7 Budget-Friendly International Destinations for Indian Travelers
Most of the Indian travelers only dream of traveling abroad and keep postponing their international vacations thinking that it's gonna be very expensive! Often, you would think that you would never have enough money to travel abroad. But honestly, those days are no longer real, when a foreign vacation needed a lump sum!
If planned well in advance and executed through research and budgeting, one can easily explore the neighboring countries without burning the bank account. Just in case you are wondering where to travel with your loved ones during the upcoming vacations, here are 7 most affordable international destinations that you can explore from India.
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1. Sri Lanka
The island nation is just too close to India, and it's beauty keeps attracting people from all across the world! Famous for being the best backpacking destination as well as perfect for a relaxing beachside family holiday, Sri Lanka is home to landscapes and culture which are quite similar to that of South India. If you are planning a short trip for just about a week or so, then make sure to explore Colombo, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Bentota. Also, visit world heritage sites like the Temple of Tooth Relic, go for boating or fishing on Lake Gregory, walk around the tea estates and don't miss out shopping some amazing antics and artwork. Savor the delicious Sri Lankan cuisine, especially all those great seafood dishes! But vegetarians, don’t worry, there’s plenty for you too in one of the best & affordable international holiday destinations from India!
While Sri Lanka would be perfect for a beach retreat, mountain lovers looking forward to spending some quaint time can head off to Nepal - the abode of the Himalayas! Apart from being a gateway to the Himalayas for those trekking enthusiasts, a trip to Kathmandu will be a nice blend of the old and the new - the modern and the traditional. The Thamel area has tons of shops selling everything from mountaineering gear to souvenirs, fantastic cafes and gorgeous restaurants. Durbar Square, which now has turned to ruins after the 2015 earthquake, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has several palaces and temples within the complex waiting to be explored. The Pashupatinath Temple is the city’s oldest Hindu temple, while the Boudhanath Stupa is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in the world. The sunsets from Nagarkot and Bhaktapur are absolutely breathtaking. You can also set out for a road trip to Pokhara if you wish to go for a hike around the Annapurna Circle.
Known for its beaches, mountains, culture, food, etc., there would hardly be anyone who doesn't wanna explore Thailand! The white beaches, blue waters, and coral reefs are more beautiful than what you see in photographs. No matter whether you are looking forward to just explore the bustling Bangkok, visit the gorgeous Wats, shop at the floating markets or head off to Pattaya & Krabi to snorkel or dive - your holidays in Thailand will be one memorable adventure, for sure. In case you are looking for something which isn't very touristy, you can spend time in Northern Thailand exploring the villages or go for hike amidst the wilderness of the Doi Suthep National Park. Ride on tuk-tuk and kick-start your vacations in Thailand with GDA!
For a glamour international getaway in a budget, there can be no better option other than Singapore! The glitter city has much more than the fashion labels at the Orchard Street, but of course, you can indulge a bit and buy some amazing clothings and footwear from there! Soak in the culture at Chinatown Heritage Centre and binge on the delicious Hainanese Chicken Rice, take a cruise on the Singapore River, get awed by the light & sound show at Gardens By The Bay and of course, spend a day or two at Sentosa Island. Visit the Singapore Zoo, which is one of the best in Asia, and also make sure not to miss the Night Safari. Spend an evening at the Marina Bay area. Explore the many dining options by the River at Clarke Quay and have a blast during your holidays in Singapore.
If Thailand seems like a cliched holiday destination for you then Malaysia can be a good option! Known for its turquoise waters, stunning beaches, pleasant climate, the Petronas Twin Towers and the Batu Caves - Malaysia has successfully become a major tourist hub in South-East Asia. Whether you are traveling with your family members, friends, colleagues or backpacking alone, you'll never find any dull moments in Malaysia. Spend a couple of days in Kuala Lumpur and soak in the urbane vibes. If you wish to soak in the colonial vibes, head towards Malacca and explore a city that is brimming with history. And for those who wish to spend a luxurious holiday, chilling on the beaches and savoring some great local food - what can be better than Langkawi!
If you've always thought that Cambodia is just about the Angkor Wat - then now is the time to wipe off the cliched thoughts and explore a country that holds a plethora of other things. Showcasing its cultural heritage in the most enchanting manner, Cambodia can always lure the travelers with its panoramic and rustic beauty. Housing the largest Hindu Temple Complex in the World, Cambodia boasts of its rich history, culture, and traditional values. On one hand, Siem Reap will take down the lanes of history and on the other hand, you will be absolutely awestruck to feel the nightlife vibes and of course, get high at the Pub Street! Don't miss out Battambang - a place that is famous for the bat caves! Spend a couple of days in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh and know more about the Khmer history and the dark days that people have faced! Make sure to explore the beaches of Sihanoukville and if you have more time - hop from Koh Rong & Koh Rong Samloem, experiencing the island life of Cambodia!
While Indians never really considered traveling to this gem of a place in Southeast Asia, Vietnam is a country that holds timeless beauty! From the rugged mountains and the terrace farms of Sapa Valley in the North, to the gorgeous Halong Bay and breathtaking beaches at Nha Trang - your holidays in Vietnam will pass by the wink of an eye! Explore the museums and monuments in Hanoi, go on a river cruise on the Mekong River, spend some quaint days on the beaches of Hoi An and end your trip with an extravaganza of Ho Chi Minh City! In case you are wondering what all to include in your Vietnam travel itinerary, Go Discover Abroad can help you in planning your trip, and you can also choose to club it up with that of Cambodia or Laos.
In case you are thinking of planning a trip abroad during the Christmas vacation or want to start the New Year somewhere abroad - then these 7 destinations can offer you the perfect escapade!