Budget Tour in Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh is a wonderful state to explore. Rich is culture, art, dance and tradition this state provides a plethora of options to visit and have a good time. Be it with family or with friends, one can find places matching their interests and that too at pocket-friendly prices. Yes, you got that right. Uttar Pradesh is extremely cheap when it comes to stay or commuting or shopping. Let’s explore some of these cheap options:
3 Days 2 Nights Tour in UPDay 01: Chitrakoot
The hill of many wonders, it is one of the cheapest cities of Uttar Pradesh to explore. The city is closely related to the epic Ramayana
and is, thus, very sacred in the Hindu culture. The best part of the city is the use of cheap cycles for commuting, thus saving a hell lot of money.
Places to visit
- Hanuman Dhara - A beautiful site to look at, it has natural spring coming from the statue of Lord Hanuman. Although you have to take a flight of 360 steps to reach this place but it is worth it.
- Spathik Shila - The splendid spot is marked by two big stones. It is believed it is from this spot that Lord Rama and his wife Sita enjoyed the outstanding view of Chitrakoot.
- Ram Ghat - If you are visiting Chitrakoot you cannot miss the evening aarti at this Ghat. It is considered extremely auspicious. The prayers give peace and relax your body from head to toe. The Ghat is loacated on the banks of River Mandakini.
Places to StayChitrakoot has innumerable cheap places to stay. Some of them offer good services, some offer awful services. So be careful when you choose your place to stay. A whole range of good and cheap options:
Rupali Lodge (Tariff: INR 150 – 450)
Chitrakoot Guest House (INR 150 – 450)
Pitra Smriti Bhawan (INR 100-500)
Gurukrripa Atithi grah (INR 100-400)
Day 02: Sarnath
There are a number of cheap travel options from Chitrakoot to Sarnath. It takes approximately five hours to reach Sarnath from Chitrakoot. You can travel via train as well as bus. Bundelkhand Express leaves the Chitrakoot Station at 3:53 pm. There are many buses, both Volvo as well as government that will take you to Sarnath.
Buddhists worldwide come to India to pay their tributes to Lord Buddha at Sarnath. It is an extremely important pilgrimage centre for Buddhists all around the globe.
Places to VisitChaukhandi Stupa
This is the first important monument you will encounter as soon as reach Sarnath. Built by King Ashoka, it is built on a lofty peak. The major attraction of this place is the octagonal shape.Click Here to Read More about Chaukhandi Stupa
43.6 metres tall and 23.8 metres wide, this is the most outstanding stupas in Sarnath. It is the most frequently visited by tourists. The stone has its origin in the Gupta Dynasty. Click Here to Read MoreSarnath Museum
This museum contains the celebrated collection of ancient Buddha scriptures and piece of art. The timings of the museum are 10 am to 5 pm. It is closed only on Fridays. If you are a history buff then this places is for you.
Places to stayClick Here to Read More about Sarnath Museum
A decent hotel, it is quite cheap. The services provided are fine. The staff is warm and humble.
- Buddha International Hotel
There is nothing in this hotel related to Buddha. But the overall standard of services is very good as compared to other hotels. Light on pocket this can definitely be considered for a stay.
Day 03: Kushinagar
There is no direct train or bus from Sarnath to Kushinagar. But you can take local buses and reach Kushinagar, although you will need to change buses at short distances.
Equally important for Buddhists is the city of Kushinagar. It is marked with the death of Lord Buddha. It is here where he was cremated. Thus, very important for all the Buddhists around the world! It is believed that Lord Buddha had foreseen his death and he chose Kushinagar for his death path.
Places to VisitWatthai Temple
A huge temple, this is mostly visited by Thai people as it represent the graceful Thai culture.
2.74 metres tall, this stupa is built from bricks. It was discovered in 1876. The stupa had a copper vessel with Brahmi inscribed on it which read as Lord Buddha chose this place as his death bed.
A beautiful site, this houses a 6.10 metres long statue of Buddha. This statue was unearthed in 1876. It symbolises the dying Lord Buddha, reclining to his right hand side.
Places to stay
A budget hotel, it provides excellent facilities. The room service is great. The staff is amicable. The parking lot is huge and the food is also authentic UP food.
Nothing to do with Lord Buddha, this hotel is also good. Cheap, affordable, warm staff and a good ambience makes this hotel a reasonably good option.