People today are not happy with just desi trips. Goa, Kerala, Mumbai etc. have seen a lot of inter country tourism but as Indians, we can visit them at any time of the year right? Going abroad for a cool vacation is the new thing now. But planning a trip abroad and that too for an entire family might prove to be really heavy on your pocket. But who says there aren’t enough budget friendly international trips from India?
Let’s find out more about these destinations in our list of Cheapest International Holiday Destinations from India:
Thailand is the nearest of the cheapest international destinations from India. It is also one of the most popular honeymoon destinations for Indian couples. Soak in the sun-kissed beaches, get engulfed in the luscious Thai curries or enjoy the ambience of the amazing temples and palaces, Thailand will always be nice on your pocket!
Must visit -Phang Nga Bay, for limestone cliffs in the emerald green water.
Cost per night – INR 2,250
Sri Lanka’s charm is the one that stays with you for a long time. The white beaches, the ancient ruins and also the UNESCO heritage sites; there is so much explore in this pretty land. Colombo’s huge open market will definitely attract you more than once! And for sea food lover, it’s more than a slice of heaven!
Must visit -Consider a visit to the world famous historic city, Kandy.
Cost per night – INR 2,500
Not a very popular holiday destinations amongst Indians, Oman is begging for you to explore it! Its superb landscapes, lonely mountains, deserted dunes and uncrowded beaches will make you visit this unexplored territory more than once! The traditional souks are simply mind blowing.
Must visit –Overnight camping on the edge of snorkel sites.
Cost per night – INR 1,200
A wildly famous holiday destination for Indians, Malaysia is one which cannot be explored in just one visit. The colonial architecture, refreshing rain forests, superb shopping malls; there is too much to do here! It is so very diverse and affordable and many couples prefer going here for their honeymoon as well!
Must visit –Malacca, which is just an hour and a half by road from the country’s capital Kuala Lumpur.
Cost per night – INR 1,250
Discover the culture and heritage of Doha in the ethnic city of Qatar. The traditional handicrafts, the wooden ornaments, ancient ruins and civilizations; Qatar is living evidence of the vast and rich culture of the Middle-East. And let’s not forget about the shopping! It is just as superb as it is affordable!
Must visit –The changing sand dunes at the calm Khor Al Udeid.
Cost per night – INR 1,980
If you are obsessed with photography during your holidays, Nepal is the place for you! Located just across India’s border, Nepal boasts of snowy mountains and rich spirituality. It is a fusion of ancient culture and modern ethics. You can see women plucking tea leaves and waving at you, or enthusiastic mountaineers happily going on a journey to the Himalayas. This country is all about peace.
Must visit –Bodhnath Stupa, which is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in the world.
Cost per night – INR 1,150
Another pocket friendly holiday destination, Singapore is a blend of avariety of things. The only problem is the flights are not cheap, so you have to plan your trip well in advance. Singapore is the hub of shopping in Asia, the fashion capital in fact.
The city is always on the move, somewhat like Mumbai. The locals are pretty friendly and you can count on them to never lose your way!
Must visit –Spend an evening at the Marina Bay area.
Cost per night – INR 2,500
Dubai is more than the glitzy skyscrapers and insanely rich people! There is so much you can do in this incredible city. Walk around historical districts, visit the spice souks, go on a desert safari, or just relax at a nice restaurant; you can take your time to explore the entire place, it’s not going to be very heavy on your pockets!
There is something to do for everyone – as close to the perfect holiday destination as possible for the whole family, on budget!
Must visit – Burj Khalifa, world renowned for its splendid architecture.
Cost per night – INR 2,000
Greenery all around – that’s Indonesia for you! This beautiful island is so rich in flora that many spas are situated without a proper building, amidst the natural surroundings of trees! The brilliant blue-green seas here provide a perfect spot to laze around and relax. Sea food lovers will love this country for sure!
Must visit – A relaxing Balinese massage.
Cost per night – INR 2,600
Another insanely popular holiday and international honeymoon destination, this pretty island will blow your mind away! The turquoise waters, the amazing water sports, exotic spas; this place is the one to get spoiled in! Eating is a little expensive here, but you can manage that, right!
Must visit – Scuba diving in Male.
Cost per night – INR 2,900
The sparkly turquoise waters of Mauritius never fail to attract tourists. It is a myth that this place burns a hole in our pockets. So not true! Mauritius can be pretty budget friendly too. Choose an all-inclusive hotel, and stay longer! Simple! The extravagant beaches, the luxurious spas, the oh! so delicious food; Mauritius will spoil you in a second!
Must visit – Le Morne Brabant, for some peace and quiet.
Cost per night – INR 3,500
No Visa required, just a free spirit and an adventurous heart! Help yourself to some yummy dim-sums or take a walk on the streets to view the flashy and pretty architecture. Visit the museums and also a replica of the Hollywood walk of fame! The place is always bustling with light and energy. So much so, you are sure to get carried on that high wave!
Must visit – Life-sized replica of Stonehenge.
