Top 10 Popular Destinations for Indian Travellers

You probably have a good idea of the most popular holiday destinations for Indians based on conversations with friends and family. But to give you a definitive answer, data has spoken. Here are the top 10 most popular international destinations.

2019 Top Destinations2018 Top DestinationsChange in Rank
1stBangkokBangkok = 0
2ndDubaiDubai = 0
3rdLondonLondon = 0
4thSingaporeSingapore = 0
5thBaliBali = 0
6thTorontoKuala Lumpur ↑ 2
7thKuala LumpurNew York ↓ 1
8thNew YorkToronto ↓ 1
9thColomboParis ↑ 1
10thMelbourneColombo ↑ 2

#1 Bangkok

Bangkok is #1 again… a city of non-stop action and contrasts wherever you go. Stunning temples, floating markets, street food amidst a sea of luxury malls and boutiques, a maze of packed markets and neon signs of nightlife. There is never a dull moment.

Food! Even the most authentic Thai restaurants in India cannot compare to the vastly superior quality of cuisine served in Thailand. This is mostly due to the abundance of rare ingredients and sheer ingenuity the Thai people have when it comes to cooking. Even street food will blow you away.

Most popular: December to February
Most affordable: Mid-November to Mid-December
Least crowded: Late-February to May

Need a little luck? Visit the Amulet Market with various stalls selling sacred trinkets that promise to protect and bless whoever wears them.

– Skip the typical bars and suss out the speakeasies that use traditional Thai ingredients

– Book a table at one of the many Michelin-star-restaurants in Bangkok

– Bangkok is a great place to purchase Japanese and Korean skincare brands without breaking the bank.

✈️ Skyscanner tip:
Best time to book: You can potentially save up to 22% (₹ 4,300) on your return fare by booking your flight 9 weeks prior to departure from Mumbai.

Best day to fly: You can potentially save up to 5% (₹ 720) on your return fare by flying (from Bengaluru) on Monday as compared to Friday (most popular day).


#2 Dubai

Dubai stands tall at #2. Futuristic architecture beside traditional homes, remarkable faux islands on the stunning coastline and a shopping haven… is a traveller’s dream holiday destination.

Opulence. If you want to know where the world’s best or biggest is, there’s a good chance it’s in Dubai. For example, Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world, the Burj Al Arab is decorated with almost 1,800 square meters of 24-carat gold leaf and Dubai Mall, is the world’s largest shopping mall.

Most popular: November to April
Most affordable: April to October
Least crowded: Mid-November to early-December, early March

Skiing. Dubai loves big and expensive things – like an indoor ski mountain inside a shopping centre.

– Visit the Burj Khalifa. Get an Instagram-worthy pic of Dubai’s panorama from the 160-storey skyscraper’s observation deck. 

– Dubai Fountain. Enjoy the mesmerising water dance at Dubai Mall’s largest choreographed fountain system. 

– Dubai Creek. For a quick glimpse into history, visit the saltwater estuary where the first settlers lived. Stroll through the old-world gold, spice and textile souks too.

✈️ Skyscanner tip:
Best time to book: You can potentially save up to 27% (₹ 6,400) on your return fare by booking your flight 9 weeks prior to departure from New Delhi.

Best day to fly: You can potentially save up to 3% (₹ 500) on your return fare by flying (from New Delhi) on Monday as compared to Thursday (most popular day).


#3 London

London stays at #3. Diverse culture, centuries-old rich history, the best art in the world, entertainment avenues and shopping options…these are all the things that make London so great.

The River Thames and all the buildings along its edge — like the Houses of Parliament, Shakespeare’s Globe and Tower of London.

Most popular: March to May
Most affordable: September to March
Least crowded: December to February

London was heavily damaged during WWII but most of it has been rebuilt. Not so for St Dunstan-in-the-east. This church has now been taken over by plants. 

– Want to know what it’s like to live in the 80s? Visit Lil Nan’s Bar.

– Visit the most eclectic collection of neon signages at God’s Own Junkyard

– If you enjoy a good art installation, walk around and try to spot the seven hidden noses on the side of buildings in Soho. 

