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Fabulous Getaways across India under Rs. 6000

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Itching to head out of the city to experience peace and tranquility? Don’t worry my friend you have come to the right place. During my tenure as a travel consultant, I was frequently asked by clients, friends and relatives to recommend short, off-beat and fabulous getaways which would go easy on the pocket.

So, I decided to conduct an extensive search on affordable, offbeat and boutique escapes for some of the top metropolitan cities in India. While doing so, my mantra was simple:

  1. Select destinations that are easily accessible by road.
  2. Properties in these destinations should be located in non touristy areas.
  3. The tariff of these properties should be equivalent to the ambience, experiences and services they offer i.e. maximum value for money.

Based on this I was able to shortlist a bunch of properties that range from Airbnbs to Tea Bungalows to Heritage Homestays. Hope this helps 🙂

Getaways from Delhi

Rainforest House, Rishikesh

Price Range: Rs. 3600 onwards (per night for two)
Distance from Delhi: 277 kms
Travel Time: 6 hours+
Website: http://www.rainforest-house.com/
Highlights: Situated on the banks of the Ganga and surrounded by mountains. After parking your car you need to trek your way down to the house (about 100 mtrs). Rooms do not have TVs or phones. They serve simple and light spiced vegetarian meals and offer yoga sessions in the courtyard.

Jungle Lore Birding Lodge, Pangot

Price Range: Rs. 5000 onwards (per night for two)
Distance from Delhi: 355 kms
Travel Time: 7 hours+
Website: http://www.pangot.com/
Highlights: Spectacular birdwatching tours and wildlife treks to Kumaon, Himalayas. Also offers farm to table dining experience.

Getaways from Mumbai

The Parekh Farm, Nashik

Price Range: Rs. 4000 onwards (per night for two)
Distance from Mumbai: 200 kms
Travel Time: 3 hours+
Website: http://theparekhfarm.com/
Highlights: Environmentally sensitive rooms. Homemade and wholesome food. Acres of gardens, orchards and open fields that grow keshar mangoes to dendrobium orchids. Participate in agricultural activities depending on the season.

Niyoti’s Grecian Home, Ganpatipule

Price Range: Rs. 5500 onwards (per night for two)
Distance from Mumbai: 345 kms
Travel Time: 6 hours+
Website: Airbnb
Highlights: A mediterranean-ish styled home with a gorgeous view of the sea and the forests. Large terrace that offers a perfect place for practicing yoga, firing up barbecues, watching sunrise and sunset, star gazing and spending breezy chatty nights. Besides the space the host offers beach tents, ice box, board games, bicycle, camping beds and chairs. The beach is 5-10 mins away by drive.

Getaways from Chennai

Briar Tea Bungalow, Megamalai

Price Range: Rs. 4400 onwards (per night for two)
Distance from Chennai: 600 kms
Travel Time: 8 hours+
Website: http://teabungalows.com/meghamalai/
Highlights: Bungalow strategically located in the Woodbriar plantation. Abundance of flora and animal life can be spotted.

WOW Bison Woods, Yercaud

Price Range: Rs. 5500 onwards (per night for two)
Distance from Chennai: 380 kms
Travel Time: 5 hours+
Website: http://www.bisonwoods.com/
Highlights: Eco friendly rooms located at an altitude of 4970 feet above sea level. In house Bliss Spa. Rooftop lawn restaurant that serves vegetarian food and specializes in Chettinad cuisine.

Getaways from Bangalore

Uramma Heritage Homes, Hampi

Price Range: Rs. 2550 onwards (per night for two)
Distance from Bangalore: 360 kms
Travel Time: 6 hours+
Website: http://www.urammaheritagehomes.com/
Highlights: Private and intimate space for your family or group. Located in the heart of Anegundi village the location is great to explore the village life. Guests can book offbeat tours, activities and other travel services by walking into the office of their partners located in this property – Explore Hampi.

Thotadhahalli Home Stay, Chikamagalur

Price Range: Rs. 3000 onwards (per night for two)
Distance from Bangalore: 360 kms
Travel Time: 6 hours+
Website: http://thotadahalli.com/
Highlights: This homestay is located in the middle of lush green coffee estate. Rooms have an ethnic sense of style. They offer unique birdwatching and coffee plantation tours. Get a glimpse of Malnad Tradition through their food and hospitality.

