We booked a tour with Geckos Adventures “Ain’t no mountain high enough” as it’s tour route from Nepal to India, and lowest price (£760.75 per person). Ain’t no Mountain High Enough – Geckos Adventures – Pre Departure Information (PDF) I shared this tour experience with 11 others. Leaded by Bikash Nepal (Nepal leader), Sukhjot Singh Gill (India leader) TL:DR; I enjoyed the stress free passenger experience of visiting many places which I may not have thought of. I especially enjoyed visiting the off-the be beaten track villages. I would recommend this tour for traveller who prefer a stress-free experience covering many miles. Pros: Safety in numbers Local speaking guide to arrange things at the right price Sit-back passenger experience Less stress Cons: Fast paced Obliged to stick with group Extra spends feel compulsory for enjoyment. Places where there are no other dining options, meals are not included. Would I visit Nepal again? Yes! Would I…Continue Reading
Raasta is a Caribbean Lounge in the Haus Khas Village, New Delhi (rated #493 out of 3597 restaurants in New Delhi on TripAdvisor). We had drinks, and food. The atmosphere was fun until karaoke started. The prices seemed a bit overpriced for India, especially after calculating Tax and Service Charge, that aside I likely would go again for quiet late afternoon drinks. Raasta, 30A, Haus Khas Village, New Delhi 110016, India Tel: 011-40623028011-40623028 Website: www.raastathestreet.in
We ended our guided tour of India at Hotel Perfect in New Delhi (The capital of India). The stay was not so perfect, the much needed air-conditioning unit did not work. The room was tired (needing some TLC). Wi-Fi worked, but only outside the room doors. Luckily we stayed here for only 1 night. Only advantage to Hotel Perfect is it is in the perfect location for retail, loads of shops to buy cloths and stuff.
We visited the City Palace and had a guided tour around the paid-public sections of the palace. This palace is a neat sized building that engulfs a hill as part of its architecture so a roof top garden with large trees and a pool can exist. The palace features beautiful coloured glass, brilliantly maintained rooms and triumphant artwork. The grounds are wonderful to walk around and there are no pocket-sellers within the grounds. This City Palace is well worth the visit.
Hey, just a quickie letting you all know we are OK. Kim got discharged from the hospital from food poisoning after two nights and we instantly started our tour across Nepal and India. Currently in India and have not had a great WiFi and time while on a guided tour. Have so much to share, apologies for the mass update next week.
We checked into Pratrap Bhawan (ranked #15 out 173 hotels in Udaipur on TripAdvisor) which is a convenient short walk from the City Palace and Lake Pichola. The room we got was clean, and comfortable with a four-post king-size bed. Hot water is always available, air-conditioning is powerful and there is cable television. Wi-Fi is not available in the rooms. We had the view of the lake and palace from our top floor window. This accommodation is in connection with other local vendors such as Spice Box where we got Cooking Lessons. For a stress free stay in Udaipur with everything at your nearby convenience Pratrap Bhawan is your perfect choice. Pratap Bhawan Homestay, Lal Ghat Rd, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India 302001 Tel: +91 0294 256 0566 Email: [email protected] Website: www.pratapbhawanudaipur.com Pratrap Bhawan rooms are about ₹2200 per night on Agoda
We stopped for lunch at Aranyawas. Ordered Chicken Sandwich and French Fries (a order which should be simple enough anywhere). It was awful, the French Fries tasted like they were re-fried from the last nights batch. The chicken sandwich had a small amount of chicken in bread only, and the chicken was awful tasting itself. Overall not a great place to eat, would recommend to “keep on driving”.
Leela Villas Guest House (ranked 16 out of 86 hotels in Jodhpur on TripAdvisor) a basic clean comfortable hotel with air-conditioning, cable tv, beautiful balcony views and hot water. Wi-Fi is only available in lobby area. We slept very well here. No problems to report. Leela Villas Hotel, B36, Umaid Palace Road, Jodhpur – 342001, Rajasthan, India Tel: +91 097 84 847000 Website: www.leelavillas.com Leela Villas Guest House cost about ₹1200 per night on Agoda
We visited Pukhraj Durry Udhyog for a few hours in the morning, having breakfast and shown how rugs are made by hand. We loved the hospitality, the simple cooking, the brilliant flavour of the rice and pancakes. We seen a couple of rugs that taken our eye and could not resist to buy them. As an attrition, this village also has a clay pot makers which we also had the privilege to experience. Pukharaj Durry Udhyog, Salawas Village | Kumharon ki Dhani, Near Gosala, Jodhpur 342804, India Tel: +91 9414720724 / +91 2912696744 Email: [email protected] / [email protected] Website: www.pukhrajdurry.com There is also has a home stay Chhotaram Prajapat’s Homestay for about ₹2200 per night on Agoda. We where shown the rooms and they looked amazing for a ultimate out-back village experience.
We stayed at Rawla Bagh for some village relaxation time, there is a pool and well-kept grounds to relax around. The room we were given was huge, high ceilings with colourful decorative paint, have air-conditioning and hot running water. The power rarely failed. We enjoyed staying here, highly recommended. Rawla Bagh, Nimaj, Tehsil Jaitaran, Pali 306303, India Tel: +91 094 13 371461 Email: [email protected] Website: www.rawlabagh.com Rawla Bagh can be booked for about ₹2550 per night on Agoda.
While at Hotel Bissau Palace, traditional live indian music was performed while we ate our dinner and had drinks. The stringed instrument (sitar) filled the room with homonymous sound, and the instruments were not amplified. I got to try the percussion drums (tabla), the instrument has to be played very hard to get the volume of the sound.
Recommended by our tuktuk driver, taken us to Mughal India Crafts & Textiles and shown the fabrics they stock. As I ripped my shorts in Tordi Grah I could do with a sturdy new pair. We were shown how hand printed fabrics were made (could watch these guys work all day) I chose the same sort of cotton and colour, got measured up for my shorts that were made that same day. I paid ₹2100 for the shots that were made and delivered to my hotel. A minor panic as the delivery of the shorts was a few hours later than stipulated. However they did get delivered and they fit very well.
We stopped by Palace of Winds formally known as Hawa Mahal. We decided to not enter and climb the palace as we where tired from Amber Fort. The place is a beautiful tall structure overlooking Hawa Mahal Road, it allowed women of the royal household to see the street festivities without being seen from the outside.
We visited Amber Fort in Jaipur (a grand fort kingdom that once held 20,000 residents). This fort is remarkable to walk around, and discover hidden secret rooms. The view around is breathtaking, seeing the wall snaking up and down the hills. There are many annoying pocket vendors trying to sell you stuff you disrupting your enjoyment of the place. As long as you have a good “GO AWAY” face you should have no problem. Views: Amber Fort by Kyle Welsby