Travelling to less travelled places can offer a unique and off-the-beaten-path experience. While it may require additional planning and research, it can be highly rewarding for travel enthusiasts seeking to break away from the typical tourist crowds. In this blog post, we will discuss some essential points to keep in mind while planning such trips, with a focus on cost efficiency and itinerary building. We will also suggest a few hidden gems in India that are perfect for travel enthusiasts.
Points to Consider for Planning:
Research and Gathering Information: Extensive research about the destination is crucial when planning a trip to lesser-known places. Look for travel blogs, forums, and local websites to gain insights into the region, its attractions, transportation options, and accommodations. This information will help you build a realistic itinerary.
Implementation/actionable things: Pin your inspiration in the form of idea boards, save collections on Instagram by destination, as recommended and practised by many travel influencers.
Budget Allocation: Determine a budget and allocate funds wisely. Lesser-known places often have hidden costs, including transportation, meals, and accommodation. Prioritise your expenditures by choosing affordable options that align with your preferences.
Example: Once you decide on a budget and timelines for your leave, etc., pin down your preferences according to three destinations and plan your travel and hotel expenses accordingly. For instance, if 20K is your budget and you have 3 to 5 days of leave, you can certainly start executing it. You don't need a vacation to start travelling, as weekend getaways are the hottest trends in the country. Start with even 3K to 5K, but set a budget and time aside. Then, we get to the exciting part, which is travel planning
Transportation: Compare different transportation options such as trains, buses, and shared taxis to reach your destination. Public transport can be cheaper, but it might not be available in remote areas. Carpooling services and local transportation apps can also be cost-effective alternatives.
Once the destination, dates, and budget are finalised, you can start inviting friends or decide on your preferred mode of transportation. You can go as far as hiring a caravan for yourself and hit the road while travelling. The best getaways for caravan travel are around Karnataka - Trippy Wheels provides hirable caravans, and in Northeast India, the camping company offers caravans to the most offbeat destinations. Many state governments are also promoting caravan tourism. What's more fun than not wasting a single moment even during travel? The transportation options could include Zoom, carpooling, flights, trains, private jets, and anything else as well.
Accommodation: Look beyond traditional hotels and consider staying in guesthouses, homestays, or budget-friendly lodges. These options provide a more local and immersive experience while often being easier on the wallet.Depending on the preferred style of travelling at the destination, pick your accommodation. If it is more of a staycation, go for a property with amenities included, especially WiFi if work is involved. The best options are properties amidst nature, like offbeat homestays, for rejuvenation. If not, consider Airbnbs with good amenities. Ask your friends or follow influencers for the best recommendations on hotels. Start bookmarking whenever you come across an inspiring stay for your vacation.
Local Cuisine: Exploring less-known places is an opportunity to savour authentic local cuisine. Look for food stalls, street vendors, and local restaurants for delicious and affordable meals. Sampling regional specialties can also be a memorable experience.
Food is a window to a new experience for sure. Do not miss the opportunity to try the local cuisine. Do some research and make a list of things you want to try at your destination. It definitely adds a flavour of adventure to your travel. Also, consider purchasing some local savouries to enjoy late
Things to do/travel itinerary:As you've completed the idea board, budgeting, and selecting your stay and travel options, how can you make the best use of your time during your travel? Influence and engage your friends by inviting them to collaborate on a planning link where you have a game plan. Keep them informed about the checklist and pin down your travel plans. Spread out the plan for the duration of your travel, including the sequence of activities you are willing to do, and have backup plans in case something doesn't work out. Set aside time and maintain a practical approach during your travel. You can even plan your route if it is a totally new destination and you don't want to cram too many random places into a single day. Adopt a practical approach by visiting places nearby. Now, impress your date, group of friends, or even strangers you want to take this trip with, and start collaborating. In the end, at least you'll have a blueprint for your travel plans, rather than everything remaining uncertain.
Budget-Friendly Hidden Gems in India:
Majuli, Assam: Majuli is the world's largest river island, located in Assam. This scenic destination offers an insight into Assamese culture, living traditions, and vibrant festivals. Visit the ancient Satras (monastic centres), explore the lush green landscapes, and enjoy boat rides on the Brahmaputra River.
Gokarna, Karnataka: Nestled on the western coast of India, Gokarna is a quiet beach town known for its pristine beaches, remote cliffside temples, and delicious seafood. It offers a serene and offbeat alternative to the crowded beaches of Goa.
Tips/recommendations: This is hands down the best place for girls and guys to go on solo travel, vibe, and meet fellow travellers. It's a small temple town with a walkable stretch of beaches, easily accessible transportation, and amazing food options. One thing to keep in mind is to sort out your stay before you arrive, as it can get crowded or fully occupied during weekends
Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh: Ziro Valley presents breathtaking landscapes, traditional Apatani culture, and the opportunity to attend the famous Ziro Music Festival. Enjoy scenic hikes, interact with friendly locals, and immerse yourself in the tranquil environment.
Tips/ Recommendations:If you are someone who's interested in visiting places of dense flora and fauna, Ziro Valley is just the place for you. Home to Apa Tani tribe Ziro offers its visitors a breathtaking view of rice fields, tribal villages, landscapes and wildlife sanctuaries
Hampi, Karnataka: Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring ancient ruins, temples, and stunning landscapes. Explore the architectural marvels, hike to Matanga Hill for panoramic views, and witness the timeless charm of this historical city.
Travelling to less travelled places can be an enriching experience for travel enthusiasts. By focusing on cost efficiency and itinerary building, * you can explore hidden gems while avoiding mass tourism. India, with its diverse landscapes and rich culture, offers many such destinations where you can immerse yourself in unique experiences without breaking the bank. So, embrace the unknown and embark on an unforgettable journey to these lesser-known Indian treasures.
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