I don’t travel for luxury, I travel for experience.
All of us know that traveling as a hobby can get fairly pricey, thereby having the potential to impede our desire to go places all around the world. However, what if you’re deeply snapped at by a travel bug that’s irresistible? You need to be on the move, all the time.
Travel in India can be pretty cheap if you know the right places to go to. If you are someone who likes to pick up a backpack and take off on an expedition without wanting to spend a lot of money, India is your paradise. We give you 10 places in India which are light on your pocket and yet amazing enough to provide you with the most memorable travel experiences.
Goa is one of the most touristy places in India and yet I’d never say that it’s overrated. Everyone needs to come across the spirit of Goa at least once in their lifetimes. This delightful and blithe Indian state has some of the best beaches, restaurants, home-stays and churches in the country. When you’re in Goa, you can find the cheapest of accommodation options, rent a bike and roam around, eat at small yet incredible food joints, spend hours on the beach, take a dip in the sea and also, consume very cheap liquor. Up for a party? Goa is your place!
With several lovely options to stay at absolute base prices and easy access via the HRTC bus service, Kasol is one of the quickest and cheapest getaways. The food, the sights and whatever else you might need, it’s all here and it’s all cheap as hell.
Ladakh or the ‘Land of High Passes’ is barren yet beautiful region located in Jammu and Kashmir state in northern India. Because of its remote location and high altitude, Ladakh is not for those looking for a quick holiday. You need time on your hands and oodles of patience. This makes it ideal for backpackers. With regard to accommodation, Ladakh offers several options from family run establishments, to guest houses to budget hotels to rooms in monasteries.
The city of Srirangapatna has historical significance, briefly having been the capital of Mysore during the reign of Tipu Sultan. Today, the city located at a short distance of 20 km from Mysore is a destination waiting to be explored. The city has always held religious importance for its Ranganathaswamy Temple. Surrounded by river Cauvery, the city that looks like an island is also a great place to explore the scenic beauty of the region and visit wildlife hotspots such as Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary. There are many budget stays available and transport via private and state transport can get you around the place easily.
The street food here is SO good, going at 20 INR for a whole packet of fried chicken or any other variety of the like. There’s also several places to stay going from 200 INR upwards and the views are fantastic. Easy to get to via train and bus. Check out Karuna Farms pictured below.
This picturesque city is a suburb of Dharamshala and is extremely popular with travelers who look forward to some out-of-the-world experiences. You just need to take a train to Dharamshala and then move on to McLeod Ganj through a looping bus route or a private car. This place offers you with some of most reasonably priced and outstanding places to stay, marvelous eating joints and cafes, wonderful museums, temples and galleries, and cheap guided treks.
Popularly known as Little Tibet, Spiti is a remote valley nestled in the Himalayan Mountain range in Himachal Pradesh. Apart from the culture and natural beauty here, Spiti also offers trekking and jeep safaris amidst its scenic mountains, enchanting landscapes, glaciers and pristine environment. For accommodation; government as well as private guest houses, are available at Kaza, Tabo, Losar, Samd, Poh and Sagna in Spiti. Moreover, home stays are also available in several villages which provide good budget accommodation.
The gateway to many tourist attractions in South India, Pollachi has much to offer. The agricultural lands of Pollachi brim with greenery. On the highway to the city, you can observe many fruit vendors. Guava is among the fruits that are widely available and cost little to buy, so enjoy! Budget hotels and farm stays are available in the city and food both vegetarian and non-vegetarian can be ordered at decent rates. Travel to the city is easy as it is connected by national and state highways. You can drive down or choose from the many public transport options. To travel within the city, you can choose between bus, auto and cab facilities.
The Pink City offers an easy and cheap getaway if you’re from Delhi. Even if you’re not, there’s plenty to do and see here, so just take a look around the splendid forts and architecture and go on your way to wherever your final destination is.
Located at the foothills of the lower Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand is Rishikesh, a pilgrimage centre where life revolves around prayers and festivals. People come here for the cleansing of their mind and soul and to spend their time in meditation and offering prayers. The Ashrams organise meditation camps for stress induced ailments using the ancient methods. It is also home to the annual International Yoga Festival held in early February. You can also go for the adventurous activities like wild forest trekking, mountain biking, water rafting, rock climbing and bungee jumping. Various types of hotels are available in and budget hotels can be found throughout the town and are available for around Rs 800 per night.