If your heart is set on seeing the Statue of Liberty, you can’t do that without visiting New York City. But if you have just one lakh to spare, and you’re not picky about the specifics, it’s possible to get a similar experience by choosing a cheaper destination.
We’ve put together a list of 10 countries you can travel with just a lakh. These destinations are perfect for budget travel. You don’t even have to pull out money from your savings, a small travel loan can do the job.
To give you some ballpark figures, the list includes the approximate travel and stay costs. Your actual costs for each destination, however, can vary depending on your budget, where you stay and what you do.
Here are the 10 Foreign Destinations You Can Do Under One Lakh
Nepal is amidst the mighty Himalayas and is a beautiful country of yaks, yetis, monasteries, snow peaks and streams.
Air Tickets: Round trip flight tickets from New Delhi cost Rs. 9,000 onwards.
Stay: Hostels charges are as low as Rs. 300/night per person while a budget hotel for two could cost Rs. 600/night, approximately.
Places To Visit: Nagarkot, Bhaktapur, Kathmandu, Pokhara, Devi Falls, Bindabasini Temple, Seti River Gorge and Old Bazaar of Pokhara
UAE has something in store for everyone. It is a perfect destination for technology freaks and shoppers.
Air Tickets: The flight tickets are approximately Rs. 12,000 onwards depending on the time of travel.
Stay: For people on budget travel, the stay cost can be approximately Rs. 2,000/night.
Places to Visit: Enjoy the beautiful views of Dubai Marina and Burj Khalifa.
The former British colony is famous for its glamorous lifestyle, groovy enough to give you an electrifying holiday experience.
Air Tickets: The round trip could cost approx. Rs. 27,000, if the booking is done at least 2 months in advance.
Stay: Hostel prices start as low as Rs. 700 per night.
Things to do: Dragon’s Back Trail, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Avenue of the stars. Places to visit include Lantau Island, Cheung Chau island, Stanley Market, and Sai Kung.
Turquoise waters, stunning beaches, and pleasant climate, that’s Malaysia. A perfect picturesque destination.
Air Tickets: A round trip could start from Rs. 20,000 onwards.
Stay: Guesthouses or dormitory rooms start from Rs. 300 per night.
Places To Visit: Kuala Lumpur, Pangkor, Sarawak, and Redang Island. While things to do include day tour to Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary, Petronas Twin Towers, dinner along Singapore River, and Batu Caves.
Sri Lanka, a home away from home is famous for being the best backpacking destination.
Air Tickets: The round trip flight tickets can cost Rs. 20,000 onwards from Delhi and Rs. 8,000 onwards from Chennai.
Stay: Dormitory style accommodation starts for Rs. 600/night. Budget hotel rooms can range from Rs. 1,000 onwards per night.
Places To Visit: Temple of Tooth relic, tea factory visits, Lake Gregory, Seetha Eliya garden, and turtle hatchery.
This “land of the Thunder Dragons” or the “Druk Yul” offers pristine untouched natural wonders.
Air Tickets: A direct flight to Bhutan may not be a good option. A domestic flight to Bagdogra Airport, the nearest airport to the Bhutan border is a better option. The round trip can cost Rs. 6,000 onwards.
Stay: Guest house room for two costs Rs. 500 onwards.
Places To Visit: Paro, Punakha, Thimphu, Haa Valley, Takin Zoo, National Memorial Chorten, and Folk Heritage Museum.
Thailand is a world-renowned destination for its mountains, beaches, culture and food.
Air Tickets: The round trip flight tickets could cost anything between Rs. 17,000 – 20,000 if boarding from New Delhi or Mumbai. A round trip from Kolkata could cost approx. Rs. 9,000.
Stay: Accommodations start at Rs. 573 per night per person. Choose your type of accommodation –dormitory, a hostel or budget hotel.
Places To Visit: Visit cities like Pattaya, Bangkok, and coral islands. Also, visit Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai to explore the culture of Thailand.
Myanmar embraces multi-ethnicity and culture. Its scenic beauty will leave you spellbound.
Air Tickets: The round trip could cost approximately Rs. 20,000 – 22,000 if booked at least 4-6 months in advance.
Stay: Hostels/dormitory accommodation starts from Rs. 600 onwards per night.
Things to Do: Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda, boat trips to Inle Lake and explore The Thousand Temples of Bagan.
Indonesia’s rich cultural heritage is beautifully laced with its natural beauty.
Air Tickets: A round trip could cost you Rs. 25,000 or less if booked well in advance.
Stay: Hostels could cost Rs. 700 onwards per night.
Places To Visit: Bali, Yogyakarta, Java, Jakarta, and Sumatra. Things to do include Bali Village cycling tour, volcano tours, and spa treatments at places like water sports, and Anika spa.
Shaped like the letter “S”, Vietnam is on the eastern part of Indo-Chinese peninsula.
Air Tickets: The round trip flight tickets can cost Rs. 16,000 onwards when planned at least 4-6 months in advance.
Stay: Hostels or dormitory rooms start at Rs. 400 per night while a decent hotel for a single room is at Rs. 700 onwards per night.
Places to Visit: Hanoi, Nha Trang, Ha Long Bay, and Ho Chi Minh city.
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