With the INR steadily depreciating, the Indian traveler is not only facing serious problems regarding quality vacation destinations at an affordable price, but also wants to try out places nobody else even thinks of! Here are 10 offbeat & cheap international destinations that has the ‘wow’ factor in it!The brief list of budget international trips is in an ascending order for an Indian family of 4-5.
Approx cost per person: 30,000-60,000 for 7 days and 6 nights
Due to its rich cultural heritage and natural wildlife, Bhutan is also referred to as ‘the last place on the roof of the Earth’ and ‘the last Shangri-La’ as it provides a peek into the traditional Buddhist culture. You can also enjoy here, the Himalayas and its valleys, various sports activities, Buddhist monasteries, Bhutanese cuisine, markets, etc. It is the perfect place to be one with nature and one with self.
- Peak/best season to visit: Jan-May & Oct-Dec
Approx cost per person: 30,000-60,000 for 5 days and 4 nights
Myanmar, another close neighbour, has a culture very similar to India- eg. they too have a festival very similar to Holi in the month of April where they spray water at each other. Indians can also relate to the ‘longyi’ that males wear-and there are many other such similarities which will help reduce your home-sickness. Myanmar has clean and beautiful beaches, green tropical forests, splendid snow-capped mountains, graceful architecture of ancient temples & monuments, remarkable archaeological sites and a wide variety of ethnic groups with its exotic customs and incredible handicrafts and arts. Myanmar is known as the “The Golden Land”, for her sparkling golden pagodas found all over the country.
- Peak/best season to visit: Nov-Feb
Approx cost per person: 50,000-70,000 for 8 days and 7 nights
Iran, though not a very popular tourist destination, ranks #3 in the cheap international destinations an Indian family can go on a vacation for. Iran has beautiful mosques adorned with Persian architecture, numerous museums & art galleries, the ruins of Persepolis,etc. You can do activities that range from diving to skiing! Iran also has some spectacular bazaars, desert safari tours and is known for its tea which many localites will offer you by inviting you to their homes. The very fact that it is so different than the usual vacation destinations of Indians is what will surprise them the most and be like a breath of fresh air.
- Peak/best season to visit: Mar-May & Sept-Nov
Approx cost per person: 50,000-1,00,000 for 7 days and 6 nights
Istanbul, regarded as one of the more romantic places in the world, is most known for its modern and contemporary Turkish art and shopping. This place has many mosques, palaces, bazaars and great culture to explore. Its time Indians start looking at this country seriously as one of the good family vacation destinations on a budget.
- Peak/best season to visit: Apr-Oct
Approx cost per person: 40,000-75,000 for 5 days and 4 nights
This country could become the best family vacation destination on a budget as its offering can suit any type traveller. For a nature lover, Oman can give you any type of natural formation: from islands, to caves, deserts, mountains, canyons, etc. He can also enjoy whale, bird, dolphin & turtle watching along with camel and horse racing. For an adventure seeker, the country has many water & land activities. A person who likes to explore culture, can indulge in Oman’s villages, souqs, forts, palaces, museums and archaeological & religious sites.
- Peak/best season to visit: Oct-Mar
Approx cost per person: 70,000-1,25,000 for 7 days and 6 nights
Vietnam also houses beaches, colonial architectural works, tombs and temples. Still an undiscovered country, it is a cheap international destination for Indian families. The must dos include cruising the Ha Long Bay, crawling through the Chu Chi tunnels, hiking to Sapa, drinking snake wine, shopping at Hoi An and visiting the sand dunes. Vietnam is also visited for its various monuments, museums, national parks and sanctuaries.
- Peak/best season to visit: Dec-Apr
Approx cost per person: 50,000-80,000 for 4 days and 3 nights
Discover the ruins of early civilisations, the beauty of a desert and hunt for fossils here in Qatar. Qatar also potrays the vast and rich middle-eastern culture and has its own unique handicrafts and wooden ornaments.
- Peak/best season to visit: Nov-Apr
8. South Korea
Approx cost per person: 70,000-80,000 for 5 days and 4 nights
South Korea is teeming with natural parks and natural formations, beaches, palaces, museums, temples, beautiful villages and UNESCO heritage sites. There are a lot of sport activities, recreational centres, spas, and night activities to do here too.
- Peak/best season to visit: Apr-May & Sept-Nov
Approx cost per person: 60,000-1,00,000 for 4 days and 3 nights
Seychelles contains some of the best beaches in the world, with turquoise clear waters-heaven for any beach lover. It also has many national monuments, natural wonders, marine parks and national reserves. Seychelles contains some of the rarest species of flora and fauna in the world. You can also recover all your costs by visiting the casinos at night!
- Peak/best season to visit: Year round
Approx cost per person: 80,000-1,20,000 for 5 days and 4 nights
This country is blessed with lush forests, tropical islands, white sand beaches, lakes, rivers, mountains and much more. If the beauty of nature is not enough for you; indulge in many outdoor activities, shop, relax at the spas, enjoy the night life and the world class performances by the Filipinos.
- Peak/best season to visit: Nov-Apr
Check out our post- 10 Popular Vacation Destinations for Indians on a Budget for some more trip ideas!