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10 Cheapest Countries to travel from India (under 50k)

Cheapest Countries to travel from India

We love heading out of the country for a vacation. It just adds a whole lot of excitement to our already high travel frenzy. However, international travel involves heavy expenditure. The cost of airfare, India’s weak currency and hefty visa expenses quickly increase the total expense of a trip. All of this gives rise to one obvious question – what are the cheapest countries to travel from India? Thankfully, there are plenty.

Below is a list of the cheapest countries to travel from India with a rough estimate of the total expenses involved including airfare. I promise, that you can easily take an end-to-end trip in the budget mentioned below! Therefore, it’s one list that will blow your mind. You will definitely want to save it for quick referencing anytime you are planning a trip abroad! 

Cheapest Countries to travel from India

1. Bhutan

Thimpu, Bhutan
Thimpu, Bhutan
How to enter

By Air:

Enter Bhutan by air to Paro. Bhutan’s Druk Air operates flights from Kolkata and Gaya. However, the flights only operate on certain days of the week and only for a few months of the year.

By road:

Take a flight to Bagdogra. (approx. INR 10k return from Mumbai and INR 7k return from New Delhi) and then take a taxi to Phuentsholing (Entry point on Bhutan border) The distance between Bagdogra and Phuentsholing is 150 km and takes about 4 hours. From here, take a bus to Thimpu. The total one-way cost from Bagdogra to Thimpu by this route is approx. INR 3k

Alternatively, take a train to Hasimara from Kolkata and then a rickshaw to Phuentsholing from Hasimara. Train from Kolkata to Hasimara costs about INR 500 and rickshaw from Hasimara to Phuentsholing costs about INR 30. Total one-way cost from Kolkata to Phuentsholing by this route is be approx. INR 800.

Visa

No Visa required.

Currency

Bhutanese Ngultrum whose value is pegged to INR and hence 1 Bhutanese Ngultrum = 1 INR. Do note that Indian rupee is widely accepted all over Bhutan.

Best Time to go

March through May and September through November are peak months.

Accommodation

Approx. INR 500 onwards at Phuentsholing, Thimpu and Paro

Overview of things to do

Thimpu, Paro and Punakha are the key towns that must be explored in Bhutan. They are all connected by buses making sightseeing points easily accessible and affordable. Apart from admiring the breath-taking natural beauty of Bhutan, Bhutan is decorated by some of the most stunning monasteries and dzongs (fortresses turned into administrative buildings.)

Total expenditure including airfare for a week-long holiday

Ex Kolkata – INR 7k – 8k

Ex Mumbai/Delhi via Bagdogra – INR 20k – 25k

2. Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal
Kathmandu, Nepal
Airfare

Approx. INR 14k from Mumbai and INR 9k from Delhi to Kathmandu

Visa

No visa required

Currency

Nepalese Rupee ( 1 INR = approx 1.6 Nepalese rupees)

Best time to go

October to December. January and February will be cooler but still quite favourable from a touristic point of view.

Accommodation

INR 350 onwards at hostels. INR 500 onwards at hotels.

Overview of things to do

Kathmandu and Pokhara are the favourites among tourists. Nepal is particularly known as the trekkers’ paradise. Visitors could enthral themselves by viewing the Mount Everest from a helicopter ride or take mini-treks around it. Additionally, the cities feature interesting sanctuaries, national parks and monasteries.

Total expenditure including airfare for a week-long holiday

INR 25k-30k

3. Indonesia

Bali, Indonesia
View from Uluwatu Temple in Bali, Indonesia
Return Airfare

INR 15k onwards from Tiruchirapalli, INR 16k onwards from Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi.

Visa

No visa required for up to 30 days.

Currency

Balinese Rupaiya (1 INR = 200 Balinese Rupaiya)

Best Time to go

Jakarta – June to September

Bali – Year-round destination

Accommodation

INR 400 onwards in Bali, INR 600 onwards in Jakarta

Overview of things to do

The capital city Jakarta is a traveller’s delight with great museums, zoos, amusement parks, picturesque old towns and heritage villages. Bali, on the other hand, which is one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Asia, is a stunning blend of beach-life delights and countryside calm.

Plan your trip to Bali with our comprehensive Bali itinerary!

Total expenditure including airfare for a week-long holiday

INR 25k-30k

4. Sri Lanka

Train journey in Sri Lanka
Train journey in Sri Lanka
Return Airfare

Mumbai / New Delhi to Colombo – approx. INR 12k

Visa

USD 20 or approx. INR 1,500

Currency

Sri Lankan Rupee (1 INR = approx. 2.5 Sri Lankan Rupees)

Best Time to go

January to March

Accommodation

INR 800 – 1K per night onwards in Colombo, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya

Overview of things to do

Colombo, Kandy and Nuwara Eliya are the favourite destinations among tourists. They are all connected by train and by bus, thus offering budget-friendly travel options, provided you plan well in advance. Sri Lanka is known for its lush green landscapes, beautiful coastlines and temples. 

Total expenditure including airfare for a week-long holiday

INR 30k

5. Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Return Airfare

INR 13K-14K from New Delhi / Mumbai to Kuala Lumpur

Visa

35$ or approx. INR 2500

Currency

Ringgit (1 Ringgit = INR 17.5)

Best time to go

November to March

Accommodation

INR 500 onwards

Overview of things to do

Kuala Lumpur and Penang are among the popular destinations amongst budget travellers visiting Malaysia for the first time. Kuala Lumpur being the capital of Malaysia is a vast city and is home to many mosques, parks, administrative buildings and monuments. Penang, on the other hand, is the food capital of Asia and the architectural beauty of the old town of Penang impresses its visitors.

