The concept of the cube hotel first emerged in Spain, and has grown in popularity in recent years to spread to many diverse corners of the world, from the Swedish Lapland to the Australian Outback and the coast of Thailand.
Our bus from Agra to Jaipur was pretty horrendous. Because we were travelling as a three it meant that one of us should have been sharing a bed with a stranger - a middle aged Indian man. Opting against this, the three of us curled up into one bed...
This month I'm planning bus trips to a spice plantation, three historical Hindu temples, a famous waterfall called Dudhsagar Falls and the town of Old Goa; where I'm told I can join an excursion to see crocodiles.
If India seems a rather daunting prospect, then staying in a homestay takes away a lot of the potential pain. It also allows you to experience a side of the country that no hotel can offer and your hosts may become lifelong friends.