It had only been six months since we got back from our trip to Canada, Caribbean & Europe when that travel bug started to bite again... and bite hard it did! I wanted to travel so bad but my better half was against it for we have another holiday coming up in Sep - a date with the lions in Africa! But trust me, when that bug bites you, it's an itch that never goes away. I knew there was only one way to convince him and that was to come up with an exotic locale in a doable budget. So armed with my ever dependable Google & a spreadsheet to note down expenses, I came up with a one week itinerary for Seychelles for 2 lakhs for the two of us. I needed nothing more to get him to say the magic word - YES!
So here's what I did. Note - the cost here is for two adults.
Air Seychelles flights (Mumbai - Mahe) - INR 61,000.
What you need to know - Air Seychelles fly only on certain days of the week and the total trip time is 4.5 hrs. You may find a cheaper ticket online with another airline (only by a few thousands) but that flight would take you well over 15 hours with a layover included. So book with caution.
Flight from Mahe to Praslin - INR 8200
Praslin stay *4 nights at Le port Guest House (fully equipped AC apartment with kitchenette) - INR 28000
Ferry from Praslin to Mahe - INR 7000
Mahe stay *3 nights at Sunset Beach Hotel (4 star) - INR 45000
Food & excursions - INR 50000
TOTAL = INR 1.99 lakhs
An awesome deal considering we did not have to compromise on luxury with our hotel stay!
Alright! So arrive at Seychelles we did on a warm & sunny day. After clearing immigration, we checked in to the domestic terminal right next door for our flight to Praslin. A short 15 minute flight later we were in Praslin.