A comprehensive guide to budget friendly travel around the beautiful cities of India.
We all are familiar with the feeling of sitting in our rooms, scrolling through social media, stumbling upon smiling pictures of our friends, family members, colleagues, acquaintances (basically, everyone but you) having a ball on their weekend get away! You wanted to go to, but you are suffering from either (or all) of the following options: (a) It is the end of the month and you are broke, (b) Your month resources are dwindling and you need to save the little money you have left and (c) You are on a tight budget to save money for that new phone you have been eyeing.
Whatever your reason is to sulk in your room, during a long weekend, we are here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be this way. A small budget shouldn’t restrict you from travelling. Yes, we admit that a small budget can’t help you get a luxurious vacation, but it can help you travel, nonetheless. Budget travelling is a real possibility, especially in a country like India. No, you don’t have to stick to your neighboring city (that you have visited a hundred times now) but there a several places both popular as well as offbeat that are doable on a low budget.
Good planning and budgeting is the key to budget travelling. So, get ready to plan your next awesome trip to the caves of Ajanta or in the forests of Himanchal, without worrying about its consequences of your bank balance!
Check out the top 10 places you can travel to even when the end of the month is crawling close!
If you love mountains, there is nothing better than a trip to Kasol, where you get prices of hotels hit rock bottom (get it?). In addition to staying as reasonably good places, you can get travel through HRTC buses which frequent there. This place has all you need – food, sights, thrill and anything else you might be looking out for, and it is all cheap as it could get! You can always find backpackers and explorers visiting Kasol all year round. Attracitons like Sar pass, Yanker pass, Kheerganga, Pin parbati pass, Malana and Tosh, make this place a gem to travel to. Book your tickets to travel to this paradise now!
This is where you can get best of both the worlds. You can stay at Aurobindo Ashram (where stay is almost free), where they serve vegetarian food. You it all here, good food, beach, teachings of Mother Mirra Alfisa, yoga and if you are up for it, then alcohol (psstt…it is cheap as hell!). Pondicherry boasts elegant French architecture that you can explore while taking a bike ride along Rock beach. Some major attractions here include; Auroville (a must visit town not so far from Pondicherry), Paradise beach, Serenity beach, Basalica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Immaculate conception cathedral and Eglise de Notre Dame des Anges.
3.Kodaikanal and Munnar
Other than breath taking sites, this places also offers some of the most lip-smacking street food. We are not making this up, you can get a packet of fried chicken for a cheap as RS 20. There are also various options to stay and if you are lucky (and don’t mind shedding a little bit more) you can get stay with a fantastic view. Some key attractions here include; Kodaikanal lake, Berijam lake, Pine forest, Pillar rocks and kurinji andavar temple. Travel is easy via train and bus. So, you can add it to your ‘must-visit’ list now!
This is one place which doesn’t need much explaining or even convincing! You stay the word trip and Goa in the same line and before you know it, you will have five different Whatsapp groups for planning the trip! With shacks along the beaches, beautiful sights and a chill crowd is what makes this place awesome and easy on your pocket! Book your tickets now to chill and relax, without burning a hole in your pocket!
The Pink city is the perfect destination for a day trip (especially if you in Delhi!) There is plenty to explore from splendid forts and architecture to the traditional food you can gobble on when travelling there! You can take a train or simply an over night bus to reach this destination.
If you wish to lose yourself in Amazonian wilderness, then this is where you should be heading. Known as the Venice of the East, Alleppey is famous for its lagoons, countryside and waterways. Book yourself a room on a boat house and go kayaking along with the fishermen who might lend you their kayaks for a few bucks! Doesn’t that sound just perfect?
Geographically close to Kodiakanal and Munnar, this is a place you shouldn’t miss a chance to exploring. With various sight points, hills standing proud everywhere you look and, but the best part is the chocolate! Treat yourself to some chocolate, while you take in the beauty of the hills. You can explore Fernhills palace and might even want to travel to Ooty along with a trip to Kodiakanal and Munnar. Your own form of hill station hopping!
If it is peace of mind you seek, then a trip to Itanagar is what should be in the books for you. Though it has a difficult ride up, it rewards you with a sense of peace that is enough for you to fall in love with the place. Surrounded by lush greens and rivers, you can either guide yourself through this place or ask the very helpful local guides. The option of homestays and food is available here for pocket friendly prices.
Pushkar is famous for many things including camels, a wide array of shakes and host of experiences that you can relish at prices that will make your jaw drop! If you are looking for some cheap lodging, hearty food, camel rides and a some good old lassi to wash it down with, then Pushkar is the place to head to!
There is a lot Darjeeling has to offer including their world-famous chai (which is sure to win you over). You can spend some time in little low-budget hotels and lodges. What is more? People here are warm and bound to win over you with their generosity and courteousness. You can enjoy sports like trekking, mountain climbing and even mountain biking here! Some places you should definitely visit when you are here are: Tiger hill, tea garden, Batasia loop, Mahakal temple, Japanese peace padoga and Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park.