How To Travel Cheap in India
Travelling in India is a rediscovery of your own self while exploring the mystical beauty, tantalising aura and tempting vistas of backwaters, sun-kissed beaches, cascading waterfalls or historical destinations. Unlike any other country, India an enamouring blend of tradition and modernity, rural and urban, colours and spaces—all breathing a new life, every single day. On top of it, India is one of the most budget friendly destinations—with pocket-friendly rates for food, accommodation or travel—you can ever hope to find.
There are several tips you can keep in mind while preparing for your trip to India. No need to tear your hair out. It’s simple, affordable and above all, profusely permeating with warmth and hospitality.
As every traveller majorly spends on four essential things—local travel, food, stay and local sightseeing—our list includes all of it to make your stay pleasant.
- Travel: When in India, try exploring the destinations like Fatehpur Sikri through walks. Explore the nook and corners. Ditch the flights, opt for local trains. And even in trains, don’t go for AC, rather choose sleeper class or even the inter-state buses. For example, a bus trip from Delhi to Jaipur would cost you less than $10 while the flight would cost you more or less $60.
- Intra-city travel: Over the years, several cheap, convenient and passenger friendly transportation options have mushroomed in India. You can opt for Delhi Metro, with its thirty years of making, is definitely a feat of engineering. Do not opt for local buses as they are not recommended for foreigners.
- Accommodation: Rather than burning a hole in your pocket by choosing really expensive resorts and hotels, go for budget hotels, backpacker hostels or couch surfing. It does not mean sacrificing comfort for the sake of money. If you want quality at affordable prices, you can easily book these hotels online. But do verify before you try this option.
- Food and Cuisines: Be open to trying out new cuisines. India is filled with mouth-watering dishes and delectable cuisines. Few famous cuisines that you must try out are biryani, butter-chicken, Palak Paneer, Chole –Bhature, pakodas and samosas. Sweet dishes like Carrot halwa and kheer will also tingle your taste buds. If you want to be a bit of a risk taker, dhabas in India are the cheapest option available. And if nothing delights you, the foreign chains like Mc Donald’s, KFC, Dunkin’ Donuts, Burger King, Star Bucks, Nando’s and others are present in every almost every mall.
- Local sightseeing: Take the local walking tours or the food tours, meet the chef tours, city walks and even adventure tours in Delhi. If it delights you, go for pub crawls, shopping and photo-tours. All of it is cheap and really innovative. You never know what you encounter next.
- Volunteering: There are several meaningful, safe and trusted volunteering programmes in India, where you can earn as you learn. Orientation courses and workshops will also help you with understanding the language, culture and traditions of India. As a volunteer in India, you can be an educationist, awareness activist, environmentalist, healthcare service consultant-in short, almost anything.
- Travel with Like-minded people: Rather than travelling alone, a backpacker would never mind sharing his travelogue with likeminded people, isn’t it? So team up the travel bit and go for creating memories that can be shared for years to come.
In short, travelling in India is definitely cheap. Starting from the very aspect of inter/ intra-state transportation, nothing costs more than a few dollars. Definitely a treat, isn’t it. Taking public transport like Delhi Metro (ranked second among 18 international Metro systems), which now covers 120 miles and carries up to two million passengers a day, is cheap and comfortable. You can stay at budget hotels or backpacker hostels and save loads of money.
Even try out Ho-Ho bus service while exploring Delhi, just as you would explore London or Cambridge. In case volunteering instincts overpower you, give it a shot. Who knows it might even change someone’s life. And in the end, it’s always better to travel with like-minded people, who share similar tastes and itineraries. You seriously get to learn a lot.
In a nutshell, keep these points in mind while you decide to travel cheaply in India. See you soon. Read more cheap travel articles on our blog
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