Let us know if you have been to any of these places. Also feel free to share your thoughts on what would you add to this list in the comments section below. If you’d like to receive more recommendations, tips and travel hacks, don’t forget to subscribe to our monthly newsletter!

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How you can Travel the World without Quitting your Job via The Remote Life

By now, most of us would have come across many “I quit my job to travel the world” blogs. We absolutely love reading some of them! Their stories on how they decided to give up everything, sell all their belongings and buy a one-way ticket is crazy and makes us itch to travel for that much needed inspiration.

But, not everyone has the guts to say “Screw it… I’ll do my own thing and find a way to make it work.”

Sometimes, we all have to do what’s right for us!

Not everyone is in the position to quit their job on a whim. And not everyone wants to! For instance, Prashanth and I both enjoy our jobs. We get to interact and network with some great people and create strategies that build businesses. And of course, we love it when that direct deposit drops into our accounts every month 🙂

 

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Nishchal Dua

How can you travel the world while maintaining a job at a non-remote company? Reasons why folks don’t want to become full-time digital nomads and How can you strategically use your vacation days to create the perfect ‘workcation’?

In today’s post, we Interview Nischal Dua, creator of The Remote Life, and cover this very topic.

We also end up talking about Nishchal’s funniest and most unusual travel memories, insider travel secrets and why we believe it’s important to squeeze time out for oneself to experience life through the travel lens.

 

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Travel Thailand in May

Traveling the world without quitting your job pretty much sounds like a dream, doesn’t it?
The best part – with the help of The Remote Life it’s not as scary or daunting as you might think.
Wanna hop on board? Apply here.

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What’s your Travel Personality?

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware – Martin Buber

Today one can easily arrive at their destination, but we all have our different ways of getting there. So, what kind of traveler are you?

 

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Felix Albus at Jiuzhaigou National Park, China


Intrepid Traveler

You’re an explorer, seeker of authentic travel experiences. A compulsive bucket-list keeper, you’ll pack as many destinations, sights and cultural experiences into your trip as time and energy allows. You’ve always got an eye out for the perfect souvenir and you’re up for sampling whatever the locals eat.

Top Destinations: India, South America, China

 

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Garveeta Somani at Preah Khan Temple, Cambodia


Cultural & History Buff

Cultural immersion is probably you’re favourite word when you’re reading up on things to see and places to explore. You prefer traveling solo as you seek freedom and time, to absorb and understand things at your own pace, be it history or architecture. Guidebooks and homestays is your go-to, as conversing with locals, attending regional festivals and going off the beaten path is your way of discovering how people truly live.

Top Destinations: Italy, Morocco, Cambodia

 

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Great capture by Wildlife Enthusiast – Gautham Ramnath at Masai Mara, Kenya

Game Spotter

You’re dream is to get up close and personal with a herd of migrating wildebeest. You suffer from serious FOMOARWS (Fear of Missing Out on a Rare Wildlife Spectacle) which means you’ll happily spend hours crouched at a waterhole… waiting. You can pitch a tent in two minutes flat and you think everything tastes better when it’s been cooked on campfire.

Top Destinations: Kenya, Tanzania, Galapagos Islands

 

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Mariah Siddiqui in London, United Kingdom


City Slicker

You’d much rather hit the designer shops than the beach, and you wouldn’t be caught dead in a sleeping bag. A great afternoon is one spent at a gallery opening rubbing shoulders with the ‘arterati’ followed by some serious people watching in a chic sidewalk café. You’ve sampled the signature dishes of all top restaurants and you know where to find the hottest nightlife action.

Top Destinations:  New York, London, Singapore, Dubai

 

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Samiksha Shenoy at Skydive Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Adrenaline Junkie

You look to challenge yourself through unique, immersive and adventurous travel expeditions that deliver a true sense of achievement. If you’re not climbing the nearest peak then you’re sandboarding or skydiving. Seeking activities that freak you out a little bit is your forte!

