Travel is fun, it broadens your mind, gives you new perspectives on people and life. A fulfilling yet depleting experience! It also leaves a hole in your pocket, depending on how far you fly and the type of hotels you stay in. While getting to the country of your choice is expensive, travelling within that country can be equally expensive or even cost more. In a vast country like USA or India, flying may be the best form of internal travel and air travel is not getting any cheaper.
Indian Airlines is the national carrier in India and has the biggest network, connecting even remote locations in India. Whereas it may take you anything like two days to travel from Delhi to Cochin or from Mumbai to Darjeeling, it only takes you a couple of hours to fly across the country on Indian Airlines. The other carriers in India are IndiGo and Jet Airways. While Indian Airlines may not offer any discounts, IndiGo, Spice and Jet are known to announce special offers but these have to be booked months in advance for the special low fare. Another avenue you can explore is to try discounted flight coupons in India based travel agents offer. There are a few reputed travel agencies with nation wide operations in India. Since they have a website you could easily get information about flights and even make online reservations.
Accommodation is another thing that costs. You could of course find YMCA dormitories, cheap hotels and guest houses across India. Delhi may be the first point of arrival in India and you can find cheap accommodation in Delhi India ranging starting at Rs. 100 for a night’s stay. There are cheap hotels around the railway stations in Delhi and in virtually all cities you visit in India. Paharganj area in Delhi is full of decent hotels with varying rates.
Golden Temple in Amritsar
The Cambay Sapphire is a decent hotel offering golf facilities in addition to cuisine and entertainment and they charge only Rs. 4000 for a winter weekend gateway for a couple. The Express Sarovar Portico is one of the newer and better hotels and will take only Rs. 2499 to put you up and throw in a breakfast. The Atrium belonging to the Claridges Group, in Surajkund, on the other hand, takes all of Rs. 3000 for a one night weekend stay for a couple. The Altis in Gurgaon, a nearby suburb, charges Rs. 2999 for a couple. Just remember the regular rates are high and these rates are indicative, available only after a discount.
Victoria Memorial in Calcutta
How does one get a discount on air travel and accommodation in India? Simple. Register with the Indian wing of an online discount voucher website, buy a bunch of coupons and travel with confidence. The rupee just became cheaper. You can get more for less. A spin-off is that you need not hunt around for air tickets and accommodation; it is all there on the discount voucher website, for each city, for each category. Click and save.
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