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10 BEST AFFORDABLE DESTINATIONS IN INDIA

VISIT THESE 10 BEST AFFORDABLE DESTINATIONS IN INDIA FOR AN EXHILARATING EXPERIENCE, WHEN ON SHOESTRING BUDGET

Don’t let money hinder your plans for an eventful visit to the destinations you’ve always been wanting to visit, because, contrary to the popular belief, of travelling being an expensive hobby, traveling on a low budget is definitely possible. It just takes a little extra planning, starting with your choice of where to go, as every corner of India is filled with amazing destinations that are very affordable, especially if you travel outside of the tourist season or pick places that aren’t well-known. 

Here are some of the best places in India to visit if you’re on a limited budget:

  1. KASOL

Kasol, a well known offbeat destination with excellent scenic natural beauty, crystal clear mountain streams and evergreen forests, lies on the banks of the Parvati River, which incidentally, is also the largest tributary of the Beas River. For anyone who loves to trek, when on one of the packages from a range of Himachal tour packages, Kasol acts as the base for nearby treks to Malana and Kheerganga. Kasol music festival is one of the highlights of this place happening every New Years eve in Kasol.

Although good weather prevails round the year, summer season is the ideal time to visit here, but to enjoy the snow you will need to visit here from late December to February

  1. ALLEPPEY

With lush green paddy fields, tranquil backwaters, peaceful lagoons, and lazy beaches, the ‘Venice of the East’ is a must-visit for budget travel enthusiasts, undertaking a visit to this pistine destination on one of the Kerala tour packages. Just laze around in the ever – present, hose boats while trying relishing the sea food cooked in coconut oil.

Try visiting during the monsoon season, when you the internationally popular and spectacular Snake Boat races are held. The overall cost of a visit to this place is rather pocket friendly.

 

  1. PONDICHERRY

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This former French colony is a perfect amalgamation of the traditional Indian sensibilities and French architecture, where one can lazily explore the boulevards and rues (the French word for streets) of Pondicherry that will ultimately take you down to the gorgeous seaside promenade, where the Bay of Bengal playfully splashes the shores of the famous Rock beach.

If you are undertaking a trip, on a tight budget to, on one of the Indian tour packages, then the roads, the prayer halls, and the quaint little villages of Pondicherry can also be the best and the most comfortable tourist destinations for you. You can get a room and free food in Mother’s Ashram in Pondicherry and you can even go all around the city in a cycle or you can even rent a two-wheeler if necessary. Somehow, if you feel like enjoying a little bit more outside, you can try out the alcohols which are surprisingly cheap making it a dreamy escape that offers the best of both the worlds.


Pondicherry is best visited during the months of October to March

4. NUBRA VALLEY

If you want to watch the true splendour of Leh Ladakh and enjoy your Leh Ladakh tour packages, then Nubra Valley is where you must head to. This fertile valley, nourished by the waters of the Nubra and Shyok Rivers, has pretty apple orchards, scenic landscapes, and colourful Buddhist monasteries. The vast sand dune of the cold desert lends a surreal touch to the landscape.

 

5. Amritsar – Gateway to Punjab

          

Amritsar is one of the most affordable places in India, which one can include in the itinerary of one’s Indian tour packages. Home to the world famous Golden Temple or the Shri Harimandir Sahib, which if you believe us, is even more beautiful and peaceful in real life, can be chosen for your budget visit, as you could avail, of the round  the clock, Langar seva while staying  at one of the sarai’s here. For a tranquil trip, you should visit Amritsar. 

 

  1. Goa:

There are many hotels and tourist spots in Goa that offer you food and lodging even within a shoestring budget. You can spend your time on the shacks, chill out with your friends, or even go for some quaint homestays, when visiting Goa on  Goa tour packages., which offer you scenic beauty and sumptuous lunch. To spend your time well, you can hire a motorbike and start exploring the local markets, forts, churches, and pubs and the quintessential beauty of Goa, the beaches.

7. Sikkim – The Organic State

                                    

Sikkim is one of the loveliest and cheapest holiday destinations in India. A great escape for those planning their Northeast tour packages, Sikkim serves as the best place for families, friends, and couples alike. 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.

8.Living Roots Bridge, Meghalaya

                                                                                         

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This is another beauty that one needs to visit when visiting Meghalaya on the Northeast tour package. The Living Root Bridges are made from rubber tree roots also known as Ficus elastica tree. It is seen that some such brides are over 100 feet long and take 10 to 15 years to attain the perfect shape, once fully grown, these last for as long as 500 years. In due course of time while some of these roots decay because of their continuous contact with water, others grow and make up for these decayed roots, thus providing the required stability to the bridge.

The Living Root Bridges in Meghalaya namely the double-decker root bridge in Cherrapunji and the single-decker root bridge in Shillong are unique bridges in the world and make for prime attraction in the Northeast. Also these Living Root Bridges in Meghalaya are recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Sites.

9. Rishikesh – The Yoga Capital

If you are looking for a real budgeted trip then no other place can be more comparable than Rishikesh. 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 Uttarakhand tour packages. 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!

10. Jakar – Bhutan

Jakar is one of the lesser-known gems of Bhutan tourism. Recognised as the place where Buddhism in Bhutan originated, it is a must-visit if you are looking for a unique experience in the country, when traveling on Bhutan tour packages. Different than most tourist attractions that are part of Bhutan tourism, Jakar is situated in Choekhor, which is the largest valley in Bumthang district. Fondly known as ‘Little Switzerland’, the valley is situated at the foothills of Choekhor valley. 

 

The above is a carefully drawn up list of some of the places that one can plan a visit to when on a low budget, while at the  same time getting the best of the experiences.

 Author Bio-

Vinod- IT Head at Indian Travel Store

He is a bibliophile from his early age who loves to read novels rather than studying newspapers or School Books. I always lived by fantasizing and dreaming about mysteries and myths. Which made him a little bit different and eager to express his thoughts. Instead of being talkative in nature, he found it difficult to convey his thoughts completely. That’s why he chose to write in his free time and dreamed to be a Novelist one day.

 

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