Kasol, Parvati Valley
Kasol is another name for Parvati valley, which rests on the banks of Parvati River. It is approximately five hours from Delhi and there are flights, trains and buses to take you there. But I would suggest a bus or rented cars (if you are a big group). Once you go there, you will spot innumerable cafés and shops. Don’t worry about accommodation, but don’t expect too much either. You can sit by the banks or take a stroll into the valley. If you want to trek instead of just lazying, leave at dawn and definitely trek to Kheerganga. You must also trek to Malana. There is an easy route to climb up to Malana, which are used by locals. It is challenging, but also life-changing. Local commute to closest points to the trekking spots are also quite reasonable.
Food is mostly continental there and extremely cheap. It is a good place to shop as well. Keep 6,000 INR for a good Kasol trip. You must visit Evergreen café and Jim Morrison’s café.
Mussourie and Landour
You have often heard of Mussourie, but what you may not know is that the road from Dehra Dun to Mussourie is a lifetime experience, with trails of rhododendrons, lighting your eyes. So I suggest you take a Shatabdi to Dehra Dun and take the 2-3 hours bus journey to Mussourie. You will never regret it and it is also cheaper than taking a bus. Once there, explore the Mussourie market and local cuisine; delectable momos and continental food and desserts. The mall road is the most happening place and you can discover every nook and corner in a day. You can utilise your day two, trekking to Landour. The trek is beautiful and will take you to a small cantonment town, with breathtaking landscape. You can roam around and trek back to Mussourie by evening.
You can totally take this trip in 6,000INR and enjoy to the fullest.
Mcleodganj and Dharamshala
A mountain-lover’s paradise and of course surrounded by mesmerising mountains. There are churches, the beautiful Himachal Stadium, and Triund is a place, you must-visit. You can also take your time out and visit all the ranges in that belt, like the Dhauladhar range, from where again you can visit other viewpoints. Dharamshala is just 10 kilometers away, so you can choose to stay there or go for a day long visit. You can find guest houses or hotels at affordable rates, with basic amenities.
All in all, you will spend 6,000 INR to enjoy your trip.
Also known as the ‘Pink city’, it is full of treasures that you need to explore. Rajasthan is known for its historical relevance and every fort or ‘mahal’ has an interesting story behind it. You can sink in rich Rajasthani culture, being a part of dancing and musical evenings. It is also a very good place to shop if you are like vibrant, and ethnic collectibles. You can visit the exclusive ‘Hawa Mahal’, or ‘Jal Mahal’, ‘Amber Palace’, ‘City Palace’, ‘Jaigarh Fort’, ‘Nahargarh Sanctuary’. When in Rajasthan, do not miss the exquisite Rajasthani cuisine like ‘Dal baati churma’, Rajasthani Kadi’, ‘Gatte ki Khichdi’. You can rent a bike here as well and go around to sanctuaries, national parks. If you are feeling very adventurous, do try out the hot air balloon experience.
5,000 INR should be your cap, unless you are splurging in your shopping spree.
A mere 300 kilometers away, this place is only meant for you to relax and forget about all the things that disrupt your peace. It is very well connected by railways, but you have to get down at Kotdwar and share a jeep or rent your own car (depending on how many people are there). There are lot of local sightseeing spots, but nothing like exploring the mystified and mysterious mountains, right? You can trek, travel, read, and explore local culture to make your getaway memorable.
4,500-5,000 INR is all you need for a two days Landsdowne trip.
Ranikhet and Almora
Another admirable and breathtaking landscape in Uttarakhand, offering widespread flora and fauna. You need to get to Nainital at very affordable bus fares or you can take a train to the nearest station and take any mode of commute like bus, or cabs from there. You can walk around the mall, engage in local banters, try out the exotic local sweets and treat yourself to some good photographs. Once your soul is satiated, pack up and take any local SUV or jeep and get to Almora. The most interesting thing in Almora is the village walk, where you get to interact with local villagers, who are very hospitable and also request them to be your guide to the local markets.
All in all, you spend only 6,000 INR for a happy trip to these places.