While we know that times are not traveller-friendly right now, we do not want you to stop dreaming of exciting trips that promise to carve out a special place in your heart.
When you think international holidays, do you immediately start wondering how much you’ll have to save to get there? Fret no more, dear traveller. The good news is that there are plenty of cheap international destinations you can visit without paying through your nose. Get the cheapest flight deals for your international holidays with us. Here are Skyscanner‘s top picks for cheap international holiday destinations from India.
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Best Time to Visit
|Destination||Best Time to Visit|
|Krabi, Thailand||Nov to Mar|
|Kathmandu, Nepal||Oct to Nov|
|Singapore||Jan to Dec|
|Malacca, Malaysia||Apr, May and Oct|
|Colombo, Sri Lanka||Nov to Mar|
|Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Nov to Apr|
|Bangkok, Thailand||Nov to Mar|
|Bali, Indonesia||Apr to Oct|
|Male, Maldives||Nov to Apr|
|Phuket, Thailand||Nov to Mar|
Krabi is one of those cheap international holiday destinations about which you can safely say – “Ah, the pictures weren’t photoshopped!” The white beaches, blue waters and coral reefs are actually that lovely. Scuba diving enthusiasts can have a whale of a time here, while there’s plenty of exotic flora and fauna in the tropical forests if you’re up for some exploring. Of course, for the beach bums, this is paradise – lounge as you sip your minty cocktails!
Very often, we forget about our immediate neighbours and tend to focus on far away, cheap abroad trips. Just across the border and a very cheap flight away from New Delhi sits Kathmandu – with promises of mountains and spirituality. Apart from being a gateway to the Himalayas for mountaineering enthusiasts, a trip to Kathmandu is a nice blend of the old and the new, the modern and the traditional. Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has several palaces and temples within the complex waiting to be explored. The Thamel area has tons of shops selling everything from mountaineering gear to souvenirs. The Pashupatinath Temple is the city’s oldest Hindu temple, while the Bodhnath Stupa is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in the world.
Yet another ideal destination when you have limited time and a tight budget is Singapore. The glitzy city has much more than the fashion labels at Orchard Street. Soak in the culture at Chinatown Heritage Centre, or take a cruise on the Singapore River. Visit the Singapore Zoo, which is one of the best in Asia. Spend an evening at the Marina Bay area. Explore the many dining options by the River at Clarke Quay. Plan your trip early for cheap flight tickets and book your hotel in advance too, and put Singapore on the top of your list for cheap international holiday destinations from India.
We’ve all heard of Kuala Lumpur, but how many of us have really given thought to Malacca? With its Portuguese influence clearly visible in the buildings and streets, Malacca is truly one of the top cheap international holiday destinations from India, and a city that is brimming with history. Jonker Street is a great place to stumble upon antiques and other collectibles. With its myriad colours, Malacca is a photographer’s delight too. Get here by road after a cheap flight to the country’s capital, Kuala Lumpur; it’ll just take you about an hour and a half.
Most people briefly stop in Colombo before heading to the gorgeous beaches on the western coast of Sri Lanka. But if all you have is a few days off, and you want to get out of the country, head to Colombo and give it a chance. Visit the Gangaramaya Temple and other nearby Buddhist temples for a spiritual experience. Walk around in the Colombo Fort area where every building has a rich history, and so many tales to tell. Bargain to your heart’s content at Pettah Market, Colombo’s huge open market where you will find everything from fruits to jewellery. Savour delicious Sri Lankan food, especially if you like seafood. But vegetarians, don’t worry, there’s plenty for you too in one of the best cheap international holiday destinations from India!
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Surprised that it made our list of the best cheap international holidays from India? Guess what? It takes a while for an outsider to look beyond the layers of glamour that Dubai seems to have become synonymous with. But when you do, you’ll notice that there is so much you can do in this incredible city. A long walk around the old Bastakiya district is a must do for history buffs. Whether or not you want to make a purchase, you must definitely visit the Deira Gold Souk just for the experience. Get away from the traffic and crowds and take a desert safari and do some dune bashing. Or just be a tourist and visit the Burj Khalifa and other notable skyscrapers, if only for the splendid views.
How many of you have asked friends to purchase electronic goods or branded accessories from Bangkok? Why not head there and buy them for yourself, because if you plan reasonably well in advance, tickets to Bangkok are pretty cheap from Mumbai, New Delhi or any other major Indian city. And Bangkok is not just a retail therapy haven, but it is also full of beautiful Buddhist temples, lip smackingly delicious street food and lovely floating markets.
Rice plantations so green that you wonder if nature has some kind of photoshop. Intricately sculpted temples, blue-green seas and sandy beaches – these are just a few things from the mixed goody bag that is Bali. Experience a little of everything when you’re on this beautiful foreign trip. Laze on the glorious beaches of Seminyak and Nusa Dua. Visit the crafts villages in Ubud and the surrounding villages. Water sports enthusiasts have tons of options to go surfing or diving. If you’re feeling more adventurous, trek up Mount Batur, one of Bali’s active volcanoes. After your trek, treat those sore muscles to a relaxing Balinese massage.
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The Maldives, with its turquoise waters, colourful sea life and exotic spas, has in recent years been wooing the Indian traveller like never before. Male, the capital of the Maldives, is located in the North Male Atoll, and is connected by air to major Indian cities. The underwater life in the sea lends a whole new meaning to the term colourful, and scuba diving enthusiasts are set to have a highly memorable experience. After a few days in the capital, head out to explore another inhabited island to get a true taste of the culture in this beautiful country. And yes, despite its majestic and otherworldly feel, it’s amazingly one of the cheap international holidays from India.
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10. Phuket, Thailand
Yes, Thailand features again in our list of cheap international holidays from India. That’s how budget friendly it is. The world first noticed Phuket after the 1974 James Bond flick The Man with the Golden Gun was shot there. And it continues to attract travellers with its sandy beaches, clear waters and vibrant nightlife. Whether you are looking to have a quiet time by the beach or party hard, Phuket is a great option.
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