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7 luxury holiday destinations you can actually afford

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‘In the end, we only regret the money we spent on a luxurious holiday’ – Anonymous

Being Indian, our ultimate motto is ‘ To live or leave everything on budget’. Be it the house we buy, the car we drive or the travel destination we choose, everything revolves around the budget. Since, we are born with an enticing urge to constantly wander, the driving force i.e. the budget might take a back seat and enjoy the view as we spend lavishly on our travel. To avoid this scenario and travel across India, without making our trip a pricey affair, here are a few budget-friendly destinations where we can head right now.

1. Goa


Goa is one of the most visited touristy places in India, and a hot favourite amongst partyholics. This delightful and blithe Indian state houses some of the best beaches, restaurants, hotels, homestays and tourist attractions. For those seeking a budget trip to Goa, can find the cheapest accommodations, hire a motorbike, chill out at beach shacks, eat out at small food joints and consume cheap liquor. Do this and you’d have spent time in Goa on a shoestring.

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2. Alleppey


All of us cannot afford to travel to Venice, let alone think about it. But, fret not! We’ve our own little Venice in the East of India. Alleppey, popularly known as ‘The Venice of East’ is the best place to laze around in the houseboat. The verdant countryside, lagoons and the delicious coconut-laced seafood makes Alleppey a place to be. The food and the stay at a houseboat and hostel in Alleppey won’t make your wallet go thin.

3. Varanasi

Varanasi - dawn on the riverside

If your lust to travel is merged with an essence of spirituality, then Varanasi is the destination for you. Situated on the banks of River Ganges, Varanasi is one of the seven holy cities of Hinduism. This cultural hotspot has a number of guesthouses and hotels that can fit well within every budget. Also, there are affordable food options and striking locations for tourists to visit.

4. Pondicherry


Those who fantasies about the Frech colonies and their architecture, have never been to Pondicherry! The French Riviera of the East, this Union Territory has an appealing culture, wonderful Ashrams and the French influence till date. For a fulfilling yet affordable trip to Pondicherry, stay at the Auroville Ashram, eat and drink at the cafes on the beach and walk down the cobblestoned streets during the evening.

5. Amritsar


This has to be on the bucket list of every traveller. The spiritual capital and a major pilgrimage spot for the Sikhs, Amritsar is a beautiful blend of tradition, culture, history and food. Walk through the hyperactive streets of Amritsar and you’ll have a sensory overload of sounds, sights and aroma of delicious food. When in the city, you can stay for free at the Golden Temple and savor langar there. There are also some famous dhabas and restaurants that serve meal at inexpensive rates.

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6. Gokarna


A beautiful little town in Karnataka, Gokarna is an ideallic travel destination for those looking for some peace and tranquility. This beach town has multiple guest houses, homestays and hostels that fit the bill. The cheap booze and food offered in Gokarna is another reason why people prefer heading here for a getaway.

7. Hampi


History buff, are you? Well, there’s no place better than Hampi where you can relive the good old days by just wandering around the streets, or may be perching on the omnipresent huge boulders to get a glimpse of the land around you. If you happen to visit in the first week of November, you can even join in the celebrations of Hampi Utsav.

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Srishti is a writer by profession and a dreamer by choice. She loves experimenting with her space and her looks. Being an avid animal lover, she plans on being a part of Black Jaguar White Tiger Foundation in near future.

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