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Travel places that won't burn a hole in your pocket

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.

– JawaharJawaharlalal Nehru

Traveling is one of the most exciting and thrilling activities that one can do to let their hair down. Traveling has a positive effect on your physical and psychological self and also changes you in so many ways that you yourself do not realize. A study from Cornell University has also shown a direct correlation between increasing happiness and a vacation. Not just going on a trip but planning a trip also makes you happy. Not just this, it also helps you understand various cultures and makes you a better socially developed person.

5 Scientifically Proven Health Benefits of Traveling
5 Scientifically Proven Health Benefits of Traveling

We all had some marvelous travel plans in 2020 but unfortunately due to COVID 19 all our plans are put on a hold and many of us want to avoid traveling not just because of safety reasons but also financial constraints. But, what if we tell you that there are some breathtaking destinations in India that won't even burn a hole in your pocket? Isn't it a win-win situation. Let's have a look at some cheap and yet amazing travel destinations in India that we can visit on a low budget.

1. Amritsar, Punjab

A trip to Amritsar can rejuvenate us in many ways. It is one of the most spiritual cities in the country and is the current largest urban area in Punjab. One of the main reasons to visit Amritsar is obviously 'Golden Temple', a visit to this marvelous Sikh shrine makes you feel free from your problems and hustle and bustle of life. You can also have langar i.e. communal meal. Trust us no 5-star hotel can beat the taste of food served over here. You can also volunteer to help at the shrine. Not just the Golden Temple, you can also attend the ceremony at Wagah Border. To all the foodies, this city is a treat for you all. All the dhabas serve extremely delectable food. Other attractions that you can also visit are Jallianwala Bagh, Baba Atak Tower, Gobindgarh Fort, and Durgiana Mandir. To know more about this lovely city have a look at this superb blog.

2. Nainital, Uttarakhand

Lush green valleys, breathtaking lakes, adventurous activities: doesn't all this sound like a perfect travel destination. Yes, it is and Nainital is a perfect combination of all three of them. Nainital is a small town in Uttarakhand. It is named after the Hindu goddess Naina Devi and one of the main attractions in the town is Naina Devi Temple. It a beautiful temple located at the upper end of the marvelous and attractive Nainital Lake. Apart from the temple, the mall road of Nainital is one of the main shopping and food centers in the town. You will find the cutest and the best handicrafts over here. Another marvel in this town is the snow viewpoint that offers a breathtaking view of the Himalayas and the fun part is that you can also have a ropeway ride from here. Other places that will make your heart crave for more beauty are Eco cave gardens, Land's end, Himalayan viewpoint, and St. John Wilderness Church.

3. Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu

Famously known as the city of hills, it is a winsome town in the state of Tamil Nadu. The town is a treat for all nature lovers as the whole town is abundant with green valleys, majestic waterfalls, and perfectly transparent lakes. The town is a perfect place to have a relaxing, cheerful, and whoopee experience. It is also home to one of the most lovely waterfalls in the country. You can visit Bear Shola Falls, Thalaiyar Falls, and Silver Cascade Falls for some breathtaking views. Another interesting location is the Green Valley View or Suicide point. The viewpoint offers an enchanting view. To get here, you need to pass through misty and magical woodlands that make it no less than a magical adventure. Other places that you can visit are Pillar Rocks, Kodai Lake, Coaker'sare walk, and Kukkal Caves. For more information about this hill station, give a read to this blog.

4. McLeod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh

Looking for some great time and peace of mind then this is the right place for you. Located in Dharamshala, it is also known as 'Little Lhasa' because of its large population of Tibetans. It is well known for its monasteries, temples, waterfalls, lakes, and Tibetan culture. Bhagsunag waterfall is one of the top tourist attractions and is well known for its tranquil and serene environment. You can also take a dip in the chilly and freezing water. Another gem that you definitely do not want to miss is Dalai Lama's temple also known as Namgyal Monastery. It is the largest Tibetan temple in India and attracts many tourists from all over the globe. To all the foodies, the stalls over here serve the best momos and Maggi and we bet you don't wanna leave the scrumptious food. Other places that you can explore are Dal Lake, St. John's church, and Masroor temple.

5. Pondicherry

This place is not less than a paradise for anyone. From being a party hub to a spiritual center to a tranquil town, this city has got it all. With its golden beaches, crystal blue skies, quirky cafes, and flamboyant streets it has made a place in everyone's heart. Also known as Puducherry, was a French colony and later on became an Indian Union Territory. "Puddu," as the locals call it, was not a favorite tourist spot for a long time, but it started sparkling its magic over the tourists almost a decade ago. All the beaches in this town are a treat to eyes and are filled with adventuresome activities. Apart from its lovely beaches, we also have Auroville- a universal town where people from all countries and caste are welcomed and live in peace and harmony. Other places that are going to strike a chord in your heart are French War Memorial, Botanical Garden, Pondicherry Museum, and White Town.

6. Agra, Uttar Pradesh

It is the home to the iconic wonder 'Taj Mahal' and is known all over the world for it. Agra and Taj Mahal have become synonymous over the years but this city has a lot more to offer than just the Taj Mahal. The city is full of gems and one marvel that one must-see is Agra Fort, it is a UNESCO world heritage monument and leaves everyone speechless with its great architectural style. One more wonder is Fatehpur Sikri, it used to serve as the capital for Mughal Emperors. It is made up of red sandstone and stands as an epitome of Mughal style and architecture. Not to forget about the local markets that sell unique and rare handicrafts and artifacts. In addition to this, you can also visit Sikandra Fort, Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb, Mehtab Bagh, and Akbar’s Tomb. Not just travelers its a heaven for photographers too as all the monuments are amazingly built and are a sight to behold. Also, have a look at this amazing blog for more insights into the city.

7. Jaipur, Rajasthan

The pink city of India is one of the most affordable and winsome places to travel in India. With lots of historical monuments, forts, and museums it has spread its magic over tourists. One can't get over the culture and heritage of the city. The markets are flooded with local handicrafts, traditional dresses, and pieces of jewelry, artists performing on streets. All this adds a magical vibe to the city. Though each and every monument in the city is a gem in itself but one can not get over the beauty of Amber or Amer fort. The walls of the fort are beautifully carved and form a reflection in Maotha lake. How can we forget about Hawa Mahal one of the best architectural marvels in the city? It was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh with an aim to keep the palace cool and allowing the queens to observe festive season celebrations. Other sites that are must-visit are Nahargarh fort, Jaigarh fort, Albert Musem, and Jal Mahal.

The magnificient view from Nahagarh Fort.
The magnificient view from Nahagarh Fort.

8. Shillong, Meghalaya

Also known as the 'Scotland of the East,' it is an irresistible and lovely hill station surrounded by alluring waterfalls, heavenly views, ravishing lakes, and unique museums. One visit is enough to make you fall in love with this place. It also has one of the largest and wettest golf course on the continent. The interesting fact about the golf course is that its natural and not man-made. The city also has many museums such as Butterfly museum, Ever-Living museum, Rhino heritage museum, State museum, Don Bosco Museum, and many more. All the museums are informative and provide interesting information that one must be aware of. Not just museums, the waterfalls in the city are as pretty as a picture. Elephant's fall, Sweet falls, Nohsngithiang falls, and Spread Eagle falls are the most famous waterfalls in the city. It is an ideal place for all nature lovers as it gives you a chance to reconnect with the natural wonders. To know more you can have a look at this blog.

These are some of the most affordale places in India that you can visit without burning a hole in your pocket. To get a personalized safe experience in any of these locations, you can start by building your own experience. To know more have a look at this amazing site.

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