With destinations that fit your budget just right
Travelling comes at a price but there are several places in India which make for impeccable budget-friendly holiday spots. Explore the multifarious adventurous activities these destinations have to offer, soak in the distinct culture, savour their local specialities or just revel in the incredible beauty of nature. We are suggesting four places to keep in mind while booking your next trip that will surely live up to your expectations
McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh
A vibrant hill station offering picturesque views, Mcleod Ganj is amongst those few destinations that can be done on a tight budget. Being a serene and tranquil place, Mcleod Ganj has earned its name for calming the mind. The hill station is also home to ancient Tibetan culture and the modern cafe culture with affordable prices. It is known as “Little Lhasa” because of the sizeable Tibetan population. You don’t have to splurge to find accommodation or food in this splendid hill station of Himachal Pradesh. The town has gained popularity as an ideal weekend getaway amidst both trekkers and leisure travellers. There are several hotels and homestays where you can enjoy nature around without worrying about your expenses. Mcleod Ganj also boasts of an array of museums, temples and galleries.
Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar
Revel in the clear blue water, trek alongside green and brown thickets and soak in the cultural history of India, as you explore the gem called Port Blair. It has stunning landscape but people often do not plan a trip to this nature’s paradise thinking it will cost a bomb! That’s so not true at all. Flight tickets for Port Blair are available at affordable rates from various Indian cities. Some of the attractions in and around Port Blair include Cellular Jail National Memorial, Wandoor beach & Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, Japanese Bunkers, Corbyn’s Cove, ChidiyaTapu, Samudrika Marine Museum, North Bay Island and Mount Harriet. Wandoor beach is among the best beaches of Andaman beach and one of the best activities here is riding the glass bottom boat that shows the entire marine wildlife right under your seat. ChidiyaTapu is a compact beach popular for birdwatching and sunset viewing, with a nearby mini-zoo.
Landlocked with immense natural beauty, Sikkim with its stunning sights is among the cheapest holiday destinations in India. Nothing beats its pleasing climate, scenic view of the Himalayas, picturesque treks, strong Tibetan and Buddhist culture along with delectable local food. And all this sort you out with a bargain. You can also experience the bliss of snowfall in Sikkim. Gangtok’s snow-laden highlands, serene lakes, and appealing valleys allures tourists from all around. Sitting in the lap of Eastern Himalayas, this hill station has host of attractions that comes well in your budget such as Flower Exhibition Centre, Saramsa Garden, Himalayan Zoological Park, Banjhakri Falls, PhurchachuReshi Hot Spring, Yumthang Valley, Rumtek Monastery, Nathula Pass, Tsomgo Lake, Namchi, Khangchendzonga and Tsuk La Khang Monastery.
Darjeeling, West Bengal
When we think of Darjeeling its large tea estates and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway are the two images that pop in mind. Located in the northernmost part of West Bengal, Darjeeling is an alluring town in the Himalayan foothills. Riding the Toy Train of Darjeeling Himalayan Railways (DHR) has retained its place as a popular experience among the tourists. If you are taking a toy train ride from Darjeeling, you will pass by the magnificent Batasia Loop. This Toy Train has been accorded the UNESCO World Heritage status. Once a summer resort for the British Raj elite, this hill station offers a refreshing break and is high on fun and low on budget. Besides Buddhist Monastery and Himalayan Zoo, Darjeeling is also famed for trekking, mountain climbing and mountain biking. While you are here, sip the Darjeeling tea while enjoying the gentle breeze, rise early and gaze at the sunrise at Tiger hills and get awestruck by the Mt. Kanchenjunga.