For some, time off from office is synonymous with travel. Here are some budget friendly destinations outside India recommended for you with an average of a 4 day 3 night tour estimate.
Malaysia Tour – Kualalumpur & Genting
Malaysia is one of the most visited destinations outside India. A Malaysia tour with stay in Kualalumpur and Genting is perfect trip during the holidays. Land in Kualalumpur from Kolkata or Delhi and spend two days sightseeing and shopping. Get photo shoots in front of the world famous Petronas Towers. You can also go to the Sunway theme park or spend a lazy day at Sunway lagoon.
Next day visit Batu caves on the route to Genting. Genting is a modern hill resort with all scope for all sorts of activities – shopping mall, skyway, mountain views and casinos.
You can book your own flight tickets and the sooner you do it the better deals you can grab. Many tour operators offer these packages and it costs an average of Rs. 13,000 – 15,000 per head, air fare extra.
Always remember to note if entrance fees and air fares are included or not along with the ratings of the hotel you will be accommodated.
Bangkok & Pattaya
Among other destinations outside India, Bangkok trips have become very popular and rightly for a reason. Not only is Thai government making everything easy for tourists but the cost is sometimes cheaper than many Indian destinations.
Most Bangkok Pattaya tours take you to a one day trip in Bangkok sightseeing and spend the rest in Pattaya where you either enjoy the sea or participate in water sports. If you make your own plan, don’t miss the Coral island. Also a must inclusion is the highly visited Safari World Marine Park where you get the chance to get close with the animals.
Indian food is easily available and budget friendly. Average cost of this tour will be around Rs. 13,000- 15,000 and airfares can be as low as Rs. 5000.
If you want to go to a destinations outside India but in a different kind of land, try Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The nearby picturesque Charvak and Chimgan mountains are lovingly called the Switzerland of Uzbekistan. Have a great photo shoot in the rope-way running on these mountains. At the Charvak artificial reservoir, you can do plenty of things – fishing, swimming and canoeing.
While touring the city, Indians are pleasantly surprised to find the Lal Bahadur Shastri monument. There are also many historical monuments worth sightseeing.
There is lot of scope for shopping and watching belly dancers if you would want to. Generally, including airfare your 3-night trip would cost around Rs.35, 000 -Rs. 37,000 per head.
Bhutan is one of the best destinations outside India and a global favourite. Bhutan is world’s first carbon negative country, i.e. nation with less than zero pollution. This makes it a must for tourists who want a time away to enjoy the peaceful Himalayas. If you take a flight from Kolkata, you land at Paro and it takes 1.5 hours to go to Thimpu. Thimpu at an elevation of 2300 m above the sea level, has plenty of sightseeing options to fill your day with. You can purchase beautiful handicrafts to take home.
Don’t miss the old 15th century Changangkha monastery. Next day you may go to Punakha, the earlier capital of Bhutan and see the amazing dzongs of Bhutan. A Dzong is a typical fortress found in the Tibetan Buddhist kingdoms of the Himalayas.
In Paro you can trek to Tango monastery and choose to stay overnight. Paro has many places to visit both historical and natural spots. If you have an extra day you can go Chelela Pass, highest motorable road in Bhutan. Including air fare, approximate per head cost would be Rs. 26,000 – Rs. 28,000.
If you want to spend time in a heavenly beach destination, Maldives is your call. Land at Male airport and spend the days idling around in crystal clear beaches. Swim with colourful fishes and watch the sun rise and set from your room. Get a boat cruise or go scuba diving. Spas are available all day.
You can also watch the whales and dolphins closely. Stroll on the beach all day. With extra cost you can also avail windsurfing, sea plane ride and submarine ride.
Cost is dependent on the activities you would do but to give you an idea, a 3-night in a 5 star resort would cost around Rs. 34,000 with air fare extra.
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