Nidhi’s list of 7 places to visit in India with a pocket friendly budget.
Travelling isn’t cheap at all! Food, accommodation and transportation alone could put a huge dent in your pocket. So we did some digging to our favorite solo traveler Nidhi’s profile (@safarnamabynidhi) and compiled a list of 7 places in India that you could visit within a limited budget.
- Pulga – Parvati Valley
A little close to famous Parvati Valley is situated a small village, Pulga. It has a picturesque waterfall, local market and a magical fairy forest. You can stay here in a decent guest house charging as low as 300 INR per night and eat food from any local café at a reasonable rate. Guess what Nidhi recommends most? Pulga’s Mango Shakes!
Another pristine village that you would see a lot on Nidhi’s Instagram is Jhibi. From forts, temples to lakes and waterfalls, this small village hidden in Banjar Valley has everything a traveler desires. Accommodation including food starts from approx. 1000 INR a day.
- Old Manali
Manali might seem too mainstream and costly considering its popularity. But not if you follow Nidhi’s footsteps. Plan your trip around Old Manali instead of New Manali. It has a hippie vibe and serene environment. Stay at homestay, eat at local cafes and dhabas, and visit historical places via public transport.
- Patnitop, Jammu
Patnitop is a beautiful hill station in Jammu that has religious importance as well. Surrounded by coniferous forest, you can explore this picturesque place with just 800 – 900 INR per day (accommodation and food). Temples of the Patnitop are a must watch!
Khajuraho is heaven for history buffs who prefer exploring archeological sites. In Nidhi’s own words, “Once I was in Khajuraho, the grandeur of forts, the richness of architecture, the stories weaved in between the walls and of course their unending beauty took me in awe.” You can choose a hotel between 300 to 3000 INR depending upon your budget. Use public transport and visit all famous places, especially Western Group of Temples, for a budget friendly stay at Khajuraho.
- Bir Billing
Bir Billing is popular for paragliding but you can do a lot of other fun activities too here. Experience the lifestyle of Dzongsar Khyentse monks, visit the serene monasteries or hike to Gunehar River Pool. You can soak in the serenity of this mesmerizing place starting from just 1000 INR (food and accommodation).
Rishikesh is a popular tourist hub because of its divine beauty and religious significance. You can visit this place for just 1000 INR per day and enjoy the peaceful scenery on the bank of holy river Ganga. Do not miss the auspicious Ganga aarti in the evening.
Nidhi believes that traveling can be affordable if you stay at hostels, shop local, eat at dhabas and use public transportation. This also makes the experience more authentic and you get to see the native culture. So pack your bags. catch a bus and set your soul free!