The Land of the Thunder Dragon or Druk Yul, this tiny Himalayan kingdom packs in quite a punch – steep mountains and verdant valleys, impossibly located old fortresses and monasteries, and where modernity has not been allowed to erode traditional values. Indian nationals do not need a visa to enter Bhutan; an entry permit at the port of entry is issued to Indians on production of a valid passport with a minimum of 6 month validity or the Voters Identity Card. www.tourism.gov.bt/.
The land of the rising has something for everyone – lovely old shrines and castles amidst beautiful gardens, modern architectural marvels, specialty cuisine and shopping and above all Mt Fujiyama. www.jnto.go.jp/eng/
Category winner in the Outlook Traveller Awards 2015. The islands, the clear warm seas, beautiful settings for honeymoon and free visa on arrival makes this island nation the best tourism destination in Asia. www.visitmaldives.com/en.
You can always go to Thailand – be it on a budget holiday or a super luxury vacation. Natural attractions, food, water sports and shopping are just a few of its many attractions. www.tourismthailand.org/
This federation of seven emirates – Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain and Abu Dhabi (the capital) – have lots to offer together – mosques, forts and palaces, heritage village, traditional markets or souks, and some of the best modern architecture, including the Burj Khalifa and the Al Nakhlah Atlantis resort. www.uaetourism.ae/.
To many people, Vietnam comes as a surprise. Discover the Mekong Delta, the Halong Bay, the dynamic capital – Ho Chi Minh City – that was earlier known as Saigon, the French colonial landmarks, and more. www.vietnamtourism.com/.