We know, we know, that there are months before 2019 ends, yet it seems this year has been going on forever with months that have dragged on with a slow hum. Especially if you are the type to save up and plan for a holiday during the year-end. Well, we have a recommendation. Or several actually. We suggest you whip out some of your vacation days, pack your bags and take a much-deserved break. And no, we don’t mean for you to burn a hole in your pocket. Here are five international destinations that you can travel to for under 50k.
Flanked by the snow-clad peaks and covered in lush forests, our immediate neighbouring country is a sight to behold. It is a spark of culture and food and makes for a must-visit destination for backpackers and adventure enthusiasts. The country has around eight Unesco World Heritage Sites, gorgeous waterfalls and rivers, and of course, the several Hindu temples. A five-day trip to Nepal, including the flights, stay and food can be done in around 25,000 rupees.
Pristine. Untouched. Serene. For Indians, Bhutan is a short journey for a rejuvenating experience. Built in 1962, Taktsang is one of the most important monasteries in the nation. Located on 3000m high cliff, it makes for an adrenaline-infusing journey. The country offers plenty of treks and challenging climbs. Visit the plethora of museums, monasteries and don't forget to try their fiery cuisine. Indians don’t need a passport to visit Bhutan and a week-long trip would not cost you more than 35,000 rupees.
At the southern tip of our country, this island nation makes for an idyllic beach vacation. Head to Sri Lanka for its lush landscape and rich wildlife; try to spot a leopard or two or dive with blue whales. Spend days soaking in the culture and the various ayurvedic therapies available. The powdery beaches are best for lounging, and quiet romantic evenings. But we won’t fault you for chasing the waves and partying it out all night long. The visa is easy to procure, and a five-day trip can cost around 30,000 rupees.
In terms of sheer beauty, Vietnam is an unparalleled destination. From the quaint villages to sparse beaches, the country has something for every type of traveller. When in Vietnam, try their mouthwatering cuisine; the streetside delicacies and home-brewed beers are a must. A former French colony, parts of the country are still rooted in history. Every pavement seems soaked in heritage until you stumble upon abandoned temple complexes and cave systems, all ready to intrigue you. You could spend a week in this splendid country for around 40,000 rupees.
Angkor Wat may lure the tourists to this country, but Cambodia has a lot more to offer. The small islands around the country have the most spectacular beaches. For those looking for adventure, the Cardamom Mountains are full of wildlife and dense rain forests. Kayaking, camping, hiking and cycling are popular draws here. But truly, this is a vacation ideal for history buffs. The number of Khmer Empire sites, ancient temples and the various religions would be enough to enchant them. We recommend keeping a budget of 45,000 and staying for a week. Indians can obtain a visa on arrival.