If you've always thought that flying out of India is an expensive business and that you would have to scrimp and save to get an international getaway, we're going to quash your misconceptions. We have a list of countries that you can visit from India without making your pocket flimsy. Forget about the swanky vacations to USA and UK and start packing your bags for a felicitous trip to these countries. These are the cheapest countries to visit from India and will give you serious wanderlust at a reasonable price range.
Here is the list of 22 Cheap Countries to Visit From India For A Budget Dream Vacation!
Thailand is the most travelled tourist destination for budget-friendly people and is the 20th most populous country in the world. It offers you interaction with friendly and gregarious people. It's a country filled with diverse activities to experience. Starting from clubbing, diving into turquoise watered beaches, devouring on cheap street food, the chaotic markets where you can find anything that interests you, the night skyline, the authentic spas to relax your senses and last but not the least the polite and easy-going people of Thailand. Some of the few places that one must visit include Bangkok for its city parties, Pattaya for its nightlife, Chiang Rai for mountain trekking, Koh Samui and Krabi for the beautiful pristine beaches. It's an all in one tourist destination and also could be your next destination in your list of cheap countries to visit from India.
Flight Tickets - INR 15,000- INR 20,000 (Roundtrip)
Daily Expenses - INR 3,000- INR 3,500 (Including living, travelling, eating)
Did you ever feel the urge to fly out of India but relinquished this urge thinking it would cost a whacking amount and put it in cold storage? Well, it's time to get this urge out of the freezer and get on board to this country dotted with mesmeric beaches, quaint places, historical monuments, hill stations, bustling cities and mouth-watering seafood with places that'll serve you with peace and chaos. If you want city life, then Colombo and Negombo are the best choices. If cold weather, tea plantations, and waterfalls captivate you, then Nuwara Eliya and Kandy are the places you would want to visit. Positioned in the Indian Ocean, it has the best shorelines and numerous varieties of delicious seafood like sour and an endless number of fish curry that will make you belch at Sri Lankan meals. Galle face is the best place to chow down street food ditching the swanky hotel meals. There's so much to do in this country from trekking in jungles and diving in deep waters to experience the rich culture, remarkable wildlife with a dash of spiritual places all at affordable prices promising a one-in-a-million holiday. This is not only one of the closest but also one of the cheapest countries to visit from India!
Flight Tickets - INR 10,000 - 18,000 (Roundtrip)
Daily Expenses - INR 1,500- 2,000 (Including living, travelling, eating)
A Buddhist kingdom located on the eastern Himalayas with snow covered hills surrounded by steamy clouds is all you need for a peaceful break while going easy on the pocket. This country measures the growth with a concept of Gross National Happiness giving you another reason to visit this place whose agenda is to keep the people happy instead of keeping the economy high. The capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu, is a place where peace resides as traffic lights are inexistent and honking is unheard. Entering the delightful world of monasteries located uniquely, Himalayan range, unpolluted air and prayer flags fluttering in the air all rolled into one place; this place has a lot on its plate from dumplings to pork dishes. One can reach Bhutan by either by land or air. Paro's Tiger's Nest monastery, Phobjikha, Punakha, Trongsa and Mongar are one of the must visits in Bhutan with panoramic views of hills and valleys entrenched in this country. You don't want to miss a trip to this dreamland with an economical budget. Just like other countries near India, you can make a road trip to Bhutan!
Travel - You can travel by Road from Kolkata and Siliguri instead of taking a direct flight to Paro.
Daily Expenses - INR 1,200 - INR 2,000 (Travel, food, living)
Located Popularly known as 'Land of the Thunder Dragon', Nepal experiences violent large thunderstorms erupting through the valleys from the Himalayas. This one on the list is probably going to cost you the least amount providing you with the best experience with the soaring Himalayan peaks and clouds hovering over and around the lush green mountains. Nepal is the best place to cruise around, and one thing that you can't miss is trekking in the mountains of Nepal which is available at prices ranging from Rs 3,000-Rs 3,500. The four highest peaks of the world namely Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Cho Oyu are the crowning glories of the country, and you can't pass the opportunity to visit this place which has an indestructible beauty and will give you a break from the scorching heat. You can also jaunt to Buddhist monasteries, Himalayan floras and faunas and the peaceful ambience will provide you with the most authentic experience of hills.
