Planning a pocket-friendly trip is no easy task as it involves a great deal of research and careful consideration of your choices. It all starts with deciding on the right destination, and when it comes to budget trips in India, there are plenty of options. India is all equipped to offer you a lavish holiday experience or an unregretful vacation within your budget, and hence this country is popular with both luxury travelers as well as backpackers. Whether you are a backpacker by choice or you are looking for cheap places to visit in India for a pocket-friendly trip, here are some of the best budget travel destinations for you.
The Adventure Capital of India, Rishikesh is the ideal place for an adventure-filled vacation in India, that too within budget. An adrenaline-rushing rafting experience on the Ganges River and other thrilling activities like bungee jumping, ziplining, rock climbing, mountain biking, and camping are on offer at Rishikesh. This serene town nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas is equally popular as a spiritual center. Yoga ashrams in Rishikesh provide you with an insight into the ancient Hindu practices of yoga and meditation, which are now widely practiced all across the world. Beholding the magnificence of the Ganga Aarti at dusk is something that you cannot miss when you are in Rishikesh.
Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport
Nearest Railway Station: Rishikesh Railway Station
Average Food+Stay expenses per person per day: INR 500 to INR 1500
Formerly called Pondicherry and often referred to as the French Riviera of the East, Puducherry makes for one of the best budget trips in India. From balmy beaches, quirky cafes, and art galleries to pretty promenades and colonial cobbled streets lined with classic mustard-yellow mansions to ancient temples and spiritual centers, Puducherry has them all. This beautiful town welcomes budget travelers to enjoy its diverse experiences that don’t break the bank.
Nearest Airport: Chennai International Airport
Nearest Railway Station: Puducherry Railway Station
Average Food+Stay expenses per person per day: INR 650 to INR 1200
A serene temple town situated on India’s Konkan Coast, Gokarna is a perfect place for all nature and adventure lovers as well as peace and spiritual seekers. Apart from its age-old temples such as Mahabaleshwar Temple and Bhadrakali Temple, Gokarna boasts of a beautiful coastline dotted with a number of spectacular beaches such as Om Beach, Paradise Beach, Kudle Beach, Half-moon Beach, etc. These tranquil palm-fringed beaches and their laid-back vibe similar to that of Goa are becoming popular with travelers from across the world. Lately, Gokarna has emerged as a less-crowded and pocket-friendly alternative to Goa.
Nearest Airport: Dabolim Airport (Check out our deals on flights to Goa)
Nearest Railway Station: Ankola Railway Station
Average Food+Stay expenses per person per day: INR 900 to INR 1500
Built around the beautiful Pushkar Lake in Rajasthan, this namesake city is famous for its ancient temples, 52 ghats, shopping bazaars, street food and most importantly, Pushkar Camel Mela (fair) held in November every year. One of the oldest cities in India, Pushkar is home to the world’s oldest Brahma Temple, which is a popular pilgrimage site for Hindus. If you are wondering where to go in India when you are traveling on a shoestring budget, then this is the place for you. Pushkar is known to offer super-cheap lodging facilities and great food options at extremely affordable rates.
Nearest Airport: Kishangarh Airport (It is well-connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad Airports.)
Nearest Railway Station: Pushkar Terminus Railway Station
Average Food+Stay expenses per person per day: INR 1800 to INR 2500
Travel to Kanyakumari to enjoy an easy-going holiday within budget. Settled on the southernmost tip of the Indian peninsula, at the confluence of the three water bodies (the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean, and the Bay of Bengal), Kanyakumari is sometimes referred to as the Land’s End. The beaches of Kanyakumari are known to offer enchanting views of sunrises and sunsets. At Kanyakumari Beach, you could behold the spectacle of the sunset and moonrise simultaneously on a full moon day. This small coastal town is also replete with ancient temples, historical monuments, lush coconut and paddy fields and other tourist attractions.
Nearest Airport: Trivandrum International Airport
Nearest Railway Station: Kanyakumari Railway Station
Average Food+Stay expenses per person per day: INR 1000 to INR 1500
The ideal duration for the above-listed budget trips in India is 2-3 days, during which you can explore most tourist attractions at a leisurely pace. And once you are through with planning your budget trip, look no further than Indian Eagle for the lowest airfare on flights to India. Book our best deals and save more on your flight tickets!