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The island nation of Sri Lanka has a lot to offer despite its small geographic size. Sri Lanka’s culture dates back over 2500 years and it is a derivative of Buddhist and Hindu traditions, primarily. The Sinhalese and Tamil cultures are the most dominant cultures of the country. The country offers scenic beaches and impeccable […]

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The island nation of Sri Lanka has a lot to offer despite its small geographic size. Sri Lanka’s culture dates back over 2500 years and it is a derivative of Buddhist and Hindu traditions, primarily. The Sinhalese and Tamil cultures are the most dominant cultures of the country. The country offers scenic beaches and impeccable mountains covered which are covered with lush forests due to the tropical climate of the region. Here are the 10 best places to explore in Sri Lanka:

1. Trincomalee

Trincomalee sits on one of the world’s finest natural deep-water harbors. Having a spiritual as well as commercial importance, Trinco is located 257 km of Colombo.
Swimming, diving and whale watching are termed as the best things to do in Trincomalee.

Image Source – Olga Alexeeva (Flickr)

2. Wilpattu National Park

Wilpattu National Park is situated in the Northwest coast of Sri Lanka; approximately 180kms from Colombo. The park stands unique as it has nearly 60 natural lakes spread throughout, making it the largest Park in Sri Lanka. Enjoy the wildlife of Wilpattu with the presence of 49 leopards between the months of February to October.

Image Source – Roshan Hatharasinghe (Flickr)

3. Dambulla Cave temple

Situated in the central part of the country, Dambulla cave temple is equally known as the Golden Temple of Sri Lanka. Spread over five caves, this temple contains statues and paintings related to Gautama Buddha and his life.

Image Source – giulia.brunetti (Flickr)

4. Pidurangala Rock

A massive rock formation from the remains of an extinct volcano’s magma, Pidurangala is peppered with caves and little cells. Equally known as a meditative retreat, Pidu provides a stunning view of rolling lake-and-land vistas. It is believed that the monastery here dates back to the reign of King Kasappa.

Pidurangala Rock - Sigiriya - Sri Lanka

Image Source – Charith Gunarathna (Flickr)

5. The Nine Arch Bridge Ella

Located in a dense jungle, The Nine Arch Bridge in Ella is on the Demodara loop and spans 91 meters at a height of 24m. The bridge provides the view of a booming forest and tea leaves cultivation. The unique part about this bridge is that it is built entirely from rocks, bricks, and cement with no use of steel or metals throughout the structure.

Nine Arches Bridge

Image Source – Francis Bijl (Flickr)

6. Dunhinda Falls

Also known as Bridal Falls, Dunhinda Falls is located about 5 kilometers from the Badulla town. It has been termed as one of the most beautiful waterfalls of Sri Lanka because of its 64 metres height.

Image Source – Amanda Martinesz (Flickr)

7. Lipton’s seat

The Lipton’s Seat lookout is one of Sri Lanka’s most impressive viewpoints. The Scottish tea baron Sir Thomas Lipton used to survey his burgeoning empire from here, and today it is said you can see across emerald hills and tea estates to no fewer than seven different provinces. The Lipton’s seat can be reached by hiking from the Dambatenne Tea factory

Image Source – Viktor Zacek (Flickr)

8. Tangalle

Magnificent waves and surfing experience, Tangalle is the beach to visit in Hambantota District located in the Southern Province. The beach is equally famous for its long sandy shores, leaning palm trees and its deep turquoise water.

Image Source – reuptake (Flickr)

9. Knuckles Mountain range

The Knuckles Mountain Range lies in central Sri Lanka, in the districts of Matale and Kandy. The range takes its name from a series of recumbent folds and peaks in the west of the massif which resembles the knuckles of the clenched fist when viewed from certain locations in the Kandy District. The range has a high variety of flora and fauna and is home to a significantly higher proportion of the country’s biodiversity.

Image Source – Knuckles Mountain Range (Wikipedia)

10. Nalanda Gedige

Situated 20 km of Matale town, Nalanda Gedige is a hybrid of Buddhist and Hindu temple architecture. Nalanda provides a masterpiece of a sculptural tradition of Buddhist art constructed in between 8th to 10thcentury. For a walk back in time, visit the magnificent Nalanda Gedige and rejoice the master strokes of the then artists.

Image Source – tonybill (Flickr)

Sri Lanka’s rich cultural and biological diversity is best explored in the months between November and February, when the temperatures are relatively lower. The tropical rain forests and stunning beaches of the country are best enjoyed with a pint of beer and traditional Sri Lankan food. Let us know what you think about the list in the comments below.

