20 Budget Friendly International Destinations for Indians

Being Indian, we either ‘live’ or ‘leave’ everything on budget. Be it the house we reside or the car we drive, the school we sent our kids to or the next destination to travel…the cult called ‘budget’ decides everything!

Being budget concern not only saves us plenty of bucks, but also allows us to achieve or do all that we want. And especially when it comes to travelling around the world, this trait of ours never allows us to postpone our trips!

And next time, you plan for an international budget trip; here is what you need to know. Scroll through this list of 20 budget friendly international destinations for Indians and pick the one for you:

1. Taiwan

Visa: Required (14 Days)

Currency Rate: 1 Taiwan Dollar = INR 1.97

Places to Visit: Taroko National Park, Penghu Islands, Taipei, Hualien, Pingtung, Taichung, Tainan

Activities/Things to do: Cultural Tours, Sightseeing, Wildlife Tours, Shopping, Luxury Holidays, Beaches and Hot Spring Experience

Known for its pictorial beauty and appeal, Taiwan is an idealistic destination in Asia. Turquoise waters, scenic landscapes, fascinating hills and mountains, gushing rivers and ever smiling locals are some of the offerings of this island nation.

Air Tickets: INR 25,000 – 27,000 (Ideal to book 4-6 months in advance) . 

2. Nicaragua

Visa Type/Duration: Required (90 Days)

Currency Rate: 1 Nicaraguan Córdoba = INR 2.30

Places to Visit: Admire Granada, Surf in San Juan del Sur, Ometepe Island, León, Corn Islands

Activities/Things to do: Surfing, Volcano Boarding, Island Trips, Hiking, Volcano Tours, Shopping, Village Tour

Tucked away between Costa Rica and Honduras, Nicaragua also showcases a stunning range of coastlines with the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The abode of a unique eco-system, the country is laced with colourful cultures, traditions and has retained its indigenous roots in a delightful way.

How to travel: Fly from New Delhi to Nicaragua for just INR 82,670!

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3. Indonesia

Visa Type/Duration: On Arrival (30 Days)

Currency Rate: 1 Indonesian Rupiah = INR 00.0049

Places to Visit: Bali, Derawan Island, Toba, Jakarta, Pangandaran, Wakatobi, Pangandaran Beach, Batu Secret Zoo, and others

Activities/Things to do: Nature Tour, Religious & Cultural Tours, Water Sports, Volcano Tours, Local Sightseeing, Temple Tours

The country’s rustic beauty along with its diverse cultural heritage will keep you soaked in unlimited fun-frolic moments. A plethora of stunning places to visit and exciting things to do, it is a must holiday destination around the world.

Air Tickets: If you take a flight from Kochi and land at Bali Airport, It would nearly cost you only INR 9,376.

4. Cambodia

Visa Type/Duration: On Arrival (30 Days)

Currency Rate: 1 Cambodian Riel = INR 00.015

Places to Visit: Angkor Wat, Silver Pagoda, Koh Ker, Bayon Temple, Tonle Sap, Preah Vihear, Sihanoukville, Tonle Sap and others

Activities/Things to do: Cultural Visits, Religious Tours, Recreational & Leisure Tours

There are very few destinations that offer fun, delight and excitement to its visitors as Cambodia offers to its visitors. Home to the ‘Angkor Wat’, ‘Bayon Temple’, ‘Koh Ker’ and other major landmarks, this magnificent country takes the pride of being one of the rustic and enchanting holiday destinations in the world.

5. Nepal

Visa Type/Duration: Not Required (Duration not Applicable)

Currency Rate: 1 Nepalese Rupee = INR 00.63

Places to Visit: Kathmandu, Pashupatinath, Dakshinkali, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, Bhaktapur

Activities/Things to do: Adventure Sports, Cultural Visits, Religious Tours, Recreational & Leisure Tours, Nature Tours, Local Sightseeing, Trekking to Annapurna Base camp for unforgettable experience.