Flight Tickets (to Kathmandu) - INR 10,000- INR 15,000 (Roundtrip)
Daily Expenses - INR 2,000- INR 2,500
Sharing borders with Thailand, Indonesia and Brunei, Malaysia is in the equatorial region of the globe. The tropical rainforest climate covers this land throughout the year. If you are someone looking mountain ranges, forested hills and coastal plains, Malaysia is your destination. The Megadiverse country is estimated to contain 20% of the world's number of species. Hosting a wide range of Rafflesia genus, Malaysia is home to the largest flower in the world. Are you a foodie? Then this is something you must never miss. With the exotic dishes that has a blend of Indian, Thai and Malay cuisines; Malaysian food reflects its multi-ethnic culture. One of the gazetted festivities of Malaysia is Thaipusam with colourful, exhilarating and joyous celebrations. Malaysia is one of the cheap holiday destinations you can 'afford' to take on a whim!
Flight Tickets (To Kuala Lumpur) - INR 15,000 - INR 20,000 (Roundtrip)
Daily Expenses - INR 3200 - INR 5000 per day Get Customized Packages Starting from INR 40,000
The one country that comes to every Indians mind when they look for places to visit outside India, Indonesia. The natural beauty of Indonesia makes it the tourist magnet among all the avid travellers looking for an inexpensive adventure. Situated between the Indian and the Pacific Oceans, it is world's largest island country with untouched blue waters, beautiful marine lives, and amazing corals. You can go diving at beaches like Merah beach, Batu Bolong and Tatawa islands and make your underwater dreams come true without having to go to the expensive places for a dive. For tranquillity and a relaxing time, you can sit under the sun facing the crystal clear waters of Indonesia. If you want to kick it up a notch and experience the wild side of this country, visit Ubud monkey forest which has immensely beautiful surroundings. Indonesia is all about beaches with massive rock formations, safari rides, diving, snorkelling, and temples. Another activity that we would recommend for beginners is the Bali sea walker which allows you to walk with fish underwater leaving you in a frisson of excitement. Indonesia is also one of the best international destinations for honeymooners for a romantic getaway and Bali has a number of romantic resort options. Book your tickets and explore the most secluded beaches that you've never laid your eyes on before.
Flight Tickets - INR 25,000 - INR 30,000 (Roundtrip)
Daily Expenses - INR 6,000 - INR 6,500 (Including living, travelling, eating)
Vietnam is a country that reveals itself only to the determined seeker. Located in Southeast Asia, you will stumble upon numerous things in this gem of a country in a budget-friendly way. It nestles largest cave of Asia, Halong Bay, islands, forests, religious places, The Marble mountains and green paddy farms cobbled together to convince you to visit this place at least once for people who are planning to go light on their wallets. Vietnam is mostly known for the landscapes that are like magnets to the tourists and the locals as well. Known as the paradise of street food which includes traditional rice noodle soup, rice crepes and beef noodles, you can't miss the floating markets where you get everything at a bargain and kayaking which is a haven for backpackers and a very common mode of transport in Vietnam. Sapa and Hanoi are two of the most visited places in this country. Add this one to your list or else you're going to regret it because it's another ideal location to visit for budget travellers.
