Top 12 Destinations for budget travel in India 

Are you looking for a break from the routine and want to travel around the heart of the Himalayas? Or do you need some adventurous trip before starting the hectic work week ahead? Now, you do not have to plan in advance or spend an enormous amount of money to take a quick break to India. Just book cheap flights to India from USA and get ready for an adventurous inexpensive journey. Many budget-friendly destinations in India offer a memorable trip. Here’s our list of budget-friendly destinations where you can take off without worrying about your bank balance:  

Kasol, Himachal Pradesh:

Kasol is a very famous village in Himachal Pradesh that attracts tourists from all over the world. Situated along with the River Parvati, this village is a hub for trekkers, backpackers, and nature lovers. It is the place from where many treks are started such as Kheerganga, Yanker Pass, Sar Pass, and Pin Parbati Pass. Nearby to Kasol there is a religious town Manikaran. It is a nice place for family and friends. 

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Best time to visit: October to June 

Things to do: Trekking and Hiking 

Ideal duration: 2 to 3 days 

Average cost (stay and food): Rs 1500 to Rs 2000/day approx. 

Interesting Fact: This place has a great influence from Israel thus local food and culture also has an Israeli touch.  

Alleppey, Kerala:

Alleppey is a charming place for photo-shoot which is popular for its beautiful backwaters where visitors are offered overnight stays on houseboats. These houseboats are includes all the comforts and facilities of a good hotel room. It is a great family spot that attracts a lot of visitors due to its network of canal backwaters. Just look for USA to India flight deals so you can acquire an affordable journey and visit this beautiful place.  

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Best time to visit: October to February 

Things to do: Water activities (boating, canoeing, kayaking, and parasailing) 

Ideal duration: 3 to 4 days 

Average cost (stay and food): Rs 1000 to Rs 1200/day approx. 

Interesting Fact: Alleppey was given the title of “Venice of the East” by Lord Curzon due to its picturesque canals, backwaters, beaches, and lagoons.   

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand:

Popular as the yoga capital of the world Rishikesh is also known for its adventure activities, ancient temples, and famous cafes. Tourists from all over the world come here to visit Ashram and learn some yoga. It is also a spiritual place that can be witnessed on the holy bank of River Ganga. In the evening you can see the daily aarti here. Other than this, it is equally popular for adventurous activities too.  


 Best time to visit: September to June 

Things to do: Whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, mountain biking, and camping 

Ideal duration: 2 to 3 days 

Average cost (stay and food): Rs 800 to Rs 1200/day approx. 

Interesting Fact: Rishikesh is a pioneer destination for people to visit and learn yoga and is also famous is “Yoga Capital of the World” 

Lonavala, Maharashtra:

 Lonavala is the most popular hill station in Maharashtra with lots of waterfalls, lakes, and hills all around. It is a great experience in itself to reach this beautiful picturesque place through the rock-cut tunnel. The nearby attractions you must visit here are Bhaja caves, Bushi dam, Karla caves, Rajmachi fort, and Ryewood Lake. It is a perfect budget travel destination for nature lovers.  

 Best time to visit: October to May and June to August 

Things to do: Trekking, hiking, and balloon safari. 

Ideal duration: 1 to 2 days 

Average cost (stay and food): Rs 800 to Rs 1200/day approx. 

Interesting FactLonavala hill station got its name from the forest “Lonali” and “Avali” which means series because this place is surrounded by mountains.   

Jaipur, Rajasthan:

Jaipur is also known as Pink City which offers its visitors a glimpse of the Rajputana legacy and its rich heritage. It is one of the most visited cities in the state due to its colored gems, forts, and palaces. Some of the famous attractions are City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Amer Fort, Baapu Bazaar, and Johari Bazaar. Visitors from all over the world have Jaipur on their bucket list due to its magnificent fort and palaces.  


Best time to visit: November to March  

Things to do: camel rides, shopping, see the folk dances, puppet shows, and magic shows. 

Ideal duration: 3 to 4 days 

Average cost (stay and food): Rs 1500 to Rs 2000/day approx. 

Interesting Fact: Prince of Wales titled Jaipur as “Pink City” after seeing every building in Pink color. 

 Darjeeling, West Bengal:

Darjeeling is both a budget and leisure travel spot with picturesque tea gardens and mesmerizing surroundings. Take a ride on the toy train, till you reach the highest altitude railway station i.e. Ghum while witnessing the spectacular view of lush green valleys and Mount Kanchenjunga throughout the journey. Watch the sunrise and take a deep breath in the fresh mountain air and feel joyful in this place.  

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 Best time to visit: April to June and October to January 

Things to do: Toy train ride, trekking, and tea garden touring 

Ideal duration: 2 to 3 days 

Average cost (stay and food): Rs 1000 to Rs 1500/day approx. 

Interesting Fact: Darjeeling Himalayan Railroad is listed in A UNESCO World Heritage Site on December 5th, 1999 and the rail is still functional today.  

