Budget-Friendly Foreign Destinations to Travel From India 2024

A holiday is a need for children and adults alike. It is an escape from the daily monotonous routine. Traveling to a new place, witnessing new cultures and the various tourist attractions consisting of National Parks, museums, sacred places, and the natural surroundings excites everyone. However, many expenses are involved in making such arrangements; like, for instance, Visa application costs, air tickets, and hotel accommodations, among others, make touring to some foreign locations outside India expensive. Therefore, this article lets you know all the cheap places you can visit and spend your vacations either alone or with your family and friends.

Countries like Kazakhstan, Maldives, Hong Kong, Turkey, Greece, and Lebanon among others can be visited without spending a fortune on accommodation.

Information on specific Destinations Places for Budget Trips


Cambodia Angkor Wat Malaysia

It is situated in Southeast Asia, not very far from India. Malaysia is known for its authentic cuisine, wonderful climate, magnificent tourist attractions, serene beaches, and local shopping markets. The holy temples represent the beliefs and features of Malaysian architecture. The major shopping hub is Kuala Lumpur which is known for housing the world’s 4th largest mall, “1 Utama”.The Petronas Twin Towers, one of the tallest twin skyscrapers, Sunway Lagoon Theme Park where you can relax and watch your kids play, Aquaria KLCC, Kota Kinablu, Batu Caves, etc are all important viewpoints. You can apply for the Visa via electronic Travel Information and Registration( eNTRI). The best part about visiting Malaysia is that your trip will only cost around 40,000 INR per person.


Dubai Marina

Situated along the Persian Gulf, Dubai is one of the largest emirates in the UAE. It is a hub for international tourists and on the bucket list of many travellers. It is known for its skyscrapers, architectural wonders, desert safaris, beaches, theme parks, waterparks, and endless shopping. Indulge in the best views of Dubai Marina or visit the famous souks like Spice Souk, Gold Souk, and Textile Souk. Not only does Dubai offer luxurious holiday options but also a budget-friendly respite. The key attractions are Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah beach, The Palm Islands, Dubai Frame, Atlantis, etc. Do not forget to experience dune bashing in the desert with a barbeque dinner in a Bedouin-style tent under the stars, falcon shows, and belly dancing. The Dubai visa is a single-entry tourist visa valid for 30 days.


Independence Palace Vietnam

It is also a Southeast Asian country. The Northern part of Vietnam has a French influence and has important landmarks like the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central office. Whereas the Southern part has glimpses of American culture. The coastal part and islands like Con Dao, yacht cruises on the ocean waves, and the My Khe beach are a must-visit. Hanoi, the capital city, houses the temple of literature, Cao Dai Temple. You can witness the beautiful blooming orchids and rice fields in the Mekong Delta traveling in a Sampan boat. Vietnam has unique tourist places all in a budget of 40000 INR only, including flight tickets, accommodations, and Visa costs.


Thailand Wat Arun

Thailand is a tropical paradise with its serene national parks, wildlife, fascinating islands, rock-cut temples, and bustling nightlife. Perform adventurous sports like ziplining, river water rafting, etc, or sunbathe on the peaceful beaches and explore marine life by snorkeling and scuba diving. You can learn to cook Thai food in top-class Thai cooking schools or dine in at one of the restaurants and cafes. Travel costs within the different sightseeing spots are much reduced as renting two-wheelers is possible or you can take a kayak available at lower costs. The Thailand Visa application process is also cost-effective. Important cities you can visit are Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui, and Pattaya.

Sri Lanka

Sigiriya Stone Sri Lanka

One of India’s neighbouring countries, Sri Lanka is known for its landscapes ranging from arid plains to highlands, sandy beaches, rainforests, diverse culture, and pleasant climate. This beautiful island country surrounded by dense woodlands and pristine blue sea beaches is a must-visit place for budget travellers. This country has something for everyone, from its Buddhist temples and museums to historical ruins, from shopping to culinary delights. The country boasts sprawling tea estates, the oldest golf club, scenic beauty, and heritage sites like the Temple of Tooth Relic. Places to visit in Sri Lanka are Matara, Kandy, Colombo, Sabaragamuwa, Kurunegala, and Panduwasnuwara. Do not forget to buy spices and oils with Ayurvedic properties.


Patan Durbar Square-Nepal


This country next door to India is nested in the Himalayan mountain ranges. It has snow-peaked mountain ranges and a cool atmosphere almost all the year round. Magnificent monasteries are present in all of Nepal. Some tribals let you wear their traditional clothing. Eating warm food in the cold weather is satisfying. You can go hiking in the mountains to Mount Everest base camp, bungee jumping in Pokhara, and white water rafting on the Bhote Koshi River are perfect for thrill lovers. Also, you need not apply for a Visa if you have a valid passport.


Tiger’s Nest-Bhutan
Tiger’s Nest

Set on the southern slopes of the eastern Himalayas, Bhutan is a small town with a blend of outstanding Buddhist architecture and cultural attractions. Bhutan is known for its beauty and natural wonders, surrounded by majestic mountains, forests, canyons, dense green valleys, and shimmering streams. You will surely love this place for its mesmerizing monasteries, fortresses, and dramatic landscapes. Places to visit here are Tiger’s Nest, Gangtey Monastery, The Folk Heritage Museum, Royal Manas National Park, Thimpu, Paro, Dochula Pass, Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary, Phuentsholing, Haa Valley, Punakha, and Trashigang. Indian tourists can travel here without a passport.


