7 days, 7 cities: How I Spent A Week In Under 10k In India’s Most Expensive State

Tripoto
4th Jan 2019

Rajasthan – When you think of this state, the things that come in your mind are – royalty, luxury, colours and comfort. The state is full of aesthetic views and marvellous objects that can be explored if our pockets are loaded.

Wrong!

I spent a week in Rajasthan, traveling to 7 cities under Rs 10,000. This is how I did it:

I started off on Friday night from Delhi, and boarded Nizamuddin - Thiruvananthapuram Central SF Express at 11.30pm which arrived at Kota at 6.15am the next day.

Money Spent:

Sleeper Class Ticket: Rs. 295

Day 1

I visited Garadia Mahavir Temple, Kota Garh Museum and 7 wonders in Kota. And stayed in a dormitory in Hostel Kota.

Garadia Mahavir | Credits: Sethiamohit

Photo of Kota, Rajasthan, India by Kanj Saurav

Money Spent:

Public Transport to Khadipur – Rs. 50 | Ticket to Garadia Mahadev – Rs 75 | Public Transport on return – Rs. 40 | Ticket to Kotagarh – Rs. 100 | Hostel Bed – Rs 350 | Food for the day – Rs 450

Total: Rs 1065

Day 2

Next day I took a train early in the morning to Chittorgarh where I visited Chittorgarh Fort, Rana Ratan Palace, Rani Padmini Mahal and other historical sites. I spent my night at Natraj Tourist Hotel.

Chittorgarh Fort | Credits: Wikipedia

Photo of Chittorgarh, Rajasthan, India by Kanj Saurav

Money Spent:

Train to Chittorgarh – Rs. 100 | Public Transport – Rs. 70 | Tickets to Monuments – Rs. 80 | Hotel – Rs. 500 | Food for the day – Rs. 400

Total – Rs. 1150

Day 3

I took a train to Udaipur early in the morning, and visited Udaipur palace and the fabulous streets and markets of the lake city. I stayed at Zostel Udaipur.

Udaipur Palace | Credits: Wikimedia

Photo of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Kanj Saurav

Money Spent:

Train to Udaipur – Rs 170 | Palace Ticket – Rs 50 | Public Transport – Rs 200 | Zostel – Rs 400 | Food for the day – Rs 800

Total – Rs 1620

Day 4

Next morning I took a bus to the blue city Jodhpur. I visited Umaid Bhavan Palace and Mehrangarh Fort. I didn't stay in the city at night and took a train to Bikaner.

Mehrangarh Fort

Photo of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Kanj Saurav

Money Spent:

Bus to Jodhpur – Rs 280 | Entry Tickets – Rs 150 | Public Transport – Rs 150 | Food for the day – Rs 600 | Hostel – Rs 200

Total – Rs 1380

Day 5

I arrived at Bikaner early in the morning. I rented a bike and explored around the city visiting Karni Mata Temple and sand dunes. I also visited Rampuria Haveli and Junagarh Fort. I stayed at Saffron Guest House.

Junagarh Fort | Credits: Wikipedia

Photo of Bikaner, Rajasthan, India by Kanj Saurav

Money Spent:

Train to Bikaner – Rs 200 | Entry Fees – Rs 50 | Rented Bike + Petrol – Rs 350 | Food for the day – Rs 500 | Guest House – Rs 250

Total – Rs 1350

Day 6

I took an early morning bus to Ajmer from Bikaner. From there I immediately left for Pushkar. I spent the evening visiting the Pushkar lake and Brahma temple and roaming in the markets. I stayed at Madpackers Hostel.

Pushkar Fair | Credits: Wikipedia

Photo of Pushkar, Rajasthan, India by Kanj Saurav

Money Spent:

Bus to Ajmer – Rs 210 | Public Transport – Rs 40 | Food for the day – Rs 600 | Hostel – Rs 350

Total – Rs 1200

Day 7

The next morning, I took a bus to the final city of my trip – Jaipur. I spent the day visiting the markets of Jaipur as I had already visited the forts and palaces on my earlier trips. I also shopped for my family here as I hadn't bought anything on the entire trip . Later in the night, I took a bus to Delhi from Jaipur .

Tripolia Bazar, Jaipur | Credits: Wikipedia

Photo of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Kanj Saurav

Money Spent:

Bus to Jaipur – Rs 180 | Food for the day – Rs 500 | Shopping – Rs 700 | Public transport – Rs 150 | Bus to Delhi – Rs 220

Total – Rs 1850

Total amount spent on the trip – Rs 9,910

If you too are a shoestring traveller, the availability of convenient and cheap public transport makes Rajasthan the right choice to go for a long budget trip.

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