By Satish Mishra
life becoming increasingly hectic on a daily basis and relaxation being more a thought than a practice, vacations tend to suffer the most, with holidays being put aside for more pressing matters. But when you have such amazing international destinations that are both close to India, and as cost-effective as travelling within India, we say you should just pack up and get going!
Aptly known amongst tourists as ‘The Last Shangri-La’, Bhutan’s pristine environment and distinct cultural identity leaves a lasting impression on its visitors. This beautiful Himalayan nation is perfect for those looking for a vacation closer to home, and with food and accommodation costing less than a thousand bucks, your pocket shall barely feel the pinch.
Fondly remembered as a friendly and fun-loving nation with a frantic energy, Thailand is still an extremely cost-effective destination. Flights rates are quite affordable and travellers can choose between numerous dormitories, hostels and budget hotels. Locking in on a combination of 2-3 cities like Bangkok, Pattaya, and Ayutthaya will make the trip even more affordable and of course, for the foodies, Thailand’s famous lip-smacking street food is available at a cost that rivals Indian street food.
One of the major tourist hubs in Southeast Asia, Malaysia is home to stunning beaches, pleasant climate and a fascinating medley of cultures. You can find a number of budget-friendly guesthouses scattered across Kuala Lumpur and the country offers a plethora of options in terms of sightseeing with the Petronas Towers, Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary and Batu Caves taking the top spots. When hunger strikes, track down famous eateries like the Nasi Kandar Pelita and Taman Paramount Night market and treat your taste buds to some of the delectable culinary delights of the land.
Sultanate of Oman
Oman is where the modern world meets traditional Arabia. In the cities, busy souks are always brimming with shoppers bargaining over frankincense, jewellery and food and, as you drift away towards the rural areas, you’ll find landscapes that are nature’s visual masterpieces. Travelling in Oman is easy with cab share and renting options. For food, you can gorge on shawarmas, rotisserie chicken, rice and kebabs without worrying about hefty bills.