In India, the month of August is filled with bright colors of Independence Day and Raksha Bandhan. This is the time when most of the people don’t even think of travelling away from home. However, On the contrary August can also be seen as good time to travel if you are looking to take a short trip somewhere. There is the Independence Day long weekend followed by Raksha Bandhan giving you more days for a perfect holiday.
Lined up for you are some very offbeat destinations to enjoy the mid-monsoon August and take advantage of the off-season prices as low as you can imagine which are just perfect for a low budget paradise.
1. Pondicherry – India’s Little France
If you’re feeling exceedingly righteous, then engage in to stay at the Aurobindo Ashram and enjoy almost free stay and vegetarian food, as well as teachings of the Mother Mirra Alfassa and yoga. If you’re feeling naughty however, the alcohol is mind-bogglingly cheap!
2. Goa – Pearl of The Orient
Though August is the time of monsoon in Goa and one can’t really indulge in the usual beach and water sport activities, there is much to do there apart from these usual activities. There are quite a few trekking zones along the western ghats and the Karnataka border which interested folks can visit. But most of the people visiting Goa in August prefer to just chill and relax and enjoy the rains. Goa can be viewed the best during August from the scenic point of view as this month witnesses both bright sunny days, as well as cloudy and rainy days.
3. Jaipur – The Pink City
The Pink City offers an easy and cheap getaway if you’re from Delhi. Even if you’re not, there’s plenty to do and see here, so just take a look around the splendid forts and architecture and go on your way to wherever your final destination is.
4. Dharamshala & McLeodganj – Home of Dalai Lama
A colorful hill station, Dharamshala is a mini-Tibet. The dual cities of Dharamshala and McLeodganj are lined with numerous monasteries and temples to visit and the views of the hills and valleys are nothing short of magical. For those who love treks, be sure to try the one to Triund and camp out if you so wish. So, if you are looking for some adventurous cheap trips in India, you sure can count on Dharamshala and McLeodganj.
5. Itanagar – A Landscape of Dawn Lit Mountains
Apart from the difficult ride up, Itanagar offers you all the peace of mind the North East is famous for. There’s gushing rivers and lush greens, all the while helped out by the forthcoming locals who will sort you out with homestays and warm food for nominal pricing.
6. Varanasi – City Older Than History
A cultural hotspot, Banaras or Varanasi, is situated on the banks of River Ganges. The Ganga ghats are sites to experience the cultural flavor of India. So get on that boat ride and take in the most incredible sights from laundry to religious rituals. Don’t miss out on the Banarasi thandai and Banarasi paan!
7. Mussoorie – Abode of Kempty Falls
Nestled in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges, Mussoorie is quite a scene in August in India. The drive from Dehradun to Mussoorie itself is breathtaking, add to that the undulating hills of Mussoorie and the spectacular view of the Himalayas, you’ve for yourself a holiday of perfectly quiet ambience. Waterfalls like Battha & Kempty are worth visiting and so is the Nag Devta Temple along with some beautiful churches.
8. Munnar – Iceland Of India
Travel via Cochin, apart from the spectacular scenic drive, you could even enjoy a visit to the Elephant training Centre on the way. The tea gardens of Munnar are its hallmark, but one can even try the Eravikulam National Park or even some early morning treks to Rajamala hills.
9. Khandala – Aati kya Khandala
It can’t get better than this for a quick getaway from Mumbai. Plenty of hikes, numerous waterfalls in the monsoons and the delicious chocolate fudge and chikki promises a memorable experience. There are exciting treks to try to a number of forts around Khandala. Yes, it does not come for free. But it is still one of the best budget travel destinations in India, especially if you hail from Mumbai.
10. Amritsar – The Pride of Punjab
Pay a nominal amount and stay at the gurudwara if you’re a guy. If you’re a girl, it’s free! Even the food is supplied and the people will treat you well as long as you show some faith. This place is bound to calm you down and leave you stress free
So what are you waiting for? Pull those lazy buddies out, pack your backpack and just Get, Set, Go!