Thursday, January 3, 2013

5 Cheap as Chips Foreign Trips from India

Travel is one wish that has found itself in almost all the wish lists created for the new year with "overseas travel" or "travel abroad" charting a sizable appearance.

If the first sight of a stamped visa or the scribbles on a departure immigration card gives you a high and you are a little cash-strapped, then stay on. Else if you are planning to spend another year in front of the television, may peace be with you.

Here is a list of foreign trips from India that will not burn a hole in your pocket


Thailand

The cheapest and nearest of all the exotic locales an Indian couple dreams of, when they plan their honeymoon. Thailand, with all its proximity to the country has more to offer though, than just to the honeymooner.



Soak in the sun-kissed beaches, get enticed in the aroma of the thai green curries or appreciate the grandeur of the amazing temples and palaces, Thailand will not cost you an earth.

With Indigo Airlines flying to Bangkok from Kolkata for as low as INR 4500(one way), thailand's beaches are nearer to your pocket than the ones in Goa.



Srilanka

Idyllic Beaches, misty mountains, strong tea and timeless ruins; Srilanka's charm never fails to exude. The country, which boasts of the highest number of world heritage sites (UNESCO) per square area, has so much to explore for the budget traveller.



Spicejet flies to Srilanka from Chennai for as low as INR 3500(one way)

At the price for a train journey from Chennai to the national capital, you cannot get a better deal.




Oman

Overshadowed by its jazzy neighbours to the north, Oman never really made it to the package tourist's map. But its pristine landscapes, lonesome mountains, deserted dunes and empty beaches will leave you enthralled, if you seek the road less taken.




Explore spectacular fjords, majestic canyons and the dramatic coastline on a 4x4 vehicle, shop for souvenirs in the traditional souqs (open air markets) or camp overnight on the edge of secluded snorkel sites, Oman will never leave you disappointed.


With Indigo Airlines starting its flights from Mumbai to Muscat for as low as INR 5500(one way), Oman is an affordable choice for your next offbeat holiday.



Malaysia

Tropical rain forests of Borneo, sandy beaches of Langkawi, multicultural cuisines of Kuala Lumpur and smiling faces all over; Malaysia's microcosms never fail to impress.

Laze on Langkawi's beaches, explore the colonial architecture at Georgetown, walk the rain forests of Taman Negara or soak in the jet-speed urban establishments of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is diverse and affordable.


Air Asia flies to Kuala Lumpur from Kolkata from INR 5000 (subjected to booking times). Keep your eyes on their site to get the best deal



Qatar

The small peninsula nation in the Persian Gulf has already been in the news for clinching the host nation status for the FIFA 2022 World Cup. But if sports doesn't interest you, don't worry; Qatar still has a lot to offer.

Doha's emerging skyline, glitzy malls and host of activities ranging from scuba diving, dune bashing, sand boarding and sailing will take care of your pleasure holidays.



If you are a nature lover, the changing sand dunes at the calm Khor Al Udeid (the inlet from the Persian Gulf) will capture your imaginations.

Air India Express, the low cost arm of India's national carrier flies to Doha from Mumbai for about INR 7300(one way). Grab your seats before they last.




P.S : 
1.  The fare photos posted here are for descriptive purposes and are subjected to change depending on availability of seats in the respective airlines.
2. The fare screen prints are from makemytrip.com and airasia.com and have been used for referential purposes only.
3. Nepal, Bhutan, Singapore and UAE ( read Dubai) were omitted from the list intentionally as I did not want to cover the destinations that are already popular.

Image Credits:
For Srilanka and Oman image : http://www.sxc.hu
For Qatar image : http://www.stockfreeimages.com


In case you are interested in a few tips on how to reduce your travel cost, check this out :
7 Useful Tips to Travel at Half of Your Budget


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