11 Affordable Travel Destinations In India For Summer Vacation

April 12, 2024

Embark on a budget-friendly odyssey through the kaleidoscopic landscapes of India this summer as we unveil 11 affordable travel destinations waiting to enchant you. From the snow-capped Himalayan mountain peaks of Manali to the laid-back vibes of Gokarna's beaches, each destination promises a unique escape without denting your wallet.

Dal Lake, Srinagar
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Traverse the quaint lanes of Kasol, soak in the serene beauty of Srinagar's Dal Lake, or bask in the colonial charm of Mussoorie and Shimla. Dive into the tea gardens of Darjeeling, wander amidst the lush greenery of Munnar, or cruise the backwaters of Alleppey. Join us as we uncover these hidden gems across India for an unforgettable summer getaway!

11 Best Affordable Travel Destinations For Summer In India

1. Manali (Budget: ₹20,000 to ₹35,000)

Nestled amidst the majestic Himalayas and set on the banks of River Beas in Himachal Pradesh, Manali is a paradise for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts alike. With its snow-capped peaks, lush valleys, and gushing rivers, it offers a plethora of activities such as trekking, paragliding, and river rafting. Explore the ancient Hidimba temple in old Manali, indulge in local cuisine, or simply unwind amidst the serene snowy beauty of the Rohtang Pass. 

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For budget travellers, accommodations range from cosy guesthouses to affordable homestays, with meals at local eateries costing around  ₹300 to ₹500 per day. Transportation costs within Manali are minimal, making it an ideal destination for an affordable summer getaway with an estimated budget of ₹20,000 to ₹35,000 for a week-long trip. So, get your backpacks ready and hit the road for a cool and snowy summer in the Himalayas!

2. Kasol (Budget: ₹15,000 to ₹25,000)

Tucked away in the picturesque Parvati Valley of Himachal Pradesh, Kasol beckons with its tranquil ambience, gushing Parvati River, and breathtaking vistas of the surrounding Himalayas. Known as the 'Mini Israel of India', this hamlet boasts a vibrant hippie culture, charming cafes, and opportunities for trekking amidst gorgeous pine forests. So, if you are on a tight budget and planning a getaway for the summer, Kasol is an excellent pick.


You can find accommodation options ranging from guesthouses to campsites, with prices typically ranging from ₹500 to ₹2000 per night. Meals at local cafes cost around ₹200 to ₹500 per day. With minimal transportation expenses within Kasol, a week-long trip can be comfortably enjoyed with an estimated budget of ₹15,000 to ₹25,000. Just grab your fuzzy sweaters, some comfy mufflers, and a duffle bag because the mountains are calling!

3. Srinagar (Budget: ₹20,000 to ₹35,000)

“Gar firdaus bar-rue zamin ast, hami asto, hamin asto, hamin ast.” That’s what Mughal Emperor Jehangir had to say about Kashmir, which translates to - “If there is a heaven on earth, it's here, it's here, it's here.”

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Set amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Kashmir Valley, Srinagar stands as a timeless jewel, inviting travellers to immerse themselves in its enchanting beauty. Home to the iconic Dal Lake, where houseboat stays and shikara rides offer a glimpse into its serene charm, the city also boasts Mughal gardens, historic sites, and bustling markets. 

Srinagar, Kashmir

Budget-conscious travellers can find accommodations ranging from cosy homestays to traditional houseboats, priced between ₹1000 to ₹3000 per night. With meals at local eateries costing around ₹300 to ₹800 per day, a week-long exploration of Srinagar can be comfortably enjoyed with an estimated budget of ₹20,000 to ₹35,000. Get your trendy overcoats, shoulder bags, and set on a trip to explore the ‘heaven on earth’.

4. Mussoorie (Budget: ₹15,000 to ₹25,000)

Perched atop the lush foothills of the Garhwal Himalayas in Uttrakhand, Mussoorie captivates tourists with its colonial charm and panoramic vistas. Known as the ‘Queen of Hill Stations,’ it offers a delightful escape from the summer heat. Explore the vibrant streets of Mall Road, visit the iconic Kempty Falls, or trek to the stunning Lal Tibba viewpoint in Landour (a 30-minute drive from Mussoorie) for breathtaking views of the Himalayas.

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Budget accommodations range from guesthouses to mid-range hotels, starting at around ₹1000 per night, while local eateries offer delectable meals for as low as ₹200 per person. With activities like cable car rides and trekking, Mussoorie promises an affordable yet memorable summer getaway. The estimated budget for a week's trip in Mussoorie will range between ₹15,000 to ₹25,000 per person. So, pack all your travel accessories because it’s time for a vacation in the mountains!

5. Shimla (Budget: ₹12,500 to ₹28,000)

Nestled in the lap of the Himalayas, Shimla offers a refreshing escape for summer vacations. With its pleasant weather and stunning vistas, it's a top pick for budget travellers. Accommodation options range from comfy guesthouses to budget hotels, averaging around ₹1000 to ₹2000 per night. Delicious local cuisine can be savoured at affordable eateries, costing around ₹200 to ₹500 per meal. 


Transportation within the city is convenient and inexpensive, with local buses and shared taxis readily available. Activities like exploring Mall Road, visiting historic sites, and trekking in nearby areas offer enriching experiences without breaking the bank. Shimla promises an affordable yet memorable getaway. For a week-long trip to Shimla, the estimated budget will be somewhere between ₹12,500 to ₹28,000. Pack your scarves and put on your shades because your summer is about to get chilly and adventurous!

