India has long been a popular tourist hotspot with people from all over the globe visiting throughout any time of the year. The allure of our country is partly in the “Spiritual Experience”, and the fact that it is reasonably economical to visit India.
If you’re looking to travel but have a limited budget, don’t be disheartened. Here’s a shout out to all the travel junkies out there. Take a look at 30 best tourist places in India that won’t burn your pockets.
1) Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu
Located in Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal is renowned for its extensive forest area and is referred to as the “Princess of Hill Stations”. Treat yourself to breathtaking lush green fauna and flora and sweet cold air that only a hill station can provide. You’ll never go hungry here with lip-smacking fried chicken available for just Rs. 20. Easy to access, this hill station is a hub of tourists due to its brilliant weather, views and cheap accommodation.
2) Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
With stunning rivers and forest areas, Kasol is the perfect option for you if you’re in dire need of a break. Situated in Parvati Valley, Kasol has long held a unique charm for backpackers, trekkers and nature lovers due to its natural scenic beauty. Not only is it easy to access by local buses, Kasol also offers a variety of cheap accommodation and food options for the budget conscious traveller.
With a plethora of beaches to choose from and mouth-watering delicacies around every corner, Goa is a popular tourist spot known to all. From exquisite Portuguese architecture and diverse local markets to must visit eating joints and clubs, Goa has something for everyone. A veritable paradise for the traveller on a budget, Goa offers cheap accommodations on its beach side shacks and inexpensive yet delectable food.
With the options of almost free stays for the devout at the Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry offers you a serene and relaxing vacation spot away from all the noise. Indulge yourself in a French experience without leaving the country by visiting the French settlement area in Pondicherry. For those who have a taste for fine spirits, Pondicherry is a must visit with its ridiculously cheap alcohol prices. Come what may, you’re sure to have a party!
5) Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh
Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, Itanagar offers you lush green forests and gushing rivers — perfect for outdoor therapy. With a variety of homestays and food options at reasonable prices, it has become the perfect vacation spot for all those who don’t mind the difficult drive up. Let yourself be enchanted by the scenic beauty and enjoy a budget-friendly vacation in Itanagar!
6) Alleppey, Kerala
Lose yourself in the rain forests of Alleppey as you travel in a house boat; all at a minimal price. Alleppey offers you verdant forests, breath-taking waterways and a tranquil environment for you to get away from the humdrum of city life. Try the delicious coconut seasoned seafood or pamper yourself with a relaxing Ayurvedic massage.
7) Jaipur, Rajasthan
Known as The Pink City, Jaipur offers an economical getaway option for those on a shoestring budget. With opulent forts and colourful locales, Jaipur provides you with a variety of options for sightseeing. Lose yourself in the intricate architectural marvels of the city once ruled by the royal family of Rajasthan.
8) Pushkar, Rajasthan
Whether you are in need of cheap lodging or food, Pushkar is your go-to place with a bargain available around every corner. Famous for its range of sights, Pushkar offers you an array of architectural marvels to visit including the 14th century Jagatpita Brahmam Mandi, dedicated to the God of creations. Enjoy a camel ride and indulge in a variety of activities, all on a budget!
9) Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Get a unique travel experience by visiting Banaras or Varanasi. Located on the banks of the river Ganga, Varanasi is the epitome of India’s culture – something you’re sure to remember. Sit on the banks of the river and enjoy watching cultural rituals or pamper your palette with Banarasi paan. Varanasi is a place where you’re sure to build some memories without denting your wallet.
10) McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh
With cheap train tickets, affordable treks and food, McLeod Ganj is the perfect spot to visit for the budget conscious travel junkie looking for the hill station experience. Home to the Dalai Lama, McLeod Ganj or Dharamshala offers you breath-taking views and heavenly food, all within your budget.
11) Gokarna, Karnataka
If you’re in need of some peace, tranquillity and time off, Gokarna is the place to go. It has comfortable beach shack accommodations available at reasonable prices, offering you the perfect beach experience minus the crowd. If you’re an adventure freak, there are a variety of water activities you can indulge in as well!
12) Hampi, Karnataka
If you like historical architecture, Hampi will be right up your alley! As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hampi has myriad ruins of palaces, temples and royal buildings. With a variety of accommodation options available, tourists can easily find many budget-friendly cottages or hotels to stay in.
13) Spiti valle, Himachal Pradesh
Also known as Little Tibet, Spiti valley is a remote vacation spot with breathtaking views and natural beauty. With enchanting landscapes, picturesque mountain ranges and glaciers, Spiti valley is the perfect spot for nature lovers. Spiti offers a variety of budget-friendly homestay options in the villages along with home cooked food!
14) Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
Also known as the Golden City of India, Jaisalmer showcases magnificent Havelis and stunning palaces and temples, all in the midst of the Thar Desert. Go for a camel safari through the sand dunes or visit the lake. Cheap accommodation and food prices make this place is a must visit for all those in dire need of a unique vacation experience.
