We speak from experience. With a very young team at OT who've recently graduated, planning a graduation trip is probably the best thing after college and a lot of responsibility we might add. Forget Goa (everyone goes there) and instead, take our advice and plan a pocket-friendly graduation trip to these places in western India that we've chosen for you. [Yes, Pune and Mumbai colleges had beckoned our team].
Alibaug might be a common tourist destination but there’s a reason it is on top of the list. Just a 3 hour drive from Mumbai, this town is the perfect destination for a budget friendly graduate trip. Beaches, water sports, forts, Alibaug has it all. Appropriately called mini- Goa, this town has everything that you will ever want from a beach holiday and that too on a budget. Visit the Alibag, Varsoli and Nagaon beach or make your way to the island fort of Janjira.
A budget Shimla, closer to Mumbai and Pune (a train ticket is under INR 100). Think waterfalls, treks to forts and stunning nature: that's Lonavala for you. We recommend a trek to Lohagad Fort for panoramic views. We speak from experience when we say that we loved treks to Scorpion’s sting, the Koregad Fort and the Lonavala Falls. For a complete nature experience, camp out at Aundoli. Cooper’s fudge and Maganlal Chikki are a must try here. You can also visit the Bhushi dam, a popular picnic spot. If you look hard enough, you can find a secluded spot to read at.
Gokarna may not be secluded any more but it still receives less tourists than other nearby destinations. Resting on the west coast of India, this small temple town is full of gorgeous, clean beaches with pristine blue waters. We loved spending time working on our tans at beaches like Kudle, Om and Half Moon. It's also a place to learn surfing if that's your cup of tea. The cafes are pocket-friendly and offer fresh seafood.
Forts, beaches and good seafood: what more could you want? This Union Territory is best explored on foot but if that's not your style, you can rent a scooter or a bicycle for pocket-friendly rates (think INR 20 to 100). For foodies, eat authentic Portuguese delicacies and the freshest catch of the day (all for under INR 300 we might add). Picnic on your mind with your friends? Head to charming spots like the Naida caves to relax and enjoy after tough examinations.
Strawberry fields and gorgeous sunset points. We agree that it is a popular pick for graduation trips but we just had to put it on the list. Visit the Mapro gardens, go strawberry picking and, if you're lucky, experience the strawberry festival. For the adventurous, go paragliding to get the bird’s eye view of the valley. There are trekking trails too but our favourite thing to do was to gorge on fresh strawberries (never mind the tummy ache after).
So, ready to make memories of a lifetime with your college friends on your graduation trip?