The current mood of the country is to roam free, go backpacking, go on nature trails, weekend getaways, treks, and have staycations. After the pandemic, there has been a constant need to cover as many places as possible. Traveling cheap, prioritizing the views and the experience over the luxury of stay and travel is slowly becoming the goal. In such a scenario, the cities all over the country are also trying to make the most of this boom in travel. Several places in India allow cheap stay, cheap food, and cheap transportation to all its visitors to promote tourism. We have curated a list of a few pocket-friendly travel options in India to have a memorable vacation.
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Hampi is a backpacker’s paradise. This town in the southern state of Karnataka is an absolute heaven for all history and nature lovers. The capital of the once great Vijaynagara Empire, Hampi has a dark past. Its rich history and culture are still visible in the ruins we see today. Make sure you book a guide who tells you about the different temples and monuments. There are a lot of viewpoints that can be accessed after a short trek. The place is incredibly aesthetic, ensure that you click like a gazillion pictures. Along with all of this, Hampi is super cheap. You can catch a Mumbai to Hospet train or try the road for a 14-hour long trip! The best time to visit is from September to March.
There is a reason Goa is India’s favorite destination. It is scenic, it is cheap and you can go there in any season and it will calm you down. The lifestyle of Goa gets rubbed on you very well and you find yourself leaving all your stress and worries away. There are a large number of beaches spread across the western side of Goa. North Goa has hip, cooler beaches that are always busy whereas southern Goa has scenic, underexplored gems. There are shacks at every beach thus ensuring you have a delicious yet budget-friendly meal! The shopping here is incredibly inexpensive. Due to the large number of tourists visiting Goa, there are a large number of Bed & Breakfast kinds of places that provide inexpensive stays! If you visit Goa by train, get down to Madgaon station and then travel accordingly!
This beauty is rightly known as ‘The Indian Riviera’ due to its stark resemblance to many places in France. However, this resemblance is no coincidence as Pondicherry was ruled by the French till as recently as 1954. This pretty place attracts a lot of solo travelers, and backpackers looking for cheap yet beautiful destinations.
The Yoga capital of the world is also a great tourist spot! There are a large number of adventure sports that can be done here which attracts a lot of youth. This has further ensured cheap stay and food in this paradise. The best way of traveling would be to catch a train to Delhi and go by road from there. The best time to visit Rishikesh is from September to March although ensure you have carried enough winter wear.
This hamlet in India is situated in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh. The town is blessed with scenic natural beauty. It is a trekker’s paradise and the views in every corner are simply heavenly! The best time to visit Kasol is from March to June.
So when are you heading for your next vacation?
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