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Budget traveller’s dream destinations

Deepa Gupta | New Delhi |

Are you dreaming of a perfect fun holiday in India or abroad? Don’t be afraid of putting a dent on your wallet. There are destinations you can travel to on a shoestring budget, without having to worry about your bank balance. All you need is the right kind of planning. Prepare an itinerary before hand and avoid the last minute mess.

Jaipur: If you live in Delhi, traveling to this destination is cheap. Despite the splendid forts and the lovely architecture, the city is a budget getaway flooded with cosy and reasonable hotels and restaurants. You can catch a bus, train or opt for self-driven car and save on traveling expenditure to a great extent.

Goa: With a completely unique and different culture, looks like a fairy-tale place with amazing beaches and churches. This natural and cultural heritage has lots to offer in terms of budget stay, shopping, from wines to beach shacks. Find a complete list of Goa tour and travel packages.

Darjeeling: Visit the city during the low season that is from first week of July to first week of September. This is the time when hotels, transport and tour rates get slashed. There are plenty of options for stay and food at cheap rates. You can hire a shared taxi for travelling. It is a perfect relaxing peaceful getaway that is easily accessible from the rest of the country.

Mc Leodganj: On the foothills of Dhouladhar, surrounded by majestic mountains, it is a rejuvenating weekend getaway. This place is coming up with reasonable budget homestay and places to stay. Explore the lovely budget restaurants, cafes and markets.

Ooty: It is a wonderful hill station and a popular getaway destination from Chennai or Bangalore. It is not a very expensive city. Read about the area and climate before you set off. Pack your bags accordingly. Carry necessities and make a note of things you are spending on while on the trip. Opt for Ooty packages offered by various hotels in the city to avoid the pains of excess planning and expenditure.

Kasauli: Kasauli is one of the cheapest getaways. The hotels, the food, the sight-seeing and everything there is cheap here. You can easily get amazing deals on budget hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing packages.

Bangkok: Bangkok is a heaven for budget travellers with friendly locals, great food and picture-perfect beaches. There are a number of fun activities on offer such as water sports and island hopping tours, all in a decent package.

Maldives: It is perfect for water sport lovers. Staying with local people is a good option to explore the country to its maximum. Now, many new guest-houses are springing up on local islands which are given on rentals for monthly basis. They offer budget travellers an affordable way to enjoy their holidays.

Sri Lanka: It is a well planned and interesting island country with its rich culture and tradition. You may stay in cheap cabanas on the beaches, eat meals in budget cafes and travel through local buses if you are on a tight budget.

So, go and explore. You would not regret!