The breathtaking peaks and crests of Himachal Pradesh serve as the perfect backdrop for every love story in India, don’t you think? Rudra’s budget trip to Himachal to celebrate his partner and their blossoming love will convince you that Himachal is the go-to choice for couples. Read on!
Heatwave grips many Indian states in the month of May, including my home city Hyderabad. On one such hot day, I put forth the idea of a honeymoon trip to the mountains in front of my wife. To my relief, she instantly agreed to it. We deliberated over where to go for quite some time before narrowing it down to Shimla and Manali. From this point onwards, it was a breeze. We contacted TravelTriangle and they helped us execute our 6 days budget trip to Himachal.
Details Of Our Budget Trip To Himachal
Trip Cost: INR 26,249
No. Of People: 2 adults
Trip Duration: 6 days and 5 nights
Inclusions: Breakfast, dinner, hotel, welcome drinks on arrival, airport transfers, private cab for sightseeing, candle light dinner, honeymoon cake
Exclusions: Camp stay, flight tickets, Volvo bus tickets, rail tickets, Rohtang permit, guide charges, heater charges
Itinerary For Our Budget Trip To Himachal
Day 1: Overnight journey from Shimla to Delhi
Day 2: Arrival in Shimla
Day 3: Horse riding at Kufri village
Day 4: River rafting at Kullu
Day 5: Trip to Solang Valley and Hill Top
Day 6: Sightseeing in Manali and departure
Weather In Himachal In May
The weather at Shimla remained pleasant throughout our journey. There were no occasional rain showers or thunderstorms. It can get a bit chilly in the night, so if you’re wondering what to pack for Himachal trip, make sure you carry lots of woollen jackets and overcoats. We were slightly disappointed upon reaching Manali as we didn’t witness any snow, but the awesome weather made up for it.
Highlights From Our Budget Trip To Himachal
We have shortlisted some of the highlights from our budget trip to Himachal that you may include in your travel itinerary:
1. River Rafting
One of the most special experiences from our trip to Himachal on budget was river rafting at Kullu. My wife and I, being huge adrenaline junkies, were waiting for this activity with bated breaths. We fell in the river once and the water was icy cold but after a few moments of discomfort, we enjoyed floating in the water. Our instructor was friendly and made sure we were well-looked after.
2. Snow Skiing
Solang Valley has some of the finest ski slopes. The Mountaineering Institute of Manali has installed a ski lift for training purpose here. A guest house of Mountaineering and Allied Sports Institute, Manali is situated a stone’s throw away from the Institute. My wife and I had never skied before, so we were as nervous as children going to school for the first time. We fell a couple of times but we managed to do a few laps.
3. Horse And Yak Ride
There were a lot of fun activities scheduled for us at Kufri village like horse and yak ride, moon walking, haunted house, mirror maze, infinity room, and tunnel ride. We had the utmost fun experiencing all of these rides. We were left thrilled by the beauty of Kufri and were pleased by the hospitality of the locals who carried out these activities.
4. Local Sightseeing
We continued towards Hadimba temple which was built in 1553. It has a superbly crafted four tiered pagoda roof and is famous for its exquisitely carved doorway. We then proceeded towards the Club House. We enjoyed a range of facilities there, such as a roller skating rink, an auditorium, billiards rooms, a library, a bar and a restaurant.
Where To Stay In Himachal
The offbeat stays in Himachal provided by TravelTriangle were satisfactory. We enjoyed our stay the most at hotel Raidavilla at Manali. It was equipped with world-class facilities and it is easily accessible by road. It is located a stone’s throw away from the prime attractions in Mandi. The rooms are neat and clean and the hospitality are satisfactory.
Food In Himachal
We preferred street food delicacies in Himachal because we both are fond of experimenting with local cuisines. The food habits in Himachal Pradesh are very different from other states. We were exposed to a range of delicious food items at restaurants in Himachal Pradesh. Most of the cafes and restaurants in Mandi serve North Indian and Chinese food.
Shopping In Kullu
Kullu is home to a range of shopping complexes. We bought sweaters, cardigans, and bedsheets from the Kullu market area. Shopping in Kullu is a pleasurable experience. Make sure you bargain hard for traditional artifacts because most of the shopkeepers quote an unrealistically high price for handmade products.
Himachal Travel Tips
Here are some important travel tips for your budget trip to Himachal that you should keep in mind to have a wonderful vacation:
1. Carry enough cash with you.
2. Opt for a homestay in Manali instead of staying at Mall Road, Manali.
3. Share vehicles with other tourists instead of hiring one for sightseeing.
4. If you want to save money, opt for local cuisine at roadside stalls over upscale restaurants.
Our Experience With TravelTriangle
Our experience with TravelTriangle was incredible! Our TravelTriangle agent went out of his way to make sure we were having a good time and all our requests were taken into account. The concerned person customised our budget trip to Himachal according to our requirements and preferences. Our driver was friendly too.
Our budget trip to Himachal was no less than a dream. We had the time of our life and were gratified by the love and generosity of the locals and the natural beauty of Himachal. If you’re planning a honeymoon trip, I highly recommend you plan a trip to Himachal with TravelTriangle and avail exciting deals and discounts.
Queries Regarding Our Budget Trip To Himachal
We have answered a few commonly asked queries about our budget trip to Himachal below. If you have any questions, I am sure you will find the answer below:
A. The best month to visit Himachal Pradesh is June. Apart from occasional brief showers, the weather is overall pleasant for an outdoor walk.
A. If you plan to take a budget trip to Manali from Delhi, it should cost you anywhere between INR 6,000-10,000. If you plan to pursue outdoor activities like paragliding and skiing, the costs also go up accordingly.
A. The most beautiful place in Himachal Pradesh is Kinnaur. Its topography is unlike any other hill station in Himachal Pradesh.
A. Yes, if you plan to only visit the prime attractions in Old and New Manali, 2 days should be sufficient. But if you plan to embark on a trek from Manali, you will need more than 2 days.
A. Himachal Pradesh is famous for its pilgrimage spots and adventure activities like paragliding, among other things.
A. Arrive in Delhi and take a cab to Majnu Ka Tilla. From there, take a volvo to Shimla overnight. Voila, you will be in Himachal Pradesh within 8 hours!