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15 Best International Trips Under INR 40,000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/budget-international-trips-from-india/ Thu, 31 May 2018 13:00:40 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=13231

Travel indeed is a mind opening experience. Places you visit can transform you from within, leaving a permanent mark on your soul. If it were up to some of us, we’d travel all year round to every corner of the world. But there is one problem. This six letter word called budget. Because let’s face […]

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Travel indeed is a mind opening experience. Places you visit can transform you from within, leaving a permanent mark on your soul. If it were up to some of us, we’d travel all year round to every corner of the world. But there is one problem. This six letter word called budget. Because let’s face it -traveling isn’t exactly the cheapest hobby. No matter how frugal you are, it is likely that you will need a lot of money to fulfill your travel ambitions, especially if you plan to explore international destinations.

While fancy places like Paris and Rome will cost you a fortune, there are plenty of awesome international destinations your passport can take you which won’t necessarily burn a hole in your wallet.

Here are 15 best international trips under INR 40,000 that you can take without breaking the bank. Yep, they cost less than your fancy phone and the memories of them will last forever.

Thailand

Traveling abroad doesn’t get any cheaper than a trip to Thailand and that’s probably the reason why it is the most preferred international destination for Indians. Despite being low on budget, Thailand has it all – beaches, mountains, culture, food, and more. If you love water sports, head to Krabi, which is heaven for adventure lovers.

Round Trip Cost: Around ₹17,000, from Delhi and Mumbai.
Accommodation: Hostels for as low as ₹500/night.

James Bond Island, Thailand
Image Source: Michael Kafka (Flickr)

Bhutan

A visual delight, Bhutan will leave you mesmerized. Tucked away in the mighty Himalayas, Bhutan is the land of mysticism, spirituality, and culture. It is a delight for any nature lover or spirituality seeker. Take local buses or a bike ride or trek to your heart’s delight here.

Round Trip Cost: Around ₹16,000, from Delhi and Mumbai
Accommodation: Guesthouses for as low as ₹500/night.

Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, Bhutan
Image Source: V.Kovac (Flickr)

Indonesia

South East Asia has loads to offer, and Indonesia is a great example. Made up of thousands of volcanic islands, it is home to hundreds of ethnic groups and hence a cultural melting pot. From Jakarta to Sumatra, there is a vast abundance of tourist destinations ranging from beaches, old temples, markets and wildlife tours. And it is incredibly pocket-friendly!

Round Trip Cost: Around ₹25,000, from Delhi.
Accommodation: Hostels for as low as ₹500/night.

Pura Ulun Danu, Bali – Indonesia
Image Source: Chris Alexander (Flickr)

Sri Lanka

While it’s virtually our next door neighbor, Sri Lanka will surprise you. Waiting for you are endless pristine beaches, enchanting historical ruins and a colonial charm that will leave you mesmerized. Also on offer is delicious food which you mustn’t miss.

Round Trip Cost: Around ₹20,000, from Delhi, Cheaper from Kochi.
Accommodation: Options for as low as ₹900/night.

Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka
Image Source: Joshua Paul Shefman (Flickr)

Cambodia

You may not know this but Cambodia is actually quite stunning. With a rich cultural heritage, there are plenty of historical wonders for you to explore here. Your trip won’t be complete without a walk through the ruins of Angkor Wat, a massive stone temple complex built during the Khmer Empire. Best part? It is well within your budget!

Round Trip Cost: Around ₹25,000, from Delhi and Mumbai.
Accommodation: Hostels for as low as ₹700.

Image Source: world4photos (Flickr)

Vietnam

Vietnam is another destination in the Indo-Chinese peninsula that will leave you enchanted. Despite its war-ravaged past, with plentiful historical monuments, natural beauty, tranquil beaches and great food, it is indeed a paradise in disguise.

Round Trip Cost: Around ₹18,000, from Delhi.
Accommodation: Hostels for as low as ₹400.

Halong Bay, Vietnam
Image Source: Gerard (Flickr)

Singapore

It may seem expensive but Singapore can be explored for as low as ₹40,000. A modern-day tourist heaven, Singapore offers nature walks, beach tours, art, and wildlife tours to keep you entertained besides the more obvious city life. Also waiting for you is loads of shopping and some lip-smacking street food!

Round Trip Cost: Around ₹27,000, from Delhi and Mumbai.
Accommodation: Hostels for as low as ₹600.

Image Source: Anthony Kernich (Flickr)

The United Arab Emirates

Want a taste of luxury on a budget? Head to Dubai! From awe-inspiring malls to jaw-dropping architectural wonders, UAE has it all. With a brilliant public transport network, local travel is effortless. While here, don’t miss the desert safari at any cost!

