Budget Trips & Treks

Top 5 Destinations In India For A Budget Traveller

Written by Manavi Sarang

Most of the people have travelling written down in their wishlist to be fulfilled. That is the effect travel has on a person. But travelling is not so easy, especially if you are a budget traveller. Luckily, India is full of pocket-friendly destinations for the youth and other fellow wanderers who love to save money. 

A destination being budget-friendly does not mean it will be disappointing. There are destinations both popular and offbeat that leave you with an enthralling experience. Not only that but also delicious meals and affordable lodging. 

When there’s a limited budget for a traveller, there are only selective places you can wander off to. Even if there a few thousands in your pocket, it doesn’t matter. There is a long list of budget trips in India that will suffice.

From hill stations to beaches, plains and bustling cities, there are a plethora of places you can choose from. Here is a list of the top 5 destinations in India for budget travellers.

1. Kodaikanal

Apart from being the most famous destination for honeymoons, it’s also the cheapest. This gorgeous hill town has a pleasant climate, beautiful lakes, picturesque valleys, snow-capped mountains and a lot more.

Tourists flock to this place as it gives you the ideal and affordable getaway from the busy city life. This destination will give you the opportunity to spend time with nature.

Kodaikanal is also popular with solo travellers, a group of friends and even a budget traveller. The glittering lakes, luscious greenery, cloud-capped mountains and misty cliffs will leave you bewitched. 

2. Darjeeling

Further from Kolkata, Darjeeling is perfect for both a budget and leisure traveller. The best part about it is that a trip to this place has always been one of the most budget-friendly trips in India. 

Once you reach the hills, it will be impossible to think about anything else. The air of Darjeeling will have you refreshed before you drink the calming tea of the region. Once that settles in, the sunrise at Tiger Hills will be magnificent. 

Darjeeling is popular during New Years as mostly, a traveller on a budget picks this destination to start off the new year grandly with nature. The spectacular view of Mount Kanchenjunga is just a bonus.

3. Pushkar

Situated on the border of the Thar Desert, this town is a religious site famous for camel rides, delicious street food, and different kinds of shakes. You can explore the lakes, 52 ghats, palaces, bazaars or even camp in the desert area.

The town is home to several temples including the Jagatpita Brahma Mandir, dedicated to Lord Brahma, the god of creation. The temple’s origin dates back to the 14th – century.  

The accommodations available are suitable for every traveller budget type and the food is also cheap. There are various adventure activities that you can enjoy at Pushkar.

4. Goa

Goa is the most favoured destinations by a budget traveller, backpackers included. The beaches, Portuguese architecture, forts, local markets, and palm tree-lined quaint villages are some impressive features.

Affordable booze, plenty of shared accommodations that are pocket-friendly, an unimaginable variety of seafood and other delicacies give you a chance to enjoy the best of Goa.

You can hire a motorbike and explore on your own too! There are plenty of pubs to chill and hang out at this party capital. This beach heaven is perfect for budget solo trips in India. 

5. McLeodganj

This quaint little destination in Himachal is great for budget-friendly trips. The dual cities of Dharamsala and McLeodganj offer a fusion of Buddhism and Tibetan culture.

You get to see numerous monasteries, temples, scenic hills and valleys at a shoestring budget. For trekking enthusiasts, the Triund trek and camp is the best thing to do. 

In January, travellers get to see the snow-capped mountains of the Dhauladar Ranges on top of Triund and capture the captivating beauty. The colourful hill station of Dharamsala is like a mini-Tibet that a budget traveller shouldn’t miss out on.

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