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    01 Mar 17
    Written by Pankaj Chaturvedi

    In the words of globetrotter Michael Palin,

    "Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected for the rest of my life."

    The travel bug has struck you too but you’re on a tight budget? Don’t fret, because no matter which part of this beautiful country you hail from, money is no constraint to prevent you from discovering breathtaking sceneries and exploring untrodden paths to make a million priceless memories.

    We present to you a list of destinations that are bound to enchant you, without burning a hole in your pocket!

    #1 Matheran, Maharashtra

    Situated in Raigad district of Maharashtra, this beguiling hill station, untouched by the busy city life surrounding it, offers picturesque sights that can rejuvenate one to the very core. It is located on the range of Western Ghats at height of 800 m (2625 Feet) above sea level.

    Famous for offering stunning sunrise and sunset views, Matheran is the smallest hill station in India. Though this place is most beautiful during the monsoon season with lush greenery and gushing waterfalls, it has pleasant weather throughout the year. This treasure trove of delights will take you over a hundred years back in time when there were no vehicles as Matheran has been declared as an Eco-sensitive region by the government and automobiles are not allowed inside the town.

    Ideally, Matheran is perfect to spend a relaxing weekend in. There are lots of lookout points that provide spectacular views of the surrounding hills and valleys. There are around 38 designated visiting points in Matheran, including the Panorma Point that provides a 360-degree view of the surrounding area and also the Neral town. The Louisa Point offers crystal clear view of the Prabal Fort.The other points are the One Tree Hill Point, Hart Point, Monkey Point, Porcupine Point, Rambgh Point, and more.

    You can also check out MakeMyTrip Flight offers to make your trip more easy and compatible if you are far away from Maharashtra. So pack your bags and hurry to explore!!

    #2 Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu

    Renowned for its virgin beaches, resplendent rivers, imposing hills and anfractuous rivulets, Kanyakumari district lies in the southernmost tip of Peninsular India. The district has an amalgamation of culture and customs of neighbouring Kerala mixed with the rich deep traditions of Tamil Nadu. Sadly, for want of promotional campaign and lack of basic amenities most of the tourists coming to this district return back after seeing just Kanyakumari and Padmanabhapuram Palace. However, there is tons to be explored here from trying inexpensive local cuisines to other native delights! Here’s the list of the best places one can visit in Kanyakumari.

    1. Kanyakumari Temple is also referred to as Bhagvaty Amman Temple and is one of the 108 Shakti Peetha in Hindu mythology. The temple is one of the major Hindu temples across India and is mentioned in almost all the ancient Hindu scriptures
    2. One of the iconic monuments in Kanyakumari, the Vivekananda Rock Memorial is located 100 meters from the shore and is one of the major tourist attractions in Kanyakumari.
    3. A temple town, Suchindrum is located 11 kilometers from the city of Kanyakumari. The temples here are built in the distinctive Dravidian style and are adorned with massive gopurams which are a common characteristic of all the Dravidian temples.
    4. The massive 133 feet tall statue is of the Saint Poet Thiruvalluvar, who was considered to be one of the greatest Tamil poets in India. Thiruvalluvar Statue is one of the biggest in Asia and was unveiled on the 1st of January 2000.

    Being a part of the princely state of Travancore and a major cultural and religious hub from the Sangam period, Kanyakumari is a place not to be missed on your visit to India. The above mentioned places are not only few of the most popular places in Kanyakumari but also the major attractions of India.

    To reach Kanyakumari :

    A bus ticket from Trivandrum (one way) would be around Rs.250/- and the basic rooms in hotels start from around Rs.800/-. Which means you are still left with a solid Rs.3000/-, so as to explore and splurge further in Kanyakumari. You can even check out yatra offers if you want to visit  more places in south India as to get the best travel experience in limited time and money.

    #3 Mathura-Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh

    In the Brahmanda Purana it is said that all the results of traveling on all the pilgrimages within the three worlds can be achieved simply by touching the holy land of Mathura.

    Just an hour’s drive away from Agra, on the banks of the river Yamuna, lies the birthplace of Lord Krishna. The entire land is bejeweled with glorious temples, enshrining various facets of his holy life. The twin cities of Mathura and Vrindavan, where he was born and where he grew up, still resonate with the sounds of his laughter, antics and his magical flute.

    Some of the famous temples are :

    1. Rangaji Temple- Sri Rangji Mandir was constructed by the efforts of Sri Rangadeshik Swamiji  Sri Goda Rangamnaar's grace the temple was completed in the year 1851 A.D.
    2. Dwarikadhish Temple- also known as the Jagat Mandir is a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Krishna, who is worshipped here by the name Dwarkadhish, or 'King of Dwarka'.
    3.  Bankey Bihari Temple- is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, in the holy city of Vrindavan.  Bankey Bihari ji was originally worshiped at Nidhivana. Bankey means “bent in three places” and bihari means “supreme enjoyer.” 
    4.  ISKCON Temple- Sri Krishna-Balaram Mandir is a Gaudiya Vaishnava temple in the holy city of Vrindavan. The deities of the temple are Krishna and Balarama, at the central altar. On the right altar are Radha Krishna with Gopi, Lalita and Vishakha

    These are just a glimpse of some temples in a city which is has thousands of temples, every lane has a God and every corner a temple. To enjoy this beautiful environment to peace is what makes this place a must visist.