✈️ Skyscanner tip:
Best time to book: You can potentially save up to 37% (₹ 24,000) on your return fare by booking your flight 23 weeks prior to departure from New Delhi.

Best day to fly: You can potentially save up to 1% (₹ 5,00) on your return fare by flying (from New Delhi) on Monday as compared to Thursday (most popular day).


#4 Singapore

Singapore is the high-tech jewel of Southeast Asia. With uniquely beautiful skylines, modern efficiency and it being the epicenter of international business hubs make it ever so popular.

The harmonious blend of traditional architecture against hyper-modern structures like Gardens By the Bay, Marina Bay Sands and Jewel at Changi.

Most popular: November to January, June to July
Most affordable: July to August
Least crowded: February to April

The Really Really Free Market for free shopping.

– Enjoy a hearty breakfast at any hawker center

– Wander along Supertree Grove at night

– Learn about some of the country’s history at the Buddha Tooth Relic Museum.

✈️ Skyscanner tip:
Best time to book: You can potentially save up to 25% (₹7,500) on your return fare by booking your flight 11 weeks prior to departure from Mumbai.

Best day to fly: You can potentially save up to 4% (₹1000) on your return fare by flying (from New Delhi) on Wednesday as compared to Friday (most popular day)


#5 Bali

A jewel among Indonesia’s isles, Bali has scenic beaches edging the city, a charming cultural landscape, traditional homes, contemporary buildings and adventure avenues that make it an ideal holiday destination for all ages.

Its beaches and the slow pace of life along its idyllic coastline is why Bali is so popular.

Most popular: March to June, August to December
Most affordable: April to May, September to October
Least crowded: September to October

The mysterious Yeh Leh rocky beach close to the Denpasar-Gilimanuk highway.

– Visit the Uluwatu temple on a cliff in the southwestern Bukit Peninsula

– Spot wild deer at the Menjangan National Park

– Hunt down Bali’s abandoned planes in Pandawa, Kerobokan, and half way down Bypass Ngurah Rai.

✈️ Skyscanner tip:
Best time to book: You can potentially save up to 8% (₹2,400) on your return fare by booking your flight 23 weeks prior to departure from New Delhi.

Best day to fly: You can potentially save up to 14% (₹4,800) on your return fare by flying (from Mumbai) on Friday as compared to Thursday (most popular day).


#6 Toronto

More Indians are visiting the multi-cultural Toronto. Large green spaces, food markets, beaches, waterfalls, luxe shopping venues, distilleries, beautiful isles and more are waiting for you if you need a change of scenery.

Consistently being one of the world’s best cities to live in.

Most popular: July to August
Most affordable: September to November
Least crowded: April to May

The Rec Room has arcades, VR room, a nightclub, a bar, a food court, and more.

– Get a bird’s view of the city from the CN Tower while you enjoy the high-speed elevators taking you to the top

– Try Edge Walk, a hands-free walk around the main pod of the CN Tower 116-stories above the ground.

– Explore the Evergreen Brick Works that boasts of skating rinks, children’s parks, hiking trails, a farmer’s market, etc.

✈️ Skyscanner tip:
Best time to book: You can potentially save up to 26% (₹22,700) on your return fare by booking your flight 22 weeks prior to departure from Mumbai.

Best day to fly: You can potentially save up to 2% (₹1,500) on your return fare by flying (from Mumbai) on Wednesday as compared to Tuesday (most popular day).


#7 Kuala Lumpur

Dropping one position down the list, Kuala Lumpur hasn’t lost its sparkle. Iconic edifices, natural wonders, religious centres, lively street markets, sumptuous food and lots of green make it a wonderful holiday destination.

Giant, hyper-malls that you can spends days walking around in.

Most popular: March to May
Most affordable: September to November
Least crowded: December to February

Perdana Botanical Gardens offers a glimpse of a tropical forest amidst a crowded metropolis.

– Visit the Sunway Lagoon Theme Park at Petaling Jaya. It’s home to a water park, scream park, amusement park, extreme park, and wildlife park.

– Aquaria at KLCC. It houses 150 marine life species including tiger sharks, arapaimas, giant groupers and gar fish.

