India is one of the most popular destinations for overseas travel today, which is not surprising. Not only has India been considered historically exotic but every state in this large country has a unique combination of experiences to offer. You can plan a trip to India that involves a wildlife safari in a national park, a yoga retreat in the Himalayas or beach time in Goa. You can stay in unique accommodation that ranges from converted palaces in Rajasthan to houseboats in Kerala. There is so much to do that luxury trips to India can easily pass the dial from affordable to yikes!
In this article, we aim to give you a few tips and hacks to plan a trip to India that will fit into your budget, and also guarantees you the experience of a lifetime.
Tips For Affordable Luxury Trips To India
If you live outside of the South Asian territory and India has made it onto your travel bucket list, chances are that you will have realised by now that you will have to pay a pretty hefty sum to reach the sub-continent. Is it possible to plan a trip to India to minimise costs and still have a fantastic time? We definitely think so.
Start Planning Early!
Planning a trip to India can be a daunting task, but starting early and being meticulous about your planning will ensure that you will not have to encounter any unpleasant surprises.
The first step is to decide where in India you want to go, and this depends on what you want out of your vacation. North, South, East and West – all of India will offer you something that is unique and unforgettable.
A bit of research will help you get your plan started. For example, if you wanted to experience the festival culture, you will need to research the cultural calendar and plan your trip accordingly. Beaches and parties are best enjoyed towards spring.
You will need to do a good bit of research on weather as well before deciding on when you want to go. For example, you may find the summer heat difficult to bear in the southern parts of the country, but summer would be the best time to visit the hill stations of northern India.
Grab Deals on Flight Tickets By Booking Early!
So you’ve decided where to go, what’s the next step?
It is worth considering that most travellers overlook the fact that cost cutting while planning a trip to India can start at the very beginning: the cost of getting there. This ties back to the previous point – if you were to book flight tickets to India early, you could save up using cheap flights.
It is also worth noting that flight tickets prices do undergo seasonal price hikes and that many websites offer a daily run-down of flight ticket prices so that you can compare and choose dates and prices that best suit you.
You should also know that flight tickets booked on the parent website of an airline might offer you better deals than travel agency websites. Try Air India express for value deals.
Book Your Accommodation in Advance!
The best time to plan a trip to India is towards the end of the year when temperatures are cooler, and you will have the chance to really get around without having the harsh sun beating down on you. But this could also be the most popular time for travel, meaning millions of fellow tourists. If the prospect of masses of other people travelling with you does not irk you, the only other thing you should worry about is getting your hotel or other accommodation bookings double-checked.
It is definitely best to book in advance, just like the flight tickets. An 8-week prior booking will not be taking it too far. The last thing you want is to find yourself without decent accommodation (however you define it) on your vacation.
We have found that booking hotels during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday time in November yields great deals. Yes, does this mean planning early once again. Amazing hotels can be found in some of the hotel chain groups at steep discounts (for example, luxury hotel The Lodhi is part of the Leading Hotels of the World).
There is a great deal that goes into planning a trip to India, or any other overseas country,for that matter. We hope that this article has equipped you with a few tools that will help you plan a trip to India that will give you an amazing experience. Remember that the key to any great trip is research and planning. Here’s to you having a great travel experience!
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