Hampi, Karnataka:

Hampi is a small ancient town situated along the banks of the Tungabhadra River. This place is surrounded by verdant valleys and hills with picturesque views that make it a camera-friendly spot. It is a must-visit place for tourists, pilgrims, as well as culture aficionados. Don’t forget to visit the historic Hemakuta Hill temple with stunning archways or experience the old-world charm of Gagan Mahal. In November, Hampi Utsav is held here that you must see.  

 Best time to visit:  October to February 

Things to do: Roam around Hampi Bazaar, witness museums, and temple 

Ideal duration: 1 to 2 days 

Average cost (stay and food): Rs 800 to Rs 1200/day approx. 

Interesting Fact: In the Virupaksha Temple; there is a baby elephant. If given a coin, the elephant will collect it and will kiss on the head as a blessing. 

Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh:

Khajuraho is the best place for art and history lovers. It is a great example of classic India’s cultural and artistic heritage. You will get to witness the temples or ancient era covered with intricate erotic carvings and paintings. Search cheap flights to India from USA and give treat for your eyes by seeing these stunning temples here. The architecture of these Hindu and Jain temples leaves everybody stunned. 

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 Best time to visit:  July to March 

Things to do: Temple tour 

Ideal duration: 2 to 3 days 

Average cost (stay and food): Rs 1000 to Rs 1500/day approx. 

Interesting Fact: There were total 85 temples in Khajuraho, but only 22 Hindu temples remain and the rest are ruined due to natural calamities. 

 Amritsar, Punjab:

Amritsar is one of the cheapest tourist places in India. It has plenty of tourist attractions that are equally popular among tourists. Visiting this amazing place is all about experiencing a regular day in the locals’ life. You can go to Golden, Temple, Jallianwala Bagh, and Wagah Border. These are the must-visit places if you are in Amritsar. Other than this, you can roam around the market and do some shopping.  

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 Best time to visit:  November to March 

Things to do: Visit Golden temple 

Ideal duration: 3 to 4 days 

Average cost (stay and food): Rs 1500 to Rs 2000/day approx. 

Interesting Fact: It is believed that Lord Buddha stayed at the sacred site of the Golden Temple for some time. And the spot was declared as an ideal meditation ground for sadhus and saints.  

Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu: 

Kanyakumari is a budget-friendly place that offers a rich that like no other place can give in the country. From Kanyakumari, you get the chance to watch the sunrise and sunset from the ocean. During full moon days, you get the opportunity to see the sunset and moonrise simultaneously. You can spend some time at the beach or go to visit the popular attractions which are Vivekananda Rock Memorial and Kanyakumari temple.  

 Best time to visit: October to March 

Things to do: Enjoy the sunset and moonrise   

Ideal duration: 1 to 2 days 

Average cost (stay and food): Rs 1500-Rs 2000/day approx. 

Interesting Fact: Kanyakumari is nestled at the confluence of three oceans i.e. Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. 

 Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh:

With a perfect climate, Itanagar is a place for everyone. Whether you are an adventure lover, a photographer, a nature admirer, or an explorer it is perfect for everyone. Wildlife enthusiasts can go for jungle safari and bird watching. The main attractions are Ita-Fort, legendary Gyakar Sinyi (Ganga Lake) and the Buddha Vihar. To know this place in a better way visit during the local festivals so you can know the local culture and enjoy the local food. Losar and Leh festivals are mainly celebrated here.  

 Best time to visit: October to April 

Things to do: Rafting, Fishing, trekking, and boating. 

Ideal duration: 2 to 3 days 

Average cost (stay and food): Rs 2000 to Rs 2500/day approx. 

Interesting Fact: This place is home to a large number of Nyishi tribes who used to speak a language of Sino-Tibetian origin.  

 Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh:

Mcleodganj is a hill station where you will find the cultural blend of Tibetan and British influence. The place offers spirituality, serenity, and sublimity from its culture and scenic views. Here you get the opportunity to see the panoramic vistas of snow-claded Dhauladhar ranges. There is a very famous trek i.e. Triund Trek that you must do. It is the place where you can enjoy the nightlife too. All these things can be done on a shoestring budget.  

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 Best time to visit: October to February 

Things to do: Trekking and Camping. 

Ideal duration: 1 to 2 days 

Average cost (stay and food): Rs 1500 to Rs 2000/day approx. 

Interesting Fact:  Mcleodganj is also known as “Little Lhasa” due to high population of Tibetan people in this region. 


Some Basic Tips to save money on your next trip: 

  • Be flexible with your date and time of travel 
  • Look for some budget-friendly living places such as hostels, and homestays. 
  • Try to travel in the off-season 
  • Book your flight tickets to India in a private browsing mode. 
  • Find USA to India Flights deals and discounts. 
  • Travel light and avoid additional baggage fees. 
  • Always filter the airports so that you can save money. 

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