Trips under 5,000 in India | Affordable Trips you can take right away!

Who says travelling is an expensive affair? It doesn’t necessarily have to be! You can visit these destinations in off-seasons and still enjoy to the fullest. Live at shacks, homestays or hostels and eat at local (but clean) food joints. Traveling cheap can be a rewarding experience. All you need is a curious mind and that 5K in your hand.

 

Trips under 5,000 in India

Kasol, Himachal Pradesh

Kasol in Himachal Pradesh dazzles with hippie style bars & restaurants along with that Goa-like aura which is captured in its majestic mountains. Famous for its trekking trails, Kasol has jaw-dropping natural beauty. Although relatively far from Delhi, you can still enjoy your trip on a paltry budget with overnight bus tickets starting from as low as ₹800 for one side.

 

In fact, nothing can be as beautiful as uncovering that excitement in mountains and that too under ₹5,000.

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Famous for its white water rafting, and home to the holy river Ganga, Rishikesh is a perfect destination for adventure seekers and laid-back tourists alike. What’s fun, at just 225 kms from Delhi, Rishikesh is easy to get there as well with a network of state as well as privately owned buses (including plush Volvos).

 

Moreover, the tickets start from as low as₹ 200 and go ₹1400 for one way. And with the mushrooming of a host of backpackers’ options and ashrams, you can get a room for less than₹150 for a day!

Lansdowne, Uttarakhand

Lansdowne has suddenly come into limelight as this hill station retains much of its natural charms due to a prior absence of commercialization here. Imagine you are closest to Delhi (just 250 kms) and you are there in a proper hill station.

 

However, the best way to reach here is to board a bus to Kotdwar. It is a town 50 km from Lansdowne, and then switch to a local bus, to help you keep the round trip travel expenses less than ₹ 1000. Even the most splendid hotels will cost you not more than ₹ 1500, sparing you with ₹ 2500 for other expenses.

Jaipur, Rajasthan

Travelling from Delhi to Jaipur has become very easy thanks to the Expressways. Hotels start at as cheap as ₹1,000 for the night. Guided tours of the city shouldn’t set you back more than ₹500; add another ₹500 for a local lunch, and you still have around ₹2,000 to splurge on the rest of your getaway.

Also, there can be no other historical place as cheaply visited as this.

Kasauli, Himachal Pradesh

You can also spend your weekend taking in the scenic views of the beautiful hill station of Kasauli. The most cost effective way to reach Kasauli is to board a train from Delhi to Kalka and then take a shared taxi from there to Kasauli. Moreover, this caps your round trip travel expenses at less than ₹ 1,500. Pocket-friendly hotels accommodate you for ₹ 1,000 or less, which leaves you with about ₹ 2,500 to splurge on the trip.

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Ever wondered how and why Varanasi became a hippie town with backpackers making this city their home? While you can easily get a stay option for less than ₹200 (or less) a day at Varanasi, it’s well-connected to almost all the major cities in India.

 

In fact, getting a train to Varanasi from Delhi is the cheapest option with fares starting from ₹ 350. What’s more, a quick trip to Sarnath can also be clubbed with it!

McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh

If you are in or around Delhi and are eager to get away from the city for a weekend, McLeod Ganj is a great budget option. The hotel tariffs can come down to as low as ₹200 for a day. if you wish to stay at Naddi or Dharamkot,₹ 300 will get you a decent, comfortable accommodation in McLeod Ganj. Staying at Dharamkot also brings in more things to do like learning jewelry designing or dabbling in Tai Chi!

Hampi, Karnataka

A fast emerging destination for bouldering, Hampi has been a long time favourite with travellers from all around the world. A city of ruins, it’s India’s very own Petra. Perhaps, more beautiful than Petra can ever be. Lying on two sides of Tunghabhadra River, Hampi has a charm that will leave you mesmerised. A backpackers’ haven, you can easily find budget accommodation here. Hampi should be on your travel list for a weekend if you are anywhere around Bengaluru.

Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu

A bus ticket from Trivandrum (one way) would be around ₹250 and the basic rooms in hotels start from around ₹800. Which means you are still left with a good₹3,000, so as to explore and splurge further in Kanyakumari.

Mussoorie, Uttaranchal

North of India boasts of some of the best hill stations in India. They are the most popular too. People living in Delhi, Punjab, and Dehradun can easily access Mussoorie.

 

As it would be one of the best options which preserves its natural beauty along with that British charm. The best option to reach Mussoorie would be via road but you can also opt for train as the fare from Delhi to Mussoorie is not more than ₹1,000.

 

You can get a decent hotel in the price of around ₹600 per night and enjoy the pristine views of the hills. There are small eateries where you can have lip smacking food.

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