When my friends asked me to plan for a vacation this winter, my conscious mind started looking for various budget destination options. Everyone these days wants to take holidays with friends and family to enjoy relaxed and quality time, and when it comes within your budget then level of your enjoyment soars zillion times. And then we started looking for all those destinations which was low in budget and high on fun & we jotted down a few of them 😉!!!
Bangkok & Pattaya, Thailand
Bangkok & Pattaya are not only known for their night life fun but also as a budgeted destination yet much more to be explored. Pattaya beach is one of most popular and famous beaches near Bangkok off the coast of the city Pattaya. At Pattaya Beach you can try out all kinds of water sports and energetic beach activities which are organised by adventure firms along the beachfront. The beach itself is divided into three sections, north, central and south Pattaya and are covered with beach umbrellas and deck chairs all over. There are plenty of activities can be done like parasailing, water skiing and jet skiing. Apart from enjoying Pattaya night life fun one can also satisfy their desire for shopping. There are lots of organised tours for tourist like Cruising, Buddhist temples and monuments, adventures such as bungee jumping, and cabaret shows like Alcazar, Siam Niramit, Calypso etc. One can enjoy this serene beauty at as low as budget as USD 110-140 per person for 4-5 days.
North India/South India/Goa/East India, India
India is one place in the world where you can enjoy all the season at one go and with variety of tourist options.
If we talk about North India there are amazing places like Dharamshalla, Srinagar, Katra, Shimla, Kasol, Chail, Jaipur, Udaipur, Nainital, Kausani, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Ladakh, Gulmarg, Ranthambore, and Agra. Ideal time to visit is between October to March. One can go for trekking, mountaineering, religious pilgrimages, Spiritual, and Spa vacations, etc. The minimum expense can be as low as USD 150 to 180 per person for a 5 – 6 days’ vacation.
Talking to Eastern part of India, Darjeeling, Gangtok, Pelling, Shillong, Tawang, Puri, Bodh Gaya, Rajgir, Andamans, and Kolkata, etc where one can enjoy very distinct experience of Hill-stations, Buddhist circuits, and mythological charm. The minimum expense could be around USD 160 – 190 per person for a 5-6 days’ vacation.
Down South, we have Chennai, Kovalam, Trivandrum, Rameshwaram, Munnar, Periyar, Ooty, Kodaikanal, Pondicherry, Coorg, Mysore, Lakshdwee, etc as lovely scenic destinations offering beach charm to hill-station to wildlife adventure. Here the expenses could be around USD 160 to 200 per person for 5-6 days’ vacation.
Finally, the western part of India comprising Goa, Mumbai, Lonavala, Shirdi, Kutch, Somnath, Daman, Mahabaleshwar, etc. are some of the most sought-after destinations. If you are looking for nature’s beauty, wildlife experience, beach fun, or cultural or spiritual vacations, you have it all in West too and expenses per person would be around USD 180 to 240 only for a 5-6 days tour.
Dubai & Abu Dhabi
Dubai has evolved over the years to become one of the world’s famous & prestigious tourist attraction, alluring people from different sectors to experience what the ‘must visit’ destination has to offer. Some of the attractive destinations are Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Palm Jumeirah, amazing beaches etc. Cosmopolitan lifestyle mixed with local culture, World class shopping malls, plenty of activities to do like swim with dolphin, ride a camel in desert, enjoy at water park, desert safari, Cruise dinner, snow ski, and many more. There are also luxurious hotels and resorts to explore with lots of fun activities to do. One defiantly get engrossed in this Arabic modern culture and architecture. It’s a fun destination for all age group people, loaded with delightful joy. In off-peak season, and also if you book little in advance, the cost can be as low as USD 220-240 per person for 5 days’ trip.
Tashkent is capital city of Uzbekistan, well known for its socio- economic culture and ancient tale & infrastructure. It has much more to offer than you would guess at first glance and with most affordable price. The kind of architecture and archeological monuments have been built in this is way more to praise for. Tashkent has a unique flavor that merges medieval buildings, stylish European architecture, soviet style concrete buildings and gleaming skyscrapers of glass & concrete. Some of the interesting places to visit are Lake Charvak, Amir Timur Museum, Chimgan Mountains, Hazrat Imam Complex, TV Tower, Broadway, Tashkent Metro, Kukeldash Madrasah, Clock Tower, Palace of international forum, Botanical gardens, Center of enlightment, Central Asian Plov Centre, Samarkand, many amazing bazaars, etc. One can also embark on some hiking, rafting, skiing in Ugam Chatkal national park. Its Islamic heritage includes various mosques and noteworthy Islamic sites, Islamic university etc.
