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What to Do When Caught in a Lockdown as a Tourist? Stranded in India

What to Do When Caught in a Lockdown as a Tourist? Stranded in India

Back in March 2020, we were caught in India’s unpredictable total lockdown. My boyfriend and I arrived in India from Laos on the first week of February thinking we’ve avoided the new virus back then that was slowly spreading in China and Thailand. Everything was normal throughout India until news that a foreign couple got infected in March. Then th

Coronavirus Situation in India: Stranded in Udaipur as a Foreigner

Coronavirus Situation in India: Stranded in Udaipur as a Foreigner

Monday, March 23, 2020 9 min read

Janta Curfew Yesterday, I was awoken by the sound of the birds and some pigeons banging our window. It isn’t a typical morning when my alarm would be the sound rickshaws and motorbikes. The 22nd of March was Janta Curfew day or Voluntary Lockdown in India. The curfew has already started here in Udaipur the day before. It wasn’t new to us as we hav

Coronavirus Situation in Udaipur, India: Is my Asian appearance a Disadvantage in Hotel Bookings?

Coronavirus Situation in Udaipur, India: Is my Asian appearance a Disadvantage in Hotel Bookings?

DISCLAIMER: With a country of more than a billion people, this post is not a generalization of India. This is just based on my experience while traveling in Rajasthan amid news of confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases of travelers who visited Udaipur. I’m Filipino and I could easily look like an East Asian. In Southeast Asia, people think I’m a

New Delhi Travel Scam: Why I almost wanted to leave India

New Delhi Travel Scam: Why I almost wanted to leave India

Scam: Delhi is shutdown due to the election We took the a flight from Bangkok and arrived at the Delhi International Airport. From there, it was a breeze to take the metro to New Delhi and it only costs Rs. 50 for the ride. As soon as we got out of the airport, it was a struggle getting a ride to our guesthouse. Only auto rickshaws and rickshaws