Cost per night – INR 3,000
So these are 12 of the Cheapest International Holiday Destinations from India. So quit worrying and start packing, there’s no reason NOT TO.
Remember to always book your tickets early for cheaper fares!
This exotic island in the Indian Ocean is still not commercial, and is unknown to many Indians. A perfect retreat for the beach loving Indian, a trip to Seychelles will not set you back by more than Rs 50-60,000. Though August is considered the best time to visit the place, you can visit it at other times in the year and get cheaper rates too.
You love gorging on all those Thai curries. Why not visit the place and experience one for real? The air-fares to Thailand are cheap and the stay options are not too expensive. The people are welcoming and you can get great stuff at budget prices. If you can’t do the entire nation, visit just a few key locations during your trip.
The most expensive part of this trip would perhaps be airfares. Hawaii is all about the sun, the sand and the surf. You can lose yourself in the exotic locations with crystal clear beaches and coral reefs that will make you do a double-take underwater.
Not viewed as a touristy destination by many Indians, Vietnam is a gem of a place. It has everything from rugged sceneries in the Northern regions to certain tropical islands. You will also get to eat a lot of weird and exotic food, especially different types of sea-foods. The entire trip should not cost you too much if you decide to ditch high-end hotels and opt for cheaper homestays.
Famous mainly for Angkor Wat, there’s a lot more to Cambodia than just the heritage site. The little villages will afford you a glimpse into the Cambodian lifestyle and there are even mountains to scale for the adventurous traveler.
A popular honeymoon destination for Indians, Maldives is a good place to visit if you want an international location teeming with Indians. Famous for its water sports and beaches, Maldives is heaven for sea-food lovers. You can opt to stay with one of the locals for the complete experience.
Often ignored by Indians, our Southern neighbour boasts of great tourism at extremely affordable prices. The place is as culturally rich as India and is great for nature lovers as there are many zoos and scenic locations.
One of the most beautiful countries, Singapore has a lot to offer in terms of nature, culture and cuisine, modern structures and architecture, monuments and beaches. A small country and populated, you will get a slightly ‘Indian’ feel here.
Another favourite Indian destination, Malaysia is beautiful and the warmth of the people there will amaze you. There are multiple national parks in Malaysia along with beaches teeming with marine life. And the crazy city night-life will leave you wide eyed! The perfect mix of peace and crazy.
A haven for shopaholics. Go here only for the shopping experience and the crazy street-side food. The ladyboy shows will leave you stunned and you will be left amazed at the grace and skill with which they dance. One of the cheapest destinations on our list, plan your trip properly and you can get it done in less than 30k.
Perfect for a small international trip, Bhutan has loads to offer in terms of culture and Buddhist monasteries. Since Bhutan is situated in a hilly area, trekking and other sports are also popular here. If you have the time and can manage the budget, club Bhutan with North East India. An experience we promise you’ll never forget.
Wake up to mornings of snow-peaked mountains and lush greenery with rainbows in Nepal. The rugged beauty of this place will leave you mesmerised. Famous mainly for trekking, there’s a lot of local sights to be explored. The best part? You do not need a passport to visit the country if you’re an Indian citizen.
Before you scrunch up your nose and stop reading, understand that apart from the animosity Pakistan shares with India, it also shares a rich culture, heritage and a lot of forgotten Indian history buried deep in its land. From ancient Indian civilisations to the first universities of the world, Pakistan has a lot to offer for tourists. It is a food heaven too, if you love Mughlai food.
No, China is not about eating insects for lunch and second hand, cheap goods. Chinese architecture is something to boast about and Shanghai is a treat in itself. And how can you miss the Great Wall of China, a monument visible even from space!
With a completely unique and different culture and Japanese castles, this place looks like a fairy-tale. The gardens and spiritual sites of Japan will amaze visitors. The mixed variety of cultures lets you explore many religions thoroughly.
The land of volcanoes, Indonesia also has some of the largest tropical forests and flora and fauna that will stun you. The Indonesian beaches are clear and the blue waters are a treat. Apart from natural scenes, Indonesia also offers a lot of Hindu monuments and temples for the religious.
Istanbul in Turkey is slowly emerging as a tourist destination for Indians. Perfect for modern and contemporary Turkish art and shopping, this place also offers a host of monuments and a great culture to explore.
Filled with monuments and ancient cities, Iran boasts of many museums too. Although not a popular tourist destination, Iranian palaces are spectacular and the desert safaris are a must do!
Another unexplored destination, South Korea offers a host of UNESCO heritage sites, national parks, treks for the adventure lover and folk villages/temples. The natural wonders, beaches and caves are also worth exploring.
Another of our neighbours, Myanmar is a great destination to visit if you’re tight on budget and time. Filled with monuments and pagodas, Myanma’s beauty lies in its simplicity.
Though not the best time to visit Lebanon, do not ignore this place as a tourist destination. Lebanon has loads to offer in terms of sight, culture and food and you can perhaps make the most of it at a later, safer date.