Rishikesh Budget Trip

Rishikesh in Uttrakhand is a popular touristic destination in India. It has many essences apart from being a holy place, yoga, river rafting, riverside camping is some of the city newer attractions. Being touristic means it will be pricey. But, is it so? Here is a post on how to plan Rishikesh Budget Trip in a shoestring budget.

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Steps For Rishikesh Budget Trip

Reaching Rishikesh:

First thing while planning Rishikesh budget trip is finding the cheapest way to reach Rishikesh. So, the best way to reach Rishikesh is through Haridwar. Board a train to Haridwar & from there take a bus to Rishikesh which will be Rs 30 per seat. Haridwar is another major town near Rishikesh which is famous for holy reasons.

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Accommodation In Rishikesh:

Accommodation is one of the prime aspects of any place, which eats up your budget. Although there are many luxurious options like Ganga Aloha available for the wealthy ones. However, if you are traveling on a shoestring budget there are still many options to choose from. Hostel culture is slowly but surely picking up in the town. I stayed at Live Free Hostel near Lakshman Jhula which was a great place to stay. The price of one dorm bed for a night is somewhere around 500 Rs. You can also check the article on How To Find Cheap Hotels.

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Commutation:

The best way to travel inside the city is by using a scooty. It is easily available for Rs 400 per day. Just fill up your tank & roam freely around the city. It is the cheapest & easiest way to roam across the city.

Rishikesh Attractions

The most precious things to do in Rishikesh is its river banks which are free to access. However, for an attraction like the Beatles Ashram, you will have to spend some minor amount of Rs 150 (for Indians) & Rs 600 for other nationals which is very affordable.

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I spent less than 10,000 Rs on my trip. The expense hugely depends on the spending nature of a person. But, this is the minimum you have to pay during your trip. This is a broader expense for you to get some hint about the place & its budget. So, this is how you plan Rishikesh Budget Trip all by yourself.



Handy Resources:

Below are the few resources you should check before making an itinerary.

Cheap Internation Flights: Best place to find cheap international flight tickets.

Best Deals On Hotels: Places to find best deals on hotels.

Amazon: Best place for all your needs. Also, find best travel accessories.

Agoda: Best place to book hotels of your liking. Agoda provides the best solution & great offer while booking a hotel.

Skyscanner: Skyscanner compares various sites & sort the flights based on the rates. A great way to check flight cost. Although the only drawback is that rates are flexible. Hence, the cost might change while you are making the payment.

Jetradar: Jetradar is a comparing site which is just like Skyscanner. But, is much more accurate & much more handy in use.

Booking: Best place to book hostel rooms. There are plenty of options available & with so many properties booking becomes much easier.

Couchsurfing: Best place to find free accommodation. It is as easy as filtering people & messaging. If you will get lucky you will find free accommodation in local resident house.

Travel Insurance: There are numerous options available to get one. So, you can choose anything which suits your requirement. Make sure you read the terms & conditions before buying one.

Della & Pavana Lake: A weekend Well Spent

There are lots of places near Mumbai where one can spend a quality time. Mumbai has a space constraints so finding an open space is a tough thing to do.Della adventure is answer for such constraints, Della has established a park in Lonavala (some 2.5 or 3 hours drive from Mumbai & 1.5 hours drive from Pune). An adventure park which offers variety of outdoor activities & surely is good place to visit.

Della Adventures:

Della Adventures is located in Lonavala. The place has many activities like paintball, wall climbing, zip line,  archery, shooting, swings, obstacle, dirt bike racing etc. The prices of the activities vary. However, there is a basic plan which allows one to play games like snooker, table tennis, chess, carrom, net practice (cricket), archery. But, to play games like paintball, dirtbike racing one need to shed extra rupees. Other than this they also provide staying option if one is willing to spend another day. Click here to book a room in Della.

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The basic package starts from approx 2000 excluding taxes.  However, there are many offers available on online booking which can be cheaper than this price. The same can be looked by clicking here.