Singapore is an exquisite location with each tourist spot more exotic than the other. Major spots of public view are Gardens by the Bay, Changi Experience Studio, Underwater Zoo, etc. There are also some free places that you can visit like the Open Air Cinema, Marina Bay, East Coast Park, and much more. So, much of your expenses are saved. It is a tiny country packed with adventure, thrill, and enjoyment that too on a budget.


It is an enclave of about 100 islands spotting the Indian Ocean. The natural beauty of the beaches, witnessing the sunrise and set on the horizon, tall coconut and palm trees as well as the clear, blue ocean is sure to mesmerize you to the core. You can stay at one of the exotic beach resorts, meet the locals, and enjoy the live music and bonfires at night. You can rent a bicycle to tour the island saving transportation costs. You can sunbathe and surf on the waves of the ocean. It is total fun for you and your family. The entire trip approximately costs 42000 INR.


It lies on the Persian Gulf and might seem expensive. But with the right planning and timing of the trip, you can tour many places of Qatar in less than a lakh. The Museum of Islamic Art highlights the architectural design, of The Pearl which is an artificial island, Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Stadium, and Katara Cultural Village, which gives you an insight into the different aspects of the country. Fun activities include helicopter rides, dune bashing, and camel rides. These activities can only be possible at their best in the Persian Gulf. The trip to Qatar will not cost more than 45,000 INR if planned properly.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is situated on the banks of the South China Sea and although the city is glamorous, touring it isn’t pricey. Street food like dumplings and noodles here is opted for more by locals and tourists because it is much cheaper and as delicious as restaurant food. Hiking on the Dragon Trail’s Back, touring the Avenue of the Stars,  Hong Kong Temple Street Night Market, and Hong Kong Museum of Arts are some of the famous activities. They have entry free on certain days. Thus, you can easily manage expenses after doing proper research.

Sri Lanka

If you are looking for a travel destination where you want to avoid experiencing a complete change in culture and surroundings then what’s better than our neighbor, Sri Lanka? The travel cost and duration both are less. It is a home away from home with lush landscapes, mountains, rivers, excellent street food, and everything that India is known for. The fragrance of tea leaves in the vast plantations will surely satisfy your soul. Visit the Temple of Tooth Relic, a World Heritage Site. Public transport is as commonly used in Sri Lanka as in India. With a budget of 35000 INR, you get to tour a place with amazing locations and where you won’t feel like an outsider.


It is the heart of Africa. For someone who is fascinated by jungle treks and diverse wildlife, then Kenya is the right place. We have seen a bunch of animals in zoos but here in Kenya, you can see them closely in their natural habitat and gain an insight about the way they eat, hunt, and live. The main wildlife reserve is Masai Mara. From deer to tigers to peacocks, even the smallest of insects, many animals are found here. It is mostly a tribal land with welcoming tribal communities with whom you can interact. If you book a wildlife safari, food, and drinks come included shortening the trip expenditures.


Visit Egypt and the traditional Egyptian pyramids, you are sure to be stunned by its unique architecture that looks much more fascinating than books. The main viewpoints are the Pyramids of Giza, the seventh wonder of the world that has preserved the mummified bodies of kings for hundreds of years. The renowned Red Sea which you do not sink is another famous attraction. For someone who loves to explore historical artifacts, planning a trip to Egypt is a must with an expenditure of 40000 INR only.


It is perfect for honeymooners looking to spend a budget-friendly romantic vacation. The Mediterranean landscapes are calm and less crowded hence peaceful to enjoy a good time. You can also enjoy viewing in Athens the sacred temples of the Greek Gods, modernism and mythology, and blooming flower beds in the National Parks on a budget. For a unique taste, try the special Mediterranean cuisine.


Lebanon is one of the oldest countries in the world with a colorful and varied history; hence it is an amazing vacation destination. There are ancient Roman ruins, well-preserved castles, limestone caves, historic churches and mosques, beautiful beaches along the Mediterranean Sea, world-famous Lebanese cuisine, nonstop nightlife and discos, and mountainous ski resorts for everyone. The total budget per person will not exceed one lakh INR.

Tips To Follow For Saving Money On Trips

  • Check out the information about the ongoing weather conditions.
  • Try to visit the country when it is not the peak tourist season as flight tickets and hotel bookings are all discounted as well and there is less crowd in the sightseeing places.
  • Plan and book your tickets much in advance as the price of flight tickets increases if you book later.
  • Travel companies offer customized tour packages in which you can invest and enjoy hassle-free travel with flight tickets, hotel bookings, and sightseeing all included


For an affordable tour from India, the Southeast Asian gems, Thailand with beautiful beaches and vibrant street life. Vietnam is a combination of history and scenic landscapes while Cambodia has the Angkor Wat temple. You can have a tropical escape at an affordable rate in Sri Lanka which is lush and has cultural sites.

Trekking in Nepal is not only budget-friendly but also allows you to visit the majestic Himalayas. Malaysia is culturally diverse and has modern cities and lush rainforests. You can also explore the budget-friendly paradise of Bali Island, Indonesia, which has beautiful beaches and different cultural experiences.

For instance, Hungary and Poland are Eastern European countries with lots of history, beautiful architecture, and cheap traveling options. The lively culture of Mexico, in the Americas, is a combination of ancient civilizations.

Using budget airlines, local transport, and cheap accommodations can minimize your expenses. It is best to carry out cost-efficient exploration by researching the visa requirements as well as planning the activities.

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