Hey !! Looking for some cool place to travel ? Uh-Oh but it’s the end of the month and don’t have enough savings for a vacation. Then you see others enjoying a vacation and now you think that “maybe if I didn’t spend on booze, I would’ve saved for a vacation.” Every single penny you spent will be flashing in front of eyes.
“Kabhi Kabhi Galat Train Bhi Shahi Jagah Paucha Deti Hai” – Lunchbox
Hey but it is said when a door closes another one opens. So don’t worry I have got a list of a few places that costs less but fun is on an infinite level. Here are some beautiful destinations which won’t cost much but still be an enjoyable experience . In India we have a lot of beautiful places but it takes an artist to see the beauty in everything.
#1. Amritsar : Oye Balle Balle Paji!
While Amritsar is famous for Golden temple , It also has other beautiful places to go to. Harike Wetland and Bird Sanctuary is one of them. This is the ideal place for nature lovers and bird watchers as the sanctuary is home to many migratory birds . History lovers can check out the Jalianwala bagh memorial place. A nicely kept memorial park with hedges in the shape of soldiers firing on innocent people. Bullet holes still showing on a wall and the well where over a hundred people drowned. Though if they can handle the ruthless history , one should visit The partition museum . The Museum is part of the newly inaugurated Heritage Street at Amritsar, which starts at the Golden Temple and ends at the Town Hall. All these places are free to visit though it has entry and exit time. One can live in gurudwara while enjoying mouthwatering langar offered there , for girls it’s free and for boys the charge is minimal. All these things make Amritsar a great and cheap place for a vacation .
#2. Goa : Dil Chahta Hai, Hum Na Rahe Kabhi Yaaron Ke Bin!
“Hum Logon Ko Har Saal Ek Na Ek Baar Goa Jaroor Jana Chahiye” – Dil Chahta Hai
When we hear Goa we start seeing a road trip on bike , laying under sun near a beach with breeze and smell of sea water. It might look expensive on T.V. but in reality you can go for cheap hotels or home stays . In addition food and drink are cheap as well but if you go to an expensive place it can cost you big bucks. Nice Goanese thali will cost you not more than 100 bucks. Now hiring a bike is also quiet affordable at 150 bucks a day. While this place is cheap in normal days , don’t forget that during Christmas and new year price of food & hotels go up . So plan your vacation accordingly.
#3. Auli : Mini Switzerland where Yash Chopra failed to explore!
“Mian Udna Chahta Hoon Daudna Chahta Hoon Girna Bhi Chahta Hoon, Bas Rukna Nai Chahta” – Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani.
Auli is one of the most beautiful destinations in the world and it can put the already overrated Switzerland to shame. If you don’t believe then see the picture , plus it has a wide variety of adventure sports that can be enjoyed at a affordable rate . It has everything a romantic place ever need. One can dance in a shiffon saree near the edge of an ice covered mountain with a soft background music like a bollywood movie . Adding to it hotels are very budget friendly and have some helpful locales. It is considered among the best skiing destination of India .
#4. Darjeeling : Queen of the Hills!
“Zindagi Badi Honi Chahiye, Lambi Nahi” – Anand
Darjeeling comprises of six T’s -Tea, Teak, Tourism, Toy Train, Tiger Hill and Trekkers’ paradise. These are must see things while staying there. Taking a toy train to trekking on tiger hill everything is very budget friendly. You can take a cheap hotel and have delicious momos to feed your hunger while sipping the most popular Darjeeling tea. Locales are friendly and ready to help which makes it an peaceful place to have a vacation on . Sight seeing won’t make a hole in your pocket , the car rent is low as it is on share basis. Darjeeling is famous for it’s natural beauty and we all know natural beauty doesn’t cost a penny .
#5. Mcleod Ganj : “Little Lhasa” or “Dhasa” Come, soak in some spirituality!
“Risk Toh Spiderman Ko Bhi Lena Padta Hai, Main Toh Phir Bhi Salesman Hoon” – Rocket Singh – Salesman Of The Year
Mcleod Ganj also known as “Little Lhasa” Is a perfect place to relax . It is also among the cheapest places in India , popularly known for “Tsuglagkhang or Dalai Lama’s Temple” . People come here to study Buddhist culture and crafts. Hanuman-Ka-Tibba is an ideal trekking route for all those who love challenges , It is the highest point in the Dhauladhar ranges and is famous for scenic views. Also The ten day festival of theatres, music and dance held annually during the month of May is vibrant and enticing . You can find cheap hotels to stay while getting a nice view with a serene feeling you never had before . Best place to spend a time away from busy city life and my personal favorite .
