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Snigdha Jain

Lives in Mumbai, India

  • Eastern Europe

    I (along with my sister) have backpacked across numerous cities in the hidden jewels of Europe - Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia and Hungary.
  • Western Europe

    My love for Europe has taken me there 3 times and I have backpacked in Western Europe and been to Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and Spain, that too on a commendable (tight) budget.
  • Cambodia

    I visited Siem Reap and Phnom Penh in Cambodia by chance, but fell in love with their culture, heritage, the local people and their handicrafts.
  • India

    I have lived in India all my life and have extensively traveled across numerous states namely Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, New Delhi and Punjab :) This massive country is diverse in many ways - culture, topography, language, people, food etc and a unique experience to discover these for yourself.
  • Singapore

    My best friend is based in Sinagapore and I have there 4 times over the last 3 years. Hence have a lot of local info and travel ideas for this place.
  • Italy

    I recently traveled to Northern Italy i.e. Venice, Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre, Tuscany and Milan and discovered that Italy has a lot more to offer than just history and romance.
  • Switzerland

    I have explored Switzerland and discovered it has a lot more to offer than just a romantic getaway :)
  • Dubai

    I was in Dubai late last year and realised that there is so much more to Dubai than just shopping. It has its own unique culture, history, architecture and all that money can buy.
  • Hong Kong

    I have been to Hong Kong 4 times in the last 3 years and love its unique blend of East and the West and so many small things that are just Hong Kong.
  • Bangkok

    I have been to Bangkok and discovered quite a few hidden jewels of this city from amazing temples to flying in the air like a gibbon. :)
  • New York

    I love New York... I have explored New York from a completely new perspective.... Like a local and not a tourist. And this is a completely different New York from what you otherwise see in pics
Relaxing Trip to Thailand with Mom

I'm going to Thailand for 9-10 days. I'm looking forward to see natural wonders, buddhist monasteries. Any adventures - boat rides, treks etc would also be nice. We are looking for a relaxed time- do not want to rush from one place to the other. Relaxation, nutritious food is the priority.. I would like to avoid shopping and certainly no sleazy neighborhoods.. Also note that I'm 36 and will be travelling with my 63 year old mom. we are both vegetarians. Budget is around Rs. 1.2 to 1.5 lakhs.

Switzerland & Italy in under 2 weeks

Hi Snigdha,
I have already engaged with another ninja, so I would need your help with my stay in Switzerland (2-5) days may be.
As per your suggestion, I have dropped Vienna. So now, all I know is that I am reaching Interlaken at 12 midnight on 6th September and leaving from Rome on 20th. From 6th-19th I would be in Switzerland n Italy.
I have read a couple of your blogs and have been mighty impressed.
we cant start with broad breakup of number of days in Swiss and Italy and then work on the former.
Would need specific help on:
1) Stay in interlaken, given that am reaching there at midnight.
2) Things to do there and how many days
3) Travel from Switzerland to Venice

Dec 16-Jan 1st

hi there-


we are a family of 4 (2+ 2 kids 10Y &3 Y) like to do the December markets in germany then spain and Portugal in December ( spain ( Madrid, Seville, Cordoba Granada-- BCN is an added bonus but we have done that a couple times would be okay skiping it!).. Dec 16-jan1st at the Max . From seattle . -email: lakgov@microsoft.com appreciate the itn and payment link:) thanks!


LMK what Itn youd suggest given we want to hit the warmest spot possb in europe( well as warm as we can find in Dec:)) and atleast 1-2 christmas market .. we'd love to use the local trains as much as we can .  ( Dietary restriction: vegetarians!)


 


LMK if you need anything else. you can email me at lakgov@microsoft.com


 


thanks much.,


Lakshmi

10 day Europe Trip

Hi Snigdha,


As you already know, I am planning a 10 day Eurpoe trip with my wife [ 10th September 2015 to 20th September 2015 ] on our way back to USA from India. The plan is to fly to  Amsterdam from India and fly back to USA from Rome. This will be the first Eurpe trip for both of us. We are thinking of visiting Amsterdam, Bruges/Brussels, Paris and finally see Italy (4-5 days). In Italy we are thinking about Venice, Florance and Rome. May be  Cinque Terre if it fits in. Open to changing locations other than Amsterdam and Rome based on your suggestions as well.


Planning to use public trasportation mostly for commute. Can consider flights in between if they are cheap and saves time (Paris to Venice ?). For stay looking for good comfortable accomodation which is not too pricy ( < $150 per day).  


There are no diatary restrictions for both of us. I am a foodie and like to try out local favorite food from the places I visit. My wife enjoys taking photos and looks forward to enhance her photography skills in each our trip :-)


We are thinking of backpacking and just carry one bag each.


Overall, looking forward to this trip to experience European culture, landscapes and food. Would be great if you could help us planning this trip in detail which includes specific destinations and things to do in each city, hotels to stay, and options of commute between these locations.


Excited to see plan this trip with your help.


Regards,


Sumin Mohanan


 

Summer in Europe for Family of 5

Hi Snigdha


I saw your profile and blog and seems like you are an avid travel who loves food and isn't afraid to try new things and help others. My family and I are planning a trip to Europe this summer and I feel you'd be a great person to help plan the trip.


