Try OYO Hotels when Traveling in India – Ben Around the World Diary – Day 73 – 17 February 2019

Try OYO Hotels when Traveling in India – Ben Around the World Diary – Day 73 – 17 February 2019

– ODO- 9088 – 9254km
– Location- 10km south of Gudar, India
– Weather- 26-38, degrees

Try OYO Hotels when Traveling in India

When I arrived in Mumbai and stayed with my friend Len for a few nights he suggested the app OYO. A hotel agrigator app that seems to have taken over here. As I’ve travelled around the country it’s hard to miss. Every reasonable size town has a range of hotels listed on the app. Unlike something like Kayak or Hotels Tonight, OYO hotels are most often branded entirely with the apps distinctive red colouring and lettering. I can’t imagine it happening in the UK. Small places up and down the cook try completely rebranding themselves with the logo of a tech product.

I’ve used them several times in places like Goa but last night I got caught out. Because I was still fighting the last of my cold I wanted somewhere to stop early and relax. At lunch, I booked a reasonable rate room about 60km down the road. But when I arrived at about 3 pm, the sun reaching it’s full baking 36 degrees for the day, I was turned away. The hotel didn’t accept foreign guests because of the requirement to register all tourists with the police using a form called the C-form. I booked another and 10km down the road I hit the same problem. Luckily this time the owner pointed me down the road to a guest house who had the form. Or more likely, wasn’t as concerned to be compliant as long as I paid foreigners rates for the room.

In the end, I managed to haggle for a “family room” for rupees 800. Saving 400. It didn’t come with aircon though. I slept restlessly in the heat.

Ben

Hi, my names Ben and I’m traveling around the world with my bike, my paraglider and my laptop. Along the way I’m sharing the highs and lows of the life on the road. And my picks of the best places to bikepack, enjoy freeflight and work as a digital nomad. Each week I share a new video update, city guide or live streams with other adventurers I’ve met along the way.
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