You do not have to travel to India with luxury. In fact, many times the best way to see India is to attend free events, staying in hostels and eating in cheap restaurants recommended by locals. When traveling through India, there are endless cheap and free options when planning your itinerary. Here, we have presented our best travel tips and cheap ideas for backpackers traveling throughout India.
While there are many cheap hotels in India, hostels may be the cheapest route. The hostels are safe, clean and, although you usually have to share a room with up to six more people, they are travelers like you. In return, you stay in a comfortable bed for a very cheap rate of approximately Rs 100 (2 usd). Some hostels can even reach an agreement with you, for example, a week of free stay in exchange for cleaning service or help to wash the dishes. Whether you are staying in Mumbai, Goa or New Delhi, there are a number of cheap accommodations available to you throughout the year.
Eating cheap in India is easy to do. India has many affordable alternatives to high-end restaurants, such as street food snacks. Eating cheaply in India has become an increasing trend, when backpackers living on a budget for extended stays in and around Asia became popular. If you come to India during the low travel season, you will find that the prices of hotels and restaurants are lower. A dollar can spread quite a lot in India, if you don't agree with eating rice and dhal quite often. South India is known for its thali, also known as everything you can eat, for only 25-30 rupees (50 cents). Northern Indian foods tend to be a bit more expensive, but if you stick to vegetarian meals, you can save a little money compared to meat dishes that will always be a little higher.
India is a great country to explore, especially when it comes to seeing historical sites and cultural districts. There is an unlimited variety of fascinating things to do, and if you are a solo backpacker or traveling with your family, India is full of free activities to keep your budget under control. First, take advantage of the numerous annual festivals throughout the year. Watch with astonishment the men who form in a human pyramid in Krishna Janmashtami or see 50,000 camels gather in the city of Pushcar for the annual camel fair. Temples are a large part of Indian culture and also provide a lot of entertainment and cheap debates for travelers. There are many to see, including the Haji Ali Mosque in Mumbai or the Galta Monkey Temple in Jaipur. If you need a day to relax from tourist visits and observe people, spend the day on one of the many beaches in India. It's free, it's relaxing and it's beautiful. What is better than that?