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The perfect winter breaks.

A round up of five destinations worth exploring over the Christmas and new year holidays.

Handy tips to help you make the right choice.

December is less than a week away and its time to firm up winter holiday plans .

We know the feeling when long weekends or holidays approach or when there is simply that itch to bunk college/office or work and take off with friends/family/relatives to obscure places. No worries if you just have a few thousands in your pocket for there is a destination list of budget trips that you could opt for.

We have shortlisted five sought after winter destination –GOA ,Rajasthan ,Kerala Gujarat and Kashmir – and charted out an extensive expense plan for each .

The total budget has been calculated by taking into account all major expenses like transport from Delhi ,3- Star Accommodation ,Local Commute and Food for two people but there is room for you to cut costs further ,especially on transport and commute .For transport cost, we have not followed a set strategy across all places ,rather we have picked options that will save you both time and money .Here is wishing you happy holidays.

HILLS, BEACHES and backwaters Kerela has it all. we have worked out an itinerary that start and ends at Kochi, and you get to spend two nights Munnar, famous for it tea plantation, one night in the jungle of Thekkady and one night in the backwaters of Alleppey. Hiring a cab for the entire trip would be convenient but expensive. Alternatively, all the places are well connected by state transport buses and trains. whatever you choose, road trip through lush green mountains and picturesque little towns will be an unforgettable experience.

 

 

SIGHTSEEING

 

 

Taxi For Entire Trip

Rs. 11, 000 (inclusive of airport /railways station transfers)

Other

        Rs. 600 for city transfers by non AC bus/train + Rs. 2, 500 for local sightseeing in cab

 Food

        Rs. 6,000

     HOW TO REACH

 By Air

        Rs. 26,000 is return airfare to kochi

 By Train

        Rs. 16,000 is return train fare to kochi and back from Alleppey (45 hours one- way journey)

 Stay

 Munner

       Rs. 6,000 for two night

 Thekkady

       Rs. 1,800 per night

 Alleppy

        Rs. 2,200 per night at hotel or 8,000 for houseboat

GOA IS EVERYONE’s favourite beach destination round the year ,but December is peak season thanks to the balmy days and Christmas festivities. Airfares from all major cities tend to be high during this period .We have picked the costeliest options for calculating the budget. You can cut down the total expense up to 15% by opting for cheaper alternatives. We have picked the option of cab for sightseeing, which will cost around Rs. 9000. Instead of talking a taxi ,you can hire a self-driven bike for about Rs. 3000 which is also the preferred option of most tourists. For accommodation ,you can save a total of Rs. 6000 by staying in a hotel slightly away from the beach. Dedicate a day each to explore North,South and Old Goa .Dine at beach side shacks for lip smacking sea food at cheaper rates.

 

 

 

 

SIGHTSEEING

 

 

Cab For Entire Trip

          Rs. 9000 (inclusive of airport transfers)

 Self-Driven Car

         Rs.1100 per day

 Self Driven Bike

          Rs. 500 per day

 Food

        Rs. 7000

     HOW TO REACH 

 By Air

        Rs. 25000 is return airfare from Delhi

 By Train

        Rs. 14200 is return to airfare to Madgaon

 STAY

  On The Beach

           Rs. 5000 per night

  Away From The Beach

           Rs. 3500 per night

DECEMBER IS THE perfect month to explore the beautiful state of forts and desert. We have opted for two nights in Jaipur,

one night in Jodhpur and two nights in Jaisalmer.

It is better to take a train from Delhi to Jaipur as the distance is short. However, for the return journey, you can take a flight from Jodhpur to Delhi. We recommend staying at least one night in a desert camp in Jaisalmer. If  you take a package, it will include camel ride and meals.

 

 

 

 

 

SIGHTSEEING

 

 

HOW TO REACH

 By Air

        Rs 3,400 is airfare from Delhi to Jaipur. Jodhpur to Delhi airfare is Rs 8,400

 By Train

        Delhi to Jaipur in Rs. 1,550 (Shatabdi). Jaisalmer to Delhi in Rs 3,600 (2AC)

By Bus

         Delhi to jaipur for Rs 1,300 (AC). Jaisalmer to Delhi via Jodhpur in Rs. 2,100 (AC)

 Stay

 Jaipur

        Rs. 6,000 for two nights

 Jodhpur

       Rs 2,500 per  night

 Jaisalmer

        Rs. 8,000 for two nights (Rs. 5,500 a night in desert tent + Rs 2,500 a night in hotel)

Taxi For Entire Trip

         Rs.15,000

Other

Rs. 4,000 for local sightseeing in taxi + Rs. 2,500 inter–city transfers by AC bus/train

 Food

        Rs. 9,500

WHILE MOST part of Gujarat can be explored round the year, December in the best time to visit Rann of Kutch ,a wetland with a marshy salt bed that appears like a sheet of snow.  Also, the three-month-long annual Rann Utsav is at its full glory in December. We have included a one night stay in Bhuj for you to explore the nearby ruined city of Dholavira or the beach city of Mandvi on the first day. We recommend taking the Rann Utsav package for your stay in Kutch as it will include cab transfers from and to Bhuj airport/railway station and complimentary sightseeing in Bhuj on the last day.

 

 

 

 

SIGHTSEEING

 

 

HOW TO REACH

 By Air

       Delhi to Bhuj return fare is Rs. 44,000 (connecting flight of 10th)

 By Train

       Delhi to Bhuj 2AC return fare is Rs. 10,000 (22 hours one way)

      OR

      Delhi to Bhuj connecting flight for Rs. 24,750 + Bhuj to Delhi train for Rs. 5,000 (Bareilly express

 STAY

 Bhuj

       Rs. 3,500 per night

 Rann of Kutch

       Rs. 5,000-7,000 per night

       OR

       Rann Utsav package of Rs. 10,000

Taxi For Entire Trip

         Rs. 5,000 (taxi fare )

Taxi Fare For Bhuj

         Rs. 1,500

 Food 

       Rs. 1,500 (camp stay in Kutch includes meals )

GULMARG IS AMONG the top destination for snow lovers and winter sports enthusiasts. We have limited the itinerary only to Gulmarg as it hosts skiing ,sledging ,snow scooter etc and gondola rides. Also, it witnesses more snowfall compared to other parts of Kashmir, enough for you to build your own snowman. We don’t recommend taking a cab for the entire trip as Gulmarg is a small town which can be covered on foot.

 

 

 

SIGHTSEEING

 

 

HOW TO REACH

 By Air

       Rs. 14,000 is return airfare to Srinagar. From Srinagar to Gulmarg, private taxi return fare is  Rs. 4,600

       OR

      Share taxi return fare is Rs. 2,000.

 By Train

        Rs. 6,000 train (3A) return fare to Jammu. Jammu to Gulmarg taxi return fare is Rs. 15,000.

 STAY

         Rs. 8,000 (two nights)

Taxi  for entire trip

         Rs. 5,500

Taxi  for local sightseeing

          Rs. 1,000

 FOOD

        Rs. 2,000

 

ACTIVITIES*

Skiing Rs.1,000, Sledging Rs. 1000, Snow Scooter Rs. 1,800, Gondola Ride Rs. 800

*Prices are for one person

Note: All prices, both DIY and package ,are for a couple and are indicative. All transport fares are from Delhi. All hotel prices are for 3-star properties.

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