One of the great things about India as a tourist destination is that it's ideal for those who are traveling on a budget. India has always been a backpackers paradise, offering a seemingly endless array of cheap hotels. Yet, budget travel in India no longer means having to sacrifice comfort to save money. The tourism boom has resulted in boutique hotels coming up all over the country to cater for those who want quality at affordable prices. Discover some of the best budget hotels in India here.
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Those who visit Agra usually only stay long enough to see the Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri. Unfortunately, most of the budget hotels in Agra are as uninspiring as the city itself. However, there are a few stand out budget options, including the unique experience of homestay accommodations. It's possible to get a basic but inexpensive room near the Taj Mahal from $10.
Delhi Budget Hotels
If you're looking for a cheap hotel in Delhi, Paharganj is the place to go. This chaotic tourist district is full of budget accommodations. Some are cleaner than others, and it pays to be selective when choosing. However, there are a number of decent options with rates from $10-40 per night. Alternatively, Delhi has a huge range of bed and breakfasts (homestays) which are great value for money. Those who are new to the city will appreciate the personalized service provided.
Ambient, simply furnished guesthouses are plentiful amongst the ruins and boulders of Hampi. For $25 per night, you can have the best room in the house (and you may even get a cottage). Many rooms are priced much cheaper than that too! There are two main areas to stay in Hampi -- near the bus stand and Main Bazaar, and on the other side of the river in Virupapur Gadde. Virupapur Gadde, with it's chilled out environment on the edge of paddy fields, attracts plenty of hippie types.
Jaipur is one of the top destinations for budget travel in India. If you're visiting India on a budget and can't afford to stay in one of the many opulent palace hotels in Jaipur, you can still have a memorable stay in a heritage property. There are some attractive choices below $75. As the center of Jaipur is chaotic and crowded, it can be a good idea to choose a hotel located a short distance away.
It's cheaper to stay in Jodhpur than Jaipur. Around $40 per night will get you a hotel with a swimming pool. If you're traveling on a shoestring budget, you don't need to pay much more than $4 per night for a basic but clean room -- and you'll get a view of the Fort too!
It's possible to get a decent budget hotel room for under $10 near the Khajuraho erotic temples. If you want to stay somewhere comfortable with a swimming pool, expect to pay around $75 per night. It's a good idea to have a look around Khajuraho when you arrive and select a hotel that you like. Hotels usually have vacancies, so discounts are possible. Also be aware that there are a lot people in Khajuraho who will try to take you to hotels that give them a commission, so do be careful.
Many hotels in Kolkata reflect the city's colonial charm. The most convenient areas to stay in are around Park Street and Sudder Street, in the city center. An inexpensive but decent Sudder Street guesthouse will cost you less than $20 a night. Spend a little over $55, and you can stay at the renowned and quirky Fairlawn Hotel. Rooms in value for money boutique hotels are available for a little over $100.
Mahabalipuram beach (or Mamallapuram as it's otherwise called) is the pick of the beaches on India's east coast. It's got a thriving backpacker scene, but is also popular with tourists who come to relax at the resorts there. The cheaper hotel options are located in town, with rooms ranging from $5-20. If you're prepared to pay a bit extra, you can stay in a hotel with a swimming pool. A budget beach resort will set you back $45 per night upwards.
Mumbai Budget Hotels
Mumbai, with real estate prices on par with those of New York City, is a notoriously expensive city to stay. This can make finding good budget hotels challenging. However, if you look carefully, there are some decent places offering reasonable service for a cost that’s fairly easy on the wallet. If you're willing to sacrifice a few comforts there plenty of basic budget hotels available. Most of them are in the Colaba tourist area, and they receive various reports (such as Bentley's, which is a popular one). However, the cleanest and best quality cheap hotels are in surrounding areas such as Fort. You can get a room for less than $15 at Hotel Lawrence.