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I went to this park with my friends, I felt the basic package was overpriced. However, it is a good place for kids, as they can ride cycles, pet a dog & enjoy some time away from honking of vehicles. But, for adults, it might be disappointing because of the rush & the price.

Carrying out all the activities in a single day is difficult. The best would be to shortlist the activities one wants to do & only perform those. Although, it is possible to cover all the activities in 2 day.

A food court is available in the park. So, there is no need to worry about the food. The cost of food in restaurant is on a higher side, but that is expected if traveling to some adventure club.

We spent one afternoon there & for us it was a decent one time visit. We enjoyed our time over there. But, will think to visit the place again. After spending an afternoon, we moved to Pavana Lake for the evening. Lake is some 1.5 to 2 hours journey from Della Adventures.

Pavana Lake:

Pavana lake is a wonderful site for camping. Located at some distance from the city. The sites near a lake are owned by local villagers. Hence, it is logical to take a camping package from them. The charges are not high, so one can afford it easily. The package includes a tent, a camp fire, bonfire (if lucky enough to get one), food & morning snacks & the cost of the package was approx 1000 per head.

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The best part of camping is its view, so choose the view accordingly. Luckily, we got good location. You can search camping site by clicking on this link.

The night here was more about sitting near the campfire & chit chatting about different phases of the life or different experiences.

Morning View Pavana Lake

The morning views were mesmerizing, the never-ending landscapes & peace all around the camp is the experience which one can only dream of. I particularly enjoyed the morning scene because of the freshness in the air & nature.

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Bhandardara Camping

How often one spends weekends just procrastinating about activities he or she wants to do. But, we hardly take any steps towards it. This point is valid for me as well. I have spent many weekends trying to imagine things I want to do during my void time. However, I did nothing to change it. But, one weekend I tried to change this habit & left home for a camping trip. Camping is becoming a new fad among the city people & why not. A place where one can sit calmly & unclutter daily life stress is a need of this hour. People are running behind fame & money & because of which finding a time for self is getting obsolete. Not going into the details of stresses & all. This post is my experience of camping near Bhandardara Dam.

Bhandardara is approx 4 Hrs drive from Mumbai & approx 2.5 to 3 Hrs from Pune. The gigantic lake has many beautiful points to explore. Most of the sites near lakes have already been taken by local villagers. Thus, one needs to contact villagers to get the best deal. Camping usually a one day, in fact, one evening thing to do & is cheap in pockets as well.

The best way to find deals near Bhandardara click on this link Camps Near Bhandardara. Usually, in a campsite, a tent is provided along with bonfire, music system (which varies with the service providers). The only drawback of these sorts of arrangement is the crowd. For-profit margins, villagers are allowing more camp than the required ones which steals the calmness of the place.

If one is looking for more of a luxurious trip then it can be disappointing as there are no proper washrooms & not so comfortable sleeping arrangements. But, some things have to be sacrificed to gain other things & this is one such part of the trip.

 

The Journey

We traveled to the lake by car. It took us roughly 4 hours to reach the lake. We did our booking while traveling. Luckily we got one in time. The location of the camp was superb, the water was hardly 10 to 15 Mts away from the camps. We reached around 8:30 or 9 pm in the night & it was pitch dark. The time we reached, dinner has already begun; we told him that we will be having it late in the night. So, we sat there near the bonfire & chatted.  The temperature dropped drastically & after having sat there for few hours we slept in the tent.

The next morning, we woke up to the pleasant lake the temperature, the tea & the view made it a perfect morning. It was a refreshing feeling to see the water & greenery than concrete jungles & some fresh air (which is getting rare these days). The lake is beautiful & very calm. There is an island which can be reached by boat. However, due to some issues, we couldn’t able to reach the island.

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People earn to enjoy a view like these. The moment you open your eyes, there is a lake surrounded by the hills. Every place has its own high & this place certainly has its. The best way to spend some quality time is by having some quality conversation.

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This place is good for a day’s visit. Enjoy camping here & unclutter from the stress.