I'm excited to have you help me with the planning.


 


I need help creating an itinerary with a cost estimate including


- flights


- hotels or Airbnb


- transfer from airport to hotel or Airbnb


- local transport


- travel between cities within a country


- breakfast


- health insurance


 


 


Here are the details, please let me know if you need anything else.


People Traveling


Me = Anubhav Jain, Male, Age 38 (Flying from and back to San Francisco, CA, USA)


Mother - Sujata, Female, Age 59 (Flying from and back to New Delhi, India)


Father - Madhup, Male, Age 66 (Flying from and back to New Delhi, India)


Sister - Abhilasha, Female, Age 34 (Flying from and back to New Delhi, India)


Mausi - Pramila, Female, Age 68 (Flying from and back to New Jersey, USA)


 


Countries


We are planning to go to five countries


BELGIUM (Sujata, Madhup, Abhilasha, Pramila)


NETHERLANDS (Anubhav, Sujata, Madhup, Abhilasha, Pramila)


SWITZERLAND (Anubhav, Sujata, Madhup, Abhilasha, Pramila)


ITALY (Anubhav, Sujata, Madhup, Abhilasha, Pramila)


ENGLAND (Anubhav, Sujata, Madhup, Pramila)


 


Itinerary


This is a tentative plan. We are open to suggests for longer or shorter stays in some places


3 Night Amsterdam |


1 Night Geneva |


2 Night Interlaken |


3 Night Lucerne |


3 Night Venice |


2 Night Florence |


3 Night Rome


 


Brussels & Bruge


Arrive: Mon Jul 4, 2016
Depart: Mon Jul 11, 2016


 


Arrive from New Delhi (flights already booked)
- Sujata
- Madhup
- Abhilasha


Arrive from New Jersey (flight already booked)
- Pramila


NOT ON THIS LOCATION
- Anubhav


 


Amsterdam


Arrive: Mon, 11 Jul, 2016 
Depart: Thu, 14 Jul, 2016 


Arrive on Mon 11 Jul 


- Sujata
- Madhup
- Abhilasha
- Pramila


Arrive on Tue 12 Jul (flight already booked)


- Anubhav


 


(All 5 travel together from this point onwards)


 


Geneva


Arrive: Thu, 14 Jul, 2016 
Depart: Fri, 15 Jul, 2016


 
Interlaken


Arrive :Fri, 15 Jul, 2016 
Depart: Sun, 17 Jul, 2016 


 
Lucerne


Arrive: Sun, 17 Jul, 2016 
Depart: Wed, 20 Jul, 2016 


 
Rome


Arrive: Wed, 20 Jul, 2016 
Depart: Sat, 23 Jul, 2016 


 


Florence


Arrive: Sat, 23 Jul, 2016 
Depart: Mon, 25 Jul, 2016 


 
Venice


Arrive: Mon, 25 Jul, 2016 
Depart: Thu, 28 Jul, 2016 


 


Hotel and Travel


Could you make recommendations for places to stay at these locations (Airbnb or hotel) and include the cost of the following at these location 


Amsterdam



  • Place to stay (hotel or Airbnb)

  • Internal flight from Brussels to Amsterdam 12:45 Mon, 11 Jul ZYR-16:04Mon, 11 Jul AMS 2h 19m (Non Stop) - 4 adults

  • Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Accommodation in Amsterdam

  • The 100 Highlights Cruise(Amsterdam)

  • Amsterdam - Holland Pass(Amsterdam)

  • Amsterdam Accommodation to Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam
     


Geneva



  • Place to stay (hotel or Airbnb)

  • Internal flight from Amsterdam to Geneva  

  • Unlimited Swiss Travel pass for 8 Days
     


Interlaken



  • Place to stay (hotel or Airbnb)

  • Jungfrau tour
     


Lucerne



  • Place to stay (hotel or Airbnb)

  • Tour of Mt. titles
     


Rome



  • Place to stay (hotel or Airbnb)

  • Internal Train  from Zurich to Rome 

  • Rome Station to Accommodation in Rome

  • Ancient Rome: Colosseum , Palatine Hill, Roman Forum(Rome)

  • Vatican Museums and St. Peter Basilica tour(Rome)

  • Accommodation in Rome to Rome Station 

  • Internal Train from Rome to Florence 


 


Florence



  • Place to stay (hotel or Airbnb)

  • Florence Station to Accommodation in Florence

  • Pisa and Piazza dei Miracoli Half-Day Tour from Florence

  • Accommodation in Florence to Florence Station

  • Internal train from Florence to Venice 
     


Venice



  • Place to stay (hotel or Airbnb)

  • Venice Station to Accommodation in Venice Mestre

  • Murano, Burano and Torcello Sightseeing

  • Accommodation in Venice Mestre to Venice Marco Polo Airport

  • Internal flight from Venice to London - 4 adults


 


Budget


Our total budget is about Rs. 6.5 lakhs


 


Please let me know if you need anything else.


regards,


Anubhav Jain


 


 

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