Got a Shoestring Budget for Travel Goals? Here are 20 Places in India You Can Cover!

May 12, 2018 | 5 months ago | Read Time: 5 minutes | By iKnowledge Team

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When you are going on a vacation, the one that matters the most is your budget planning. And the one thing that helps you save enough for this budget is sound financial planning. If you have a short-term goal in mind, such as travelling to a new place once in every 3-4 years, you can look at investing your money in ULIPs. Unit-Linked Insurance Plans (ULIPs) will help you build an adequate fund reserve over the years, which can be withdrawn partially whenever you need it. So, if you plan your finances, and save regularly, all your travel dreams can be a reality.

If you are still worried about the budget of vacation, we have compiled 20 pocket-friendly places in India that it won’t affect your savings:

  1. Alleppey: Alleppey is quite budget friendly as you can get accommodation for Rs. 200-700 per night, while delicious food festooned with finely grated coconut can cost you around Rs. 200. 
  1. Goa: To reach Goa, you can take a train from Mumbai for Rs. 450 and get a beach hut starting at the price of Rs. 500. Certain beaches can be costly for food, but there are places where you can enjoy seafood at the price of Rs. 150. 
  1. Pondicherry: There are various ways you can get to Pondicherry including airways, railways and roadways. The accommodation prices here are a relief and start from RS. 300 for a cottage and Rs. 500 in a hotel. Pondicherry’s delicacy lies in its French cuisines served in the restaurants here; the food here starts from Rs. 200-300.
  1. Gokarna: Gokarna can be your low budget getaway and is less crowded than other tourist spots in the country. It is easy to reach Gokarna; if you take a bus from Bangalore, it might cost you around Rs. 800. Here you can rent a small house for the price as low as RS. 200 with most of the restaurants serving food at the same price.
  1. Rishikesh: Rishikesh is easily accessible from Delhi, and once you get there, it is a mere fee of Rs. 300. The accommodation and food can cost you around Rs. 150/night and 200/meal; whereas a beach camp can cost you up to Rs. 1600 per person.
  1. Darjeeling: Reaching Darjeeling is not a hard quest but fun; take a train from Kolkata to Siliguri and from there alight a toy train or a jeep to Darjeeling this may cost you around Rs. 800-1000. The stay here can be a bit high priced with Rs. 800 and food up to Rs. 300 for two.
  1. Dharamsala and McLeodganj: The mini Tibet of India can surprise you in many ways, the place is filled with monasteries and temples which can be spiritually uplifting. Since Delhi is the nearest place that will take you to McLeodganj, a trip from there can cost you around Rs. 1000. The accommodation can cost you from Rs. 130 to Rs. 500 per night.
  1. Sikkim: Getting here might tire you as you must board a train from Kolkata and from there a bus to Gangtok via Siliguri which might cost you around Rs. 400 to 500. The rooms can cost you under Rs. 500 while the food is priced around Rs. 100 per meal. 
  1. Kanyakumari: To get to the southernmost tip of the country and witness its beauty, you must pay a mere fare of Rs. 500 for a bus from Trivandrum. Here the accommodation can cost you around Rs. 800 for one night. For a filling meal of south-Indian delicacies, a minimum of Rs. 200 would be sufficient. 
  1. Hampi: In the historic land of Karnataka lies a visual treat for history lovers who must pay Rs. 300 for a bus from Bangalore to get via Hospet. The accommodation prices here are very low with homestays charging up to Rs. 50-200 per night. Here you can eat all the three meals for Rs. 100; now this is very low cost! 
  1. Nainital: Nainital’s beauty has been glorified by many movies and famous travellers from around the world. To reach Nainital, you can take a state transport bus from Delhi to Nainital which might cost you Rs. 400-500 or you can take a private Volvo bus for Rs. 800. The accommodation can cost you around Rs. 150 per night, and a full Punjabi meal for one starts from 200. 
  1. Lonavala: For people living in Mumbai, Lonavala is the best getaway to fall under budget as reaching here might cost you Rs. 200-300. There are ashramas and dharamshalas that offer accommodation starting from Rs. 400 to Rs. 600. With many small and big cafes, a full meal here can cost you around 200. 
  1. Munnar: Love greenery and wildlife? Then take a bus from Cochin for Rs. 200-300 and witness the glory of majestic elephants with widespread tea plantations. Here you can rent a cottage for Rs. 600 per night with a full meal up to Rs. 100. 
  1. Udaipur: Witness the grandeur of historic forts and oldest houses in the so-called White City of India – Udaipur. To get here, you can take a bus from Delhi for a single way ticket of Rs. 650. To retire for the night, you can get a shared dormitory for prices as low as Rs. 400 per night. 
  1. Varanasi: The holy city of Varanasi is a must visit for a spiritual repose at least once in a You can reach Varanasi by taking a state bus for the price of Rs. 700. You can get homestays for the price of Rs. 200 per night; whereas, the food here might cost you at Rs. 150. 
  1. Meghalaya: Witness the natural beauty ornamented with ancient trees and the region with the heaviest rainfall in all of India. To reach Meghalaya, you will have to take a bus from Guwahati to Shillong at the price of Rs. 60-200. The prices for accommodation here starts from Rs. 600 per night. 
  1. Ooty: The bliss of lush green land and the hub of homemade chocolates, Ooty is the most popular holiday destination in South India. To reach Ooty, you can take a bus from Chennai which will cost you for Rs. 1400 for a round trip. With accommodation prices as low as Rs. 300, staying longer might not be a major problem. 
  1. Shimla: Thinking of a memorable getaway? Perhaps Shimla can be the perfect option! It’s just the bus price of Rs. 1400 from Delhi to Shimla, and then for the stay, it is only Rs. 700-1500 per night. The food here is quite cheap as a full meal starts from Rs. 150. 
  1. Khajuraho: One of the historic sites of India with architectural structures that seem beyond beautiful. The cheapest way to reach here is to take a bus from Bhopal to Khajuraho for Rs. 600. You can rent a room here at the price of Rs. 500-1000. 
  1. Jaipur: The pink city of the country with numerous historical sites to make you feel proud of the Indian heritage. To get here, you can take a train from Mumbai for the price of Rs. 600 while the stay might cost you from Rs. 500-1500.

These low-price trips can be fun and to reap more benefits of low prices, it is recommended that you visit these places during the off-peak season.


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