I made a promise to myself that I will travel alone at least once a year. I have always been fascinated with India– the culture, the architecture, the food, the colors– so vibrant and out of this world. So for 2019, I chose Jaipur.
Indian Visa 83 USD / 4330 PHP
Spice Jet DXB-JAI-DXB 216 USD / 11300 PHP
Zostel 3-nights (private room) 68 USD / 3550 PHP
Prepaid taxi from airport to Zostel 7 USD / 360 PHP
Uber rides (4 days) approx. 30 USD / 1565 PHP
Tuktuk rides to sightsee (2 days) 25 USD / 1100 PHP
Food and drinks (4 days) 70 USD / 3600 PHP
Entry to City Palace + Chandra Palace with guide 49 USD / 2500 PHP
Entry to Amber Fort 7 USD / 360 PHP
Entry to Jaigarh Fort 2 USD / 60 PHP
Entry to Nahargarh Fort 3 USD / 146 PHP
Entry to Hawa Mahal 3 USD/ 146 PHP
Note: tips 5-10% of total bill
Total expenses: 563 USD / 29,371 PHP
Tips when traveling to India:
- Dress conservatively
- Get a local SIM card for your phone
- Watch out for tourist traps
- Know how to haggle
- Be careful while walking in the sidewalk / crossing the roads (or while elephants are crossing!)
- Inspect bottled water before purchasing/avoid drinking beverages with ice
- Learn how to eat with your hands
- Bring medication especially for diarrhea
- Carry hand sanitizer / wet wipes
- Consider getting vaccinated
- Beware of pickpockets (and monkeys!)
Where I stayed: Zostel, JaipurL
Where I ate:
Jaipur Modern Kitchen –for organic options and must try their momos
Egg Dee Sanjay’s Omelette –their masala omelette is bomb
Cafe Palladio –great ambiance and decor, but the food wasn’t a stand-out
Sethi Barbeque –tandoori chicken and butter chicken for the win!
LMB Restaurant — for their Rajasthani thali
Gulab Ji Chaiwala — said to have the best masala chai in Jaipur. And I don’t disagree!
Handi Restaurant — my best meal in Jaipur! Rogan josh, tandoori chicken, chicken tikka masala and don’t forget the garlic naan
Filled with gratitude for everything that I saw, everything that I ate and the people whom I’ve met.
Jaipur, you are beyond beautiful!