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8 Best destinations in India under Rs 3000

Most of us would love to just pack our bags and head off on a holiday every weekend; and when there is a long weekend – nothing can stop us. However, our budget doesn’t always permit us to go on extravagant vacation every now and then. So does that mean there would be no holiday when you are low on funds? Certainly not, for we have dug out some of the amazing places where you can head off without making a dent in your pocket.

These beautiful locations in India offer cheap travel, economical stay and delicious food within 3000 INR for a short stay. So, what is stopping you? Pack your bags and off you go!

Amritsar, Punjab

Amritsar

A land of culture and heritage, Amritsar is the most holy abode of Sikhs across the world. Bustling streets, the aroma of food cooked in the open-air kitchen and the strains of gurbani, will charm you  the moment you step in the by-lanes of Amritsar. From seeking blessing at the Golden temple to binging on Amritsari cuisine, this city is a perfect location to escape from the humdrum of life for a day or two.

Expenditure: Rs 2500 to 3000 per person

Distance from Delhi: 449 kms (7hrs)

Preferred mode of transport: Bus, Train

Fare starts at : Rs 400 (bus)  Rs 300 (train)

Hotel stay: Rs 700 – Rs 1500

Activities: Shopping, Wagah Border visit, Jallianwala Bagh, Golden temple

Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh

Mcleodganj

Located a little higher than Dharamshala, this quaint and picturesque city is the home to His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. Mcleodganj is extremely popular among budget travellers as there are hotels and motels offering reasonable stays. Innumerable cafes and restaurants offer delightful menu at low cost, making Mcleodganj a destination for one and all. If you are looking for peace and tranquility, then this city will charm you like no other.

Expenditure: Rs 3000 to 5000 per person

Distance from Delhi: 583 kms (11hrs)

Preferred mode of transport: Bus

Fare starts at:: Rs 550 (Bus)

Hotel stay: Rs 500 – Rs 1200

Activities: Cafe hopping, Shopping, Monastery visit, Trekking, Sightseeing

Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu 

Kodaikanal

Located amidst the folds of thriving Pali hills, Kodaikanal is one of the serene hill stations in Southern India, that is bound to mesmerize every traveller. The cool misty weather, scenic beauty, gushing waterfalls and the wooded forest are the major attractions. Kodaikanal has been a popular weekend getaway for many tourists from Bangalore and Chennai.

Expenditure: Rs 2500 to 3500 per person

Distance from Bangalore: 460 kms (9Hrs)

Preferred mode of transport: Bus

Hotel stay: Rs 600 – Rs 1500

Fare starts at: Rs 600 (Bus)

Activities: Horse riding, boating, cycling, shopping, trekking.

Gokarna, Karnataka

Gokarna Beach

Gokarna is known to be a rather secluded version of Goa. Primarily a temple town where people visit for pilgrimage, the concept transformed by the arrival of more and more foreign tourists, which gradually made this place famous amongst the youth. From secluded  spot to experience the sunset, places to stay at close proximity and good food at cafes, Gokarna offers the best to any beach lover.

Expenditure: Rs 2500 to 3000 per person

Distance from Bangalore: 484 kms (10hrs)

Preferred mode of transport: Bus, Bike

Fare starts at:: Rs 500 (Bus)

Hotel Stay: Rs 500 – 1000

Activities: Beach hopping, Cafe hopping, Sea food trails

Dooars, North Bengal

Dooars, Bengal

Nestled in the Himalayan foothills with a backdrop of awe-inspiring sal forests,  panoramic view of hills and the call of the wild, Dooars allures many adventure lovers. The biggest attraction are the many National Parks – Gorumara National Park, Chapramari Forest,Jaldapara National Park, Buza Tiger Reserve and few others. Heritage tea bungalows and local homestays are some of the popular stay in Dooars.

Expenditure: Rs 2000 to 3500 per person

Distance from Kolkata: 632 Kms (12hrs)

Preferred mode of transport: Bus, Cab

Fare starts at: Rs 600 (Bus)

Hotel Stay: Rs 400 – Rs 900

Activities: Jungle safari, Bird watching

Mandarmani, West Bengal

Digha Beach

One of the recently developed tourist destination of West Bengal, Mandarmani is closely located to the otherwise crowded Digha beach. If you want to spend some quiet time near the beach away from the bustle of urban life, then Mandarmani is the perfect choice. It is a seaside resort village, located at the northern end of the Bay of Bengal, almost 180Kms away from Kolkata. It has around 13km long beach which is argued to be the longest driveable beach in India. One of the special attractions here are the red crabs crawling on the beach when the tide is on the ebb.

Expenditure: Rs 2000 to 3000 per person

Distance from Kolkata: 180 Kms (6hrs)

Preferred mode of transport: Bus, Cab

Fare starts at: Rs 400 (Bus)

Hotel Stay: Rs 400 – Rs 900

Activities: Water sports, Sea food

Alibaug, Maharashtra

Alibaug Beach

This lazy, lovely town in Raigad district, is the hotspot for Mumbaikars who come here for short weekend breaks. Calm waves, sandy shores and dense woods  impress the travellers like none other. Beaches here include Alibaug, Varsoli, Nagoan, Akshi and Kashid beach where one can enjoy multiple water sports activities or just sit by the beach watching the sunset.
Expenditure: Rs 1500 to 2500 per person

Distance from Mumbai : 98 Kms (3hrs)

Fare starts at:  Rs 120 (Bus)  Rs 85  (Boat ticket)

Hotel Stay: Rs 500 – Rs 1200

Preferred mode of transport: Bus, Cab, Ferry

Activities: Water sports, Sea food, Horse riding, Bike riding

Matheran, Maharashtra

Matheran

Matheran is located in the Raigarh district of Maharashtra and an unspoilt wonder of the state, blessed with the best of nature’s offering. From misty winds, meandering clouds and inexplicable charm, Matheran is the smallest hill station in India with area of around 10 sq.m, at an altitude of 800 mtr. This hill station is a pollution-free and noise-free zone where even cycles are not allowed, making it all the more alluring for travellers. There are horses available here for sightseeing, although many people choose to walk as it saves money and also the beauty of nature can be admired to the fullest.

Expenditure: Rs 1500 to 2500 per person

Distance from Mumbai: 90 Kms (3hrs)

Fare starts at: Rs 150 (Bus) Rs 50 (Toy train)

Hotel Stay: Rs 500 – Rs 1000

Preferred mode of transport: Toy train from Neral, as it offers some amazing views

Activities: Sighteeing, Trekking, Horse riding

So, what are you waiting for? This is the time. Plan, pack and move out to explore and make memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime.


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