I’m Travelling India, in Style!

India is my next and final stop on this little six-country Asia tour I’ve enjoyed.

Japan > Taiwan > Philippines > Singapore > Indonesia > India

And I’ve decided to travel the country in style. No hostels or backpacker living for me. I’m going all out with beautiful hotels, the best places to eat in each place and even private tour guides.

Itinerary

My three-week India itinerary goes a little like this…

Delhi (3 nights + 3 night Golden Triangle tour) – Kochi (2) – Thekkady (2) –
Alleppey (2) – Varkala (2) – Goa (4) – Mumbai (3)

Accommodation

I’ve teamed up with the awesome boutique resort and hotel company Tripzuki who know all about the best and most unique places to stay in India. You can trust them not to put you up in some back end windowless room!

“We have a young team of writers, photographers and researchers that are drawn from what is the first Indian generation to really travel, and we know India better than anybody else.”  – Deepti from Tripzuki

I’ll be staying at the ‘part boutique hotel, part art space and hang-out’, The Rose Hotel in Hauz Khas in Delhi. Described as a ‘cool French curio’ The Rose is in a cool location and carefully filled with antiques to set off the cool minimalistic décor. Pretty sure I’m going to love it here.

Travelling India in Style

“We try to be the polar opposite of sites like Agoda and Booking.com; they’re like the McDonalds of hotel booking, we’re like your friendly corner deli (but with a lowest rates guarantee!).” – Deepti from Tripzuki

In Kerala I’m meeting up with two of my best friends and we’re staying at the Marari Beach Resort in Alleppey. I’m looking forward to the thatched cottages, the yoga and the massage along with ‘awesome food, excellent staff and boutique charm’.

Kerala in Style with Tripzuki

 “The properties have to look and feel good, this is a real rarity in India where a lot of hotels’ interiors are stuck in 2000, 1990, 1980 or even further back. Seriously, it’s shocking at times! Kitsch is OK, but dated is not.” – Deepti from Tripzuki

And in Goa we’re booked into the eco-friendly Yab Yum Huts for some morning yoga and beautiful beach action. The sanctuary-like huts line the beach in North Goa and the food is apparently one of the best things about it. Can’t wait to prove the positive reviews right!

Goa in style with Tripzuki

Tours and activities

I’ve not got long in Delhi and I want to see as much as possible without being stressed or feeling rushed, so I’ve decided to take advantage of the Tripzuki tour planning service. I’ve paid £32 for a driver for the day to take me on an awesome one-day tour, as recommended by one of the Tripzuki writers Deepti. I’ve got quite a few things I want to see, and a few things I need to eat. I figured doing it in style with a private driver was the best way to get in as much as possible for the time I have. And it’ll be a good and safe introduction to India on my first day there.

Delhi in Style

*Thanks to sandeepachetan for the Flickr pic of the Taj Mahal and stuckincustoms for Mr Moustachio above.

A few days later and I’m going on a Golden Triangle tour with Delhi Tourism. For three days they’re taking me around in a group to see…

Agra – Sikandra – Taj Mahal – Agra Fort – Fatehpur Sikri Jaipur –
Hawa Mahal – Amer Fort – City Palace – Jantar Mantar

As well as hopefully being one of the safest it was also one of the cheapest at 5361 rupees / £58, including two nights’ accommodation.

And then I’ll fly to Kochi to meet with my friends and with their eager Lonely Planet guidebook buying and work time research they can be my guides.

In keeping with the whole stylish vibe of the trip I’ve got lounge access at Delhi Airport courtesy of Holiday Extras. Free food, alcoholic drinks and Wi-Fi. This is going to be so good!

Getting around

My travel when I’m by myself is sorted – in the form of the tours and private chauffeurs I listed above – when I’m with my friends we can easily get taxis between us. We have booked onto some trains though – from Kerala to Goa and Goa to Mumbai. Unfortunately this is where the travelling India in style could fall down as we were unable to book into the upper class carriages. From what I’ve heard from other travellers, these two trips in second class are going to be quite the adventure!

I’m really looking forward to India. It’s somewhere I’ve wanted to travel to for a long time, especially since reading Shantaram. I’m so glad the three of us have made it happen.

If you have any tips you think will fit in my itinerary – let me know below!

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19 Comments

  1. by Sheena on March 28, 2015  7:04 pm Reply

    When do you get to Delhi?

    I'm currently here!

    • by Vicky on April 4, 2015  4:39 am Reply

      Hi Sheena, just found time to go through my comments now, sorry! Ah would've been fun to hang out. I'm in Fort Kochi in Kerala now. Hope you're having fun!

  2. by Sheena on March 28, 2015  7:05 pm Reply

    Also I have a Goa piece up on The Travel Hack and a piece on Thekkady up you might find useful! :)

    • by Vicky on April 4, 2015  4:37 am Reply

      Ooo brilliant, we're pretty unprepared so I'll take a look now :)

  3. by RunawayBrit on March 29, 2015  5:15 am Reply

    Let me know when you are in Mumbai. I live/work in the North of the city, but if you're here over a weekend then I have a few street-food places that I'm dying to check out - if you fancy meeting up.

    • by Vicky on April 4, 2015  4:31 am Reply

      Ah thank you, that would be awesome. I'll keep in touch!

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  5. by Sara on March 29, 2015  7:36 pm Reply

    This looks like a great India trip and I look forward to reading about it as many of the places are on my list. Enjoy the yoga :-)

    • by Vicky on April 4, 2015  4:31 am Reply

      Thanks Sara, will hopefully be doing a class today :)

  6. by Elizabeth @ Awesome Wave on March 30, 2015  12:47 pm Reply

    Awesome! Ahh....sounds like a perfect India trip. We are planning to India at some point but as the boyf is ethnically Indian with some family out there we want to do it in style and really enjoy it to. Can't wait to follow your adventures.
    x

    • by Vicky on April 4, 2015  4:28 am Reply

      Knowing someone out here will definitely be cool and more of a unique experience too. It's had its ups and downs so far but I've just met with some friends so my final two weeks in Asia – for this trip – are sure to be good ones :)

  7. by pragati on March 30, 2015  2:39 pm Reply

    Second class train? That is one brave move, Vicky!

    • by Vicky on April 4, 2015  4:26 am Reply

      Ha, I'll let you know how I get on!

  8. by Kelly on March 30, 2015  8:39 pm Reply

    Ohh I can't wait to follow you on your trip around India and the accommodation in Goa looks amazing! Have a fabulous trip x

    • by Vicky on April 4, 2015  4:24 am Reply

      Thanks Kelly, yeah I'm really excited to see it. It's all going well so far, two weeks of fun to go! :)

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  10. by Reuben on September 25, 2015  12:27 pm Reply

    Those eco friendly yab yum huts looks pretty awesome! Have fun!

    • by Vicky on September 29, 2015  11:46 am Reply

      They were brilliant! Such a cool place to stay for a few days :)

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