Myth: travelling is an expensive affair. Reality: you can travel the world in a budget. And when there are long weekends you feel the bite of the travel bug or the itch to bunk college. The only thing that limits you from packing your bags and taking off to an obscure place is your budget. Hear! hear! We have jotted down 5 backpacking trips that you can take within 10,000 while you are in college.
The Allure of the Backwaters
The backwaters in God’s own country has been a dream destination for many. You do not need to postpone your trip thinking about expenses, because a short tour to Alleppey is possible. For a 2 night/3 day stay, the cost can vary between Rs 250 to Rs 700 a day. And if you are planning to stay in a houseboat, it starts from Rs 6000 per day for 1 BHK which includes 3 meals. You can easily split it with your friends. All you need to do is enjoy the verdant countryside, waterways and the lagoons.
A trek through Kasauli
If you are an adventure enthusiast, then a trek through Kasauli should be in your list of must-dos. The most cost effective way to reach Kasauli is to board a train from Delhi to Kasauli. Then you can take a shared taxi to reach your destination. It will take less than Rs 1500 to reach Kasauli. Opt for pocket-friendly hotels where you will get the accommodation within Rs 1000. A 3-day trip will cost less than 5000, so you will be left with a lot of money to splurge on the trip.
Go for Goa
Goa is definitely every backpacker’s dream destination. Plan a short trip for 3 days; board a train from Margao from Mumbai which is a cost-effective option. You will be glad to know that beach accommodation starts at Rs 500 a night. Of course, you will be spoilt for choices as Goa boasts some of the best restaurants in the country with an eclectic mix of cuisine, but to stick to your budget opt for the beach shacks. A good seafood meal will cost you Rs 150. Opt for bike rentals; it starts from Rs 250 and can go up to Rs 500 a day. There are so many things to explore in Goa; the beaches, Portuguese architecture and the local markets.
River rafting at Rishikesh
Rishikesh is not just for the spiritually inclined; it is also very much for the adventure junkies. If you are one of those who are looking for an adrenalin rush, river rafting at Rishikesh is just the kind of activity for you. You might want to stay there for 2 days. Take a shared taxi from Delhi which will cost you around 500. Share a tent with someone which will cost about Rs 150 per day; food is also quite inexpensive. Depending on your service provider river rafting will cost between Rs 400 to Rs 1300. Want to be more adventurous? Opt for beach camping which will cost up to Rs 1600 per person which includes 1 night stay, river rafting and 3 meals. If you want to experience white water rafting, Rishikesh is the place to be.
Hampi for the History Buffs
Hampi is a fabulous treat for history lovers and unlike popular belief it is one of the inexpensive destinations in India. Relive the golden era of the Vijaynagar dynasty. Board a train from Bangalore to Hospet which will cost you Rs 300. If you are taking an auto to Hampi, you need to pay Rs 100. The homestays are pretty inexpensive and some of them also include meals. It varies between Rs 500 to Rs 1500 per day. If you are taking a tonga to ruin sites, it will cost Rs 100. A 3 day trip to Hampi can be easily accomplished within Rs 10,000.