May 24th, 2019 by OYO Team admin

Himachal Pradesh nestled amidst magnificent mountains, verdant valleys, and gushing frothy rivers, has been a tourist’s paradise for ages. This state is known for its many quaint little hill stations that enable you to have a wide variety of holiday experiences during your Himachal holiday. Famous hill stations like Manali, Shimla,
Dharamshala, Kasol, Dalhousie and many more offer scenic views, thrilling adventure activities, delectable food and a relaxed atmosphere that fills you with a sense of contentment once your trip is done. However, with so many things to see in Himachal, adventures that you cannot miss and places that you need to visit, planning a budget trip to Himachal could become a tad bit difficult.

So, we came up with an ultimate guide that can help you plan your budget trip and have a fun-filled holiday without spending a bomb.

Major Attractions in Himachal


One of the most popular travel destinations in Himachal, Shimla has tourists all around the year. The influence of colonial architecture still stands strong, with meandering lanes and vantage points offer an enchanting view. If you visit Shimla during the winter months, you can play with snow or stroll around the brightly lit streets of mall road, gorging on mouth-watering snacks.


Known for the Tibetan culture that is prevalent across the valley and the breath-taking views of nature, Dharamshala’s air is filled with a laid-back aura that relaxes you. You can spend your time visiting the various monastery’s that call Dharamshala their home. The Namgyal Monastery and the Tsuglangkhang Complex are must-visit spots. You can enjoy a beautiful view of the surrounding from the pine-covered hilltops that come alive with the fragrance of freshly plucked tea leaves or go around the streets tasting the various Tibetan food that is on offer.


Famous amongst tourists who want to escape the loud hum-drum of everyday life, Andretta serves as a quaint getaway with a little bit of art thrown into the mix. Situated in the Kangra district, this little village is known for its amazing pottery centers and art galleries, started by famous artists Sobha Singh and Gurcharan Singh who settled here. The Andretta Pottery and Craft society also offers a three-month introductory course on learning pottery for the interested.

Budget Transport


Taking a local bus from one of the neighboring states is one of the cheapest modes of transport that you can take to reach Himachal. Inter-state buses and Volvos ply every day from Delhi, Chandigarh, and Punjab, taking you to Manali or Shimla overnight. Buses also run within the state, so, you can take one and travel between the many hill stations of Himachal.


Non-AC Fare:

INR 1600 per person approximately

AC Fare:

INR 2000 per person approximately

Bike and Car:

You can also plan your Himachal trip by renting a bike on your own and taking the scenic route through the hills. However, this mode depends upon the weather conditions and the season that you are planning to visit. Taking your car can also be a good option that will save a lot of money but be prepared to drive on the hilly routes quite frequently.

Budget Accommodation

Since Himachal is a tourist spot, it has various hotels and homestays all across the states that welcome guests all along the year. If you are looking for a budget option, you can choose any of the farm homestays that are spread across the state. These quaint houses have a welcoming aura and provide you with complimentary meals and a comfy stay with fresh air all around.


Starting from INR 1500 to 2000 per room

Budget Food

Once in Himachal, you will have no dearth of tasty food options, no matter where you are. The streets of Shimla, Manali, Kasol and Dharamshala are lined with street food stalls and small restaurants that offer you a delectable and authentic yet pocket-friendly meals. You can try momos, thukpa, bhey snacks or noodles from any of these stalls.

Budget-Friendly Activities

Bird Watching in Shimla:

The entry fees are INR 50 per person for the Shimla Water Catchment Sanctuary where you can have a gala time watching colorful birds flying around.

River Rafting in Manali:

A nine-kilometer river rafting ride costs INR 1000 per person, so, it is quite feasible to try this once-in-a-lifetime experience at least once.

Trek to Kheer Ganga:

The Kheer Ganga trek is also one of the experiences that you should not miss while you are on a Himachal Journey. Starting from Kasol, the trek cost around INR 1500 per person and is an exhilarating experience that one cannot miss.

Now that you are prepared with your budget plan for Himachal, it’s time to put it into action and get set go. You can take a look at the various Himachal Tour Packages from OYO Total Holidays as well for a budget-friendly and a fabulous experience.

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