End of a stressful month and desperately need to relax? Need that break, but low on cash? Fret not, here is a list of budget friendly destinations in India you can go to!
Situated at the coast of West Bengal, Digha is the typical beach holiday destination– an excellent weekend getaway. Because it’s easy on the pockets, Digha is a favorite destination for most people who look to spend the weekend off from a hectic schedule and monotony. Cuisine is Bengali oriented, although Chinese etc. are also available. Sea food comes as a good choice. (As a child, I did find watching the tiny little starfishes and crabs on the beach rather amusing… Until I realized the crabs presented a better sight on the plate. Well…)
Another popular beach resort, but replete with pilgrims alike because of the Jagannath temple. Also, the Konark temple is only 35 km away from the city. A visit during the famed Rath Yatra which is a phenomenon, generally in the month of July is sure to offer a stunning experience. The vast number of people and the huge, majestic chariots having idols of Hindu gods- Jagannath, Balbhadra, Subhadra, which is pulled by the procession make up for a grand spectacle! (I don’t remember anything from the trip from when I was 4, but the pictures show me looking grumpily at the thrashing waves. Well, I guess I was never very much of a ‘beach’ guy.)
Matheran is a small, peaceful hill station located on the Western Ghats. It is the smallest hill station in India and declared an ecosensitive region. The best way is to reach by the toy train from Neral. A retreat which offers several stunning view points, the only transportation are horses and hand-pulled rickshaws. The views of sunrise and sunset are breath-taking at the backdrop of the panorama. (I remember getting pretty scared as a child, when that little toy train maneuvers the cliffs, the gorges seems horrendous! Didn’t really trust that little thing to carry me safely up there.)
Since accommodation and food are almost free at the Aurobindo Ashram, this place saves your bucks. The tranquility of the place comes a bonus!
If the plush valley, the forests aren’t enough, there is an eternal sale on chocolates here. So, while you enjoy the natural beauty here, you can surely succumb to chocolaty temptations. The lake is as pleasing, as scary the stories based on Ooty being haunted are. Brr…!
Darjeeling is a popular hill station in the northern West Bengal. The competition among the countless lodges and hotels would take care that you don’t have to shell out much for accommodation or food. Just go for walks around the mall, or sit back and watch the Kanchenjungha while you sip on that hot chocolate or if you’re feeling adventurous, there are plenty of terrains for you to maneuver. (I recommend you grab a copy of Feluda’s Darjeeling Adventure by Satyajit Ray, you know, might give a feel with those cuppas of the famous Darjeeling tea!)
Well, that was just a small list and might have missed out lot of places. (Yeah, we’re a rather budget friendly country. As long as it doesn’t come to fuel prices and well… Okay, I better leave at that.) But, I suppose that could do for the meantime? So, a reason you’ve been telling yourself about why you can’t afford that trip has just gone to the bin. Now, you can padhaaro even with lighter pockets!
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