With a country like India on a traveller’s list, there are millions of sights to see and things to experience. However, with so many places to be at, sometimes it gets a little tough to go, although travelling in India usually doesn’t cost too much. Luckily, there are always options to switch to when you’re looking to travel on a budget. If you’re looking to see a lot in one trip despite the magnum opus of treats that India has got hidden away in many corners, there is a way to accomplish that. Here are some budget friendly tips to get you started for your first or next trip to India.
1Find A Cheap Accommodation
The first thing you want to do before you plan your trip to India or anywhere else for that matter is to find the right accommodation. There are plenty of places online where you can look for cheap accommodation. However, bear in mind that sometimes what a website shows is far from what the place really looks like. If you’re too unsure about this, find a regular accommodation for the first few days wherever it is you plan to go, and then personally hit some of the dorms, hostels, and cheap hotels for the stay of a day or two. Negotiating for the cost of a place is not uncommon in India, which will help you cut back on a lot of spending. Backpacking across places by staying in one place for a couple days would prove pretty helpful.
2 Plan Prior To Travelling
This can be done either before you begin travelling in India or post arrival. Keeping track of the places you want to see and what you can add based on the amount of time remaining is a great way of saving money. Planning where you want to go beforehand will help you decide how much you should spend at each point. Dividing the amount of time that you want to spend at one place will make it a lot easier to figure out how much time should be spent at another. That way managing costs gets simpler, and even helps in figuring out where more spending is needed based on the kind of places to be visited and things to be seen.
3Tracking the Spending on Food
India is filled with places where one can get cheap food or the most expensive kind. On a budget, it is really not difficult to find affordable food. Street food is available almost everywhere you go, and cheap motels, resorts and restaurants are scattered around all over. Indian food is something that has attracted tourists from around the world for centuries now, and most of it is easily available for a low cost. At most places food, can be carried along, and it lowers the cost of spending on purchasing something new for every meal. It is important to have healthy and nutritious food so travelling can be made easier and more fun, but don’t be afraid to indulge in some delicacies once in a while. It really doesn’t cost a lot.
4 Checking the Entry Fees of Some Places
As a tourist, you will find quite a few places where an entry fee or tickets are required. Historic locations are the most common where one needs to purchase tickets. However, most historic locations have websites, and if not, travelling websites do reveal the tickets or entry fees, which will help you figure out how much you need to spend at a certain place. Many of these locations have different pricing for Indians and foreign visitors, and it helps to find out beforehand how much they would cost. This goes a long way in ensuring that you don’t spend more at unnecessary places. Usually entry fees are quite cheap as well, and some even allow free entry.
5 Walk Where You Can
Public transport is available at most tourist locations in India. However, if you’re looking to cut costs, walking to nearby places would help a lot. Certain tourist attractions of a particular town or city are usually close by and can be accessed on foot. When walking, you can appreciate more of India’s hidden corners than anything else, and it saves up on choosing public or private transportation. This way, the money you would spend on transport could be used for entry fees, food, or accommodation. Additionally, walking is a healthy way to travel and enjoy the smaller things.
Foreign visitors will find travelling in India quite cheap, but a budget friendly trip will give you a chance to return and see more of the things that might have been missed the first time. Travelling in India gives a lot of benefits on a small budget with lots of things to do and see.
Author : Rohit Agrawal
Author Bio : Rohit is a traveller and explorer, whose experiences can be found on Trans India travels. You can visit the website to know more about adventurous places he has explored in India.
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