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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Sep 2014

Bargain breaks this summers

Sneha Mahale, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, March 31, 2013
First Published: 13:34 IST(31/3/2013) | Last Updated: 11:12 IST(3/4/2013)
Summer is here and before you know it, schools and colleges will be out and it will be time to plan that annual vacation.


However, with rising costs, fancy vacations within India or overseas may not be possible within a restricted budget. So here are package trips offered by popular tour operators that cost Rs. 20,000 or less per person.

Fascinating north east
The highlight of this four nights and five days tour to Kalimpong, Darjeeling and Mirik is the early morning tour to Tiger Hills (8,364 ft) to watch the sunrise over Kanchenjunga Peak.
Cost: Rs. 19,499 (without airfare)
Call: Thomas Cook on 1800 2099 100

Andaman & Nicobar
Head to this spot known for its white sands, clear waters, and coral reefs as part of a five nights and six days package to Port Blair and Havelock.
Cost: Rs. 15,990 (without airfare)
Call: SOTC on 1800 209 3344

Wildlife of Gujarat (with beaches)
The four nights and five days package takes you to the home of the Asiatic lion in India, Sasan Gir, as well to the beaches of Diu.
Cost: Rs. 17,499 per person (without airfare)
Call: Cox and Kings on 1800 221 235

Original Orissa
If you can bear the scorching heat, the historic sites at Bhubaneshwar, Konark and Puri beckon tourists to visit as part of a five nights and six days tour.
Cost: Rs 15,990 (without airfare)
Call: SOTC on 1800 209 3344

Sikkim Himalayas
Trek through beautiful forests and across yak pastures to the snowcapped peaks and glaciers on the way to Dzongri and Guicha La as part of this seven nights and eight days tour.
Cost: Based on number of passengers per group.
Call: Life Away From Life on 98691 58351/6609 6693

Super Saver Nepal
The five nights and six days tour takes travellers to Kathmandu and Pokhara. The rise of tourism to the country is attributed to the grandeur of the Himalayas and Nepal’s cultural heritage.
Cost: Rs. 23,249 per person (with airfare)
Call: Cox and Kings on 1800 221 235

Essence of Kashmir
This four nights and five days trip to Srinagar and Pahalgam allows visitors to check out the famous Mughal Gardens and Dal Lake and see Aru, Chandanwadi and Betab Valley.
Cost: Rs. 18,899 per person (without airfare)
Call: Thomas Cook on 1800 2099 100

Uttarakhand Delight
The seven nights and eight days package entitles you to visits to the hill stations of Nainital and Mussoorie, as well as two nights at the famous Jim Corbett National Park, a popular spot to see tigers.
Cost: Rs. 18,999 per person (without airfare)
Call: Make My Trip on 1800 1030 080

Wonders of Bhutan
The five nights and six days trip to Thimphu and Paro ensures that you get a glimpse of Bhutan’s cultural and historical heritage even as you soak in its natural scenery.
Cost: Rs. 15,990 per person (without airfare)
Call: SOTC on 1800 209 3344
Ladakh Jeep Safari
Visit famous monasteries, Khardungla Pass and Nubra Valley as part of this jeep safari that extends over four nights and five days.
Cost: Rs. 11,500 (without airfare)
Call: Life Away From Life on 9869 158351/6609 6693
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