    A brief overview:

    Reaching Mathura from Agra takes about Rs.200 and less than an hour by train. Here amidst the mesmerizing temples, gardens, music, art and dances, the legend of Lord Krishna comes alive in all its flamboyance and grandeur – every day. Amongst many treasures, The Charkula dance, Raasleela and the lilting folk music recreate the emanation of devotion and love. The historical relics at the Mathura Museum offer a glimpse of a glorious past that will keep you asking for more. Since it is designed for pilgrims, you can plan your trip by booking at yatra hotels to get the best price.  

    #4 Mcleod Ganj, Himachal Pradesh

    McLeod Ganj is a great budget option if you are in or around Delhi and are eager to get away from the city's hustle bustle for a quaint weekend. While the hotel tariffs can plunge as low as Rs.200/- for a day if you wish to stay at Naddi or Dharamkot, Rs.300/- will get you a decent, congenial accommodation in McLeod Ganj. Staying at Dharamkot also opens unparalleled a venues like trying some jewelry designing or dabbling in Tai Chi.

    McLeod Ganj is a village in the suburbs of Dharamshala, in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India. It is situated in the lap of Dhauladhar Range, a branch of the southern outer Himalayas. McLeod Ganj has a bijou population of about 10,000 people which including local Indians, Nepalese, exile Tibetans, and foreign expats. It is predominantly inhabited by a hill tribe, the Gaddis. After the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, fled to India with thousands of followers. He was initially sheltered in Mussoorie, but on 30 April 1960 he came to McLeod Ganj, where he established the Central Tibetan Administration. Since then McLeod Ganj has risen to an important international destination, for both pilgrims and travellers.

    Some more about awe-inspiring places to make your trip include:

    1. Tibetian museum-  This museum is located inside the Tsuglagkhang complex and has a collection of brilliant forms of Tibetan art, which includes history documents, pottery, handicrafts, paintings etc.

    2. Bhagsunath Temple Surrounded by beautiful pools and lush greenery, this temple is located at a height of 1770m above sea level and attracts a huge number of devotees and tourists throughout the year.

    3. Bhagsu Falls Set amidst lush greenery and dreamy sceneries in a pristine atmosphere, these falls have much grandeur and breathtaking beauty. While in McLeod Ganj, they should not be missed.

    4. Dal Lake Named after the Dal lake of Srinagar, this beautiful small lake is just 3 km from the Mcleodganj town. This lake is surrounded by deodar trees and also has a temple here dedicated to Lord Shiva.

    Make sure to check all these places off your to-visit list!.

    #5 Jaipur,Rajasthan

    Founded in AD 1727 by Sawai Jaisingh II, Jaipur the capital of Rajasthan is popularly and (lovingly) known as the Pink City with palatial avenues and spacious gardens. This fascinating city with its romantic charm whisks you to a spellbinding era of royalty and tradition. Jaipur is a majestic city that is steeped in wondrous history and culture. Here the past comes to life in magnificent forts and palaces, where once resided the maharajas. The thronging bazaars of Jaipur, famed for intricate Rajasthani jewellery, fabric and shoes, possess a timeless enticement and are surely a paradise for the shoppers.

    Jaipur offers visitors a plethora of pageants and festivals to extraordinarily clad people, a wealth of handicrafts, a royal legacy of palaces, and sightseeing spots that will occupy their time. All of Jaipur is an architectural and magical gem, and no scheduled itinerary can even hope to do justice to this rare city!

    And don’t forget to head over to for a comprehensive combo packages that cover list of places of which some are listed below that you must not miss, all while staying in your budget!

    1. Albert Hall Museum one of the oldest museum of Rajasthan it is located inside the ‘Ram Niwas Garden’ and was opened to public in the year 1887. Foundation stone of the museum was laid in 1876 by the then Prince of Wales, Albert Edward, after whom the museum is named.
    2. Chokhi Dhani is an ethnic village themed resort that was established to preserve the art and ethnicity of vibrant Rajasthan. Visited by thousands of tourists every year, this is a great place to get a glimpse of true Rajasthani culture.
    3. Chand Baori is a beautiful stepwell built opposite the ‘Harshat Mata Temple’ in the Abhaneri village. Built between 8th and 9th centuries, ’Chand Baori’ is one of the most beautiful baoris in Rajasthan with 3500 intricately carved steps arranged in a perfect geometrical symmetry.

    If you are looking for that extra motivational nudge to plan your next budget trip after checking out these awesome places you can even check out best deals on makemytrip for hotels, flights or combo offers

    So now that you have the list, the deals now all you need to do is pack your bags, grab your loved ones and go make some memories.

    Bon voyage, happy travelers!