Round Trip Cost: Around ₹12,000, from Delhi and Mumbai.
Accommodation: Hotels for as low as ₹2,000/night.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi
Image Source: Asif Ali Yousafzai (Flickr)

Nepal

Our next door neighbor Nepal is an obvious budget holiday choice and rightfully so. Nestled amidst the majestic ranges of Himalayas, it is home to massive peaks, breath-taking landscapes, and mighty mountains that can leave any nature lover enraptured. But also on offer is great culture and history, along with budget shopping thanks to plentiful imports from China. Oh, the food is great too!

Round Trip Cost: Around ₹12,000, from Delhi.
Accommodation: Star hotels for as low as ₹1,500/night.

Mustang, Nepal
Image Source: Alex (Flickr) 

Oman

You probably didn’t think Oman will be on this list but it is. Wondering why to visit this jewel in the Persian Gulf? Muscat is one big reason. Its cultural heritage and mesmerizing history will transfix you, while the pristine beaches and lively markets will make you lose yourself. We know you won’t miss it, but we’d still ask you not to miss Muscat’s Grand Mosque and a desert safari while you are here.

Round Trip Cost: Around ₹17,000, from Delhi.
Accommodation: Many budget options for ₹2,000/night and less.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Oman
Image Source: rosskevin756 (Flickr)

Bangladesh

Another next-door neighbor of ours, Bangladesh finds a mention in our list for its abundant archaeological sites, historical monuments, brimming cities, scenic landscapes, lush forests and rolling tea gardens. It is also dirt cheap, so that’s a bonus!

Round Trip Cost: Around ₹10,000, from Delhi.
Accommodation: Hotels for as low as ₹1,000/night.

St. Martin’s Island – Bangladesh
Image Source: Shajib (Flickr) 

Taiwan

Also known as “Formosa”, Taiwan has everything a tourist could ask for – from mountains and historical monuments to bustling nightlife and fantastic street food.  While here, a trip to Taroko National Park with its stunning marble mountains and lush green forests is a must.

Round Trip Cost: Around ₹25,000, from Delhi.
Accommodation: Stay options for as low as ₹900/night.

Taipei 101, Taiwan
Image Source: Kenny Teo (Flickr) 

Lebanon

You’ve had the food and now it’s your turn to see the country. Despite all the political unrest, this Mediterranean country has lots to attract you – incredibly rich history, yummy food, buzzing cities, chic nightlife and breathtaking seascapes and mountains. Beirut, its capital, is no wonder called the Paris of the Middle East!

Round Trip Cost: Around ₹23,000, from Delhi.
Accommodation: Hostels for as low as ₹1,000/night.

Baalbek Temple, Lebanon
Image Source: Paul Saad (Flickr)

Maldives

Head here for a beach holiday like no other. With its pristine sandy beaches to its crystal clear ocean waters, this country will take your breath away. There isn’t much to do here except for lounging in its tropical paradise and you would love it! Like adventure? You can indulge in diving or snorkeling!

Round Trip Cost: Around ₹22,000, from Delhi.
Accommodation: Hotels for as low as ₹1,000/night.

Image Source: Petr Melnikov (Flickr)

Egypt

We have saved the best for the last. Yes, your dream holiday to Egypt can be cheap, if you are careful with your spending. While the grand pyramids need no introduction, there is more to do. Check out the numerous historical monuments, museums and more, or look for knick-knacks and spices at its many street bazaars.

Round Trip Cost: Around ₹26,000 from Delhi, cheaper from Mumbai
Accommodation: Stay options as low as ₹1,000/night.

Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
Image Source: A.Baibars (Flickr) 

While there are many more exotic yet lesser known countries you can visit on a shoestring budget, these are the most prominent and tourist friendly and therefore, great to start your international sojourn. Let us know where you’d head first in the comments below.

 

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Top 10 International Destinations For A Dream Bachelorette Trip http://www.scrolldroll.com/international-bachelorette-trip-destinations/ Thu, 31 May 2018 12:52:02 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=13281

It is every girl’s dream growing up to have a fairy-tale wedding. But planning one can be a real pain. Fortunately, amidst all the chaos of blocking a venue and getting a caterer, the bride-to-be can find some respite in a bachelorette trip with her girlfriends. Most young women also see it as an opportunity […]

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It is every girl’s dream growing up to have a fairy-tale wedding. But planning one can be a real pain. Fortunately, amidst all the chaos of blocking a venue and getting a caterer, the bride-to-be can find some respite in a bachelorette trip with her girlfriends. Most young women also see it as an opportunity to let loose with their squad before they settle into marital bliss. While Goa is an obvious choice for a destination bachelorette trip, why not set sails to a foreign land for a trip of a lifetime with your girls?

We list down top 10 international destinations you ladies can head to with your gang for a fun-filled bachelorette!

