A vacation to an international destination is a dream nurtured by many. However, the expenses involved can be very daunting. Are you longing for a foreign trip but worried about the budget? Fear not! There are quite a few tourist places outside India that you can opt for your next trip. International travel has its share of thrill, delight, and myth. Most Indians are under the impression that enjoying a vacation abroad entails splurging on accommodation, foreign exchange, flight tickets, etc. Few places to visit on a low budget outside India are Kazakhstan, Maldives, Hong Kong, Turkey, Greece, Lebanon, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Kenya, and many more. If you carefully plan out your trip, you can easily set out to an international destination without burning a hole in your pocket. Here are some of the best cheap places to visit outside India:
A major tourist hub in Southeast Asia, Malaysia is known for its great food, pleasant climate, picturesque tourist destinations, stunning beaches, and wonderful shopping options. Malaysia has a rich cultural and religious heritage reflected in its temples and architecture. A shopping destination, Kuala Lumpur is the retail and fashion hub in Malaysia, boasting of the world’s fourth-largest mall, ‘1 Utama’. The must-visit places here are Petronas Twin Towers, Langkawi, Sunway Lagoon Theme Park, Aquaria KLCC, Kota Kinabalu, Cameron Highlands, Batu Caves, Perhentian Islands, and many more. Indian citizens require a Malaysian visa before their travel. You can apply online through Electronic Travel Information & Registration (eNTRI).
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.
Vietnam, a Southeast Asian country, is known for its rivers, beaches, and Buddhist pagodas. A country influenced by the French culture, especially the North of the country, houses Hanoi, the capital city. In contrast, the southern part of this country has American influence. The city is filled with French colonial landmarks like the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Along with sightseeing and a visit to the marketplace, you can have unique experiences too by visiting the Con Dao Islands, Yacht cruises, My Khe beach, the temple of Literature in Hanoi, Cao Dai temple, and Bac Ha market. Make a day trip to Mekong Delta in a Sampan boat along with durian orchards and rice fields.
Thailand is known for its tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins, temples, and vibrant party spots. Enjoy the country at your own pace while traveling on a low budget with shared accommodations. From adventure enthusiasts to leisure seekers, Thailand offers many options for every kind of traveler. Spectacular islands, wildlife experiences, bustling markets, and an incredible variety of Thai food give you a chance to enjoy the best of Thailand. The easy availability of two-wheelers for rent makes your travel convenient and budget-friendly. The places to visit in Thailand are Bangkok, Phuket, Koh Samui, Tarutao, Safari World Zoo, Pattaya Floating Market, Art in Paradise, Madame Tussauds, Chao Phraya River, Simon Cabaret Show, etc.
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.
Nestled in the heart of the Himalayas, Nepal is a picturesque country with snow peaks and streams offering a calm and serene atmosphere. During your visit to this fascinating country, you will see monasteries, beautiful architectural wonders, ancient temples, bustling markets, and ethereal scenic beauty. The places to visit here are Mount Everest, Annapurna Mountain, Dakhinkali Temple, Lumbini, Boudhanath Stupa, Siddha Gufa, Devi Fall, Sarangkot, and Phewa Tal. Pashupatinath Temple is the key attraction of this place. Nepal attracts adventurers who can enjoy trekking the Mount Everest base camp, bungee jumping in Pokhara, and rafting in Bhote Koshi. Indian citizens who have valid passports are exempt from getting a Nepal visa to travel to the country.
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.
Your holiday abroad to any destination within the budget is like icing on the cake. Generally, flight prices tend to increase drastically during summer vacation, Christmas, and New Year. So for your budget trips outside India, make sure you book early to get the cheapest deals. Not only does this help in cutting down on your costs, but you can also research to get the best deals on accommodation and find the best time to visit a place. Based on the rate, where the Indian rupee has a higher exchange rate compared to the local currency, Nepal is the cheapest country to visit from India. Consider availing of a travel insurance policy while travelling abroad. Having an insurance policy in place can effectively make a vacation all the more enjoyable since it takes away all the stress and concern in case of an emergency.