How to travel in India on low budget?

how to travel in India on low budget

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India is known for its heritage and rich culture. From ancient temples to modern cities, India offers something for everyone. The country also boasts some of the best beaches in Asia. And with over 20 languages spoken across the country, it’s no wonder why it’s called the land of diversity. While visiting India, you don’t want to miss out on experiencing Indian culture. There are plenty of things to see and experience, from food to shopping, festivals to wildlife, and much more. Travelling around India can be quite expensive, but not if you know how to save money. There are many ways that you can cut down your expenses while travelling through this beautiful country. You don’t have to spend a fortune to visit India — there are plenty of affordable options for backpackers looking for cheap accommodation. In fact, you can save a bundle without compromising quality or safety.

Here are the tips on how to travel in India on low budget: 

1. Decide where you want to go!

Do you have a destination in mind? Do some research about the climate, weather, terrain, topography, etc. This will help you travel on a low budget.

2. Train Tickets

Travelling from city to city by train is usually cheaper than flying. You can find low cost air tickets only if you buy them well in advance. If you’re looking for a cheap train ticket, then it’s best to purchase your tickets at least 8-9 months in advance. But don’t worry, even if you wait until right before you leave, the prices won’t really drop much but the seats might get booked faster. Book your flights early. You can book your flight tickets as much as 6 months before your departure date. This way, you can get better rates at the time of booking. However, do not forget to check out the price changes after that period.

3. Low cost airline

Always try to fly with low-cost airlines. They usually offer good discounts on airfare. If you want to find cheap flights, then you should consider using specific websites that can help you out. This will save you a big  and help to travel on a low budget. 

4. Planning your itinerary / Choose the best time to visit that place

There are many factors that influence the climate, like the geographical location, elevation, temperature, seasonality, humidity, wind speed and direction, and cloud cover.

Planning your itinerary is the best way to save money and time. Like if you are a beach lover then you can preplan for a Goa tour package and if you are a bachelor, you can choose the best bachelorette party destinations in India. Try to avoid travelling at peak times (i.e., holiday seasons). Also, try to avoid travelling on weekends and public holidays. Try to stay away from peak seasons. Avoid travelling during summer and winter. These are the high seasons where accommodation prices are skyrocketing.

5. Booking hotels

When booking hotels, consider where you want to stay. Hotels tend to offer better deals when they are close to tourist attractions. However, if you don’t mind staying away from the action, then choose a hotel near a quiet area. Stay in budget hotels. Try to stay at local hostels instead of 5 star hotels. There are plenty of budget accommodations in India. You just need to look out  for them. You should also consider what kind of accommodations you want. A hostel is usually cheaper than a 5 star hotel but it offers less privacy. On the other hand, a 5 star hotel is likely to have a higher price tag.

6. Street food

Eat street food. Street food is inexpensive and delicious. You will never regret eating street food over dining out. This will also save an amount and let you travel on a low budget. 

7. Budgeting

Budgeting is the best way to keep you under control. It’s not a good idea to spend more than what you earn. So you must do budgeting before you go. This is how you will know if you have enough money left for other things.

Choose a destination that has a high concentration of tourists. This means that you can find cheap flights, accommodation, and food. You should take these costs into account when do budgeting.

8. Exchange rate

Find out about the exchange rate. Some countries have a strong currency while others have a weak one. This means that the cost of goods and services may be different between countries. Make sure that you know how much things are worth in your home country and how much it would cost to purchase them abroad.

9. Travelling with kids

Travelling with children can be difficult. You have to make sure that you are prepared for any kind of situation. Make a well versed plan in your head if you are travelling with kids

10. Pack light

When travelling with kids or solo, packing light is always best. If you pack too much stuff, then you won’t be able to move around at all and you would have to spend some amount so that someone can carry your luggage. 

11. Keep things organised

If you are travelling, keeping everything organised is essential. Make sure that you keep track of their medications and medical supplies. If something happens to you while you are away from home, then you wouldn’t have to rush and this can save you money.

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