Dance the night away in Dubai

There is a reason why we Indians love Dubai. It isn’t very far, easy on the pocket and has lots to offer! Book your tickets early, and spend that extra cash on a fancy room upgrade and a chauffeur-driven limousine. Once you are there, head to the malls to shop till you drop, dine at one of the many Michelin star restaurants and then party the night away in sky-high nightclubs. And when you are tired, take a desert safari and spend the night under the sun with your friends.

Image Source: Catalin Marin (Flickr)

Make merry in Mexico

Ok, so Mexico is a tiny bit far (maybe a lot) but it is totally worth the trip. The culturally diverse country is every tourist’s paradise. Our particular favorite there is Los Cabos, a favorite among Bollywood and Hollywood celebs alike, and for all the right reasons. Spend your days sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking, whale watching, and surfing. Or just laze on the beach sipping on margaritas and soaking in the sun.

Image Source: Bertrand P (Flickr)

Live it up in Vegas

Vegas isn’t only for the boys and we can vouch for that. Ladies also enjoy gambling just as much, after all. And even if you don’t, there is plenty to do in Vegas. The sin city will have you enchanted, with countless spas, shopping strips, and clubs. Begin your day with a leisurely brunch, head to the strip for some retail therapy, afternoon getting pedicures and spend the night at one of Vegas’ many upscale clubs, dancing the night away.

Image: Jay Milty (Flickr) 

Binge on fun in Bangkok

A fun-filled international bachelorette doesn’t have to cost a fortune and Bangkok is a shining example. Spend the day basking in the sights and attractions of the city and then indulge in the world’s most satisfying (and thrifty) shopping spree at the local markets. And when it’s all done, awaiting you are delicious cocktails and finger licking grub at the city’s many clubs.

Image Source: Weerakarn Satitniramai (Flickr) 

Enjoy the tropics in Puerto Rico

If partying isn’t exactly what you enjoy, then why not immerse yourself in the Caribbean and its many tropical paradises? Leave your busy city life behind, kick back and relax, ‘cause Puerto Rico is truly a dream beach holiday! Spend your last days of singlehood in the sun, drinking champagne and dancing on the beach with your girls. Looking for a bit of thrill? Head to Toro Verde Nature Park and go zip lining!

Image Source: Sandra Whiteway (Flickr) 

Go mad in Macau

So not everyone can afford a trip to Vegas. But Macau is close enough and a lot cheaper. The ‘Vegas of the East’ has it all – nightclubs, casinos and more. Try your luck at some poker and roulette at The Venetian or just book an appointment at one of the many luxurious spas for a body & soul pampering massage. And when you are done, throw on your heels and head to a swanky bar for some cocktails and conversation.

Image Source: steadfast1898 (Flickr)

Indulge in a rendezvous with the amazing Amsterdam

Amsterdam needs no introduction. A favorite among globetrotters, the Dutch capital has lots to keep you busy besides bikes, canals, and museums. Immerse yourself in art, take a boat ride in the city’s canals or just chill at one of its many breweries. Feeling a little adventurous? Let’s just say Amsterdam won’t leave you “high” and dry!

Image Source: Crash Test Mike (Flickr)

Sashay in Singapore

Another great budget option on our list, Singapore is for all the ladies who enjoy a cosmopolitan vibe. A global city, Singapore is abuzz with a nightlife that can give some of the biggest cities worldwide a run for their money. Heard of the Singapore Sling? Well, the cocktail is named after the city so you can imagine how good it is. For foodies, Clarke Quay has the best cuisines from around the world for you to devour. Bon appétit!

Image Source: Anthony Kernich (Flickr)

Go tranquil in magnificent Male

Want a beach holiday like no other with the ladies? Head to the Maldives! More like a home away from home, Maldives is teeming with Indians and yet has a marked international vibe. A tropical vacation that will delight you and your gang, Male has sun, sand, and sangrias to keep your spirits sunny and high.

Image Source: Petr Melnikov (Flickr)

Live it up in London

Finally, why not cure your colonial hangover and get a taste of the real Britain with the ladies in London? Once you are checked in and already, head out for an afternoon tea with the girls atop the London bus as you tour the city’s many sights. Later, go shopping for some luxury at Harrods. Feeling cultural? Enjoy some brilliant open-air theatre in Shakespeare’s Globe. End the night taking in the splendor of the city over a glass of wine from one of London’s many elegant rooftop bars.

Image Source: jean-paul-mission (Flickr)

Bet you and your lady friends are inspired by this list of enticing international bachelorette trip destinations. Better start planning right away!