Flight Tickets - INR 25,000 - INR 35,000 (Roundtrip)
Daily Expenses - INR 2,500- INR 3,000 (Including living, travelling, eating)
Several international destinations in the world will fit into your wallet and Turkey is another one of them which exhibits an Eastern charm. Bordered by eight countries and surrounded by three seas, Turkey has a fascinating location. If you're a history maniac, Istanbul is the right place to be for its valuable historical background. Also called 'The land beneath the half moon', Turkey is a country of many worlds with intriguing cultures, scintillating mosques and palaces, ancient cities and delicious food that you possibly can't take a pass at! Places you can't miss visiting in Istanbul are The Kabak Bay which is a sea surrounded by valleys with jaw-dropping views of the Mediterranean and steep cliffs and hills covered in pine trees and herbs, the butterfly valley, Cappadocia which has been formed after a volcanic eruption and has horse rides and air balloon rides and last but not the least is the grand bazaar where you get everything at bargained prices. It's a place with impressive landscapes and mystical valleys, and we can assure it'll be love at first sight in a place like this one. Do visit Turkey for a low-cost international travel.
Flight Tickets - Around Rs 25,000 (From Mumbai to Istanbul Roundtrip)
Daily Expenses - Around Rs 2,500
Another Asian country located in the southern portion of Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia is an empire of temples. Angkor Wat, the largest religious building along with Siem Reap is one of the major attractions of the country. Cambodia offers a variety of other experiences like beguiling riverfronts of Phnom Penh, beaches of Sihanoukville, colonial towns of Battambang, endless rice fields of Mondulkiri and lush green park with quaint structures which will consume your mind with peace. List of other things that you can visit in Cambodia is The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Koh Rong Samleoum which is an island in the coastal town of Sihanoukville and Kampot for a swimming break near the river. You can also cycle around the villages of Cambodia to have a look at the local life of this country and have an entirely different kind of an experience in terms of adventure and peace. Cambodia is often ignored when it comes to planning trips abroad unaware of the mesmeric beauty and adventure it holds. So start packing and book your tickets in advance if you want low priced flight tickets to be able to openly spend on other things which will surely melt all your monotony away
Flight Tickets - INR 25,000 - INR 30,000 (Roundtrip)
Daily Expenses - INR 3,000 - INR 3,200
Laos is a forested and mountainous country packed with sloping hills, pine trees, countless waterfalls, extant hills tribes, colonial architecture and skyline-silver lakes. You will stumble upon extremely welcoming people and plenty of idyllic landscapes which are mostly nestled in the outskirts of the country. Biking around villages filled with green forests, trekking on mountains with superabundant greenery and exploring the riddled caves are all the activities that will keep you wildly entertained without spending a penny. Renting a bicycle for the entire day will cost you around INR 120, and you can cycle around the hills or the side streets as much as you want to without racking your brain with any traffic. Having a meal by the rivers and swimming near the waterfalls of Laos is another thing you can do to pleasure yourself.
Flight Tickets - INR 30,000 - INR 33,000 (Roundtrip)
Daily Expenses - INR 1,000 - INR 1,100 (Including living, travelling, eating)
Known For : Victoria Peak | Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha) | Hong Kong Disneyland
Hong Kong is another Asian country a cost-effective travel hunter can take a trip to. It is located on the southern coast of China and has a lot of Chinese traditions followed by the people of Hong Kong. Also called - The pearl of the orient, the dazzling skylines, soaring hillsides, religious sites, green parks, markets for all the bargain maniacs, quiet islands and the fantastic views of the cities will make you visit this place time and again. The street markets of Hong Kong will satisfy your budget needs to an unimaginable extent. This country has everything from shopping and dining to hills and islands to give you a package of a variety of experiences and a bundle of entertainment in a small budget that you had planned for.
Flight Tickets - INR 30,000 - INR 33,000 (Roundtrip)
Daily Expenses - INR 6,000 - INR 6,500
Best Time : October to December (Autumn)
Known For : Gardens by the Bay | Singapore Flyer | Sentosa Island
Singapore is filled with an unbelievable amount of creativity, culture and cuisines. It is the perfect combination of tall intricate buildings, islands and narrow streets which make it a fascinating country of Asia that you can visit with a small budget. Also called 'The Lion City', it remains in touch with the old heritage with a few glimpses of its culture in various decorated temples. Food being the most important part a country's culture, Singapore provides with a variety of cuisines ranging from chicken rice, chilli crab and fish head curry to oyster omelettes and pork ribs. You will find various hawkers centres which are like a permanent food festival where food is cheap, quality is extremely high, and hygiene is something you don't have to worry about! This spotless city with exciting and vibrant places is worth going to in with your friends or alone.
