International travel can be a costly affair and with a country as vast and Incredible as India, with so many go-for-sure places, budgets can go really high. However, spending a few hours on the Internet before you plan your trip can help you save some (or substantial) amount of money. Here are some simple tips and resources to help you save money on your next trip to India.
1. Go Local
Consider booking a package with a local company. You should definitely not go in for small time tour operators but some multinationals. Go to your favorite tour operator’s India site and convert currencies to compare. Make use of your International Credit Card 😉
2. Check the Season
Prices shoot up on almost all tourist locations during peak seasons and just playing with your dates can mean a lot of savings (and a peaceful, less-crowded trip). For example, during off-season in Kerala, some resorts offer a 2-3 day package for the peak season cost of one day.
3. Book domestic air tickets from a domestic provider
If you know the flights you want to take, try booking it through some Indian website for better rates. Flight rates are generally cheaper 21 days in advance. Some of the popular travel portals in India are: Cleartrip.com, Makemytrip.com and Yatra.com. Some airlines also offer discounted rates (and lots of miles) if you book directly through their website. Popular ones are: Kingfisher, JetAirways and Indigo.
4. Get in touch with friends or relatives
If you have friends and/or relatives in India, you can explore the option of staying with them. People in India always welcome guests and, in fact, are more than happy to serve them. In Indian traditions, guests are referred to as an incarnation of God. And if you are not comfortable with them, you can always take their help in finding a good accommodation at a good price.
5. Travel in a Group
Groups attract great discounts. You can form a group with local friends and plan a trip together. It would make the trip fun as well as lower the cost drastically.
So next time you visit India, save some money while you collect incredible memories. Happy Journey!