A January 2006 trip
to India by chaseshishorse
Quote: How to survive in India on $30, a bottle of aspirin, a pair of flip-flops, a guidebook, and five servings of naan per day.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 2, 2006
Yatri Guest House
3/4 Punchkuin Rd.
New Delhi, India 1100055
+91 (11) 23625563
There are cheap, super nice, and comfortable rooms. The owner, Mr. Singh, is very accessible and always working on improvements. The rooms have painted ceilings, TVs, and fairly comfortable beds. Our room had a balcony and cost only 350 Rupees, about $7 or $8 . Internet is available downstairs (though in a cramped little room) for (I think) 50 Rupees an hour. Stamps are also available, along with laundry service; drop-off in the morning, pick-up after 3pm.The rooftop restaurant looks out over Hathroi Fort and has unique wrought iron tables and chairs, all designed by Mr. Singh, in the shape of different animals. There is a decent menu, but don't believe them (or anyone else) when they say they have pancakes (or pen-cakes as they're sometimes called). They're really just crepes with no syrup. Tasty hot chocolate, though.The hotel is in a quiet, residential neighborhood. This makes it not so easy to walk places, but it's not easy to walk anywhere anyway, so the peace and quiet is worth any tiny inconvenience.As usual, drinks and bottled water are available from room service. Bring your own toilet paper, or be prepared to ask them for new rolls every morning. Our room had a refrigerator which used a standard western plug—no adaptors required to charge the Ipod! Score. The staff was quite friendly and helpful, and even warmed-up enough to joke around with us after a couple days. This hotel is extremely popular. Reserve ahead of time, and before your arrival: email to let them know when you'll be arriving; arrive before 4pm, or you might have your room released to one of the many travelers who shows up hoping to get a room during the afternoon.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 2, 2006
Hotel Pearl Palace
Jaipur, India 302001
+91 (141) 2373700
Devi Bhawan is a peaceful oasis in the midst of the Thar Desert. It is located slightly outside the city, near the military base. Our room was $22, which included a shared porch, comfortable beds, and a bathroom with an actual shower (including shower curtains). The hotel is green and lush, with a swimming pool (the water was actually quite cold while we were there–no idea what it’s like during summer), gardens and fountains, a gazebo with a swing, and the list goes on and on. The hotel restaurant is in the garden and has an excellent dinner menu. The thalis are especially good. Internet is available in the lounge for a fee (less than 50 rupees per hour), which also has books, magazines, and comfortable chairs. The staff is very friendly, but they can get a little weird if you don’t make sure to confirm your reservation. There is a doctor on call, bottled water available, all the standard stuff. Air-conditioned rooms are available (they may all be air-conditioned actually), there is a TV in the room, and towels are supplied. Although the hotel isn’t in the heart of the city, it’s incredibly quiet and restful so if you’ve been braving the craziness of India for a while, it’s an excellent place to spend a couple of days and decompress. Hands down the best value of any place we stayed.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 15, 2006
Ratanda Circle, Defense Laboratory Road
91 (291) 2512215
Member Rating 1 out of 5 on March 15, 2006
Opposite Krishna Ghat Prol
Rajasthan, India 345 001
Hotel Bhairon Vilas
next to Junagarh Fort
+91 (151) 2544751
Karni Mata Temple
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 8, 2006
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