Flight Tickets - INR 17,000- INR 22,000 (Roundtrip)
Daily Expenses - INR 6,000- INR 7,500 (If spent wisely)
Best Time : January to November
Taiwan is nothing but a roughly sweet potato-shaped island nation that's densely populated. Besides, the crowded cities, Taiwan is the place of mountains and lush green forests. One cannot miss its vibrant culture and entertainment hub. With a tropical marine climate and tall mountains and cosy spring weather; Taiwan never ceases to make your visit worth it. As the population is dominated by ethnic Chinese, most festivities are favoured to traditional Chinese culture. To name a few; Ching Ming Festival, the Chinese New Year, Dragon Boat Festival, Hungry Ghost Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival are the major festivals celebrated with great pomp.
Flight Tickets - INR 15,000 - INR 25,000 (Roundtrip)
Daily Expenses - INR 2000 - INR 3000 per day
Located in Western Asia and comprised of beaches Qatar has recently opened its gates to tourism. Visiting this country will be like an Arabic fairy tale. It is overflowing with ancient art displayed in museums, sacred religious places, spectacular skylines, sand dunes, world-class restaurants and active adventures. Some of the must visits in Qatar are the Museum of Islamic Art which has the largest collection of Islamic Art, Villagio Mall and Inland sea. You can also cruise around the deserts and arrange camping and dune bashing for the never-ending thrill. Don't forget to add this to a load of experience of modern and ancient sites.
Flight Tickets - INR 25,000 - INR 31,000 (Roundtrip)
Daily Expenses - INR 3,000 - INR 4,000
The land of emerald rice fields, gipsies, graffiti walls, fuming volcanoes, big-eyed tarsiers, frizzy water buffaloes and above all Happy-go-lucky faces. If you're a beach-bum, Philippines has 7000 tropical islands that will leave you spell-bound. The Maroon slick of sand on every ocean with mega islands and hidden lagoons, where divers and sun worshippers and most adventurous travellers can pitch in a tent and spend the wanderlust nights in the stretch of coastline in Palawan. The unofficial zipline capital of the world is a place for kayakers, Boracay and also kiteboarding. Mountain-biking and canyoneering are also gaining popularity.
Flight Tickets - Prices starting at INR 24,000 (Roundtrip)
Daily Expenses - INR 2,600 - INR 3,200 per day
Arab countries give you one of the best travelling experiences enveloped with numerous ancient places and historical backgrounds that widen your knowledge while making your trip memorable. Egypt is one of those countries that should be on your international travel wishlist for a recreational holiday. Bordered by the Red Sea to the east and south, it adds an element of adventure for all the scuba divers. Being world's oldest civilisations, it has some great pyramids and a myriad of historical monuments. The local markets are among the remarkable attractions in Egypt for all shoppers out there. The great pyramid of Giza which is one of the seven wonders of the world is worth visiting in Egypt. This desert land will serve you with an unforgettable tranquil Egyptian time.
Flight Tickets - INR 25,000 - INR 30,000 (Roundtrip)
Daily Expenses - INR 1,500 - INR 2,500
UAE is the middle class tourist hub for India because of the affordability and the amount of pleasure it provides to the visitors in terms of desert safaris and desert camping, shopping, swimming and diving in Fujairah to float in the waters of Gulf of Oman, indoor skiing and wayfaring on the beaches to rob your troubles. Two places that you can't miss visiting are Dubai to have a tour of the world's tallest pre-eminent building Burj Khalifa and Abu Dhabi for the glorious white marble domes and mosques.