– Still up for more exploring? Check out 120 butterfly species, gazebos, ponds, and flowers at the Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park.

✈️ Skyscanner tip:
Best time to book: You can potentially save up to 31% (₹6,900) on your return fare by booking your flight 12 weeks prior to departure from New Delhi.

Best day to fly: You can potentially save up to 11% (₹1,800) on your return fare by flying (from Bengaluru) on Friday as compared to Monday(most popular day).


#8 New York

The city that never sleeps slip down by just one spot this year. Home to world-class galleries, Michelin-starred restaurants and plenty of shopping venues make it a popular travel destination.

…being New York! With world-class museums, a flourishing art scene, amazing restaurants and shopping… it’s no wonder NYC is one the world’s most iconic cities.

Most popular: April to June
Most affordable: January to February
Least crowded: September to November

Whispering Gallery in the Grand Central Terminal… check out the acoustics (but don’t reveal any of your secrets).

– Take ‘The Ride’ – a unique interactive tour that lets you enjoy New York boulevards and see talented street performers.

– Get on top of the Rock Observatory in the Rockefeller Center for stunning panoramas of the city.

✈️ Skyscanner tip:
Best time to book: You can potentially save up to 21% (₹15,650) on your return fare by booking your flight 23 weeks prior to departure from Mumbai.

Best day to fly: You can potentially save up to 4% (₹2,950) on your return fare by flying (from Bengaluru) on Friday as compared to Wednesday (most popular day).


#9 Colombo

Colombo moved up the rankings to #9 this year. A vibrant, busy, seamless mix of old and modern architecture, markets, tuk-tuks, and fusion cuisine make it a popular holiday destination.

Being the gateway to the rest of Sri Lanka.

Most popular: November to February
Most affordable: May to August, December
Least crowded: April to May

Delft Island in Jaffna. Home to wild ponies, historical ruins in the Indian Ocean.

– Check out the Open deck sightseeing tour Sri Lanka tourism offers

– Visit the Gangaramaya temple, a century-old Buddhist temple known for its serenity, Buddha statue and miniature paintings.

– Go Scuba Diving and enjoy the coral reefs, rich flora, and unusual marine species when you dive.

✈️ Skyscanner tip:
Best time to book: You can potentially save up to 24% (₹4,900) on your return fare by booking your flight 18 weeks prior to departure from New Delhi .

Best day to fly: You can potentially save up to 18% (₹4,450) on your return fare by flying (from Mumbai) on Friday as compared to Monday (most popular day).


#10 Melbourne

A new entrant to the popular holiday destination list, Melbourne moved up two spots to #10 this year. Be ready for this hip, ever-changing city with its mountain ranges, verdant green parks, inner-city communities, dining venues for all budgets, fabulous street art and more.

This is the true birthplace of café culture.

Most popular: December to March
Most affordable: June to August
Least crowded: September to November, March to May

Lyon Housemuseum – where built-in homes and museum blend together and are open for public tours.

– Called the street art capital of the world, take a street art tour to know more.

– Enjoy a gourmet Greek dinner at the Greek Precinct

– Explore the Queen Victoria markets. These historical markets opened doors in 1878.

✈️ Skyscanner tip:
Best time to book: You can potentially save up to 23% (₹15,000) on your return fare by booking your flight 23 weeks prior to departure from Mumbai.

Best day to fly: You can potentially save up to 6% (₹3,100) on your return fare by flying (from Bengaluru) on Friday as compared to Monday (most popular day).


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Based on proprietary data extracted from Skyscanner Travel Insights, analysing millions of data points in India, comparing YoY differences in bookings (redirects made on the Skyscanner platform, e.g.: when a traveller selects a flight option with a partner on the Skyscanner booking panel) between the time periods October 2018 to September 2019, and October 2017 to September 2018. Best time to book: Defined as the booking window (by weeks) prior to departure, where highest savings can be made. This is  determined by the difference against the most booked fare for the given route.Best day to fly: Defined as the best day to depart where greatest savings can be made. This is determined by the difference between the average flight price when booked on the cheapest day of the week versus the average flight price when booked on the most popular day of departure