10 Budget Travel Destinations In India You Can Visit This Summer

Vacation time is nearing, here is a list of10 budget travel destinations in India that you can visit this summer!

10 budget travel destinations in India that you can visit this summer!

When Bunny from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani said, “Main udna chahta hu, daudna chahta hu,girna bhi chahta hu,bas rukna nahi chahta” we all felt that.

Even though I am not a vagabond, this movie made me wish I was one. Every wanderlust youngster wishes to travel and explore new places, and escape to mountains when in stress! Or just live life in a way as portrayed in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and find romance in Spain.

Being a college student and having the desire to explore and travel to as many new places as I can, but not having a stable source of income, makes it difficult to give in to my desires. As the comedian Abhishek Upmanyu in one of his stand-ups said, “Paise he toh saari problem hai!”

We got your back! Here are 10 budget travel destinations

What if you are told that there are plenty of exciting yet low-budget places in India you can visit, with accommodation at low prices and delicious regional cuisine at affordable rates? Sounds too good to be true?

Whenever someone asked me what my hobbies were when I was in school, travelling always made it to my top 3. However, unfortunately, travelling requires money, hence, most of the places prove to be unaffordable for college students.

However, there are many destinations in India which you can explore as a student or if you are low on budget.

Here are 10 budget travel destinations in India.

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Eating Maggi in low temperatures, with a surreal view of mountains, rivers and sunset is an ideal setting and a la la land for every person.

Kasol is a small village situated in Himachal. Situated along the banks of river Parvati, Kasol is a tourist attraction which is rapidly gaining fame as a popular hub for trekkers, backpackers and nature lovers.

Also known as the Amsterdam of India, this picturesque little village in Himachal is magnificent in natural scenic beauty.

The cherry on the top is the presence of hotels offering accommodation at rock-bottom prices.


India’s little France, Pondicherry is located in the state of Tamil Nadu which promises travellers sanctity, serenity and a beautiful break from the daily hustle-bustle.

It is a charming coastal town which offers a blend of French and Indian cultures. It is an absolute paradise for beach lovers, foodies and those who are looking for a peaceful getaway.

There are normal hotels available however in case you are on a budget, you can stay at the Aurobindo ashram offering almost free meals and stay.


Budget travel destination

Kodaikanal also known as the Princess of Hills is a hill station in Tamil Nadu. An absolute paradise, Kodaikanal has a beautiful climate with cliffs covered in mist cloud-capped mountains and beautiful lakes and valleys; imagine waking up to this scenic beauty with a cup of warm ginger tea.

It’s home to many adventurous forests and splendid waterfalls. The icing on the cake is that the place offers cheap food and lodging options, making the above-mentioned fantasy a reality.


Almost every youngster at least once in their lifetime has made a plan and a WhatsApp group to travel to Goa; however, the plan remains unexecuted for mainly two reasons, the major reason in the words of Farhan Qureshi from 3 Idiots is, “abba nahi manege” and secondly budget constraints.

Once you resolve the former problem, the latter issue is not much of a big deal because Goa offers mind-boggling cheap alcohol and easy on pockets rooms, hotels, hostels and Airbnb.

Goa is known for its beautiful beaches and vibrant nightlife and is the perfect place to re-enact

‘Dil chahtaChahta hai’.


The Venice of the East is known for its beaches, backwaters and lagoons. The city of Alleppey is also known for its temples and traditional boat races.

What many people don’t know about the place is reasonable to stay prices and cheap prices of local cuisine.

Alleppey offers a wide range of affordable accommodation options such as budget hotels, and guest houses, which makes it a perfect place for travellers who are on a budget.

Apart from local food being served at reasonable prices, Alleppey also has efficient and pocket-friendly modes of local transportation.

It is a perfect destination if you wish to explore the scenic beauty of backwaters, beaches and houseboats without spending too much from your pocket.


Itanagar, the capital city of Arunachal Pradesh with the snow-capped Himalayas towering on the Northern end and the fertile Brahmaputra valley plains on the Southern end, Itanagar is a natural paradise.

If you are someone who loves to explore the local culture and traditions of a place, Itanagar is the perfect destination for you. It is home to several tribal communities that have their unique traditions, customs and culture.

You can witness their vibrant culture by attending local festivals like Nyokum Yullo, Dree Festival and Losar Festival without spending much.


Pushkar in Rajasthan is popularly known for its cattle fair and is the only place to have a temple of Lord Brahma.

The home of the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in the world, it is one of the ultimate pilgrimages for people to attain divine spiritual bliss.

Its vibrant culture is visible in its local festivals and bazaars where visitors can shop cheaply for handicrafts, jewellery and souvenirs.

With its affordable accommodation options, vibrant culture, delicious local food, and unique camel safaris, Pushakr is a perfect low-budget destination in India.


10 Budget Travel Destinations In India You Can Visit This Summer

With the mouth-watering local food, jaw-dropping and breathtaking view of the sunrise, and mesmerizing local culture and vibrant tea plantations, Darjeeling is home to the old-world charm of the past and is rightly called the Queen of the Hills.

Darjeeling is home to various communities including Tibetan, Nepali and Bengali, allowing visitors to witness the mixture of ethnicities of the place.

Darjeeling is famously known for its tea plantations, which offer a splendid view of the Himalayas and which visitors can explore for free or at a minimal entry fee.

Moreover, the toy train in Darjeeling is the perfect way to explore the beauty of the place.

If you wish to explore the natural beauty, cultural heritage and tea plantations of the Himalayas without spending too much, then Darjeeling is the best place for you.

McLeod Ganj

Land of His Holiness Dalai Lama or also known as Little Lhasa, Mcleodganj is a hill station near Dharamshala popular among trekkers.

Its culture is a beautiful blend of Tibetan with some British influence. It is a popular destination for trekkers and backpackers, with many scenic routes which offer stunning views of the Himalayas.

It is home to many Buddhist monasteries and is an ideal place to explore Tibetan culture at an affordable rate.


Located in Uttarakhand, Rishikesh is a ‘place of sagas’ which is known for its religious and spiritual significance, the natural beauty of the holy river Ganga and adventurous sports.

Rishikesh offers a wide range of affordable accommodation options like hotels, guest houses and hostels.

Rishikesh is a popular destination for adventure sports like white water rafting, bungee jumping and zip lining which promises a thrilling experience at reasonable prices.

Moreover, Rishikesh also known as the Yoga Capital of the World is the best place to visit if you wish to take a mindful break from the stressors of daily life.

The mesmerizing and scenic beauty of the river Ganges cannot be missed while talking about Rishikesh.

Its thrilling adventurous sports, the prevalence of yoga and meditation, temples and ashrams and stunning natural beauty makes it a flawless place for low-budget travellers.

There are many other options to explore

Apart from the above-mentioned destinations, there are plenty of other unexplored places and cities in India that one can visit if one follows a budget. The beauty of a few places in India is as good as any other international destination; sometimes Indian tourist destinations can cost as much as international travel!

Remember, the key goal of searching for budget travel destinations is to explore the world within one’s limits. So double-check everything before making your decision!

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Ishita Varma

Hello! My name is Ishita Varma and I am in the final year of Political Science honors. I am always up for any feminist discussion and do not believe in only talking about gender equality read more...

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