Places to Visit New Years in India on a Budget To travel


How about spending this New Year in a place you’ve always wanted to visit? And of course in your budget? No problem. When it comes to places of beauty, you have a lot of options in India. The best part is that there are hotels here that charge from Rs 500 depending on your budget. Yes, so what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, we’ve got the right places to travel on a budget.

Srinagar: One of the most popular vacation destinations in India, there is a reason Srinagar is called heaven on earth. With a history of over 2000 years, Srinagar is a modern aquatic world, dominated by Dal Lake and its winding waterways, tree-lined Nagin Lake, and the Jhelum River. You can hire one of the wooden boats called shikaras for a daytime or twilight cruise. On land, stroll the terraced hills of 400-year-old Mughal gardens, created by Emperor Jehangir for his wife, and shop for native crafts like hand-woven silks and embroidered shawls. While you’re at it, try their different cuisines and bread.

Pahalgam: Pahalgam is famous for the beauty of its landscapes and is the jewel of the picturesque Liddar Valley located in the high Himalayas. It offers an ideal setting for hiking, trekking and fishing. Surrounded by the Lidar River and the Bethab Valley, Pahalgam is bordered by beautiful valleys and rivers. Rafting is an option at Lider Lake. You can buy traditional cashmere items in the market. The tall pine trees that cover the city provide a spectacular morning view. The whole of Pahalgam will be covered with snow at this time of year. Known as the “Valley of the Shepherds”, Pahalgam is a base camp during the Amarnath Yatra. Visitors to Pahalgam (located in the Anantnag district) are greeted by mustard fields and green fields full of saffron blossoms.

Gulmarg: If you want to experience one of the largest cable cars in the world and the magic of winter, go straight to Gulmarg. Located at an altitude of 3,979m above sea level, the view from the top on the cable car is breathtaking. Gulmarg is now covered in snow everywhere you look. Known as one of the top ski destinations in India, Gulmarg is perfect for lovers of family adventure and honeymooners. While in the summer the valley is teeming with Srinagar day trippers and tourists from all over the world, the winter season sees ski and snowboard enthusiasts rushing to Gulmarg, India’s premier ski resort. But the many places to visit in Gulmarg are open year round for those who wish to capture beauty with their cameras or just their eyes. In summers, too, the snow will melt to reveal various types of flowers all around.

Sonamarg: Sonamarg, popularly known as the “Prairie of Gold”, is located at an altitude of 2740m above sea level in the foothills of the Himalayas. In spring, the area will have flowering plants with golden flowers. Sonamarg is located at a distance of 80 km from Srinagar. Not only tourist spots but also trekking and hiking await tourists. The Sindh River crosses the valley. Ponies can be hired for the trip to the Thajiwas Glacier, which is a major local attraction in the summer. Sonamarg is also the base of a major trek that runs along several mountain lakes – Vishansar, Kishansar, Gadsar, Satsar and Gangabal. It is also the take-off station for the trip to Ladakh via Zojila, a major pass of the great Himalayan range, through which the Srinagar-Leh road passes. It is also a base to undertake the yatra towards the sacred cave of Amarnath, during Sawan Purnima.

Pangong Lake: Pangong Lake becomes a magical place in January. At the end of the month, the lake is completely frozen over and will remain so until February. Lake Pangong is a lake in India and China, located at an elevation of 13,900 feet in the Himalayas. The best way to get to Pangong Lake is by road. However, the only challenge on this route is the Chang La Pass. You can enjoy a day trip and stay in Spongmic, Tangse or Merak. Note that campsites may not be open during the winter, so you may choose to stay with a rural host family.

Lamayuru: Lamayuru is a small village in Ladakh, but it is also a great place to relax on the way from Kargil to Leh. According to the oldest Ladakh legends, this place was once a lake and later it dried up. The landscape of the village resembles the surface of the moon. Lamayuru is known for its monastery and for its “lunar” landscape – picturesquely presented as a “lunar landscape” to tourists. The scenery is certainly amazing with its spectacularly bizarre geological formations, although it is not unique to Lamayuru. Lamayuru Monastery is ancient, built in the “lunar landscape”. The soil is claimed to be similar to that of the moon, hence the name Moonland.

Tso Moriri: The road from Leh to Tso Moriri attracts a variety of wildlife, including migratory birds, marmots and rarely Tibetan wolves. Lake Tso Moriri in the Changthang region of Ladakh is one of the most beautiful, calm and sacred (for Ladakhi) high altitude lakes in India. Mountain Lake is open year round. It is the largest high altitude lake in India, located entirely in the Indian subcontinent. Like Pangong Lake, this place gets cold in winter. Tso Moriri attracts a variety of wildlife, including migratory birds, marmots and rarely Tibetan wolves.


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