#6. Gokarna : Goa is so mainstream!
“Jitni Bhi Try Karo, Khuch Na Khuch To Chutega Hi, Isliye Iss Pal Ka Maza Lete Hai” – Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani
Similar to Goa but with low price and high offering . Also called sister of Goa , It has beaches , wellness centres and some breathtaking views . Gokarna is town of contrasts as it is a temple town and also a holiday destination. Gokarana is a famous pilgrimage centre as well as a tourist attraction for those who want to explore the cultural heritage and beauty of India. Gokarna finds its reference in a number of Hindu historical literatures. It also has yoga centres which you can visit at an affordable price .
#7. Hampi : Karnataka’s very own marvel!
“Main Ye Nahi Maanta Ki, Humara Desh Duniya Ka Sabse Mahan Desh Hai… Lekin Ye Zaroor Manta Hoon, Ki Hummain Kabiliyat Hai, Taakat Hai, Iss Desh Ko Mahan Banane Ki” – Swadesh
Hampi, the city of ruins and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the major historical places of South India Cheapest cottages and some delicious south Indian cuisines at a low price, it has everything to make your trip a delicious and pocket friendly affair. It is 353 km from Bangalore and 74 km from Bellary. You can roam in and around Hampi without the burden of transportation costs by renting a motorcycle at a very low cost .
#8. Kasol : Known for its Israeli inhabitants!
“Mujhe Pahadon Main Jana Hai Phirse Himalaya Dekhna Hai, Bike Ride, Sunrise, Bonfire Jalana Hai” – Rockstar
Nestled in these sylvan hills is the charming village of Kasol. Resplendent in natural beauty, Kasol is fast emerging as a hub for backpackers, trekkers and nature lovers. It is yet to be ruined by commercialization. it is also one of those places you want to strike off your bucket list before you have children as it is home to a deep rooted local culture of pot and hippie hues. Cheap hotels and cottages are plenty in this place. Locales are hospitable and might treat you with a meal, only if you are dignified enough !
#9. Mumbai : Dua Main Yaad Rakhna!
“Bade Bade Deshon Main Aisi Choti Choti Batein Hoti Rehtein Hai” – Dil Wale Dulhaniyan Le Jayenge
A city which never sleeps ! You might think I am fooling you with saying Mumbai is cheap but it is . The city has cheap hotels and lodges as per your convenience. Also you can have a meal of 80 bucks , if not a meal then the world famous Vada Pav can come to your rescue . This city offers a wide variety of street food , if your budget is tight . The imposing Haji Ali is both a mosque and tomb is also a must visit place if you are a spiritual person . Elephanta caves , Although they’re nowhere near as impressive as Maharashtra’s famous Ajanta and Ellora caves, the ancient rock-cut caves on Elephanta Island are worth visiting if you’re spending a few days in Mumbai. At the end of a tiring day of sightseeing, relax with the locals on the beaches of Juhu and Marine Drive, and watch the sunset.
#10. Pondicherry : A Former French Colony
“Insaan Ko Dibbe Main Sirf Tab Hona Chahiye Jab Wo Mar Chuka Ho” – Zindagi Na MIlegi Dobara
Sea-side Pondicherry, with its pervasive French heritage, is a place that’s best leisurely experienced. Stroll through the streets of the French Quarter and along the Promenade, sit in the cafes, browse through the boutiques, and soak up the ambiance. The best way to get acquainted with Pondicherry is to get up early and take a bicycle tour. Have an exquisite taste of French cuisine while basking in the glory of French colonies. After roaming around in bicycle and having delicious food sit by and pray in the famous church “the church of our lady angels.”
Now that you have a list of places added to your bucket list , make your plans . Have a vacation even if you have a tight budget. As said by Lea Mishell “Life’s short. Eat dessert first, work less and vacation MORE!!”
An advice for booking best hotels in a cheap price is, book as early as you can and make online bookings . Every penny saved is counted. Have a happy vacation !