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5 Pocket-Friendly Holidays Tailor-Made for you

5 Pocket-Friendly Holidays Tailor-Made for you

Wondering where to spend your weekend? We have the perfect list for you that wouldn’t leave a dent in your pocket. 

5 Pocket-Friendly Holidays Tailor-Made for you:

  1. Kasol (Himachal Pradesh)
  2. Darjeeling (West Bengal)
  3. Pushkar (Rajasthan)
  4. Kodaikanal (Tamil Nadu)
  5. Gokarna (Karnataka)

1. Kasol: The quaint little village

Kasol: The quaint little village
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A village in Himachal Pradesh, Kasol is nestled on the banks of the Parvati River, on the way between Bhuntar to Manikaran. It is the main traveller hang-out in the valley. Resplendent in natural beauty, Kasol is fast emerging as a hub for backpackers, trekkers and nature lovers. It is known to be the cheapest and quickest getaway destinations.

Must-see: Kullu, Chandrakhani Pass, Jagannath Temple, Prasher Lake, Hidimba Devi Temple, Basheshwar Mahadev Temple, Gaurishankar Temple among others.

How to reach:
By Bus:
Take a bus from Delhi to Bhuntar where Volvo buses are available from Himachal Bhavan and then a local HRTC bus from Bhuntar to Kasol, roughly 50 mins journey. All buses from Delhi to Manali/Kullu go through Bhuntar.

By Flight: Almost 31 Kms away, Bhuntar Airport located near Kullu is the nearest airport to the village. It is connected to three cities Delhi, Pathankot and Shimla.

Stay: Hotels rates here starts from INR 550 onwards.

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2. Darjeeling: The land of world-class tea

source: HolidayIQ reviewer Sayan Banerjee from Kolkata shot this video review in Darjeeling

Darjeeling is all you'd ever want in a tourist destination- gorgeous roads, a super fun toy train and places with breath-taking views of the nearby peaks. HolidayIQ reviewer Shadab says, "If visited in tourist season i.e. Sep-Oct and April May, one can see golden peaks Kanchenjunga even from Chowrasta, but how the peak turns golden from white (ash) can be viewed only from Tiger Hills."

The toy train is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the few hill railways which are still operational in the country. HolidayIQ reviewer Sumit says, "It was really awesome. Like 'mere sapno ki rani kab ayegi tu'. Enjoyed a lot. The train was really nice and specially the steam engine. It was like back in the old days. The batasia loop was also very nice."

Must-see: Tiger Hill, Toy Train, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoo, the Mall and Chowrasta, Ghoom Monastery among others.

How to reach:

By Air: The nearest airport to Darjeeling is Bagdogra which is approximately 95 km away from the city. There are some direct flights from the cities like Kolkata, Delhi and Guwahati to Darjeeling.

By Rail: The nearest railway station in Darjeeling is at New Jalpaiguri, 62 kilometres from the main town, which connects major Indian cities like Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Bhubaneshwar and Cochin.

Stay: Hotels rates here starts from INR 850 onwards.


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3. Pushkar: Camel rides, food and more

source: HolidayIQ reviewer Apoorv Khandelwal from Indore shot this video review in Pushkar

One of the most ancient cities in India, Pushkar is located on the banks of Pushkar Lake.

HolidayIQ reviewer MD Baruah says, “Pushkar houses the Bramha temple, one of the few in the world. The Pushkar Lake is also noteworthy, having 52 ghats. There is also a small restaurant name 'Honey dew cafe' where you get Italian style coffee.”

The Pushkar Camel fair is a popular event that attracts many visitors in increasing count every year.HolidayIQ reviewer Priyanka says, “This is a compact peaceful town curling around the sacred pond owning 52 Ghats with only few have prominent names.”

Must-see: Pushkar Lake, Brahma Temple, Savitri Temple, Pushkar Camel ride among others.

How to reach:

By Air. The nearest airport to Pushkar is in Jaipur, which is 140 kilometres away.

By Train. You will need to take a train to Ajmer and then take a 30-minute drive to Pushkar

Stay: Hotels rates here starts from as low as INR 400 onwards.


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4. Kodaikanal: An indo-western confluence

Kodaikanal: An indo-western confluence
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source: HolidayIQ reviewer Sreesha Divakaran from Bangalore shot this in Kodaikanal

The clean air and the fantastic climate makes Kodaikanal a big hit vacation spot. The culture hails from the American and British influences, who turned the place into a summer retreat. HolidayIQ reviewer Umang says, “City situated around Kodai Lake has a beautiful environment and I loved the discipline of the locals about cleanliness. They do not use plastic material and always use paper bags to protect environment.”


Must-see: Coaker's Walk, Pillar Rocks, Bryant Park, Berijam Lake, Dolphin's Nose among others.

How to reach:

By Air: The airport nearest to Kodaikanal is Madurai, about 120 kilometres away. Others in line include the Trichy airport and the Coimbatore airport, 150 kilometres and 175 kilometres away.

By Rail: Kodaikanal has the nearest rail head at Kodai road, located 80km away.

Stay: Hotels rates here starts from INR 674 onwards.


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5. Gokarna: An inexpensive paradise

Gokarna: An inexpensive paradise
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source: HolidayIQ reviewer Sumit Bose from Guwahati shot this in Gokarna

A small temple town on the western coast, the history of Gokarna goes back to the times of Ravana and Shiva. HolidayIQ reviewer Millo says, “Gokarna has been my-go to paradise 5-6 times so far. Yet I cannot tell which beach is the best, all of them are. Travelers looking for good food and good time, a sea person or not, must have this place on their list of travels.

With traditional tiled roofing, Gokarna is a pretty laid back town. HolidayIQ reviewer Aashish says, “One of the best place ever visited, amazing food from every cuisine, cheap beer and lazy beaches. Wonderful shacks at very reasonable prices.”

Must-see: Paradise beach, Mahabaleshwar temple, Om Beach, Kudle Beach, Mirjan fort among others.

How to reach:

By Air: Dabolim airport in Goa is the nearest airport about 140 km away. The airport is well connected by flights to Indian and international cities.

By Train: The nearest railway station is at Ankola, about 20 km from Gokarna. 

Stay: Hotels rates here starts from INR 615 onwards.


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