If you are an adrenaline junkie, you already know why to visit Nepal. In case, you are not, you must visit this quaint and scenic country and find out the reasons! Situated at the foothills of the Himalayas, it is a true treasure trove for the nature lovers and adventure freaks.Air Tickets: Yes! Fares start from INR 8,660. Take a flight from New Delhi and land at Kathmandu.

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6. Bolivia

Visa Type/Duration: On Arrival (90 Days)

Currency Rate: 1 Bolivian Boliviano = INR 8.88

Places to Visit: Salar de Uyuni, Yungas Road, La Paz, Sucre, Madidi National Park, Sorata, Cerro Rico

Activities/Things to do: Enjoy Oruro Carnival, Wildlife Tours, Road Trips, Local Shopping, Cultural Tours, Lake Visits

A destination where time stands still and offers you the best moments of your life, Bolivia is the meeting point of several indigenous cultures and traditions. With scenic landscapes, a tourist-friendly atmosphere, adventure options and some of the natural wonders, this country proves to be an ideal holiday destination.

Flights: Take a flight from New Delhi Fares start from just Rs.118,252

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7. Turkey

Visa Type/Duration: On Arrival (90 Days)

Currency Rate: 1 Turkish Lira = INR 26.05

Places to Visit: Istanbul, Troy, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Trabzon

Activities/Things to do: Beach Vacations, Leisure and Fun Cruises, Religious & Cultural Tours

Turkey has all the reasons of being the 6th most popular tourist destination in the world. Besides being the home to stunning destinations like Istanbul and Troy, the country boasts of encouraging historical, leisure, cultural and cultural tourism.

Air Tickets: Take a flight from Mumbai and land at Istanbul Airport. It could cost you as low as INR 24,455

8. China

Visa Type/Duration: Required (30 Days)

Currency Rate: 1 Chinese Yuan = INR 9.83

Places to Visit: Beijing, Xuchang, Zhengzhou, Chongqing, Wuhan, Luzhi, Macau

Activities/Things to do: Local Sightseeing, Historical & Cultural Tour, Leisure Tours, Wildlife & Nature Tour

Undoubtedly one of the most amazing and colourful countries to visit, China is a kaleidoscopic mixture of traditions and cultures. The third highest visited country in the world, it is truly a treasure trove for the holidayers.

Air Tickets: Landing at China can never be this much cheaper. The mumbai-Shanghai flight could cost you just INR 26,585

9. Samoa

Visa Type/Duration: Not Required (2 Months)

Currency Rate: 1 Samoan Tala = INR 24.69

Places to Visit: Apia, Palolo Deep National Marine Reserve, Manono, Papaseea, Piula Cave Pool, Upolu

Activities/Things to do: Beach Activities & Sports, Adventure Tours, Underwater Activities, Wildlife Discovery, Museum Visits, Waterfall Tours

You really don’t have to think much about why to visit this scenic Oceanian country! Irrespective of the fact that you are a beach lover, adventure junkie or just looking for a peaceful escapade, you can book your tickets to this island nation.

10. Brazil

Visa Type/Duration: Required (90 Days; Need More Info)

Currency Rate: 1 Brazilian Real = INR 23.70

Places to Visit: Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, Fortaleza, Fernando de Noronha, Iguaçu Falls, Ouro Preto, Parati, Recife, Olinda, Manaus, Salvador, Foz do Iguacu

Activities/Things to do: Cultural Tours, Participate in Carnivals, Beach Tour & Activities, Local Tours, Wildlife Experience, Nature Walks & Tours

If one has to describe Brazil in the most befitting way, it has to be football, natural beauty and groovy carnivals! Embraced by the mesmeric beauty of the Atlantic Ocean and some of the greenest forests in the world, this country is a dream come true destination for wildlife lovers.

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How to reach:  Fly from Mumbai to Brazil at just INR 61,893!

