17 budget holiday destinations in India that you should not miss

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India is a country that every traveler can visit, at all ages, at all budgets. Some parts of India are high on luxury, some easy on your pocket, some great for sights, other for leisure, whatever you wish for, there are always handful options for traveling in India. There are some places in India which you should definitely travel even though you have a budget to take care of.

We have compiled a list of 17 such cheapest places in India which are affordable but high on experience!

Goa

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A holiday destination for all, Goa is without a doubt, perfect. If you are on a budget vacation then Goa is one of the best places you could go to. Want to know why? Budget accommodation, cheap food & drinks. Hire a two-wheeler for few days and you can explore everything yourself. In a limited budget you can have a great vacation in Goa. The popular beaches, historic sights and wildlife sanctuaries are open to visitors for free.

Alleppey

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Blessed countryside, lagoons, waterways and scenic villages, Alleppey, the ‘Venice of the East’, is next on our list of budget holiday destinations in India that you should not miss. Lose yourself in the midst of God’s Own Country for an absolutely nominal price. Strike up a conversation with some of the local fishermen and they'll even lend you their own kayaks so you can go exploring on your own.

Pondicherry

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A popular choice for a French vacation in budget, Pondicherry is a great place for backpackers. Why shell out thousands when you can get a French experience through some cheap trips in India? With a trip to Pondicherry , you can get the French flair right here in India. Walk the cobblestoned streets during the day and put up your feet at the innumerable cafes on the beach in the evenings. And yes, don’t forget to try out the French food around here. Find detailed information on Poindicherry travel guide to plan your vacation with Tourism-of-india.com

Rishikesh

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A city of little material needs, Rishikesh, nestled on the banks of River Ganges at foothills of Himalayas is another place you must visit on a tight budget. The thrilling white-water-rafting, the splendid beach camps, and the exhilarating treks beckon the adventurer in you. A trip to Rishikesh tops the charts among the adventurous budget holiday destinations in India. Mind you, it’s a completely vegetarian and alcohol-free destination, but totally worth it!

Varanasi

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A cultural hotspot, Banaras, or Varanasi, is situated on the banks of River Ganges. The ghats (set of steps leading to a river) in Varanasi are one of the best places to experience the cultural flavor of India. So get on that boat ride and take in the most incredible sights from laundry to religious rituals. Don’t miss out on the Banarasi thandai (Indian cold drink) and Banarasi paan (stuffed betel leaf)!

McLeod Ganj

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A colorful hill station in Himachal Pradesh, McLeod Ganj is lined with numerous monasteries and temples, and the views of the hills and valleys are nothing short of magical. For those who love treks, be sure to try the one to Triund and camp out if you so wish. So, if you are looking for some adventurous cheap trips in India, you sure can count on McLeodganj.

Amritsar

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Take a holy dip and soak yourself in spirituality at the Harmandir Sahib Gurudwara. The gurudwara offers free accommodation for girls and charges some minimal amount from boys. Don't forget the lip smacking free langar (a communal free kitchen)! Rich in both spirituality and culture, Amritsar has it all to make it your ultimate budget getaway.

Hampi

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The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hampi is eminent for its architectural marvels found in its ruins. A trip here promises to be quite cheap and thrilling. Cheap cottages and low cost South Indian cuisine ensure that you remain within your budgetary range. What’s more, save yourself from high transportation costs by renting a motorcycle while discovering the glories of the Vijaynagar Empire!

Darjeeling

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Darjeeling, the “Queen of the Hills,” steals your heart with its marvelous landscape, the legendary Darjeeling Tea and the Toy Train. A trip here promises to be both eventful and inexpensive. Cheap accommodations ranging from cheap cottages to decent hotels are readily available. Absorb the essence of Darjeeling by sipping tea, tasting the lovely “momos” and watching the amazing sunrise from Tiger Hill.

Kanyakumari

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It is such a pleasure to be able to visit India’s southernmost tip – Kanyakumari. The cheap accommodations here, combined with the extremely affordable transport options, make this place a top holiday destination. The confluence of the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean, is an incredible sight to behold. The other tourist fascination here is the Vivekananda Rock Memorial.

Munnar

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Travel via Cochin, apart from the spectacular scenic drive, you could even enjoy a visit to the Elephant training Centre on the way. The tea gardens of Munnar are its hallmark, but one can even try the Eravikulam National Park or even some early morning treks to Rajmala hills.

Udaipur

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Udaipur is known by many names – City of Lakes or White City. Undoubtedly, it’s one of the most exotic cities in India. The magic of Lake Pichola and the grandeur of the palaces are simple breathtaking. Contrary to its claims of being an expensive city, it offers cheap transportation and accommodation facilities. Visit the vintage car museum or taste the traditional cuisine, this city will leave you enthralled.

Ooty

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A visit to Ooty, the green paradise, is as much captivating as it is affordable. Tea gardens decorating the rolling slopes, charming botanical gardens, historical buildings – this is the perfect getaway! Of course, who can go to Ooty and not taste the lovely chocolate that is available at throwaway prices.

Agra

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Agra is one of the best destinations to visit on a tight budget. From the gorgeous Taj Mahal to the colossal Agra Fort, every monument introduces you to fascinating aspects of our history. The bustling “chowks” (marketplaces), offer every kind of items at a cheap rate. Taste the famous “petha” (soft candy) or enjoy the authentic food at the Shankar Ji Restaurant.

Manali

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Manali, enveloped by high peaks in the beautiful green Beas Valley, is a highly sought after adventure destination, as much for its enchanting beauty as for its affordability. It attracts all kinds of travelers and visitors, from adventure seeking enthusiasts to honeymoon goers who are mesmerized by its beauty. The cheap hotels available here ensure that your stay is comfortable without making a dent in your wallet.

Gokarna

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Short of cash to the point of being broke? Head to Gokarna! With its lovely beaches, excellent wellness centers and breathtaking views, it’s a visitor’s delight. This place is scattered with several beaches, and an exciting way of exploring them would be to hire a boat with the local fishermen. Visitors can also unwind and relax at one of the many Yoga centers, which offer their services at a very affordable rate.

Sikkim

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Sikkim stuns visitors with its contrasting contours. The beauty of its rugged landscape is matched by the relaxed and calm aura pervading the entire state. Trekking trails, pristine lakes, fascinating Tibetan Buddhist culture, ancient monasteries and breathtaking views of Mt. Khangchendzonga, what more could one ask for? Cheap budget hotels and eateries are available at regular intervals.

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