10 Best Budget-Friendly Travel Destinations From India 

‘Vacations,’ ‘Travel,’ ‘Getaway’ all of these words have seemed like a far fetched dream this year. As we are nearing the end of 2020, we couldn’t be happier in saying that it is now again becoming possible and safer for us to travel and take the much-needed and awaited vacation breaks we have all been looking forward to.

Vacations are necessary for people, not only for enjoyment but also to ensure food health. No, we aren’t kidding here. Do you recall that care-free, relived feeling when you wake up on a calm morning, in a hotel bed? That feels heavenly! Right? Many studies have also proven that taking a vacation every two years will lessen the risk of coronary heart diseases and heart attacks. Apart from this, vacations are also considered good for one’s mental health, for better and increased mental power, resulting in overall better well being.

When the pandemic struck the world, it became impossible for us to move out of our homes. Staying inside was a necessary thing to do, but it indeed has caused severe implications on people’s mental well-being. The pandemic also caused a blow to the travel and tourism industry. According to The Economic Times, the organized sector of the tourism industry is likely to lose $25 billion and can render 3.8 crore people, to lose their jobs. That is quite a disaster! We all need to do our bit to help the industry stand up on its’ feet again. Have you been waiting to plan your next vacation but are afraid about the hard-hit on your pocket. You need not worry! We have listed down the best budget-friendly travel options for you to keep your mind, heart, and pockets happy!

Krabi, Thailand:

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Thailand sounds exotic! Remember seeing those pictures of the exotic beaches and thinking, ‘Mentally, I am here’! Well, good news, you can visit Krabi, which is a budget-friendly destination in Thailand. The white beaches, blue waters, and the Coral reef here are lovely. Moreover, the best time to visit Krabi is now, i.e., from November- March.

Must see places in Krabi:

  • Railay Beaches and Caves
  • Koh Poda
  • The Emerald Pool
  • Wat Tham Sua (The Tiger Cave)
  • Klong Thom Hot Springs

Cambodia:

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Known for the towering temples, Cambodia is a beautiful and affordable destination. If you are spending close to $50/ day in Cambodia (INR 3700), you can live luxuriously in this country. The unique Khmer culture in Cambodia is a marvel to witness. The best time to visit Cambodia and enjoy the southern coast is between November- April.

Must-visit places in Cambodia:

  • Angkor Wat
  • Bayon Temple
  • Phnom Penh
  • Sihanoukville Beaches
  • Tonle Sap Lake

Kathmandu, Nepal:

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If you are an adventurous nature lover, Kathmandu is the perfect budget-friendly vacation spot for you. It is the capital of Nepal and is popularly known for the maze-like alleys. Kathmandu is also famous for its religious monuments that speak widely of the city’s rich cultural heritage. You can enjoy several adventure sports & activities and nature tours in Kathmandu. The best time to visit this place is between October and December, when you can witness the pristine glaciers and the celebrations of local festivals in the city. The approximate cost per person for a seven-day vacation to Kathmandu would be around INR 25,000-30,000.

Must-see attractions in Kathmandu:

  • Boudhanath Stupa
  • Chandragiri Hills
  • Pashupatinath Temple
  • Garden of Dreams
  • Kathmandu Durbar Square

Malacca, Malaysia:

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When we hear about Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is the first city that comes to our mind, thanks to the prestigious IIFA awards. But, Malacca in Malaysia is also one of the most magnificent destinations where you can witness the Portuguese culture’s influence. This city is a must-visit for photography enthusiasts. If you are a fond collector of antiques, you will fall in love with this place! The best time to visit Malacca is between December to April.

Top attractions in Malacca:

  • Cheng Hoon Teng Chinese Temple
  • Sultanate Palace
  • Jonker Street Night Market
  • Cheng Ho Cultural Muesum
  • Malacca River Cruise

Singapore:

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One of the most visited places globally, Singapore is a country that relies heavily on the travel and tourism industry. If you are someone who loves to explore the diversity and vividness of culture, Singapore is where you can witness the amalgamation of the Chinese, Muslim, and Indian culture. Apart from this, the nightlife, the shopping, and the food you experience in Singapore will be the most memorable experiences you’ll ever have. December-June is the best time to visit Singapore.

Must see places in Singapore:

  • Universal Studios
  • National Museum of Singapore
  • Singapore Flyer
  • Sentosa Island
  • Marina Bay

Seychelles:

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Located amidst the Indian Ocean, Seychelles is formed by more than 100 islands together. It is home to various beaches and coral reefs. It is also one of the best Scuba Diving destinations in the world. For people who are keen explorers of wildlife, you can get a chance to witness several endangered species in Seychelles. It is also home to two UNESCO world heritage sites. November, April, and May are the best months for you to plan a trip to Seychelles.

Top Attractions in Seychelles:

  • Anse, Intendance
  • Baie Lazare
  • Morne Seychellois National Park
  • Cousin Island day trip
  • Silhouette Island

Jordan:

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Located at the crossroads of Asia, Africa, and Europe, Jordan is a land of historical significance, art, and beauty. Apart from the UNESCO site Petra, many reasons make Jordan a favorite vacation spot. Once in a while, it is a great idea to explore something different, a holiday in Jordan will let you experience that! The months between March-May are the best time to visit Seychelles.

Must see in Jordan:

  • Jerash Ruins of Jordan
  • Wadi Rum
  • Petra- One of the seven wonders of the world
  • The Dead Sea
  • Mount Nebo

Dubai, UAE:

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Dubai has been the ‘it vacation spot’ for Indians for a long time. There is so much you can do in this city. Dubai is popularly known for its’ human-made islands, huge skyscrapers, and the top shopping options. The time of Winter, i.e., The months between November-April, marks the best time to visit Dubai.

Must see in Dubai:

  • Burj Khalifa
  • Global Village
  • Dubai Mall
  • Palm Jumeriah
  • Dubai Garden Glow

Indonesia:

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For a trip under the cost of INR 1 lakh, Indonesia is a fantastic option! It is known to be a geological wonderland! The country is spread across an archipelago of thousands of Islands. The government looks like a place, straight out of a storybook or a movie. It has over 127 active volcanoes and is the only place in the world where you can see Komodo dragons. The best time to visit Indonesia is from May-September.

Must-visit places in Indonesia:

  • Gili Islands
  • Maluk Beach
  • Komodo National Park
  • Lake Toba
  • Nusa Dua

Bhutan:

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Also known as thunder dragons’ land, Bhutan is a place for travelers to experience the untouched natural wonders. The South Asian country is full of monasteries, fortresses, and landscapes. It is home to the highest mountain that has never been climbed. It is a scenic country that is free from traffic lights. Health and Education are open for all in Bhutan. The best time to visit Bhutan is from October-December.

Must see places in Bhutan:

  • Thimphu
  • Paro
  • Trongsa
  • Jakar
  • Wangue Phodrang

BRB! Drifting away! Plan your trips and pack your suitcases. Get ready to enjoy the most awaited vacations and make sure that you come back with a bag full of memories for this lifetime.

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