11. Sri Lanka

Visa Type/Duration: Electronic Travel Authorization (30 Days)

Currency Rate: 1 Sri Lankan Rupee = INR 0.46

Places to Visit: Colombo, Kandy, Galle, Matara, Kataragama, Tissamaharama, Kirinda, Sabaragamuwa, Panduwasnuwara, Dambadeniya, Yapahuwa Kurunegala

Activities/Things to do: Heritage Tours, Religious Visits, Art and Culture Tours, Adventure Sports, Wildlife Tours, Plantation Visits

While holidaying in Sri Lanka, you will never be away from home! One of our neighbouring countries, this country is surrounded by the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean and the Gulf Of Myanmar.

Air Tickets: Take a flight from Kochi and land at Colombo and it could cost you just INR 12,382

12. Colombia

Visa Type/Duration: Required (60 Days)

Currency Rate: 1 Colombian Peso = INR 0.026

Places to Visit: Cartagena, Popayan, Medellin, San Gil, Tayrona National Park, Cabo de la Vela, Bogota, El Peñol and Guatape, Coffee Triangle

Activities/Things to do: Beach Tours & Activities, Trekking & Hiking, Mountaineering, Whale and other Wildlife Spotting, Museum Visits, Cultural & Historical Tours

Sharing international boundaries with Venezuela, Brazil, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Jamaica and other countries, Colombia makes it for a prismatic holiday destination across the world. Whether you are a backpacker, travelling with family, friends or colleagues, or just looking for a surreal place, this country will always tempt you with its allurement.

How to reach:  Fly from Mumbai to Colombia for just INR 82,475!

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13. Malaysia

Visa Type/Duration: Required (30 Days)

Currency Rate: 1 Malaysian Ringgit = INR 17.05

Places to Visit: Kuala Lumpur, Miri, Kangar, Sarawak, Labuan, Pangkor, Redang Island, Kapas Island, Rantau Abang Island

Activities/Things to do: Cultural Tour, Leisure Tours, Local Sightseeing, Shopping, Wildlife Tours, Nature Tours

A major tourist hub in the entire of South-East Asia, Malaysia is all about pleasant and candid moments. No matter, with whom you are visiting or what are you looking for, the turquoise waters, alluring beaches, friendly locals and pleasant climate will surely make your Malaysia holiday memorable!

Air Tickets: It’s true! You’ll only have to spend around INR 7,102 to land at Malaysia. Suggested Flight: Kochi to Kuala Lumpur.

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14. Zimbabwe

Visa Type/Duration: eVisa

Currency Rate: 5.85 ZWD = 1 INR

Places to Visit: Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, Lake Kariba, Zambezi River, Eastern Highlands, Chimanimani Mountains

Activities/Things to do: Adventure Sports, Fishing Trips, Cultural & Historical Tours, Local Sightseeing

If you want to be a millionaire in just one shot, you must visit Zimbabwe! Yes, you heard right…a little research on this country’s currency will tell you how can fulfil your millionaire’s dream in Zimbabwe!

How to reach: Travel from Mumbai to Harare at just INR 25,175!

15. Costa Rica

Visa Type/Duration: Required (30 Days)

Currency Rate: 8.15 Colons = INR 1

Places to Visit: Arenal Volcano, Mal Pais – Santa Teresa, Brasilito Beach, Chirripo National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Tamarindo, San Jose, Tortuguero National Park

Activities/Things to do: Nature Tours, Adventure Activities, Leisure Tours, Yacht and Luxury Cruises

It’s quite fascinating to know that around 5% of the total biodiversity of the earth is contained by Costa Rica alone! Highly rich in natural beauty and grandeur, stunning beaches and well-protected national parks, captivating volcanoes and plenitude of adventure activities, this country is indeed one of the most budget-friendly destinations in the world.