Flight Tickets - INR 15,000 - INR 20,000
Daily Expenses - INR 5,000 - INR 6,000
Scattered landscape with glided pagodas and the traditional ways, that's Myanmar in short. The place never ceases to amaze travellers, unlike other lands that you've heard of. The 4000 sacred stupas across the plains of Bagan will make you contemplate on life. The Golden Rock on Mt. Kyaiktiyo which stand on the edge of a chasm, the pious monks and the wonder of Shwedagon Paya are the mesmerising spots in Burma, Myanmar. Apart from these, Myanmar lets you experience the simple pleasures of life. Like a drift down the river in a cruiser, trek through the pine forests of Shan Hills, play on the beach of the blissful Bay of Bengal and finally befriend few inquisitive and engaging locals.
Flight Tickets - INR 18,000 - INR 30,000 (Roundtrip)
Daily Expenses - INR 1,750 - INR 2000 per day
The historic side of Russia is the one for those looking for glittering palaces, high-walled fortresses and ancient churches. Must visit places in Russia are the Moscow and St Petersburg the twins of national treasures. Charming and historical villages like Pskov and Suzdal, are within easy reach of these cities. Russia simply delivers what you're looking for be it an adventure or getting some inspiration from artists and writers. A hike around Lake Baikal, water-rafting and trekking in the Altai Republic, skiing or rock climbing in the Caucasus. You will also be swept away by the immense hospitality of people.
Fight tickets: Prices starting at INR 40,000 (Return flight tickets from Moscow)
Daily expense: INR 3000 - INR 5000
Jordan is the land of camel caravans, legendary king's highway, Muslim armies, Roman crusaders and traders of spice who left behind impressive monuments. The Crusaders' castles, Roman amphitheatres and Christian mosaics have always fascinated travellers around the world. Petra of Jordan is a world wonder that you should never miss. It is the jewel in the crown of Jordan's antiques. A ride during sunset through the Wadi Rum, getting drawn to the weathered stone, reddened dunes and desert landscapes will leave you mesmerised.
Flight Tickets: Prices starting at INR 33,000 (Roundtrip)
Daily Expense: INR 4323 - INR 6000
If you are an avid wildlife lover, Africa is the right choice bursting with countless wild species and chock full of safaris in scenic settings. This East African country with a coastline on the Indian Ocean is the only one that'll serve you with a countless number of activities in the wild. It has a lot to offer from a traditional African safari, hot air balloon safari and visiting the savannas teeming with wildlife to ambling around white sand islands with sparkling blue water. You will also find rich, intriguing cultures, pristine coastal beaches, searing deserts and coral reefs that will give you a unique one-in-a-million experience. Water sports include diving in places like Malindi Marine National Park and snorkelling in Manda Toto Island. A trip to this epic wildlife centre is a must on your to-do list because it's going to give you endless opportunities for adventure, exploring, to relax your senses and a world-class beach experience.
Flight Tickets - INR 30,000 - INR 38,000 (if booked in advance)
Daily Expenses - INR 4,700 - INR 6,000
This enormous country with large, intricate buildings and astoundingly rich history will capture your eye in a fraction of a second. Take out time to delve into the lesser known places of China because there is plenty to discover other than the large cities. China is a fascinating country with an ancient civilisation it all falls under your budget. One of the few places to visit in China is The Great Wall of China, The Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Wangfujing Place and The Temple of Heaven. From strolling in busy streets, shopping and having traditional succulent meals to having a peaceful walk near the lakes of China and wandering in the well-manicured gardens, you will have the best of everything. The mild climate makes it an ideal place to visit during any time of the year. Your bucket list will be incomplete without visit this artistic country.
Flight Tickets - INR 30,000 - INR 33,000 (Roundtrip)
Daily Expenses - INR 4,500,500 - INR 6,000
Making an international trip is not just a dream and we have just proved it to you with this list of the cheapest countries to visit from India so that you don't rue the day you put your plans to cold storage and never took it out. From Islands and beaches to mountains and valleys you can fly away for an immense amount of entertainment without making your wallet fall off a cliff.