Vacations don’t always have to be lavish or have to end up with you being broke. Budget vacations are totally worth it and can be just as fun! Here are top 5 destinations in India to visit within Rs. 5000/-.

1] Hampi

If you want to go for a weekend getaway from anywhere near Bangalore, Hampi is the answer! It is a beautiful land of ruins, rich in art and culture and known to be a backpacker’s favourite destination. Meals are cheap, provided you eat from cafes or roadside sellers. Three-star rated hotels are also decent for a two-night stay and getting around town is inexpensive as well.

2] Varanasi

Varanasi is a city where culture reeks from every nook and corner. It is a backpacker’s haven. Accommodation is cheap and food can be bought for Rs. 200 [approx.] per day! It is also well connected to various cities and makes travelling easier. Bus and train tickets are the cheapest option. Overall, stay and meals are cheap and you get to experience rich culture first-hand for no costs whatsoever!

3] Rishikesh

Rishikesh is famous for its white-water river rafting. If you are looking for a weekend getaway from town and some adventure, Rishikesh is the place! Accommodation is cheap as many opt to stay at hostels or ashrams. Breakfast may be provided, but meals are not expensive in Rishikesh. If you are travelling from the city, there are well connected buses provided, including private company buses for a low cost.

4] Darjeeling

Witness the beauty of the hills of east India. Darjeeling is a fun option for a weekend getaway for those living in Kolkata or around. Travelling is easy and stay is reasonable. Meals are cheap and delicious and you to taste the best Darjeeling tea! There is a lot to do in Darjeeling, including sight-seeing, trekking, a joy ride, etc. If you want a change of scenery from the city, this is the place to go.

5] Kanyakumari

For people living in south India, Kanyakumari is a perfect destination for a budget trip. One can easily reach by taking a bus from the Trivandrum bus station for Rs. 250. Accommodation per night is as low as Rs. 800. Food is also cheap and comes along with a variety to choose from. It leaves you with ample money left to go around the town and witness the beauty of Kanyakumari. Vivekananda Rock Memorial is famously known for people to gather there early in the morning to catch a majestic sunrise. If you are looking for a relaxing vacation, Kanyakumari is the place for you.