Being a student is certainly the best phase of life. With oozing youthful enthusiasm and lots of time on hand, travelling is something one must definitely do their during student life. However, the restraint on money stop us from even imagining travelling and exploring new places since the budget is, more likely than not, very small.
If you're one such student, tired of hectic assignments and submissions, looking for a getaway, then this is your lucky day! India is spread with quite a few magnificent places that can be visited on a pocket money budget, if planned right. Read about some of the destinations you can visit as a student.
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For the folks of Chandigarh, Delhi or places nearby, Kasauli is an ideal getaway that is located in Himachal Pradesh. This small picturesque town has many hotels that have really cheap and affordable accommodations since it is relatively offbeat.
Unwind in the laps of Kasauli's pristine nature of woody pine trees, lush thickets of cedar trees dotted across the hills of Kasauli. Visit the popular Christ Church or trek to the Monkey Point or Sunset Point for a brilliant panoramic view of the town.
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Kodaikanal, the breathtaking hill station of Tamil Nadu, is a wonderful destination for those who are on shoestring budget. Especially off-season, you can find innumerable cottages and hotels for cheap that are set at beautiful spots giving a magnificent view of the green hills.
Trek to Dolphin's Nose, relax by the Kodai Lake, walk through the street of Vattakanal and more on your visit to Kodaikanal.
For those students who are thoroughly inspired by movies like Eat Pray Love, to travel and rediscover themselves, Rishikesh is the budget destination for a spiritual experience. You can also indulge in adventure sports, like white-water river rafting, rappelling, etc., at Rishikesh.
Visit Swarg Ashram, Shivpuri, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple or go to the many yoga centres of Rishikesh to seek tranquillity.
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The union territory of Pondicherry is a beautiful vacation destination that is located in Tamil Nadu. You can live in Pondicherry for free in the Auroville Ashram while rediscovering yourself at this spiritual centre of Pondicherry. Here you can meet hundreds of other travellers - Indian as well as foreign travellers - like yourself.
Revel in the beauty of the French colonies of Pondicherry, go beach-hopping to Paradise Beach, Auroville Beach and more and have the perfect holiday you've been looking for.
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If you live in Kolkata, Delhi or any other city nearby, you already know that Darjeeling is the ideal vacation you can make on a small budget. It has accommodation facilities for all kind of travellers, including the ones on a tight budget.
Breathe in the aroma of tea from the tea plantations of Darjeeling while visiting places like the Tiger Hill, Rock Garden, Nightingale Park and other such spectacular scenic locations.
This dream destination of every student, the place where you always plan to go with your friends but end up failing to, is in fact perfect for a small-budget vacation. While luxurious hotels and resorts also line the shores of many beaches, hostels, cottages, shacks and hotels for very affordable rates are also available.
Party at the shores of the beaches galore, such as Arambol, Anjuna, Baga, etc., go beach-hopping, try the lip-smacking Goan cuisine and have the best time at Goa.
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Pushkar, a small town of Rajasthan, is for those spirituality seekers and history buffs. This ancient city is located close to Ajmer and is popular for the grand festival of Pushkar Camel Fair that takes place every year.
Journey into spirituality by visiting the many temples of Pushkar, such as the Brahma Temple, Varaha Temple, Apteshwar Temple, or revel in the beauty of Pushkar Lake.
Igatpuri in Maharashtra is a relatively offbeat hill station, ideal for nature lovers. Folks of Mumbai, Pune and Nashik can head to this beautiful destination that is also good for adventure buffs.
Trek to Kalsubai Peak, the highest peak of Sahyadri ranges, spend time in the mesmerising Bhatsa River Valley, witness the Tringalwadi Fort and more at Igatpuri.
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Alleppey is Kerala's most sought-after vacation destination because it is friendly on the pocket and has the best of everything in nature. Serene backwaters and tranquil beaches of Alleppey beautify the town.
A ride in the houseboat is a must at Alleppey backwaters, apart from which you can relax on the Alleppey Beach shores or indulge in birdwatching at the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary.
Another beach destination that is completely pocket-friendly is Gokarna, the small town of Karnataka that has been increasingly attracting tourists in recent times. Shacks and cottages are available for cheap prices at the beaches of Gokarna.
Head to this ideal getaway for a weekend and visit beaches like Om Beach, Kudle Beach, etc. Since it is usually not very crowded, going to Gokarna is relatively hassle-free in terms of booking tickets and finding a place to stay.