17 Places In India You Can Cover On A Low Budget this Year end

A group of friends strike a pose at a beach

10 September 2015

We know the feeling when long weekends or holidays approach or when there is simply that itch to bunk college or work and take off with friends to obscure places. No worries if you just have a few thousands in your pocket. Here is a list of budget trips in India that you could opt for.

1. Alleppey

A young woman takes a canoe ride in the backwaters of Alleppey

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Ideal duration of stay: 2 Nights/3 Days
What it will cost you:
Stay: INR 250 – INR 700 per night
Food: INR 200 per meal.
Houseboats: Start at INR 6000 per day for 1 BHK and includes three meals, so split it up with friends if you can.

Alleppey, the Venice of the East, is famous for the verdant countryside, lagoons, and the waterways. It is the best place to cruise lazily around in the ever present houseboats and sample the delicious coconut-laced seafood.

2. Goa

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Ideal duration: 2 Nights/3 Days
What it will cost you:
Train travel Mumbai to Margao and back: INR 450
Stay: Decent accommodation and beach huts starts at INR 500/night
Food: Shacks on the beach are the best, a good seafood meal for as low as INR 150
Bike rentals: Start at INR 250/day and go upto INR 500

For those seeking some budget trips in India, Goa is the hot favorite of all; backpackers are no exception. Get lost on its beaches, Portuguese architecture, forts, local markets and the palm tree lined quaint villages. You can even hire a motorbike and explore on your own! There are plenty of pubs to chill out too.


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3. Pondicherry

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Ideal duration: 2 Nights/3 Days
What it will cost you:
Bus travel from Chennai to Pondicherry and back: INR 500, if you prefer traveling unreserved in a train, the fare is as low as INR 45 one way.
Stay: Comfortable cottage stay at INR 300 or budget hotels at INR 500
Food: Try out some Indianized French cuisine starting at INR 200-300 for two

Why shell out thousands when you can get a French experience through some cheap trips in India? With a trip to Pondicherry, you can get the French flair right here in India. Walk the cobblestoned streets during the day and put up your feet at the innumerable cafes on the beach in the evenings. And yes, don’t forget to try out the French food around here.

4. Gokarna

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Ideal duration: 2 Nights/3 Days
What it will cost you:
Bangalore to Gokarna and back by bus: INR 800
Stay: Comfy homestays start at INR 200 in Gokarna
Food: Lots of eating options near the beach at INR 200 for two per meal
Banana boat ride: INR 300 per person

Looking for some peace and tranquility? Om Beach in Gokarna near Mangalore fits the bill. You could try hiring some boats with the local fishermen to take you around the beaches in Gokarna. And if you start getting restless, there are a bunch of water activities you could go for. And what’s more? The Gokarna beaches are still budget travel destinations in India!

5. Rishikesh

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Ideal duration: 1 Night/2 Days
What it will cost you:
Travel to and from Delhi: INR 300
Stay: INR 150 per night
Food: INR 200/meal
River rafting: INR 400 to INR 1300 per person
Beach camping: INR 1600 per person (includes 1 Night stay, 3 meals and river rafting)

The thrilling white-water-rafting, the splendid beach camps, and the exhilarating treks beckon the adventurer in you. A trip to Rishikesh tops the charts among the adventurous budget holiday destinations in India. You could also visit the breathtaking Valley of Flowers from here. Mind you, it’s a completely vegetarian and alcohol-free destination, but totally worth it!

6. Darjeeling

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Ideal duration: 2 Nights/3 Days
What it will cost you:
Travel from Kolkata to Siliguri or New Jalpaiguri by bus and back: INR 490,
Toy train up to Darjeeling from NJP: INR 250
Jeep ride from NJP to Darjeeling:INR 150/person
Stay: INR 400/night
Food:INR130 for two

Chugging up to Darjeeling from New Jalpaiguri or Siliguri is a once in a lifetime experience. And what makes it better is that it is still one of the best budget trips in India. Once up in the hills, just take in the salubrious air, sip the Darjeeling tea, rise early and gaze at the sunrise at Tiger hills and get ready to be mesmerized by the magnificent Kanchenjunga.

7. Dharamsala And McLeodganj

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Ideal duration: 2 Nights/3 Days
What it will cost you:
Delhi to McLeodganj and back: INR 1000
Stay: INR 130/night – INR 500/night
Food: Tibetan and Chinese cuisine at little cafes @INR 100 – 200 for two

A colorful hill station, Dharamsala is a mini-Tibet. The dual cities of Dharamsala and McLeodganj are lined with numerous monasteries and temples to visit and the views of the hills and valleys are nothing short of magical. For those who love treks, be sure to try the one to Triund and camp out if you so wish. So, if you are looking for some adventurous cheap trips in India, you sure can count on Dharamsala and McLeodganj.

8. Sikkim

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Ideal duration: 2 Nights/3 Days
What it will cost you:
Kolkata to Siliguri (Train): INR 183 one side
Siliguri to Gangtok (Bus): INR 165 one side
Stay: Budget hotels are available at INR 600 up, but there are dorms too for INR 120 or single rooms for INR 250
Food: Plenty of cheap places around, momos being the specialty here: INR 100 up per meal

Sikkim is one of the loveliest states in India. Nothing beats its wonderful climate, scenic view of the Himalayas, picturesque treks, strong Tibetan Buddhist culture and yummy local food. And all this comes well in your budget.

