The road between Butwal in Nepal and Varanasi in India is after Gorakhpur in terrible condition. As a result it will take two days to do this stretch. Luckily there is Rahi Tourist Bungalow in Gontha Doharighat; N 26 13 944 E 083 30 666. It is a comfortable place with parking facilities and a simple restaurant which serves a
too. 800 rupees for an airconditioned room. Rahi Tourist Bungalow is owned by the Uttar Pradesh tourist organization which has similar facilities in Ghazipur and other places. *
Varanasi: Rahul Guesthouse, N 25 16 926 E 083 00 588. It is in a quiet neighbourhood in the southern part of the city. Parking at the compound behind the fence. I paid 2700 rupees for a comfortable room with riverview. It is a bit expensive but it is difficult to find accommodation with parking in Varanasi near the ghats. *
Khajuharo: hotel Surya, N 24 51 046 E 079 55 545, is a nice place to stay. Parking in the beautifull garden. 825 rupees. *
Ranthambhore National Park: Tiger Safari Resort, at the outskirts of Sawai Madhopur along the road to the park, is easily the best budget option for a tiger experience. It has a guarded parking place. Very friendly and helpful. I paid 1300 rupees per night. *
Jaipur: who doesn't know Pearl Palace Hotel in Jaipur (N 26 54 991 E 075 47 733)? Secure parking in front of the hotel. Rooms in various price categories. * *
Bundi: Annapurna Haveli, N 25 26 851 E 075 37 936. Nice place to stay, parking in the fenced courtyard behind the building. 1000 rupees per night. *
Aurangabad: Panchavati hotel, N 19 52 338 E 075 18 906. Friendly, good service, one of the best budget places I stayed in India. Well located to visit Ellora Caves. Parking on the premises. 920 rupees per night. *
Bharatpur: Royal Guesthouse, N 27 12 591 E 077 30 773. Very good and friendly. Home cooked food. 600 rupees per night. Parking on the compound. Ideally located to visit Keoladeo Park and Fatehpur Sikri. *
Note the following remarks with respect to accomodation in India.
1. An upper sheet is seldom provided. Most hotels and guesthouses provide just a blanket which is used by many people before you. So bring your own upper sheet.
2. Bedbugs are a wide spread problem in India. I never had so many encounters with bedbugs as in India, even in the more upmarket hotels and hostels. It is not a pleasure as I am quite allergic to the bite of these creatures. Luckily medical stores sell an insecticide which is quite poisonous to bedbugs and other insects. Take precautions: never leave your bags open and never lay your clothes and gear down on a bed or a sofa.