* For more on my backpacking trip through India, check out Mumbai experience , Kallikadu, Sivananda ashram introduction , India , the basics , Sivananda ashram I , Sivananda ashram II , waterfalls and temples , the streets , and varkala posts. * *
When I booked my trip to India I searched high and low for information on what to expect when traveling to India, what to pack for a trip to India, what the food was like in India, but had a really hard time finding the right details. There was a bit of information here, a bit there… but it was all kinda sketchy.
- $$$$ Hilton, Mumbai Airport – I’m happy that this was the first place I stayed. It was nice, clean, and reminded me of home but very expensive in India terms. It was a great way to ease myself into a new place… and the room service was awesome!
- $$$ Hotel Supreme, Mumbai – a dive of a place. I’d booked it last minute through lonely planet, showed up at 9pm at night and they didn’t have the booking. Their terminals weren’t working so I had to pay in cash which left me with 50 rupees of spending money on my last day, hence the sitting on a street corner eating samosa… it was all I could afford!
- $$ Believe Home Stay (previously named Kaithakuzhi), Varkala – I paid 500 rupees a night for my room. You can get cheaper, but I didn’t want to be in a dorm so this was the next price up from that. It was clean, spacious, on the second floor, quiet, and I had my own hammock. No hot water, but I was used to it at this point. No internet either which was kinda a blessing.