This is a list of places and restaurants that I went to while in India in 2005
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Places to eat:
everywhere we went was amazing (with the exception of the jazz place)! i don’t think there was a single day, where i thought the food was bad. it ranged from great to amazing…
Places to Hang:
We went to Versova Infiniti Mall Cinemax – this is way out in the North of Bombay in the Andheri area. upscale area – and the cinema is not a budget old school place. it was higher end than any i’ve been to in Canada – full reclining seats, blankets, pillows, etc. For 300 Rs for 3 hour movie, it almost works out cheaper per hour than a hotel! We went the day after our hike and so as I sat down, I fell asleep snoring until the intermission, had some nachos, then went back to sleep! Movie was Shikhar, but honestly I don’t think I made it past the trailers…
Shipping – Diana Sports ( gaurav ) 2201 5266 – Crawford market, across metro cinema
Oxford Bookstore – Apeejay House, 3 Dinsha Vashha Rd, Churchgate, Bombay
Sarees – Sagar Sarees 502 Jai Mahal, Linking Road Tel: 26485570
Glasses – Alankar Optical Services (owners are Shailesh and Saurabh) – 369-A Kalbadevi Rd., Opp Kalbadevi Temple – Tel: +91 22 2201 2557
Jilani Furnishings – Shop No. 27, New Oberoi Towers, Nariman Point, Bombay (Tel: 5632 5518) – had my drapes designed and made here (silk with lining)- 7000Rs
Flight Bombay to Delhi Jan30, 2006 – 4645 Rs Jet Airways
Flight Dubai to Bombay – Dec 24 – $241.26 CAD – Air India
Flight Bombay to Dubai – Mar 10 – 9490 Rs – Air India
Boat Ferry – Bombay to Alibag (friend had a place here, otherwise not much there) – 100Rs return
Elephanta Caves – Return ticket 100Rs – very cool place, but watch out for the monkeys who’ll steal your pop!
Hotel Harsha (tel: 040 – 23201188 Rate: 780Rs) – not a backpacker joint, but a budget hotel. Not the greatest, but clean and safe. Stayed for 3days.
Bus from Delhi (Dadar district) – 160RS
Hotel Ashirwad (tel: 612 85 85 Rate: 2200RS/night) – not really a backpacker place. More like a budget hotel. Clean and well maintained.
Train to Hyderabad Jan 21, 2006 – 676 Rs
Flight from Bombay – 2399 Rs Air Sahara
Nizmar Resort – 1000 Rs/night – Jan 12, 2006 – Calangute Tel: 2275909 – Really nice resort type place. with swimming pool and AC.
Places you have to see:
Humayun’s Tomb (Entry: 250RS) – personally, I liked the ambiance of this more than at the Taj Mahal – not as many people running about.
Hotel: Jaipur Inn (D-32, Defence Colony, New Delhi. ph: 51551105)- basic, clean, and safe. Rate, Dec 2006: 1395RS/night
Restaurant: Bukhara Restaurant ( ITC Maurya | Diplomatic Enclave, Sadar Patel Marg, New Delhi 110021, India) – amazing Indian/NorthWestern Food (real Tandoor ovens, etc). Expensive by India prices.
– amazing food based on northwest
Flight from Delhi to Varanasi (I got off at Khajaraho) was 3419RS
Marble Inn Hotel
Generally nice, but it got super cold at night. The room I had, had just a cardboard covering over what should be the AC and it was super loud outside. Good service with hot water.
Ganesh Restaurant – this is where I got my first stomach problems – I wouldn’t trust the food… a couple others also got sick here too
Hotel Haifa (Assi Ghat, tel: 2312960) Rate in Feb 2006, 500RS/night – this place has an amazing ‘middle-eastern’ thali (35 RS) – babaganoush, humous, falafel and pita bread – I was there nearly everyday! By the time I got to Varanasi, my stomach needed a bit of break from the Indian food… it’s full of mostly Israeli tourists which is a drawback since they hate to meet non-Israelis but the hotel itself was great. Its at the Assi Ghat.
Open hand café – +91 542 2369 751 – they have the best chocolate cake ever!
Train Varanasi to Lucknow – Feb 09, 157 Rs
Capoor’s Hotel (52 Hazratganj, tel: 2623958 Rate:990 Rs/night – this was one of the worst hotels. This city is not really on the tourist maps, so backpacker rooms are scarce. Too bad considering this is a great city. If you go, definitely check out the Imambara and the Labrynth.
