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These 5 Places Should be on Every Student’s Bucket List

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With the advent of 2017, start the year with a bang! And the best way to do that is to embark on impromptu trips with your buddies. With a shoe-string budget, we often discard plans we make with our friends. And that is why we are here to help you. Here is a list of places to travel to at a minimal cost. 

These 5 Places Should be on Every Student’s Bucket List:

  1. Uttarakhand
  2. West Bengal
  3. Pondicherry
  4. Karnataka

1. Auli: Have you ever experienced skiing?

Auli: Have you ever experienced skiing?
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Deemed one of the best skiing destinations in our country, Auli offers fun, frolick, adventure and matchless scenic spectacle. Aman shares on HolidayIQ, "Snow activities include skiing and there is the biggest ropeway of the Asia joining Auli to Joshimath and trust me that too gives a heavenly feel.

Carpeted with Oak forests, you can experience Mana Parbat and Neelkanth. Sumit shares some pointers about the gear to carry, "Winter gear, boots, gloves, sunglasses. Avoid carrying heavy bags as you will have to go up the hill from Joshimath, so just carry a light bag with essentials like waterbottle, eateries." You can check out the packages which include transport, skiing and stay that comes up to INR13,500.

2. Darjeeling: Ride the Toy train

Darjeeling: Ride the Toy train
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Affectionately known as the “Queen of the Hills”, Darjeeling is an inexpensive destination that you can hit whenever you want to take off with your friends. Sushanta shares on HolidayIQ, "There are many beautiful points to see - Batasia Loop, Joy Ride toy train, Japanese Temple, Himalayan maintaining and zoological centre, Rock garden, Mahala Mandir, Tea garden, The Mall."

It draws tourists all the year round and its most important attraction is the Toy Train, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Shuvobroto says, "I always feel thrilled with the small steam engine pulling mini coaches up the steep mountains through breathtaking landscapes and overcoming almost impossible curves and gradients using sheer engineering ingenuity and creative skills." Toy train up to Darjeeling from New Jalpaiguri Junction Railway Station costs INR 250 and your stay and food per day would not cost more than INR600 put together. 

3. Pondicherry: Live Like the French

Pondicherry: Live Like the French
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Why shell out thousands when you can get a French experience through some inexpensive trips in India? Durgesh shares on HolidayIQ, "The roaring sea of Bay of Bengal, the French colonies, relishing seafood as well as the international cuisines of Italy and France, South Indian delicacies made our stay memorable."

Bus fare from Chennai to Pondicherry and back costs INR 500, a comfortable cottage stay is just INR 300 while budget hotels will cost you INR 500. Indianized French cuisine starts at INR 200-300 for two. Neeraj says, "Rented bikes are easily available at around INR200 to 500 per day depending upon the kind of vehicle. Rock beach is the most famous one sporting a nightlife and surrounded by a lot of eateries and monuments, but you can't swim here."

4. Gokarna - A laid back version of Goa

Gokarna - A laid back version of Goa
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If you are looking for calm, Om or Kudle beach in Gokarna near Mangalore fits the bill. Millo shares on HolidayIQ, "Gokarna main town is a mystical world that is in transition between both ancient and a modern world. Kudle beach has been my favourite beach, apart from Om beach, Paradise beach and Moon beach. There is a lesser known cave that is really secluded and well hidden."

You could try hiring some boats with the local fishermen to take you around the beaches or try out a bunch of water activities you could go for. Bangalore to Gokarna and back by bus costs INR 800, homestays start at INR 200 and eating options near the beach at INR 200 for two per meal, Banana boat ride takes INR 300 per person. 

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5. Rishikesh: Experience unplugged adventure

Rishikesh: Experience unplugged adventure
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The thrilling white-water-rafting, the splendid beach camps, and the exhilarating treks attract the adventurer in you. Ann shares on HolidayIQ, "I have done river rafting at Rishikesh which is the most thrilling and adventurous, try it with Paddle India." You could also visit the scenic Valley of Flowers in the vicinity.

Nitish says, "Rishikesh is a place which will tantalise your travel buds. We went for a 3-day trip but ended up spending a week there. I would suggest, you shell out at least four days for Rishikesh." Travel to and from Delhi will cost INR300, river rafting takes INR 400 to INR 1300 per person. 

6. HolidayIQ Travellers shot this cool video of Gokarna

source: holidayiq.com/travellers/omar-mukhthar-2137789

Hurry up and plan NOW!!!

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