How often have we dreamt of exploring unheard places, congested lanes, magnificent meadows and pristine waters? Before converting these dreams into a reality, we are all afraid of the consequences of our bank balance. We begin to feel sorry about the plans we’d made in our heads and our travel ideas remain a virtual reality. But, you need not feel sorry about it anymore because in India budget travelling is possible and it is not limited to just one part of the country. You can find several places both offbeat, popular and worth exploring on a cheap budget. No worries if you just have a few thousand in your pocket, call your friends and pack your bags because here is a list of top 10 budget/ cheap travel destinations in India that you could rather should visit:
Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
A place bestowed with all of nature’s blessings, Kasol a picturesque village in Kullu is alongside the gurgling Parvati River. The snow clad mountains, the lush green meadows and pristine waters are to die for. With pleasant climate round the year and less population, this place is set to give you a wonderful experience and you won’t be able to resist yourself from falling for this place!
Pondy, as referred to by most Indians is a stark contrast to the surrounding South-Indian cities with small houses, hotels, and cafés. The influence of French culture can be very well felt in this place. The quaint colonial heritage buildings, spiritual sceneries, the endless stretches of splendid beaches and an amazing choice of places to hang out, Pondicherry is a perfect place to revel in the incredible beauty of nature! So, why spend your time and money going to Paris when you can get a cheap and lovely French experience right here in India?
The princess of hill stations, Kodai Kanal is one of the most sought-after travel destinations in India for the young you. If you feel that you really need a break from your daily routine, this hill station is the best place to rejuvenate, reenergize and connect with yourself. In just INR 200 for a room with a panoramic view from the balcony, this travel destination can provide you with an amazing trip without burning a hole in your pocket.
Goa is the favourite for us millennials, especially for those looking out for budget-friendly places to explore and party their vacations off. This city of churches with colourful characteristic houses, lush green fields and mesmerizing languidness in the air sets it apart from most travel destinations in India. With shacks lining up the curve of the beach, beer almost as cheap as water, Goa is THE place to party! Oh, and it’s dirt cheap!
Allepey, the Venice of East is the hub of Kerala and it is home to all the travel freaks out there. With a huge network of backwaters and thousands of houseboats, this is the best place to cruise lazily around in the ever-present Kettuvallam (houseboats) and gorge on the delicious coconut-laced seafood.
McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh
Land of his Holiness, Dalai Lama, McLeod Ganj is a colourful hill station that offers breath taking views. Nestled amidst the majestic hills and the luxuriant greenery, this town is culturally blessed by a prominent Tibetan influence owing to the major settlement of Tibetans here. For those who love treks, make sure you don’t miss out on Triund trek and camp. So, if you are looking for some adventurous cheap travel destinations in India, count on McLeod Ganj as a prime option.
A massive sandcastle rising from the sandy plains like a mirage from a bygone era is what defines this beautiful city of Havelis. The yellow color of the sandstone used for the construction of the buildings makes this city of deserts the “Golden City” and also a pilgrim’s delight. This exorbitant place induces a never-ending excitement to visit the beautiful forts. This travel destination can be better explained as a taste of royalty, in the budget.
This popular hill station offers an alluring and bewitching experience of nature’s most gifted region. With plenty of hikes, numerous waterfalls in the monsoons and the delicious chocolate fudge and chikki , this beautiful place promises a memorable experience. Frequented by a lot of trekkers and nature enthusiasts, this travel destination is a go-to destination for the young broke you!
Hampi is a backpacker’s paradise, the same way a pilgrim’s delight. This quaint historical place, lying amidst striking ruins of the past, has an overwhelming rush of tourists. Being one of the ancient places, Hampi is a must visit place, and it will ignite your urge to be there without being harsh on your pocket!
Auroville, Tamil Nadu
Auroville, ‘the City of Dawn’, is a place that anyone with idealistic fancy will love. This place conceptualises the fact of human unity in diversity. It is a community dedicated to peace, sustainability and self-consciousness. Just 16 km away from Pondicherry, this place is perfect destination to be in solitude and enjoy the time of your lives!
So if you’re looking for budget-friendly, short, day trips in India, this list is your perfect guide. Tell us your favourite destinations in India in the comments below:
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