Trip Report

The Ultimate Trip to India

I was lucky enough to spend two years living in India and traveled every chance that I got. Based on my experience, I have created the ultimate trip to India!

by notripophobiaAbout Me:As a little girl growing up in Ohio, I dreamed about traveling the world. I finally made it to Europe when I was 15 and have been hopping around the globe ever since! I have now visited 123 countries and all 7 continents and have lived ... read more

AsiaIndia30 days / March 2019

Highs & Lows

The magnificent architecture of Rajasthan

India can be a tiring place. Make sure to include plenty of down-time and recovery days so that you don't wear yourself out.

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    I was lucky enough to spend two years working in India and I traveled as much as I could during my time there. I wouldn't change anything!

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    Lots and lots of things went wrong during my travels. From delayed trains to dodgy hotels, I got used to things not going exactly as planned.

  • How was the food?

    I am vegetarian and India is a wonderland for veggies. I ate pretty much everywhere and the only time I got sick was when I went to the Shangri-La Hotel in Delhi for brunch.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    India is an incredible destination and as long as you go into it with an open mind, you will love it. People are friendly and welcoming, the food is delicious, and there is a ton to see. Things are surprisingly well-connected and as long as you keep your wits about you, safety is not as huge of a concern as people lead you to believe. Take the same precautions that you would anywhere in the world and you should be fine.

  • Packing tips?

    Pack as lightly as possible. Jumping in and out of tuk tuks and buses is much easier if you have a backpack instead of a suitcase. Many parts of India are very conservative so leave the shorts at home and plan on wearing capri pants or loose dresses.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Check out the IRCTC website for train times. Buying train tickets can get pretty tricky and they sometimes won't allow you to book with a foreign credit card. Luckily, there is an allotment of tourist tickets that you can get directly at the train station. Book as far ahead as you can as tickets sell out very, very quickly. Don't be afraid to take the overnight sleeper buses as well. Families, single women and old people take them all the time so there aren't any specific safety concerns. Just make sure to keep ALL your valuables in your sleeper cabin.

  • Any surprises?

    Every day is a surprise in India :)

  • Booking details?

    I booked almost all of my hotels on Booking.com and recommend doing the same. I also found that hostels feel much safer than budget hotels, especially if you are a solo female traveler. There are a lot of nice hostels throughout the country so find one with good guest reviews and have fun!

Lodging

  • I lived in an apartment in Greater Kailash, South Delhi. I highly recommend staying in this South Delhi or New Delhi (close to the embassies) and would avoid staying in Old Delhi. Traffic in Delhi can be chaotic and the metro is fast, safe and cheap so book close to a metro station if possible.

  • Aman Homestay is a great choice and the property that we used while I was working for a tour company in India. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and the location is great. Another good choice is Moustache Hostel. Although I have never stayed there, I have seen the property and the reviews are phenomenal.

  • Horn OK Hostel is a great little hostel that offers both dorm rooms and private rooms and is the sister property of Horn OK Hostel in Mumbai.

  • Blue Stay Jodhpur

  • Hotel Shahi Garh - A gorgeous historic hotel located in the Jaisalmer Fort. The rooms are very comfortable and building makes you feel like you have walked back in time! I stayed 2 nights in Hotel Shahi Garh and did a desert safari for one night.

  • The Little Prince Heritage Home - a gorgeous old haveli with a rooftop restaurant