Total expenditure including airfare for a week-long holiday

INR 30k

6. Cambodia

Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Return Airfare

INR 18k onwards from Mumbai and New Delhi to Siem Reap and 13k onwards from Kolkata and Kochi

Visa

40 USD or approx INR 3k

Currency

Cambodian Riel (1 INR = approx 56 riel)

Best Time to go

November to March

Accommodation

INR 500 onwards in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh

Overview of things to do

Siem Reap and Phnom Penh are the cities in Cambodia that are flocked by tourists.

Phnom Penh is located on the confluence of Mekong River and Tonle Sap Lake. It offers its tourists a fabulous walkable waterfront with a great hang-out vibe. This capital city also possesses some fine French architectural buildings, Pagodas, temples and museums.

Siem Reap is greatly famous as being the seat of the Khmer dynasty and the world-renowned temple of Angkor i.e. Angkor Wat. In fact, Cambodia is such a culturally rich and budget-friendly country that a two week backpacking trip to this country will also not burn a hole in your pocket!

Total expenditure including airfare for a week-long holiday

INR 30k

7. Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Return Airfare

INR 20k onwards from Mumbai to Ho Chi Minh and approx 15k onwards from Kolkata and Chennai

Visa

INR 4k

Currency

Vietnamese Dong (1 INR = Vietnamese 325 Dong)

Best Time to go

February to May and August to October

Accommodation

INR 350 onwards in Ho Chi Minh and INR 250 onwards Hanoi

Overview of things to do

Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi are the most popular destinations among tourists visiting Vietnam.

At Ho Chi Minh, you can experience the famous Cu Chi Tunnel, admire the war museum and also enjoy typical touristic pleasures like visiting spas, cafes, shopping at local markets and tasting queer street food.

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and carries on its shoulders a rich heritage of over 1000 years. It has beautiful lakes, some fine museums and an old quarter showcasing some terrific colonial architecture.

Additionally, Halong Bay is a stunning beach destination in Vietnam which is also extremely popular among tourists. Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site from where you can visit numerous small islands and explore interesting caves.

Total expenditure including airfare for a week-long holiday

INR 30k

Read all about the best way to visit Vietnam on a budget here.

8. Thailand

Floating Market in Bangkok, Thailand
Floating Market in Bangkok, Thailand
Return Airfare

Mumbai / New Delhi to Bangkok – INR 14k onwards

Visa

INR 2500

Currency

Baht ( 1 Baht = approx 2 INR)

Best time to go

November to March

Accommodation

INR 800 onwards at Bangkok and Pattaya

Overview of things to do

The popular destinations amongst budget travellers to Thailand are Bangkok and Pattaya. Bangkok, being the capital city offers zoos, bird parks, museums, temples and shopping areas while Pattaya is a great beach destination.

If you stretch your budget a bit, you could also visit other destinations in Thailand such as Chiang Mai, Phuket, Krabi, etc.

Suggested Read: Perfect Phuket Itinerary!

Total expenditure including airfare for a week-long holiday

INR 30k-40k

9. Seychelles

Praslin, Seychelles
Praslin, Seychelles
Return Airfare

INR 24k onwards to Mahé from Mumbai

Visa

No Visa for 30 days

Currency

Seychelles Rupee (1 Seychelles Rupee = INR 5) Do note that the euro is also widely accepted here.

Best Time to go

Year-round destination

Accommodation

INR 1k onwards

Overview of things to do

Mahé, the capital and Praslin are the two islands that tourists prefer.

Seychelles has pristine beaches. The sixth best beach in the world is situated in Seychelles. Additionally, Seychelles is home to UNESCO sites. The capital city of Seychelles is the smallest capital city in the world. Plus, Seychelles being a year-round destination exhibits some beautiful tropical flora and fauna making it a perfect destination even for family travel.

Total expenditure including airfare for a week-long holiday

INR 40k-50k

10. UAE

Return Airfare

INR 13k onwards from Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai.

Visa

INR 5690 for 14 days

Currency

Dirham (1 Dirham = approx INR 20 )

Accommodation

INR 2500 per night onwards (Stay here is expensive unlike other countries)

Best time to go

October to April

Overview of things to do

Dubai and Abu Dhabi are one of the most developed cities in the world offering world-class touristic avenues.

Your Dubai itinerary will keep you engaged with a visit to the renowned Burj-Khalifa Burj-Arab, souks, promenades and shopping areas. Abu Dhabi, on the other hand, will charm you with its visually spellbinding Sheikh Zayed Grand mosque, visit to the nearby Sir Bani Yas island and overall natural beauty.

Total expenditure for a 5-day holiday including airfare

INR 40k – 50k

The above list should give you a fair idea of the minimum expenditure involved when travelling to any of the above places. While it is true that if you stick to the above-mentioned budget range, you will not be able to spend freely on shopping or live in lavish accommodations; you will, nevertheless, get to experience the beauty of these countries. In fact, my travel experiences from the past, have taught me, that the essence of a place does not lie in living at five-star properties (They are great for comfort & luxury and sometimes, definitely what you must splurge on!) The real essence of a place can be experienced by interacting as much as possible with the locals of that place. And for that, you must eat the food they eat, commute between places the way they do and spend as much time possible being out and about!

So, do you now feel empowered and equipped to head out on a couple of journeys, that too, international ones? Which of the above countries would you like travel to? Also, have you visited any country from India on a small budget that is not included in this list? Do let us know by commenting below!

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