 

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16 Most Beautiful International Nature Trips In A Budget http://www.scrolldroll.com/most-beautiful-budget-international-nature-trips/ Thu, 31 May 2018 12:21:19 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=13299

We all want to visit different countries and have our passports stamped with visas, don’t we? But most of us can afford to visit the prominent destinations around the world. We have the solution to this problem, and it’s a single bullet that will hit two targets. We bring to you some of the most […]

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We all want to visit different countries and have our passports stamped with visas, don’t we? But most of us can afford to visit the prominent destinations around the world. We have the solution to this problem, and it’s a single bullet that will hit two targets. We bring to you some of the most beautiful nature trips that can be covered in a tight budget.

1. Vietnam

Natural landscapes, amazing scenery and charming beaches, Vietnam is an amalgamation of metropolitan urban locales and hill-tribe village. Situated in South Asia, Vietnam is one of the prime ‘6 days & 5 nights’ destinations under a budget of INR 40,000 per head. Relish the traditional Vietnamese soup Pho while on a yacht, admiring the breathtaking landscape. Also, you can add a forest expedition at Tu Lan in your itinerary to conclude your trip.

Halong Bay, Vietnam
Image Source: yhshangkuan (Flickr) 

2. Laos

Famous for its mountainous terrain, Buddhist monasteries and beautiful French architecture, Laos can be your next under budget international trip. Nature enthusiasts can start preparing themselves for a bicycle tour in the forests of Laos and explore the milky waterfalls. One can easily fly from Delhi, Mumbai or Bangalore to explore this magnificent country with amazing street food and pristine atmosphere!

Rice fields in Vang Vieng, Laos
Image Source: Ahmad Syukaery (Flickr) 

3. Nepal

Nestled in the lap of majestic mountains with lofty snow-capped peaks, scenic landscapes, spiritual and soul cleansing auras Nepal is a completely landlocked Himalayan paradise. A budget of 30,000 INR per person will suffice for five days to explore the Nepalese culture and way of life. The city of lakes, Pokhara should not be missed at any cost. Trekking I and white-water rafting are some of the adventure activities that are the best in Nepal. The trek to the base camp of Mt. Everest is one of the most challenging and beautiful trek routes in the world. So, are you ready to pack your bags for an adventure of a lifetime?

Mustang, Nepal
Image Source: Alex (Flickr) 

4. Phillipines

Located between the Philippine and South China Seas, Philippines has over seven thousand islands. A blend of foreign influences, culture and arts, the country can easily be explored in a budget of 50,000 INR per person.

Moreover, be prepared to explore volcanoes, enjoy the view of waterfalls and witness a vibrant range of tropical birds, plants and animals in the Philippines.

Coron Island, Phillipines
Image Source: Gerald Diño (Flickr) 

5. Indonesia

Known for its immaculate beauty, cultural heritage, natural landscape and tours to explore volcanoes, Indonesia can be best explored between the months of May and September. You can reserve seven days of ravishing nature tours and treks, calm cruises, and water sports in a budget of 40,000 INR per head.

Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park
Image Source: Hendri Arba (Flickr)

6. Bhutan

The magnificent Paro Taktsang and the breathtaking Haa Valley are two of the most prominently known destinations in Bhutan. ‘The land of the Thunder Dragons’ should be explored by all nature enthusiasts. Luxury can be accessed in a budget of 35,000INR in the cheerful atmosphere of Bhutan.

Haa Valley, Bhutan
Image Source: Sardamit (Flickr) 

7. Kenya

Kenya has one of the largest natural reserves on the planet and welcomes visitors for exotic holidays, astounding safaris and African traditions and cultures. An ideal destination for a budget under 60,000 INR, Kenya will certainly surprise you with its magnificent tropical landscapes, protected forests and diverse wildlife.

Giraffes with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background
Image Source: Jalil Arfaoui (Flickr) 

8. Seychelles

Located in the Indian Ocean, Seychelles is an island nation formed by more than 100 islands. Known for its natural beauty, this place has some of the best resorts and scuba diving spots in the world. It is an awesome budget honeymoon destination, and 6 days in Seychelles will amount to about 50,000 INR per person. Do not miss visiting the Mahe Island and Aride Island for magnificent views of the soothing sea.

Praslin Island – Seychelles
Image Source: SBA73 (Flickr

9. Thailand

Known for its prismatic beauty and scenic places, Thailand can be the budget holiday you have been looking for. Explore the beautiful rice paddies, tropical forests and toothy Blue Mountains National Park during your stay. Conclude your trip with some local fried rice, Thai Red and Green curries to satiate your palate!