How to travel: Fly straight to Costa Rica from any major city in India

16. Belarus

Visa Type/Duration: Required (90 Days)

Currency Rate: 1 Belarusian Ruble = INR 0.0040

Places to Visit: Minsk, Braslav Lakes, Pripyat Reserve, Belovezhskaya, Brest Fortress, Nesvizh

Activities/Things to do: Wildlife & Nature Tours, Outdoor & Adventure Activities, Historical Visits, Cultural Tours, Leisure Activities

Fringed with scenic hills and lush greeneries, gurgling rivers and stunning lakes, Belarus was once known as the ‘White Russia’. With a pleasant climate and tourist-friendly ambience, this landlocked European country shares its boundaries with Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia.

How to travel: Fly straight to Costa Rica from any major city in India

17. Bhutan

Visa Type/Duration: Not Required (14 Days)

Currency Rate: 1 Bhutanese Ngultrum = INR 1.00

Places to Visit: Phuentsholing, Thimpu, Punakha, Trashigang, Haa Valley, Trongsa

Activities/Things to do: Cultural Tours, Wildlife Tours,  Himalayan Tour, Adventure Sports & Activities, Religious Tours,  Local Sightseeing.

Nestled amidst lofty peaks and breath-taking meadows, this quaint and rustic country is one of our neighbouring nations. Making it to the list of budget nations from India, Bhutan or the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragons’ is a treasure trove for the visitors in every aspect.

Air Tickets: Take a flight from Mumbai and land at Paro Airport. Fares start from just Rs.4589

18. Lebanon

Visa Type/Duration: Required (3 Months)

Currency Rate: 1 Lebanese Pound = INR 0.041

Places to Visit: Historical & Religious Monuments, Tripoli, Batroun, Deir el Qamar, Sidon

Activities/Things to do: Cultural & Religious Tours, Leisure and Recreational Visits, Nature Tours, Local Sightseeing

Counted amongst the ancient countries in the world, Lebanon boasts of its diverse history, scenic beauty and extremely tourist-friendly ambience. A country with many more world heritage sites, a trip to this country is a must for everyone.

Air Tickets: As low as INR 23,000 if planned on time. Suggested flight from – Hyderabad.

19. Tunisian

Visa Type/Duration: Required (Up to 6 Months)

Currency Rate: 1 Tunisian Dinar = INR 31.67

Places to Visit: El Djem, Kairouan, Djerba, The Sahara, Bulla Regia, Hammamet, Sidi Bou Said, Carthage, Grand Erg Oriental, Matmata & the Ksour

Activities/Things to do: Desert Safari & Trekking, Museum Visits, Historical Tour, Island & Beach Tours

Nestled amidst countries like Libya and Algeria, Tunisia is amongst the smallest countries in the North African region. Cosetted by the Mediterranean Sea, it is a primal holiday destination for beachgoers, leisure seekers and luxury addicts.

How to travel: Fly straight to Tunisia from any major city in India

20. Kenya

Visa Type/Duration: On Arrival (3 Months)

Currency Rate: 1 Kenyan Shilling = INR 0.67

Places to Visit: Masai Mara National Reserve, Mount Kenya, Lamu Island, Nairobi National Park, Lake Nakuru, Samburu National Reserve, Malindi

Activities/Things to do: Wildlife & Nature Tours, Eco-Tourism, Local Shopping & Sightseeing, Cultural Tours, Sport Tourism

If you are a wildlife or nature lover, you will definitely fall in love with Kenya! And in case, you are not, the country with its myriad wildlife and natural beauty will surely make you fall for it!

21. Thailand

Thailand has a lot to offer and so this place is a must visit for all. The best things to do in Thailand which will make your vacation special with your family and friends. Unlock the treasures of underwater by making your way towards the Surin Islands Marine National Park where you can get clear waters which makes it easy to spot some aquatic fishes and much more.Your trip to Thailand will amaze you beyond words and the number of things to do Thailand offers will leave you spoilt for choice.

The best places to visit in Thailand will surely make your trip more interesting. Such a captivating portrait explains why Thailand is Southeast Asia’s most popular travel destination. This overview of the best places to visit in Thailand shows where to find the cultural, historic and natural attractions.

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