Expense per person will be in the range of USD 400-500 per person.
It’s hard to match the raw beauty of this compact country. Nepal is full of surprise, not only in dealing with adventurous tours but in every aspect right from pilgrimage to sightseeing. Some of the scenic places that can be accounted are Pokhara which is popular for “Gateway to Annapurna Circuit” famous for paragliding activity, beautiful lake view, Than there is Kathmandu, Nagarkot – Situated at a short distance from Bhaktapur and on the suburb of Kathmandu Valley, Nagarkot is a picturesque destination that allows you savour every mood of the Himalayas. Sagarmatha National Park – it is as close as one can get on Mount Everest if not intended to climb, which makes it ideal destination for trekking with stunning view of Everest and Himalayan range. Patan is famous tourist place in the country and is primarily known for its rich architecture, fantastic wood carvings and an air of spirituality. Other places are like Lumbini, Chitwan National park, Janakpur, Dharan, Boudhanath Stupa, Biking in Godavari, Bungamati, Chapagaun, River rafting and Bungee Jumping in Bhote Koshi River, Kayaking in Seti River and many more adventurous sites and places to explore.
So much to see at just about USD 180-230 USD per person.
Almaty in Kazakh people language means “grown with apple trees”. It is an gorgeous central Asia ancient travel destination. Almaty is highlighted by its astonishing buildings, beautiful cars and, above all, beautiful people! Some of interesting places to explore over there are Medeu, if you love skating, then this is the place for you! Kolsai Lakes, if you admire seren beauty then this beautiful lake would always welcomes you. Panfilov Park, a place for all age groups. Kok-Tobe Hill, offers you fun cable car ride and a look at the city from a bird’s eye perspective. Kazakh Museum of Folk musical Instruments, Green Bazar, if you are looking for amazing place to shop some of the finest ingredients, then must visit this place. Such and ancient admirable beauty is calling you with best bargained price.
So travelers what are you waiting for!!!! Pack your bags and cherish your pocket and feel the essence of relaxation!!! Expenses should not exceed USD 450-480 USD per person for a 5-6 days visit.
Colombo, Kandy, Sri Lanka
One of our neighboring countries, it offers a wide range of budget-friendly options to one and all. Known for the amazing beaches, absolutely lip-smacking cuisine and the Ramayana connection – this country has something to offer for one and all. Some of the places of attraction in Sri Lanka are Colombo, Kandy, Yapahuwa Kurunegala, Galle, Tissamaharama, Kirinda, Sabaragamuwa, Panduwasnuwara, Dambadeniya, Matara, Kataragama etc. There are lots of activities to do are Heritage Tours, Religious Visits, Art and Culture Tours, Sea Adventure Sports, Wildlife Tours, Plantation Visits should be there in your list.
And to your surprise, all this and much more at just USD 250-300 per person of expense.
Bhutan is known as happiest country in the world, and no wonder because of its location, amount of peaceful place, tranquillity and cheapest destination to visit. Known for its natural beauty and the vast expanse of unexplored terrains, Indians can visit this country without a passport! It is also a paradise for trekkers as places like jigme Dorji National Park, the Dagala 1000 lake trek are popular for trekking. With so much to share with its visitors, Bhutan is growing as a tourism hub in the South eastern Asia, and with a wide variety of tourism options available. There is the spiritual experience of this place, and then there is the adventure side of the spectrum. But one of the most amazing thing that you can relate to any region in the Himalayas is breath taking beauty, and that you can also expect from Bhutan at the scenic Dochula Pass. Some of its best places to visit are Taktsang Palphug Monastry in Paro, Punakha Dzong, Rinpung Dzong, Chele La, Gasa, Thimphu, Wangdue, Rafting in In Mo Chu River, Haa Valley, Dagala thousand lake etc.
Bhutan is not expensive at all for a budget or middle-income group traveller, and the expense should be within USD 240-300 per person.