6. Darjeeling (Budget: ₹15,500 to ₹20,000)

Set amidst the breathtaking Eastern Himalayas in West Bengal, Darjeeling is a charming hill station renowned for its tea gardens, stunning vistas, and rich cultural heritage. Marvel at the sunrise over the Kanchenjunga from Tiger Hill, take a ride on the iconic Darjeeling Himalayan Railway or explore the vibrant markets of Chowrasta. Wander through vibrant markets on the Mall Road, savour local delicacies, and embark on breathtaking hikes.

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With diverse accommodations ranging from cosy guesthouses to budget hotels, lodging won't break the bank. The estimated budget for a week-long trip to Darjeeling usually ranges between ₹15,000 to ₹20,000, covering accommodation, meals, transportation, and sightseeing. Explore this gem for an unforgettable summer getaway without straining your wallet. Darjeeling promises a blend of adventure, culture, and tranquillity at an affordable price. So, pack your rucksacks and tote bags and head for the hills this summer!

7. Munnar (Budget: ₹10,000 to ₹15,000)

Nestled in the idyllic Western Ghats of Kerala, Munnar is a haven for nature lovers, boasting lush tea plantations, misty hills, and cascading waterfalls. Enjoy the verdant beauty of Eravikulam National Park, wander through the aromatic tea estates, or embark on a trek to Anamudi Peak, the highest point in South India. Explore historic tea museums or indulge in a serene boat ride at Mattupetty Dam - all without breaking the bank.


With affordable resorts and guesthouses starting at ₹800 per night, and meals averaging around ₹300 per day, Munnar promises an economical yet enriching experience. The estimated budget for a week-long trip to Munnar can range between ₹10,000 to ₹15,000 per person. Plan a solo trip or a family vacation to spend a calm and peaceful summer in the lap of the Western Ghats. So, what are you waiting for? Book your tickets and start packing your backpacks and travel pouches today!

8. Ooty (Budget: ₹15,000 to ₹20,000)

Tucked away amidst the tranquil Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu, Ooty is a picturesque retreat and one of India's affordable summer destinations. With lush tea gardens, serene lakes, and pleasant weather, it offers a rejuvenating escape. Accommodation options range from budget hotels to homestays, catering to diverse preferences. Exploring attractions like Doddabetta Peak, Botanical Gardens, and Ooty Lake promises memorable experiences.


A four-day trip to Ooty for two people could cost approximately between ₹15,000 to ₹20,000, covering accommodation, meals, and local transport. Ooty's charm lies in its affordability without compromising on beauty and tranquillity, making it an ideal choice for budget-conscious travellers seeking a refreshing summer getaway. Pack some trendy waistcoats and mufflers, and grab your sling bag and camera because your summer is about to become picture-perfect!

9.  Pondicherry (Budget: ₹15,000 to ₹25,000)

Pondicherry, a charming coastal town on India's southeastern coast, is a captivating blend of French colonial charm and Indian culture. Explore the picturesque French Quarter with its vibrant streets, colonial buildings, and charming cafes. Relax on the pristine beaches, like Paradise Beach, or visit the serene Auroville ashram for a peaceful, spiritual retreat.


Budget accommodations, including guesthouses and hostels, range from ₹800 to ₹2000 per night. Meals at local eateries serving delectable French and South Indian cuisine are affordable, costing around ₹200 to ₹500 per day. With minimal transportation expenses, a week-long stay in Pondicherry can be enjoyed with an estimated budget of ₹15,000 to ₹25,000. Get ready to take a page out of the history books and travel through time to the French colonial era this summer!

10. Alleppey (Budget: ₹10,000 to ₹15,000)

Alleppey (or Alappuzha), nestled in Kerala's backwaters, is a gem for budget travellers seeking serene landscapes. Known as the ‘Venice of the East,’ its tranquil waterways offer enchanting houseboat experiences. With lush greenery and serene beaches, Alleppey promises a rejuvenating escape. Explore the picturesque backwaters on a traditional houseboat cruise, witnessing the serene beauty of Kerala's countryside. Visit Alleppey Beach for stunning sunsets or indulge in a rejuvenating Ayurvedic massage.


The estimated budget for a three-day trip to Alleppey is usually between ₹10,000 to ₹15,000 per head. Accommodation in budget guesthouses ranges from ₹1000 to ₹2000 per night. Local cuisine, primarily seafood, is affordable at ₹200 to ₹500 per meal. Exploring the backwaters on a houseboat costs approximately ₹3000 to ₹5000 per day. Affordable yet rich in culture and natural beauty, Alleppey beckons travellers seeking an affordable summer retreat. So, pack your bags because it’s time to go for a cruise in the backwaters!

11. Gokarna (Budget: ₹15,000 to ₹25,000)

Gokarna, a serene coastal town in Karnataka, offers a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Known for its pristine beaches, sacred temples, and laid-back vibe, it attracts travellers seeking both relaxation and adventure. Explore the pristine shores of Om Beach, trek to the secluded Half Moon Beach, or witness the breathtaking sunset at Kudle Beach.


You can find pocket-friendly accommodations ranging ₹800 to ₹2000 per night in beachside shacks or guesthouses. Enjoy fresh seafood and local South Indian cuisine at affordable eateries for around ₹200 to ₹500 per day. Activities like beach hopping, trekking to secluded coves, and exploring ancient temples are either free or cost minimal fees. A week-long trip to Gokarna could cost roughly between ₹15,000 to ₹25,000 per person. Pack your sunscreen in your makeup pouch and grab your beach towels because the sea beckons!

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Embark on a budget-friendly journey through India's diverse landscapes and cultural treasures. From the serene backwaters of Alleppey to the majestic peaks of Manali, each destination offers a unique experience without breaking the bank. Whether you seek adventure in the mountains or tranquillity by the sea, these 11 affordable destinations promise an unforgettable summer vacation for every traveller.

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