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Budget travel in India is a great way of quenching your wanderlust when you feel the urge to pack your bags and set out. From lush green hill stations to crystal clear blue beaches, you can holiday in any destination within the budget that you’ve set aside for your trip. While using public transport, living in dorms and gorging on street food can help you cut costs, you can also rely on this ultimate list of 15 best budget travel destinations in India for your next vacation, or even a destination working plan.

Best Budget Travel Destinations in India

1. Kodaikanal

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Kodaikanal for one day Kodaikanal Popular as a honeymoon destination of South India, Kodaikanal is an ideal option for budget trips in India if you are traveling solo or with friends. Sparkling lakes, lush greenery, clouds and mist and beautiful hills make it a perfect destination when you want to escape the chaos of city life. Average cost: Living + Food = Rs 1500 - Rs 2000 / day approx. Best time to visit Kodaikanal: October to March Places to visit in Kodaikanal: Kodaikanal Lake, Silver Cascade Falls, Coker Walk Nearest Railway Station / Airport: Kodai Railway Station / Madurai Airport Must Read: 11 Best Places to Shop in Kodaikanal 2. this Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar A quaint city and the capital of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar is a north-eastern delight for budget travel in India. Nestled in the lap of the mighty Himalayas, Itanagar is a great place for a solo trip or a fun family trip. Incredible climate, classic Buddhist architecture and culture, sparkling streams and lush greenery all around will make you fall in love with the place again and again!

Average cost: Stay + Food = Rs 2000 / Rs 2500 / day approx.

Best time to visit Itanagar: October to April Places to visit in Itanagar: Ita Fort, Gekar Signing (Ganges Lake), Theravada Buddhist Temple, Indira Park

Nearest Railway Station / Airport: Harmuti Railway Station / Lilabari Airport

3. Pushkar

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Pushkar Pushkar A religious place on the border of the Thar Desert, Pushkar is famous for camel rides, delicious street food, Jagatpita Brahma Temple and others. Pushkar is one of the cheapest tourist destinations in India where, apart from family, friends or temples alone, you can camp in lakes, 52 ghats, palaces, markets or even in the desert region.

Average cost: Living + Food = Rs 1800-Rs 2500 / day approx.

Best time to visit Pushkar: November to March

Places to visit in Pushkar: Pushkar Lake, Brahma Temple, Maan Mahal, Desert Camp

Nearest railway station / airport: Ajmer Junction / Sanganer Airport

4. Darjeeling

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One of the best parks in Darjeeling Darjeeling Another great destination from Kolkata, Darjeeling is an important place for both budget and leisure travelers. From riding in the Himalayan Railway to the highest altitude railway station (Ghum railway station), to visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling makes a perfect budget, offering a splendid view of Mount Kanchenjunga, sizzling on hot desi Chinese food. Is a travel destination in India.

Average cost: Living + Food = Rs. 1100 - Rs 1500 / Day Approx.

Best time to visit Darjeeling: March to May; October - November

Places to visit in Darjeeling: Ghoom railway station, Indian Institute of Mountaineering, Math, Bazaar

Nearest Railway Station / Airport: New Jalpaiguri Railway Station / Bagdogra Airport

5. McLeodganj

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McLeodganj, Himachal Pradesh - Best places to visit in India in March McLeodganj, Himachal Pradesh A quaint hill station in Himachal and a great destination for budget trips in India, McLeodganj gives you the essence of Buddhism and Tibetan culture with natural sights in a luxurious budget! From McLeodganj, you can also see the famous Trund trek and witness the panoramic beauty of the snow-capped Dhauladhar ranges. You can enjoy going to local pubs and bars to enjoy the nightlife in McLeodganj.

Average cost: Living + Food = Rs. 700-Rs. 1500 / day approx

Best time to visit McLeodganj: October-February

Places to visit in McLeodganj: Naddi View Point, Dal Lake, Church and Buddhist Temple, Bazar

Nearest Railway Station / Airport: Kangra Temple Railway Station / Gaggal Airport

6. Udaipur

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Pichola Lake in Udaipu Udaipur One of the most exotic cities in India, Udaipur also offers good scope for budget travel. When you can explore the grand city palace, take a boat ride on Lake Pichola or even check out the old car museum, as a budget traveler you can visit budget hotels or shared dormitories in Udaipur. You can cut travel costs by booking and enjoying amazing street food.

Average cost: Living + Food = Rs. 700-1000 / day approx

Best time to visit Udaipur: September to March

Places to visit in Udaipur: Pichola Lake, City Palace, Fatehpur Sagar, Vintage Car Museum, Eklingji Temple

Nearest Railway Station / Airport: Udaipur Railway Station / Maharana Pratap Airport