Top Destinations: New Zealand, South Africa, Spain

 

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Allen D’souza at LUX* South Ari Atoll, Maldives


Beach Bum

For you, holidays are about doing absolutely nothing – preferably while lying horizontal on a sun lounger. Exploring museums and galleries isn’t your style and the only souvenir you want to take home is a tan. Beach volleyball anyone?  Pfffft… reaching for a pina colada is about as energetic as you’ll get.

Top Destinations: Barbados, Maldives, Greece

Now that you are aware of your travel personality, what are you waiting for? Go on, make those gallivanting plans already and send us a postcard from your travels! 🙂

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Why you should Drive on your next International Trip

Like most people, travel for me was about sightseeing, food and completing a checklist of ‘must do activities’. Most of my trips within or outside India have had the similar structure when I planned them. It was not until one of my trips to the US, that I realized that a trip can include so many more things which most people don’t really think about. This was the first time I decided to rent a car outside of India and drive to my final destination!

This was funnily not something I really planned on doing. I was partially forced into taking this decision because I did not have a flight from Bangalore to my final destination. This meant I had 2 choices:

  1. Take a 22 hour flight to Washington and then wait 6 hours for a connecting flight and reach my destination after a short 30+ hours!
  1. Take a 22 hour flight to New York, rent a car and drive 2 hours to my destination.

The traumatizing thought of spending more than 30 hours traveling, got me to take Option 2 seriously and I decided to do it. I have now rented a car 3 or 4 times on my travels over the last couple of years. Here is why I love renting a car wherever possible:

  1. Adventure – Driving in another country is definitely a ‘not to be missed’ travel experience. If you are from India, driving on the other side of the road (in most cases) and being surrounded by drivers who stop and wait for you at junctions is another experience in itself! Whether it be driving through the Hilly Tuscan Countryside, the Chilly Scottish Highlands or the super fast German Autobahn, driving overseas is certainly a high adrenaline experience.
  1. Cheaper than you think – Contrary to what most people believe, renting a car is actually not that expensive. When traveling as a group of 3 to 4 people renting a car can actually work out CHEAPER than public transport. And you can take your picks from a simple hatch to a swanky 2 door sports car. We chose a Jeep Renegade for our Tuscan trip and boy was that an awesome drive!

 

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  1. Less Touristy – Renting a car lets your explore destinations that public transport may not give you access to. For example, when Andrea and I were in Italy towards the middle of 2016, we were able to drive around and explore some of the quaint villages in the Tuscan region. Travel to places which don’t have access to convenient public transport and you get the chance to really experience the culture of the town or village.
  1. Flexibility – Having your own car on a trip gives you a huge amount of flexibility. When traveling to a place for the first time you never know what you will love and what you may not enjoy as much. Driving lets you increase the time spent at the places you love because you are no longer on a fixed schedule which has been decided by the trains or buses you have booked. Whether it was Italy, Scotland or the US, we are able to walk around the little towns we visited well after the peak tourists visiting hours. This is an amazing way to experience life as a local.

Here’s how you can prepare for you next International Road Trip:

  1. Do you need an International Driving Permit? – Whether you need an International Driving Permit or not depends on the country or region you travel to. This link should help you figure that out. For my trips to Europe, I was required to carry my International Driving Permit and was asked this before my car was given to me. Typically the United States of America doesn’t require you to have an International Driving Permit to rent a car. All you need is a Credit Card and Valid Driving License in English.
  1. Reserve your Car in advance – Make sure you make a reservation through Avis, Enterprise or Hertz well in advance. This will guarantee you get a car of your choice. You could also end up with some really cool upgrades or discounts. Accumulate points that can be redeemed for discounts and free rentals by creating an account and using the same rental company for all your rentals.
  1. Insurance – Do not ignore Insurance Coverage and Damage Waiver when renting a car abroad. Make sure you check the standard insurance and damage waiver which is included as a part of your rental package. If you didn’t know this already – read the fine print! There are plenty of additional insurance options that you can pay for, but make sure you understand them first. Remember, their goal is to sell you everything they have by instilling fear. So, spend some time on this one to ensure you get only what you really need!

Hope you have an awesome road trip! Do subscribe to our newsletter to receive more such insights 🙂

Peace & Love,

Prashanth