Backpacking can be a lot of fun. Imagine how great it is to have some of the most amazing travel experiences of your life without spending a bomb. For a budget travel, it is always more about memories than about materialistic pleasures. The satisfaction you get when you travel light with just a backpack that contains all that you might need and come back home with experiences rather than souvenirs is simple amazing. India has a whole bunch of places you can visit where you can spend little but have loads of fun. Every part of India is unique in geography, culture and weather. And December is a time most of these parts are at their very best. Be it their natural beauty or the events they host, these places across the country are ideal spots to ring in your new year. And the best part is, you won’t burn a big hole in your pocket and can begin your year with a decent bank balance. (ALSO SEE 10 cheapest destinations for backpacking in India) Here are 10 great budget places to visit on New Year in India for a great start to 2017! Also Read - Worse Yet to Come? India Overtakes Spain to Become 5th Worst-hit Country by COVID-19
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Located in the Thar desert in Rajasthan, Khuri is a quaint village which has become extremely popular on account of its rustic charm and amazing desert safari. At just under Rs 1000 per person, you can take a camel ride to the stunning sand dunes, enjoy one of the most spectacular sunsets of your life and spend the night in the middle of the cold desert gazing at the star-lit sky. You will be comfortably wrapped under thick warm rugs and a hot meal will be prepared for you right there. Your bed will be thick mattresses laid out on the cold sand and the night will be one of the most memorable ones in your life. What better way to end the year and bring in 2017?!? Also Read - Unlock Phase I in Rajasthan: Hotels, Restaurant, Clubs And Shopping Malls to Reopen From Monday | Details Here
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Located in the beautiful northeastern state of Meghalaya, Cherrapunji is one of the wettest places on earth as it receives a huge amount of rainfall. However, December is a great time for sight-seeing as the rains are at bay and you can enjoy the amazing lush green mountains and valleys, the stunning landscapes and the friendly hospitality of the locals. You will meet several other backpackers hat the By the way hostel where you can get a bed for rs 250 a night. You can check out the amazing Nohkalikai falls and the Mawsmai caves here as you take in the pleasant weather and ambiance of this hidden gem. Cherrapunji is also surrounded by some amazing spots to enjoy your first vacation of the year. Be it the nightlife of Shillong or the beautiful green river at Dawki, the double-decker living root bridges of Nongriat or Asia’s cleanest village Mawlynnong, there is loads to see in this region.
Kerala’s most popular hill station and one of India’s most famous holiday spots, Munnar is a great place for a budget holiday in December. The lush green hills and tea plantations not only provide breathtaking views but also make for a great evening to just walk around and soak in the lovely weather of Kerala. Whether you are a nature lover, a wildlife enthusiasts or an adrenaline junkie, Munnar has something for you. From boating to trekking to paragliding, you can indulge in any activity to end your year with a bang and bring in 2017 with zest!
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And then there is Goa, India’s most reliable party spot. No matter how many times you have visited this beach paradise, it always has more to offer. Goa is one of the most happening place to be for New years Eve and has several extraordinary events planned for the night. You can choose to just take a romantic walk on one of the beaches with your loved one or eat, drink and dance the night away at one of the many pubs and clubs of Goa. It is THE place to be for New year if you are a party animal.
If you like to run away from the city hustle bustle and find some solitude in the mountains, Kheerganga is the place for you. Located in the Parvati valley in Himachal Pradesh, Kheerganga is a 3-hour trek from Barsheni near Kasol. It provides breathtaking views of the surrounding snow-clad peaks and has cheap accommodation starting at Rs 150 a night. You can take a dip in the natural Jacuzzi formed by the hot water springs and enjoy the unbelievable sights and ambiance this place offers. If you are a backpacker or a trekker, Kheerganga is the best place to bring in the new year.
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Pushkar in Rajasthan is quite popular with budget travelers. The Pushkar lake is the hub of all the activities in this quaint temple town and is surrounded by cheap places to stay. The Brahma temple here is of special interest to Hindu mythology enthusiasts as well as foreign tourists. Weather in December is extremely pleasant making it a great palce to start the new year on a peaceful and rejuvenating note.
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Maharashtra’s prime snorkeling and scuba-diving spot, Tarkarli located in the Sindhudurg district is known for its pristine white sand beach and lovely coastal ambiance. There are several homestays here which offer great sea food and a cheap stay. You can indulge in water sports or check out the historic Sindhudurg fort which provides a fantastic view of the surrounding region. Tarkarli is one of the finest places for a serene vacation amidst nature for people with simple taste.
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Often referred to as ‘the Princess of hill stations’, Kodaikanal is known for its pleasant weather and stunning views. It is a big hit with trekkers who love to camp here under the stars on cold nights. Guna caves and Dolphin’s nose are popular tourist attractions here. With its beautiful lakes, lush green hills and natural ambiance, Kodaikanal is a great place to ring in your New Year. It has several budget accommodation options where you can rent a room for under Rs 1200.
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