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Train (overnight) from Lucknow to Agra – Feb 11, 163 Rs
Stop over place…
Mughal Art – Eastern Gate, Tajmahal, Near Hotel Taj Khema, Agra (9319120424 Munidin Naimuddin)
Ajay Hotel – is listed in the Lonely Planet as a place to store your bags while you walk around the palace and then most go back to Agra – I stayed the nighte for only 50rupees – basic room (squat toilets) and they have to bring you the hot water in a huge bucket. I was only there for a few hours overnight, so I was ok with it. Clean and great service
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Bus to Jaipur – Feb 12, 180 Rs
Jaipur Inn – CRAZY WACKO owner!! Don’t go there!! He threatened to have me killed – see my post
Sunder Palace – not in the Lonely Planet yet so is still fairly cheap – super great owners. 091-141-2360178 e: firstname.lastname@example.org – its near the railway station just off of Aimer Road
Lassiwalla’s – try them all! the one the LP lists is ok, but the one to the right is actually better I think.
Tabla lessons: Saraswati – Birju has played with the famous Zahir Hussein. The classes were great – be ready to be tempted to purchase tablas though! e: email@example.com
Shipping: I used Sumer Singh Rajpurohit who is based at the Yagya Ghat – he packaged and sent my items to Bombay for next to nothing. Everything arrived with no damage and on time.
Bus from Jaipur to Ajmer – Feb 15, 102 Rs
Bus from Ajmer to Jodhpur – Feb 17, 99 Rs
Yogi’s Guesthouse – although, we didn’t get the best deal on our bus ride, the guesthouse itself was actually pretty good. Clean and safe and for a good price. Plus it had a lot of character with well designed rooms and a rooftop with a great view. The owners are friendly too. t: 0091-291-2643436 e:
Jagdamba Arts (handicrafts) Katla Bazar, Near Achalnath Temple – Owners are Umesh and Mukesh. They have a picture with Prince Charles, and claim to have sold items to the Royal Family (which I wouldn’t doubt). They were super friendly and helpful and even took me on a tour of one of their factories (a renovated house and yard) to show me how they make their items. Some of the frames were being made for a broker who was then selling to Ikea.
Shahi Palace Hotel – stayed on roof top first night for only 50 rupees so you can’t beat that! The rest of the nights we stayed in a room for three for only 800Rs/night. Great room with great layout. This is probably one of the best hotels I stayed in all of India. e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Little Italy – Italian place on top of the turrets of the fort. Has great Pizzas!
Top Deck Restaurant – Mixed fruit Lassi place
Train back to Jodhpur – Feb 22, 2006 – 304Rs or 152 Rs
Hitch-hiked from Jodhpur to Udaipur so can’t give costs of trains.
Cooking class: Indian Spice Box – listed in the Lonely Planet. I liked it although it is very Rajathani food specific. Shakti Singh, the teacher, had me in killing myself with laughter. e: email@example.com.
Boat Cruise in Lake Pichola – 75Rs – did not allow to get off on ‘James Bond’ hotel though.
City Palace Complex Entry – 25Rs – great for lunch or just sitting by the water.
Train to Ahmedabad – 621 Rs (kills me that there is an extra ‘1’ rupee on the price…)
Train from Ahmedabad to Bhuj – March 1, 2006 – 511Rs
Hotel Nilam – I didn’t stay at this hotel, but they have the most incredible gujurati thali for all of 50 cents! Station Road, Bhuj – best place!!
Holiday Village Hotel – (Anjar Rate: 1275Rs/night) – this is actually about 20km outside Bhuj but it was great and was more accessible for me to get to the tours of the Focus projects.
Bus to Jamnagar – 6 Rs
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This city is the best!! loads of places to go. Gujarati Portuguese town.
Hotel Super Silver – this was a perfect place – central, clean, great service and great price. e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Heranca Goesa – you gotta go here!! for all of 100RS you get all you can eat seafood -but you gotta sign up by 10 in the morning for dinner the same day. It’s located behind the Diu Museum just off Hospital Road. tel: (02875)253851 — e-mail: email@example.com
Ram Vijay – Falooda place on one of the side streets behind the taxi park – i can’t remember the name, but it’s the best place for dessert.
Apana Restaurant – great guju thali – they also have great Khatiawar thalis.
St. Thomas Church – every other day they have a bbq on the lawn on the left side – look for George!
Flight back to Bombay – $130USD Jet Airways