Jodhpur

 

Duration of stay

2 nights and 1 full day

Travel

Train from Jaisalmer 6 hours

Accommodation

Zostel Jodhpur, dorm room: $6 per night

Activities

​Flyiing Fox zipline 2,000 INR / $25.60

 

Udaipur

Duration of stay

1 night and 2 full days

Travel

​Overnight bus from Jodhpur​

Accommodation

Bunkyard, dorm room: $6 per night

 

Vagator - North Goa

Duration of stay

6 nights and 5 days

Travel

  • Flight Udaipur > Mumbai 1hr 25, $50

  • Flight Mumbai > Goa 1hr 10, $38

  • Taxi to Vagator

Accommodation

Jungle by the Hostelcrowd, dorm room: $6 per night.

 

Palolem - South Goa

Duration of stay

5 nights and 5 days

Travel

Shuttle mini van from Vagator

Accommodation

Random beach hut: $6 per night

If you're on the beach facing out to sea, go left and passed the hill with rocks, there's loads of huts on the other side to stay in.

 

Hampi

Duration of stay

4 nights and 4 days

Travel

Overnight bus from Palolem

 

Accommodation

Vicky's Gueshouse, private room: $12 per night

Stay on the north side of the river, I was told the wrong side and ended up on the South which is a dry town!

 

Alleppey, Kerala

Duration of stay

2 nights and 2 full days

Travel

  • Bus to Bangalore

  • Taxi to Bangalore airport

  • Bangalore > Kochin flight

  • Airport transfer to Alappuzha

Accommodation

Wind N Waves, dorm room: $5 per night

Activities

​Kerala Backwaters canoe day trip was booked through the hostel

Varkala

 

Duration of stay

3 nights and 3 full days

Accommodation

Vedanta Wake Up, dorm room: $6 per night

Accommodation

 

New Delhi:

Madpackers Delhi

S-39A, Third Floor,

Panchsheel Park 

New Delhi

Book now on Hostelworld >>

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Varanasi:

Zostel Varanasi

D-54/16-D, Jaddumandi, Aurangabad,

Luxa Road,  Varanasi,

Book now on Hostelworld >>

 

Jaisalmer:

Zostel Jaisalmer

On Fort,

Vyasa Pada,

Jaisalmer

Book now on Hostelworld >>

 

Jodhpur:

Zostel Jodhpur

Makrana Moholla, Toorji Ka Jhalra, Sutharo Ka Bass Road,  

Jodhpur

Book now on Hostelworld >>

 

Udaipur

Bunkyard Udaipur

Near charcol restaurent,

Jagdish Temple,  

Udaipur

Book now on Hostelworld >>

 

Vagator, North Goa

Bella's Backpackers

4 Galvez Street, 

San Ignacio,

Book now on Hostelworld >>

 

Alleppey

The Wind n' Waves Alleppey Beach Stay 

Wind n' Waves Junction,  

Alleppey,

Book now  >>

 

Travel

 
  • I pre-bought all my train tickets for the North through a company in the UK that doesn't exist anymore!

  • You can now book train and bus tickets online at 12 GO Asia

Activities

 

Walking down the street in India you'll constantly have people trying to sell you tickets and tours to all of the sites.

My best advice is ignore them, go to your hostel and ask the locals working there what's the best way to see everything. That way you can avoid being scammed.

If you're looking to do some day trips in India, here are some ideas:

 

Do this trip as a tour

Click on the tour to be taken to the Intrepid Travel page.

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