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    Traveling Solo to Jaipur, India

    February 27, 2019

    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.

    Expenses:

    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!

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