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12 Holiday Places In India You Thought Are Expensive But Actually Aren't!

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HolidayIQ Travellers list down places in India that can be visited on a shoestring budget. Read on.

12 Holiday Places In India You Thought Are Expensive But Actually Aren't!:

  1. Pondicherry
  2. Kodaikanal (Tamil Nadu)
  3. Goa
  4. Jaipur (Rajasthan)
  5. Alappuzha (Alleppey) (Kerala)
  6. Ooty (Tamil Nadu)
  7. Pushkar (Rajasthan)
  8. Darjeeling (West Bengal)
  9. McLeodganj (Himachal Pradesh)
  10. Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)
  11. Amritsar (Punjab)
  12. Udaipur (Rajasthan)

1. Pondicherry

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HolidayIQ Traveller Raghavendra Bhat from Bangalore shares, “Pondicherry being a small city, can be covered on a weekend. Mix of French and Tamil heritage gives it a distinct look, feel and culture. Also Auroville, the global township being there in the outskirts of this city, makes international cuisine available everywhere. Pondicherry can be a foodie's paradise for this reason. The seaside Promenade is one of the must-visit places in the city.”

2. Kodaikanal

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HolidayIQ Traveller Varadarajula D from Chennai shares, “We visited in June 2015 and even then the climate was cool and enjoyable. There were few intermittent showers caused by passing clouds. Kodaikanal is called the Princess of Hills and surrounded by valleys. A compact area to cover in a day. The hotels arrange for taxis for visit of important tourist spots. The Kurinji Andavar Temple there and the Palani Temple 80 Kms away can also be visited. Home- made chocolates are special to this area.”

3. Goa

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HolidayIQ Traveller Srikanth Patruni from Coimbatore shares, “From the happening baga beach to the serene palolem beach, Goa was truly an awesome experience. The best part is the ride from palolem to cabo de Rama fort. Narrow but great roads through all green rain forests lead you to a road close to the fort which will enthrall you and absorb you in its beauty. A straight road leading you to the horizon, or so it seems. You see the beautifully blue Arabian Sea at the end of the road which is covered by green fields on both sides. The fort is dilapidated but it presents and great view of the magnificent see. The ride to palolem from Margao itself is another experience. The beauty of western ghats can be seen all around.”

4. Jaipur

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HolidayIQ Traveller Sonia Deswal from Palwal shares, “Jaipur is very good place to spend time with friends and family. And there crowd is also good. Overall Jaipur is so nice. If one has to be chosen then I will choose the fort as it is the best for the visit. Because there you will see different palaces with different stories. There you will know their culture and activities. And Jaipur travelling was the my good decision.”


5. Alleppey

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HolidayIQ Traveller Rajanikanth Bottu from Chennai shares, “Travelling on the backwaters of Alleppey is a life time experience, which one should not miss. It offers an unique opportunity in India to feel like as if we are in Venice. Normally whenever I go to Alleppy I travel by the kerala tourism water transportation boat instead of choosing the expensive house boats. The advantage of travelling by these boats is that they are inexpensive and offers wide range of choices between stops. If you are travelling on budget, these are good options. You can pack your food from the hotels available at the just adjacent town of Alleppey and enjoy while you ride the boats. There are several villages between Alleppey and kottayam. If you start early in the morning, you can see the villages of kuttanad, kumarakom etc and come back in the evening.”

6. Ooty

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HolidayIQ Traveller Yayathi Pandurangan shares, “Ooty is the the place to visit. There are lot place to see. Mountain full of cloud. Very cool place, happy to walk through mountains. Ooty hotels are very fine, different types of chocolate available. Summer time is best climate to visit Ooty. Boating also is very enjoying, Golf ground is one the famous in Ooty. Horse racing are very famous.”

7. Pushkar

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HolidayIQ Traveller Rutavi Mehta from Mumbai shares, “Out of all the places, I have been solo - my fav is Pushkar. I have stayed there during Pushkar festival and enjoyed my each moment here. You can reach Jaipur and take a bus to Pushkar, which you hotel guy will tell you where you can catch a local bus. This would cost only 400 Rs to reach Pushkar, Once you reach then you can hunt for homestay and you get at as cheap as 500.This place is mix of religiousness, serene sunset, colorful life, sometimes groggy situations, shopping.”

8. Darjeeling

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HolidayIQ Traveller Babita Goel from Kalimpong shares, “Darjeeling is a very popular destination among honeymoon couples and is also known for its tea. But I feel that it has much more to it. It is a perfect destination for nature-lovers, adventure-thrillers, foodies. Darjeeling has exotic resorts, well-cultured people, unique culture and excellent hotels and accommodations serves too. It has awesome food too apart from the towering peaks, snow-capped hills, mesmerizing waterfalls, soothing climatic conditions.”


9. McLeodganj

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HolidayIQ Traveller Akriti Sharma from Chandigarh shares, “If you love to indulge in varied cuisines, culture and people, then Mcleodganj is your go-to destination. Take a stroll to the open markets of this place and you can see perfect confluence of people coming from different ethnicity making the environment so full of vibrancy and warmth. Mcleodganj is one lively place where you can enjoy many activities happening within a day. The crisp mountain air and serene spots nearby are added bonus. It is a perfect shopping destination to take back home souvenirs like Tibetan singing bowls, china ware, beautifully crafted crockery, homemade paper and jams, incense sticks, silk apparels and many more.”

10. Varanasi

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HolidayIQ Traveller Abhishek Singh from Kolkata shares, “If anyone is planning to visit any holy city then one can visit Varanasi. It is not only the place of ghats this city is full of joy. You can find many places in varanasi where you can visit like Sarnath, BHU Campus and many other places. You can try many streets foods and local foods like Golgappa, Aloo Chaat Matar, Momos, Jalebi & Kachoris, Lassi and many other things. As I and my family mainly concentrated to eat chats and golgappas. There is many forts like Ramnagar Fort. There is world historical Ramleela also. As we visited in November so at that time we have opportunity to watch Ram Leela. You can visit sigra, godowlia for shopping. Ganga aarti is also good. At last after visiting from varanasi you are getting good and awesome memories, as there is no disappointment for visiting varanasi.”

11. Amritsar

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HolidayIQ Traveller Aniruddha Das from Kolkata shares, “Amritsar is a old city in India very near to Pakistan border. This place is famous for Golden Temple. The Golden Temple is a amazing place. Everyone should at least go there once in lifetime. This golden temple will attract you every time. If you enter there your mind will be refreshed. Just sit in front of Amrit Sarovar for whole lot of day. At night beautiful decoration of Harmandir Sahib looks beautiful. In this Sarovar beautiful fishes are there. Besides within 100 metres of main gate of golden temple the legendary jaliwanabag is there. We went to see the evening border march past at Wagah border. But it was very hectic. One Hindu temple ie Durgiana Temple is there which is the miniature of Golden Temple. In Amritsar delicious veg and non veg food is available. But people must try the Amritsari Fish.”

12. Udaipur

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HolidayIQ Traveller Priyank Jain from Kota shares, “Udaipur is known for its cultural heritage and awesome places to visit nearby. The not fully discovered part of the city is the shopping at old Udaipur in areas like Suraj Pol Or Hathi Pol where one can buy all type of general items, show pieces, condiments, etc which is quite engaging. There are must visit places in the city which anyone can find at the flick of wrist onto internet, so am not going into that. Must carry umbrella / sunshade or sunscreen lotions if you want to bear the heat at this time of the year though the best time to visit is usually September onwards when the temperature starts going down. Best way to travel is via train which allows one to give main access to the city without wasting any time.”


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