2020 was all about restrictions, caution, precautions and curbs on enjoyment. 2021 is the year of hope and new beginnings. One can finally go outside, travel to different places and eat outside. India is a country for everyone irrespective of their caste, creed, colour, religion and financial status. The past year hasn’t been great in terms of economy and finance and it has left people with shorter revenues. With all these restrictions, travelling could prove to be difficult as it is an expensive thing to do. But India is different from the rest of the world.
You can travel without leaving a hole in your pocket. It is a diverse country with a lot of budget-friendly places to travel to. Cheap accommodation and food and convenient travelling options make India a paradise for travellers. Welcoming local communities, untouched natural beauty, scenic landscapes and delicious food, there’s everything that makes India a perfect travel destination. Travelling becomes cheaper in India when you are travelling with friends or in groups. You can comfortably enjoy a week’s stay without spending too much money. Most of the tourist places in India are well connected and easy to reach. If you are searching for budget-friendly places to visit in India, you have landed on the right page.
Here are the 8 best budget-friendly places to visit in India:
Rishikesh is the Yoga capital of India. Located along the Holy Ganga river in Uttarakhand, Rishikesh is one of the most tourist-friendly places in the country. The town is located in the foothills of the Himalayas. Both Indian and Foreign tourists visit the town in large numbers. Quirky cafes, peaceful ashrams, world-famous Ganga Aarti, adventure sports experiences and cheap accommodation options, Rishikesh is a perfect place to enjoy with your gang without spending a lot. Activities like river rafting and bungee jumping are very popular in Rishikesh.
McleodGanj is a popular hippie town near Dharamshala. It is a popular camping and trekking destination that welcomes thousands of tourists every month. The presence of the Tibetan community in the hippie town gives it the title of “Little Lhasa”. Lush greenery, towering mountains, the majestic Bhagsu waterfall and the breathtaking Triund Trek make McleodGanj heaven for adventure lovers. Dharamshala, Bhagsu Nag, Kangra and McleodGanj are four beautiful towns located very close to each other. Camping in Triund is one of the most amazing experiences.
Goa might sound like an expensive tourist destination when looked at through the lens of celebrities and influences but in reality, it is perfectly accessible to budget travellers. Trains from all across the country connect Goa to every other state and city. Cheap accommodation is available throughout the party capital of India in the form of hostels and lodges. Food is really cheap and you can rent bikes while travelling in groups. There’s no entry fee at beaches and you can spend a week in Goa on a limited budget.
Pondicherry is known by several names such as Puducherry or the Paris of the East. The union territory was once a French colony and the French touch is still visible in the ancient French architecture that gives the city a colourful look. It is one of the best places in India to enjoy quality South Indian food and learn adventure activities like Scuba Diving. The union territory is well connected and public transportation is also very convenient. You can also rent bikes or bicycles to travel within the union territory.
The North-Eastern part of India is really beautiful. Most of the region is full of lush green planes, valleys and mountains. Darjeeling is one of the most beautiful cities in West Bengal state. The place is famous for its Toy Train that has been attracting the tourists since 1881. The gigantic Mt. Kanchenjunga at the backdrop of the valleys of Darjeeling makes it one of the most scenic places in the country. The place is well connected to the rest of the country and you can easily find cheap accommodation and eating options.
If you have a thing for the royal history of India and you want to learn about the epic battle of Haldighati on a budget, Udaipur is the best place to head to. It is one of the most beautiful cities in Rajasthan. The beautiful Aravalli Ranges make Udaipur one of the most scenic places in Udaipur. The breathtaking view of Lake Pichola and the majestic palaces of the Maharana Kingdom make Udaipur a goto place for history buffs. The City of Lakes is famous for its Rajput style forts and beautiful green hills.
Nagaland is one of the most unique states in India. The unique Naga culture and untouched natural beauty of the state make it one of its kind. It is a budget-friendly destination and one of the best places to enjoy with your gang. Traditional Naga homes and the famous HornBill festival are the highlights of the state. A Day tour of Kohima trekking in the famous Dzukou valley will make your day for sure.
Varanasi is known as the oldest city in the world. The city holds great significance for the Hindu community and the famous Kashi Vishwanath Temple and holy Ganga ghats are the highlight of this place. The city has a vibe like no other. You can see culture and tradition flowing along with the streams of Ganga. The streets of Varanasi and the local food there are worth exploring. It is also a very budget-friendly destination.