Top 10 Budget Destinations

Need a break? Want to go on a trip? But do not have enough money? Being in a country like India which is the home to some of the most beautiful cities, it is not that difficult to plan a trip with not enough cash in your pocket and have your heart fulfilled of the traveling desires. Here are a few places in and around the states which do not need a heavy pocket, but will fill your trip with blissful experiences.

1. Darjeeling

At a height of about 2000 meters above the sea level, Darjeeling is an amazing hill station in the state of West Bengal. For all the tea lovers there, Darjeeling is internationally famous for the varieties and hybrids of different types of tea created using different techniques. The hill station is regarded as the “Queen of Hills” for its enticing natural beauty. The best part about a trip to Darjeeling is that it is economic and can be easily afforded. Trains or buses are easily available to Darjeeling. A stay of 2 nights is enough to cover all the places, the food and stay do not cost as much either.


2. McLeod Ganj

McLeod Ganj is also called Little Lhasa since it is home to a large number of Tibetan refugees. McLeod Ganj is a small town in Dhauladhar mountain range famous for its natural beauty and Buddhist culture. There are old temples, waterfalls, monasteries, forested areas, small villages and many other places of interest which attract numerous visitors from all over the world. Ideally, a 2 night and 3 days trip is recommended when visiting McLeod Ganj, the stays in the hotels are cheap and you can also find some religious places to accommodate yourself if comfortable. There are numerous Chinese and Tibetan cafes which serve meals at a very nominal price.


3. Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari is known for its mythological stories and religious importance. This Southern most city is considered to be the southern end of India located in Tamil Nadu. Nevertheless, Kanyakumari is also known for the beautiful ocean view. This point is considered to be where the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal meet the Indian Ocean. The combining of two seas in the Indian Ocean shows three different colored water bodies one after the other which is one of the memorable and amusing scenery throughout India. For visit to Kanyakumari, you do not really need a big pocket filled. Trains start with the price of Rs. 180 and go on, the stays also are not that costly compared to general hotel fares, so even if you are broken, managing a trip to a beautiful place like Kanyakumari will not be that tough.


4. Hampi

Hampi-Badami an essential destination in North Karnataka known for the historical remnants and the dynasties that ruled here. The majestic rock caves which date back to 540 DC is what draws tourists from around the country and abroad. The inscribed walls and pillars of the temple do not just display the artistic skills of the old dynasties, but they also depict the secular living standards of the dynasty. The city is a UNESCO heritage site. The approximate expenditure is Rs. 1000 – 2000 for 2 days.


5. Pondicherry

Colonized after the entry of Dutch, Portuguese and French, Pondicherry developed into a beautiful systematically planned union territory of India. Pondicherry is also the largest union territory of India. The Rocky beach of Pondicherry is a real felicity with the soothing sound of waves hitting the rocky shores, especially when taking an early morning walk or a late night expedition around the beach. The travel cost to Pondicherry by train is easily affordable. The French-Indian hybrid varieties of dishes are also pretty cheap and affordable. There are a lot of cottages and hotels available at a cheap price, hence Pondicherry is one of the budget trips that you can plan on a blind impulse.


6. Lonavala

The bewitching beautiful hill station of Lonavala is situated in the Pune district and is located about 64 km from Pune city. The hill station is known for the beautiful waterfalls and lush foliage around the hills. The beauty of the hill reaches its zenith during the monsoons since the silver water gushes out through the cut rocks in between the dense forests creating admirable scenery in the hills. Lonavala is an economic and wonderful place to visit for all the nature lovers and for all who love hill stations.


7. Munnar

A little more than the average hill stations Munnar is a paradise located in southern India. The lush greenery relinquishing almost every inch of the place is the major beautifying factor of the hill station. There is no beauty which matches the beauty of nature. The beautiful magnificent clouds, still waters of the lake, the foggy sunrise and sunset, the vast tea estates and the backwater landscapes of Munnar are a relaxing therapy and places to be enjoyed to the heart’s content.There are buses and trains available to Munnar which are very nominal fares and the cottages and hotels are also economically affordable, a trip to Munnar can be planned on sudden travel instincts without worrying much about the budget.


8. Nainital

A very popular honeymoon destination and also one of the popular hill stations of Uttarakhand is Nainital. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas and surrounded by the icy mountains, Nainital is a dazzling magnificent beauty. The weather here is always good. The bus fares and the other means of transports are pretty cheap, a lot of Punjabi cuisines based restaurants providing food at a nominal price are also available and even the Hotel stays are available at a very economical price.


9. Ooty

Ooty is one of the most adored hills stations of South India. The smell of the Eucalyptus ramified in the forests of Nilgiris and the large tea estates spread out in the hills are one of the most relaxing sensations of the suburbs. Ooty is one of the production house of chocolates and coffee. The homemade chocolates of Ooty are really popular delicious. The best point about a trip to Ooty is that you do not have to spend a lot of money to enjoy the beauty of nature amidst the beautiful hills, the trip is pretty economic.


10. Meghalaya

“Abode of Clouds” – is what the name of the state in Sanskrit means. Home to the famous Gharo, Khasi and Jaintia hills, Meghalaya experience the heaviest rainfalls of India. Being a small state with the capital city Shillong, Meghalaya is one the budget destinations which can cover a lot of scenic beauty of eastern India at a good price. The thrilling weather here, adding to the divinity of the beautiful nature makes it possible to plan a trip here at any time of the year. The wettest place of India – “Cheerapunji” also belongs to this state.


Contributor: Akshita Srivastava

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