With the pandemic behind us, the world is our oyster! We’ve done your homework and recommended 5 must-visit destinations – from budget friendly international destinations for Indians in the neighbourhood to those you need to fly halfway across the world to reach. Take your pick of our curated list of international holiday destinations for Indians.
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Here’s a pick of some of the best places to visit in the world.
LONDON: Must-add to your bucket list
A good tip to ‘do’ London, one of the most visited places in the world, smartly is to group all the places of interest in one area and plan visits accordingly. The Madame Tussauds wax museum is a must-visit. So drop in at Regent’s Park and The Sherlock Holmes Museum when you do – it’s in the area.
Even if you are not a history buff, see if you can spend some time at the London Museum – UK has been at the heart of things for centuries so don’t miss. Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, the Parliament are some things you may want to list in your sight-seeing.
The Boroughs food market is guaranteed to take your breath away – stay a while and sip of some of the best coffee ever. And, of course, you can’t come away from London without visiting Harrods – the iconic 7-storeyed store with all the world brands you can possibly think of!
It’s one of the top international holiday destinations for Indians yet it is hard to sum up London in words. London is a feeling, it’s a buzz, it’s class, it’s the Thames flowing through the cities heart… and so much more.
What you may not know: This is a guided walk with a difference: The Jack The Ripper night walk. The walk takes you through London, and whizzes you back to the times of the most infamous serial killer that roamed the streets of London and baffled the Victorian police.
Note: Only for the super adventurous and the super gutsy.
Best time to visit: March-May (springtime when the gardens are in bloom)
LAOS: Take the path less trodden
On the list of unusual international trips from India, Laos, located in the Indochinese peninsula figures up there. Sharing borders with Myanmar, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, you get the full South Asian vibe here. A profusion of temples, historical caves, rich forests, gushing waterfalls and breath-taking mountains. Laos is a great place for adventure sports.
Laos has the world’s tallest treehouse and the oldest human fossil in Southeast Asia! And here’s a fun fact: this is the home to the most delicious papaya!
It’s a 4-hour flight away and Indians can get a visa upon arrival– provided all papers are in order, including Covid guidelines.
Go beyond rafting: Vang Vieng in Laos was a notorious party place but today it’s the place you need to head to for an exhilarating tubing experience on the river Nam Song.
Best time to visit: October to April
NEPAL: A gem, often forgotten
We bet you did not think of Nepal as your destination for the next holiday! The people are incredibly friendly – it’s an ideal place to holiday with extended family. And, with the rupee dithering as it is, Nepal will give you plenty of bang for your buck. So, if looking for budget foreign trips from India, look no further!
From visiting the Himalayan base camp, paragliding, hot air ballooning to the excitement of sighting the rare one-horned rhino at the Chitwan National Park, it’s all happening in this mountain kingdom.
The Pashupatinath temple, a UNESCO site, besides the Bagmati river (narrow but incredibly swift), is a must-visit. Quaint legends abound around the temple, including that of a cordoned off Shivling which is said to grow every year!
The local market Thamel is a unique, interesting version of flea markets where you will find things big, small, surprising, beautiful, intriguing, meaningful and delicious! You may have your fill of Nepali delicacies such as Chatamari (savoury pancakes) and Sekuwa (a type of kebab).
Which is the cheapest international destination from India? If this is the question you’ve been asking yourself – Kathmandu ranks high!
Temple Music was never like this! Of a full moon night, climb up from the famous Pashupathinath Temple to a small, picturesque temple, and find a spot with a good view of the open-air stage under a banyan tree.
Best time to visit: September to October
CROATIA: Because you can’t get over GOT!
Located on the Adriatic coast, this European country has Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro around it. The sea is such a singular blue that Lord Byron described Dubrovnik (a Croatian city) as the “pearl of the Adriatic.”
Your beloved Games of Thrones’ Kings Landing is in fact Dubrovnik. Check out the famous landmarks preserved for all GOT fans the world over. In fact, it is one of the reasons why Croatia is often considered to be among one of best tourist places in world.
Take a boat or wine tour. Or sit at a café, while the friendly waiter brings you a delicious platter of fresh seafood. Watch the sun make its way down into the Aegean, breathe in the pure air and let your heart fill with the wonder of the world.
If you’re a romantic at heart: Visit the Zagreb Museum of Broken Relationships. Yes, there is such a thing! Created out of donated mementos, each tell the story and emotions of the donor.
Best time to visit: August to October
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