15) Lonavala, Maharashtra
With a number of ashrams and dharamshalas to stay in, Lonavala is the perfect destination for backpackers travelling on a budget. Easily accessible from Mumbai by train, Lonavala has exciting treks and hikes as well as stunning waterfalls and forts. Tantalise your taste buds with some scrumptious chocolate fudge and chikki made by the locals.
16) Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu
At the tip of the Indian mainland, Kanyakumari sits where the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean meet. With the must-see sunrise and sunset views present, Kanyakumari is a popular tourist destination that is easily accessible by bus or train from Trivandrum. With reasonable priced accommodation and food, this place is ideal for your perfect mini vacation!
17) Nainita, Uttarakhand
With buses easily available from the country’s capital, Nainital is easy to access place with a variety of pocket-friendly accommodation options. Surrounded by beautiful hills and forests, there are a variety of activities for tourists including cable cars and boating, all very reasonable priced.
18) Munnar, Kerala
Located in the Western Ghat mountains, Munnar has picturesque rolling hills with dotted tea plantations visible. Access it through a spectacular drive from Ernakulam or Cochin and stay at reasonably priced cottages amidst awe-inspiring scenic beauty. Renowned for its tea plantations, Munnar also boasts of the Eravikulam National Park where you can enjoy a relaxing early morning trek.
19) Ooty, Tamil Nadu
Perfect for the budget conscious traveller, Ooty boasts of sprawling tea plantations dotted across the hills. With a variety of homestays or reasonably priced hotel options available, securing accommodation within your budget is a hassle free task. Pamper yourself with some mouth-watering homemade chocolates, flavoured tea or honey. Ooty is the perfect weekend getaway when you’re in need of a break.
20) Rishikes, Uttarakhand
If you have an insatiable sense of adventure, there’s no better place to visit than Rishikesh. Dubbed as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’, it is a popular destination for water rafting and for backpackers. The city offers you excellent staying options at pocket-pleasing prices so you can have your perfect vacation within your budget.
21) Mysore, Karnataka
A short drive from Bangalore, Mysore, once known as the capital of the Kingdom of Mysore, showcases the opulent Mysore Palace and Kanji Lake, Lalitha Mahal, railway museum and more. Stay at one of the inexpensive hotels or lodges present while you travel back in time while viewing the architecture and temples.
For nature lovers, Sikkim is the ideal destination. The valleys, clean rivers and the alluring landscapes will definitely leave you awestruck. If you are planning a trip to Sikkim, there’s no better way to experience the local culture and hospitality than to stay with the locals. You can explore the place without breaking the bank.
23) Gangtok, Sikkim
Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, is one of the most popular hill stations in India. Rich in natural beauty, Gangtok attracts a lot of adventure-seekers and outdoor enthusiasts. Plan your trip, meet tourists from far across the globe and enjoy the mesmerising panoramic view of the third highest peak in the world — Mount Kanchenjunga, all at budget-friendly prices!
24) Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
Ladakh’s rugged landscapes and mesmerising lakes offer a unique and unforgettable experience to its visitors. If you are planning the perfect getaway to rejuvenate your heart and soul, Ladakh is the place to be. Breathe in fresh air and enjoy the picturesque lakes and serene monasteries. With a number of cheap lodges and affordable local foods, this place is a must go for backpackers.
25) Ajanta, Maharashtra
Get your adventure mode on and get a guided tour of the renowned Ajanta and Ellora caves for a meagre 500 rupees. Easy to access with cheap travel rates, this place is a must visit for its vast ancient heritage and beautiful caves. Turn back time as you take a look at the beautiful cave paintings and more!
26) Darjeeling, West Bengal
Darjeeling offers a completely unique budget travelling experience for all those looking for some peace, quiet and fresh air. With quaint little hotels and lodges sprawled all across you’re sure to find something that fits your budget. Treat yourself to some aromatic Darjeeling tea or go on a train ride through the winding hills. Here’s an experience you’ll remember for years to come!
Meghalaya literally means “the abode of the clouds”. This state is the wettest state in India. Meghalaya has its own distinctive ethnic customs and cultural traditions. This place is a must-go if you love nature. You won’t regret planning your next vacation to this hilly and serene north-eastern state.
28) Manali, Himachal Pradesh
Manali is located in the beautiful valley of the Beas River and is surrounded by high mountain peaks. From backpackers to tourists, this is the ideal destination for those looking for a cost-friendly location. There are plenty of adventure activities such as skiing, hiking, river rafting, mountaineering, etc. that you can indulge in at Manali.
29) Udaipur, Rajasthan
Udaipur is known for its romantic, royal and luxurious setting. Even though the White City is known for being one of the exotic destinations in India, there are quite a few places here that won’t burn a hole in your pocket. The heritage of Udaipur reflects in its majestic palaces, sparkling lakes and delicious food.
30) Amritsar, Punjab
Amritsar is home to the culturally and spiritually rich Golden Temple. It is a popular destination among locals as well as foreigners. Staying at the gurudwara is one of the most humbling experiences. If you are a guy then you pay a nominal fee, and if you are a girl, you can stay for free. This hyperactive city is a melange of rich heritage, spirituality and culture.