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    What is that one reason you put forth when you ditch a trip you really wanted to go on? That’s right. It’s money! No matter how great a trip we plan and how much we’re jumping about with joy on the prospect of going there, the entire plan goes down the drain when you realise the expenses will exceed your budget. But not anymore. There are plenty of absolutely gorgeous places in India that you can go to with almost nothing in your wallet and still have the time of your life. After all, the best things in life come without a price tag!

    1. Pondicherry: The Incalculable Worth of Serenity & Hospitality

    stay at highly inexpensive lodges at pondicherry

    The perfect place for an all girls trip, or even a lone female traveller, does not ask for much in terms of expenses. This French Riviera of the East has all the ingredients you need for a great vacation- stunning views, amicable people, undisturbed beaches, tranquility, awesome food & wine, and the pretty French infrastructure. The best way to experience the true essence of this Union Territory is to stay at one of its wonderful Ashrams. Stay at its highly hospitable Auroville Ashram if you want to cut down your accommodation expenses really low!

    Suggested Read: 9 Amazing Places To Visit In India’s French Colony : Pondicherry

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    2. Kodaikanal: Hills & Street Food at a Matter of a Few Bucks

    stay at budget guest houses at kodaikanal

    With incredible scenic beauty and an expanse of pristine hills, and some of the best street food in the country, a stay at this ‘Princess of Hill Stations’ goes unbelievably easy on your pocket. Kodaikanal gives you homely places to stay at as low as INR 200, and delicious street food like fried chicken at just INR 20! Hard to believe, right?

    3. Darjeeling: Home Stays & Darjeeling Chai at a Next to Nothing Cost

    take a joyful ride in the toy train at darjeeling, one of the cheapest places in india

    With an assortment of low-priced options for staying like those pretty little hotels, home stays, lodges, & cosy cottages, Darjeeling makes for an excellent getaway if you’re not willing to spend more than a few bucks on your trip. Enjoy this scenic wonder with its snow laden mountain peaks and the pristine views of the sunrise and sunset, gorge on some mouth-watering North Eastern delicacies and relish the exquisite taste of the famous Darjeeling Tea…..all at a shoestring budget.

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    4. Mcleodganj: The Priceless Beauty of Hills & Monasteries

    travel cheap at mcleodganj and visit the beautiful monasteries

    A heaven for all nature lovers and photographers, Mcleodganj is one place where you can completely submerge yourself into the natural splendour, the rich culture, and the religious divinity of the place without a single shred of worry over monetary expenses. The train to Mcleodganj, the places to stay, the eating joints & cafes, the treks, the temples and monasteries, everything about this quaint little hill station is cheap.

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    5. Varanasi: The Immeasurable Essence of Spirituality & Devotion

    take a stroll at the ghats at varanasi, a priceless experience

    From affordable guest houses to cheap boat rides, this spiritual sanctum of India gives a lot away and demands little in return. Varanasi offers various options for sightseeing and a variety of food at incredibly low prices. The ghats, the temples, the colours of the city, & a dip in the holy water to cleanse your soul…..you can experience all of these with almost empty pockets.

    6. Amritsar: Because Patriotism Ain’t Got a Price

    stay at harmindir sahib gurudwara and experience true devotion and peace

    The city is an amazing retreat for those looking for a de-stressing weekend. And the best way to achieve that in Amritsar is to stay at the Harmandir Sahib gurdwara (Golden Temple), where you have to pay a very small amount for staying if you’re a guy, and nothing at all if you’re a girl, while enjoying the free and utterly delicious ‘langar’ during your stay, but, with dignity! Cool, isn’t it? Immerse yourself in this city dripping patriotism & experience its rich history by paying a visit to places like the Jalianwallah Bagh and the Wagah Border.

    7. Gokarna: The Best of Nature at the Least of Cost

    spend time at the pristine, peaceful beaches of gokarna

    If you want to live in hotels, guest houses, and beach resorts that provide world-class modern facilities at the lowest price possible, Gokarna is the place for you. It is perfect for those seeking peace, spirituality, & solitude, all among the goodness of Nature. One can spend days on end at this peaceful retreat, in its pristine, untouched beaches, and visiting  its many beautiful temples.

    8. Hampi: The Beauty of Priceless Treasures of the Old at a Price So Low

    dwell in the rich architecture of the temples at hampi at no cost at all

    If you’re into ancient monuments, ruins, and old architecture, you must definitely visit Hampi. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Hampi is known for its ruins of many old palaces, royal structures, & temples, like the Lotus Mahal, Lakshmi Narasimha temple, & the Hazara Rama temple. But that’s not all, this place has some of the cheapest cottages, lodges and hotels in the country offering luxurious stays. One can rent a motorbike or bicycle at an affordable rent to go around the town, and eat at its many eating joints offering the most delicious of food at the lowest cost.

    9. Murthal: Paranthas and Road Trips that Don’t Dime a Dozen

    savour the taste of delicious paranthas loaded with white butter at murthal

    A favourite spot for all living in and around the National Capital Region, Murthal provides as a quick and awesome getaway for those looking for a nice, short 2 hour trip that ends on some of the most delicious food available in the country. Take a road trip to this amazing retreat in Sonepat, Haryana and gorge on some lip-smacking paranthas loaded with dollops of white butter at unbelievably inexpensive rates.

    10. Goa: The Hippie Life at Rock Bottom Rates

    stay at homely and cheap beach shacks at goa and enjoy the goodness of its many famous beaches

    The heartbeat of every Indian, Goa is the one place people like to visit again and again to marvel in its hippie culture, the gorgeous beaches, an amazing nightlife,and the delicious sea food. There’s no end to the fun one can have in Goa. But few know that Goa can be enjoyed in a budget and you don’t have to spend a lot to enjoy at India’s most happening location. You can stay at the ridiculously low priced yet comfortable beach shacks, hire a bike and move about the entire town, sit at the beach and dance around a bonfire with your friends, & eat at the many inexpensive food joints and still enjoy the most scrumptious variety of seafood.

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