James Bond Island, Thailand
Image Source: Michael Kafka (Flickr)

10. Myanmar

Taungthaman Lake – Myanmar
Image Source: Marji Lang (Flickr) 

11. Egypt

Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
Image Source: A.Baibars (Flickr) 

12. Jordan

Image Source: Dave Brett (Flickr) 

13. Sri Lanka

Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka
Image Source: Joshua Paul Shefman (Flickr)

14. Malaysia

Perhentian Islands – Malaysia
Image Source: Yesper (Flickr)

15. Maldives

Image Source: Petr Melnikov (Flickr)

 

16. Mauritius

Image Source: Jérémy Bourgouin (Flickr)   

So, you can stop worrying about the money and head out to any of these budget destinations and have your passport filled with stamps now. Let us know what you think about these budget trips, and other budget destinations that you know of in the comments below.

 

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12 International Destinations For A Honeymoon On Budget http://www.scrolldroll.com/budget-international-honeymoon-destinations/ Thu, 31 May 2018 12:06:36 +0000 http://www.scrolldroll.com/?p=13326

A honeymoon straight out of a fairy tale is something every lovestruck couple dreams of. But alas, with big fat Indian weddings being an extravagant (and equally expensive) affair, not everyone is left with the cash for a fancy honeymoon. No wonder most couples have to big adieu to their dreams and settle for a […]

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A honeymoon straight out of a fairy tale is something every lovestruck couple dreams of. But alas, with big fat Indian weddings being an extravagant (and equally expensive) affair, not everyone is left with the cash for a fancy honeymoon.

No wonder most couples have to big adieu to their dreams and settle for a run of the mill honeymoon in Goa or Shimla. We are not saying these destinations are bad, it’s just that who wouldn’t want to sail abroad to a whole new country for their honeymoon? That’s why, we bring to you a list of 12 exciting international destinations which you can visit for your honeymoon on the same budget as a trip to Goa, as long as you plan in advance and go easy on the shopping!

1. Thrilling Thailand

Let’s start with the most sought after honeymoon destination among Indians. Thailand is a budget holidaymakers dream. But don’t let the fact that it is cheap fool you into thinking it isn’t any good. From pristine sandy beaches to exotic spa treatments for couples, Thailand has it all! If the two of you like adventure sports, there is so much you can do here. With romantic resorts for every budget, this South East Asian tourist haven won’t disappoint you.

How much would it cost?
Under INR 60,000 for an all-expenses paid trip for the two of you (from Delhi or Mumbai)

James Bond Island, Thailand
Image Source: Michael Kafka (Flickr)

2. Magnificent Mauritius

Want a memorable honeymoon? Mauritius should be your first choice! Beaches here are like no other with pearly white sand and crystal clear waters. And unlike other places, they are far from crowded, giving you ample secluded places to enjoy some private time with your spouse. Also in store for you are engaging water sports, pulsating nightlife and rejuvenating spas!

How much would it cost?
Under INR 80,000 for an all-expenses paid trip for the two of you (from Delhi or Mumbai)

Image Source: Jérémy Bourgouin (Flickr) 

3. Beautiful Bhutan

The happiest country in the world makes for a happy honeymoon! If the two of you lovebirds seek history, culture, nature and bliss, look no further than our next door neighbour, Bhutan. Trust us, the land of the thunder dragon, ancient temples, fortresses, monasteries and museums will leave you enchanted. And when you are done with that, the colourful weekend markets brimming with souvenirs to take home will have you jumping with joy!

How much would it cost?
Under INR 70,000 for an all-expenses paid trip for the two of you (from Delhi or Mumbai)

Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, Bhutan
Image Source: V.Kovac (Flickr)

4. Stunning Singapore

If it’s the cityscapes that excite you, Singapore is for you. A modern day wonderland, Singapore has beautiful skylines, museums, man-made nature walks and the best of all, Disneyland! Spend the day idling around town and spend the night pub hopping. If you love seafood, don’t miss Singapore’s famed chili crabs at any cost!

How much would it cost?
Under INR 70,000 for an all-expenses paid trip for the two of you (from Delhi or Mumbai)

Image Source: Anthony Kernich (Flickr)

5. Marvellous Malaysia

Malaysia is truly the best of Asia! A melange of cultures, Malaysia will captivate you with its lush green landscapes, tropical rainforests, tranquil beaches and awe inspiring underwater world. While there are too many places to list worth visiting in Malaysia, you mustn’t miss the Langkawi islands. These picturesque exotic islands have been featured in plenty of Bollywood movies and will take your breath away!

How much would it cost?
Under INR 70,000 for an all-expenses paid trip for the two of you (from Delhi or Mumbai)

Perhentian Islands – Malaysia
Image Source: Yesper (Flickr)

6. Heartwarming Hong Kong

This former British colony is a vibrant honeymoon destination known for its contemporary cityscape and delightful lifestyle. Why visit this tourist haven for your special vacation for two? The reasons are plenty – Disneyland, Ocean Park, Wet Land Park, Victoria’s Peak, Lantau Island and of course, Macau! But it’s not all beaches and entertainment. There is plenty of culture to soak in too, with many famous temples and monasteries worth visiting.

