Traveling in India on a Shoestring Budget

India, the land of mystery, has many amenities to entice you into the spectacular culture, scenery, history, shopping and the land’s great food; most of us, however, are still traveling and enjoying our vacations on a budget. Here are a few tips to help you come back home with money in your pocket.

Best Travel Times
Frequent travelers will tell you that there is no best-kept secret to when you should travel. First, you should always consider your destination. Find out if that country has a holiday during your choice season. Does the area have high tourist appeal? What day of the week is best to make your reservation? Make sure you don’t plan to travel to India around the Christmas and New Year holidays. This is the peak season for Goa; most of the tickets and hotels will almost triple in cost. April through June, you’ll find more affordable tickets, hotels, and even more accommodations. Obviously, airlines run deals at the drop of a hat and whenever they get the urge. However, as a rule of thumb, Tuesdays are generally the day of the week that you’ll find the best deals through most airlines.

Restaurants and Eating
In most of the local restaurants in South India you’ll be able to eat affordably. A “Thali” is an all you can eat meal, like an American buffet; it will become your best past time while vacationing.

Ways to Travel
The Indian Rail is the most affordable and easiest way to travel from city to city. Most rails have also been known to offer tour packages when you make your hotel reservations. Many of the destinations are pilgrimage destinations, offering calm and serene settings for a spiritual journey.

Sightseeing is Key
Unfortunately, the Taj Mahal will probably be one of the most expensive sights in India, for obvious reasons. Given the rising cost of life insurance today, you doubtlessly need to save money. Here are alternative places to visit at lower costs. The Kerala Backwaters are astonishing and breathtaking, to say the least. The landscape, beautiful trees and rice fields are amazing. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands offer snorkeling for their visitors. The water is clean, clear and fresh; beautiful tranquility will attract even people that can’t swim. The Khajuraho Temple has many Hindu sculptures and mesmerizing architecture to keep you busy. The wall panels have beautiful carvings and loaded with mythology.

The breathtaking scenery, spicy delicious food and gracious people are just a few reasons to travel to India. You will even be able to enjoy your wonderful vacation within your budget.

Author: Carl Dawson


  1. India travel says:

    Good tips for people traveling to India.

  2. Not sure if you can travel to India in Shoestring budget any more. I visited India couple of months back from US. If you want to stay in a good hotel in Mumbai, it costs close to $200.00 per day. I agree I might have found less pricy hotels. But if you want a good stay, you need to pay minimum $200.00 per day.

    Rob Page

  3. $200 a day?!?!?! What?!?! Only if you’re intent on staying in the absolute nicest hotels and eating at the most expensive restaurants. You can easily do $50 or less a day if you’re willing to venture outside of western comforts.

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