9. Kanyakumari

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Ideal duration: 2 Nights/3 Days
What it will cost you:
Bus fare Trivandrum to Kanyakumari and back: INR 500,
Train one way fare: INR 180
Stay: INR 800 / night
Food: INR 200 per meal

Being the tip of Indian mainland itself makes Kanyakumari enticing. The confluence of the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal, and the Indian Ocean — behold it, to believe it! A must-see is the Vivekanand Rock Memorial and the breathtaking sunrise and sunset views here.

10. Hampi

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Ideal duration: 2 Nights/3 Days
What it will cost you:
Train travel from Bangalore to Hospet and back: INR 300
Hospet to Hampi: INR 10 (bus), INR 100 (auto)
Stay: Homestays or Guesthouses starting from INR 50-200/night, Budget accommodation: INR 300 to INR 800/night
Food: All three meals put together: INR 200
Tonga rides to ruin sites: INR 50-100

This is one fantastic treat for the history lovers. Relive the Vijayanagar history just wandering about Hampi or maybe perch on the omnipresent huge boulders to survey the land around you. You could even catch the vibrant Hampi Utsav if you happen to visit in the first week of November.

11. Nainital

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Ideal duration: 2 Nights/3 Days
What it will cost you:
State transport buses, Delhi to Nainital (roundtrip): INR 368,
Private Volvo bus (roundtrip): INR 800
Stay: Spoilt for choices here, budget stay starts at as low as INR 150/night.
Food: Lot of Punjabi food around, meals can start from INR 200 for two
Boating: INR 150/hr for paddle boat
Ropeway: INR 150 (roundtrip)/person

Undoubtedly, one of the top hilly budget destinations in India, Nainital is known for its main attraction – the Naini Lake & the beautiful hills that surround it. The rope-way to Snow view to get a dekko at the mighty Himalayas is a must-do here.

12. Lonavala

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Ideal duration: 2 Nights/3 Days
What it will cost you:
Train from Mumbai to Lonavla: INR 122 (roundtrip)
Buses from Mumbai to Lonavla: INR 250 one way
Stay: There are ashrams and dharmashalas @INR 400/night and budget hotels @INR 600 up
Food: Plenty of small restaurants and road side cafes; a good meal will come for approx. INR 200

It can’t get better than this for a quick getaway from Mumbai. Plenty of hikes, numerous waterfalls in the monsoons and the delicious chocolate fudge and chikki promises a memorable experience. There are exciting treks to try to a number of forts around Lonavala. Yes, it does not come for free. But it is still one of the best budget travel destinations in India, especially if you hail from Mumbai.

13. Munnar

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Ideal duration: 2 Nights/3 Days
What it will cost you:
Buses from Ernakulam or Cochin and back: INR 180 – INR300
Stay: Cottages start at INR 600
Food: INR 100 per meal

Travel via Cochin, apart from the spectacular scenic drive, you could even enjoy a visit to the Elephant training Centre on the way. The tea gardens of Munnar are its hallmark, but one can even try the Eravikulam National Park or even some early morning treks to Rajmala hills.

14. Udaipur

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Ideal duration: 2 Nights/3 Days
What it will cost you:
Delhi to Udaipur (State transport bus) and back: INR 456
Stay: Starts at INR 400/night
Food: Street food is a must try: INR 50 /person

City of Lakes or the White City, call it what you may, Udaipur is without a doubt one of the most exotic cities in India. Once you are done gazing at the magnificent palaces and lakes, take a peek at some rare automobiles at the Vintage car museum. Do sample the delicious dal, bati, churma and jalebi along the way.

15. Varanasi

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Ideal duration: 2 Nights/3 Days
What will it cost you:
Delhi to Varanasi and back (train): INR 652
Stay: INR 200/night
Food: Street food starts at INR 30 for two, Local food at INR 150 for two
Boat ride on the Ganges: INR 250/hour

A cultural hotspot, Banaras or Varanasi, is situated on the banks of River Ganges. The Ganga ghats are sites to experience the cultural flavor of India. So get on that boat ride and take in the most incredible sights from laundry to religious rituals. Don’t miss out on the Banarasi thandai and Banarasi paan!

16. Meghalaya

A man stands on the living root bridge in Meghalaya

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Ideal duration: 2 Nights/3 Days
What will it cost you:
Bus travel from Guwahati to Shillong and back: INR 60 – INR 200
Stay: INR 600 per night
Food: Starts at INR 60 per meal

This “Abode of the Clouds” is one of the most unusual states in the country. You will see “natural” living bridges made from roots of ancient trees, get pleasantly drenched in world’s wettest place, Cherrapunjee, or even get up at 4 in the morning for some sumptuous local breakfast.

17. Ooty

The lush green gardens of Ooty present a splendid view.

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Ideal duration: 2 Nights/3 Days
What will it cost you:
Chennai to Ooty and back (bus) – INR 1400
Stay: Starts at INR 300
Food: Starts at as low as INR 50 for two

A trip to Ooty, one of the best hill stations in South India, is amongst the best budget trips in India that you could ask for. The senses exult here in the midst of the exotic botanical gardens, Rose garden, verdant hills, historical buildings, tea plantations and of course, homemade chocolates.

So what are you waiting for? Pull those lazy buddies out, pack your backpack and just Get, Set, Go!

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