How much would it cost?
Under INR 90,000 for an all-expenses paid trip for the two of you (from Delhi or Mumbai)

Image Source: Demis de Haan (Flickr) 

7. Kaleidoscopic Kenya

You wouldn’t have thought that the exotic land of Kenya will be on this list but you’d be surprised to know that barring airfare, this place is pretty inexpensive. If the two of you are wildlife enthusiasts, you’d love Kenya! And even if you aren’t, you can still have a once in a lifetime experience enjoying beautiful sand beaches with turquoise and clear water, and treading along thrilling nature walks. Best part of course is exploring Africa’s vibrant culture!

How much would it cost?
Under INR 100,000 for an all-expenses paid trip for the two of you (from Delhi or Mumbai)

Giraffes with Mount Kilimanjaro in the background
Image Source: Jalil Arfaoui (Flickr) 

8. Enchanting Egypt

Since we are talking of exotic honeymoon destinations, Egypt is worth mentioning. If you lovebirds share a fascination for history, the enigmatic Egypt awaits you. Besides the mysterious pyramids which conjure up images of a glorious past, a night under the starlit sky as part of a desert safari will have you two falling in love with each other all over again. Besides the bustle of Cairo, do pay a visit to Sharm El Sheikh and bask in its azure glory.

How much would it cost?
Under INR 100,000 for an all-expenses paid trip for the two of you (from Delhi or Mumbai)

Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
Image Source: A.Baibars (Flickr) 

9. Tantalizing Turkey

Looking for a not so obvious honeymoon destination on a budget? Turkey can be a great option! From its turquoise blue beaches to its plentiful historic sites, you will never be bored. A must on your itinerary is Istanbul which is an idyllic blend of ancient history and modern day revelry. And do not miss a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia while holding hands and together bask in the beauty of natural rock formations all around.

How much would it cost?
Under INR 100,000 for an all-expenses paid trip for the two of you (from Delhi or Mumbai)

Balloons at dawn in Cappadocia
Image Source: Alessio Andreani (Flickr) 

10. Charismatic Cambodia

Cambodia isn’t an obvious choice for a honeymoon, but trust us, it is totally worth it! The land of affordable luxury has plenty to offer – from breath-taking tropical islands to mesmerising landscapes. Want an experience like no other? How about an island to yourself, that too on a budget? Only in Cambodia you can find affordable private islands to enjoy some private time with your loved one.

How much would it cost?
Under INR 70,000 for an all-expenses paid trip for the two of you (from Delhi or Mumbai)

Image Source: world4photos (Flickr)

11. Scintillating Sri Lanka

Not too far from the southernmost tip of India lies a little piece of heaven called Sri Lanka. What makes it so special, you ask? Enchanting places to discover everywhere – ancient temples in the Cultural Triangle, tea plantations in Ceylon, tranquil beaches in Tangalle, a colonial hangover in Galle, wildlife safari in Yala National Park, and the bustle of city life in Colombo. Need another reason to pack your bags?

How much would it cost?
Under INR 80,000 for an all-expenses paid trip for the two of you (from Delhi or Mumbai)

Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka
Image Source: Joshua Paul Shefman (Flickr)

12. Mesmerizing Maldives

Finally, another beach honeymoon destination that will take your breath away and transport you to paradise is Maldives. With its white sands, azure blue waters and secluded beaches, you two will have plenty of alone time. The experience of watching the tides glow in the night sky at the Vaadhoo Island will be permanently etched in your memories. And when you find time, explore the colourful capital city of Malé and indulge in some touristy sightseeing hand in hand.

How much would it cost?
Under INR 90,000 for an all-expenses paid trip for the two of you (from Delhi or Mumbai)

Image Source: Petr Melnikov (Flickr)

Hope you newlyweds (and soon to be newlyweds) find our little guide helpful in planning that much awaited international honeymoon you always dreamt of, without cashing out your life savings. Now stop reading and start packing!

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The landlocked Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is the only country in the world which focuses on gross national happiness more than its gross national product. Bhutan is the land of mystery and magic, and it is the place where Buddhist tradition and culture meet global and modern ideas of development. 1. Taktsang Palphug Monastery (Paro) […]

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The landlocked Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is the only country in the world which focuses on gross national happiness more than its gross national product. Bhutan is the land of mystery and magic, and it is the place where Buddhist tradition and culture meet global and modern ideas of development.

1. Taktsang Palphug Monastery (Paro)

Taktsang Palphug Monastery also known as The Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Paro is one of the most recognizable landmarks of Bhutan. It is also the most important pilgrimage and tourist destination in the entire kingdom. A sheer marvel of architecture and ingenuity Taktsang Palphug Monastery is perched on a near-vertical cliff about 10000 feet above sea level. The trek route leading up to the Tiger’s Nest is lined with magnificent views of the Bhutanese hills, luscious forests and meadows.

Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, Bhutan
Image Source: V.Kovac (Flickr)

2. Punakha Dzong (Punakha)

Punakha Dzong is one of the most stunning fortresses in Bhutan. It serves as the winter capital of Bhutan. The fortress was built in 1630 at the confluence of Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu rivers. It is nestled snugly in the emerald valley and attracts visitors from around the world. Words will never be enough to capture the stupendous beauty of the fortress’s architecture and setting.

Image Source: Ngawang Pelden (Flickr) 

3. Cheli La Pass

Perched at a height of 3810 meters above sea level, Cheli La Pass is the highest mountain pass in Bhutan and it connects the Haa and Paro Valleys. It is an hour’s drive away from the town of Paro. The road to Cheli La Pass takes you through luscious forests across staggering hills lined with gurgling streams and rivulets.

Image Source: John Small (Flickr)

4. Dochula Pass (Thimphu)

Dochula Pass is one of the most renowned tourist destinations in Bhutan and it offers panoramic views of the snow-capped Himalayas. Situated 20 km from Thimphu, Dochula Pass houses 108 memorial stupas known as ‘Druk Wangyal Chortens’. The Queen Mother, Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck commissioned the chortens to commemorate the soldiers of the Bhutanese army who lost their lives in the war against Assamese insurgents, in 2003.

Image Source: Richard Collier (Flickr)

5. Buddha Dordenma (Thimphu)

Buddha Dordenma, located in Thimphu is one of largest statues of Buddha in the world. Constructed atop a meditation hall, the marvelous statue exudes serenity. The statue is 51.5 meters in height, cast in bronze and gilded in gold. The structure faces the southern entrance to Thimphu and it is said to radiate an aura of peace and happiness to the entire world.

Image Source: Siddharth Mukherjee (Flickr) 

6. Chomolhari Trek

The Chomolhari trek will take you through the heart of the Bhutanese wilderness, across pine forests and the glistening alpine pastures. The mountain peak Chomolhari or Jhomolhari is also known as ‘the Bride of Kanchendzonga’ and it is the source of Paro Chu (Paro River). According to legend, the mountain peak is the sacred abode of one of the Five Tsheringma Sisters, the protector deity (Jomo) of Tibet and Bhutan.

Image Source: John Irvine (Flickr) 

7. Gangtey Valley

The valley of Gangtey is one of the most spectacular valleys in the entire Himalayan belt and it is often referred to as the Shangri-La of Bhutan. The valley is extensive and it is one of the few valleys that are relatively flat and there are almost no trees. The trek to Gangtey is moderately difficult and passes through the villages of Gogona and Khotokha. The scenic trek route traverses across pristine meadows and fields, forests of juniper, magnolia, and rhododendrons. The best time to visit Gangtey is during the winter season, as one will be able to witness the graceful Black-necked Cranes in the wild.

Image Source: Travelers-pm (Flickr) 

8. Haa Valley

One of the most picturesque valleys in the world, Haa Valley is the hidden crown jewel of Bhutan. The valley is deeply rooted in tradition, folk-culture and shamanistic rituals. The valley opened for tourists for the first time in 2002, and it is a paradise for nature lovers. This quaint and untouched valley emanates an aura of calm and resonates in the symphony of nature.

Haa Valley, Bhutan
Image Source: Sardamit (Flickr) 

9. Bumthang Hidden Valleys

The hidden valleys at Bumthang are some of the most scenic places in the world. The region encompasses four major valleys namely Chokhor, Tang, Ura, and Chhume. The region is the spiritual heart of Bhutan. The lush green woodlands and pristine meadows in these valleys abound in flora and fauna.

Image Source: Richard Pockat (Flickr

10. Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary

Known as ‘the Paradise of Butterflies’ Bumdeling Wildlife Sanctuary has been recorded to house more than 120 species of butterflies in its alpine natural setting. The untouched alpine landscape is astonishingly beautiful and the pristine meadows are truly awe-inspiring. Some of the most beautiful alpine lakes of Bhutan are scattered across the wildlife sanctuary.

Image Source: Bhutan For Life 

We hope this list will help you design the perfect itinerary for your trip to Bhutan. There is a lot to explore in Bhutan, but make sure you visit these places. Let us know about your trip to Bhutan in the comments.

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