7 Destinations Indians Can Visit RIGHT NOW Instead of Saving For That BIG EuroTrip

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There's no denying that a trip to Europe is a right of passage for any and every traveller. But there’s also no denying that a trip to Europe is expensive. So, before you set your heart on exploring Europe, make sure you’ve enjoyed the serenity of these exotic, dream destinations closer home.

1. For Insane Partying

Where people head to: Ibiza, Spain

Where you should go: Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand

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Ko Pha Ngan | Credits: Joe Stump

Yes, Ibiza is the most desirable place among all party lovers for its raving nights on the beaches, however there's a cheaper alternative to Ibiza.

Ko Pha Ngan in Thailand, is famous for its Full Moon Party. There are about 10,000 to 30,000 people at this beach party each month! Yes, not annually, but monthly for what has been called “the ultimate party experience”. The Full Moon party is so big, it’s a destination in itself and people come to Thailand specifically to experience the Full Moon Party.

Air Tickets: Around ₹12,000. Check out SkyScanner for great deals.

Book your flight from Kolkata and plan 1-2 months in advance.

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Stay: As low as ₹1500 per night for two people travelling together. Book awesome places to stay at Airbnb like this one.

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2. For Pristine Beaches

Where people head to: Italy

Where you should go: Indonesia

Indonesia | Credits: Mikaku

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To be in Italy is to be floating, surfing, diving, swimming with an enviable photogenic landscape.

But if you want to do all of that within a budget, Indonesia is the place for you. Indonesia offers a diverse range of activities and attractions. Be it the volcano tours, its cultural heritage or the opportunities to backpack. It's the perfect place to visit and they'll even give you a visa on arrival.

Air Tickets: Around ₹15,000. Check out SkyScanner

Book your flight from Tiruchirappalli and plan 1-2 months in advance.

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Stay: Airbnb will give you something as low as INR 1246 per person, for two people travelling together.

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3. For Lip-Smacking Wine

Where people head to: Bordeaux, France

Where you should go: China

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There are over 100,000 vineyards scattered across Bordeaux, making it one of France’s top wine regions.

But when it comes to Asia’s emerging wine industry, China sits at the helm. The history of winemaking in China can be traced back to over 2,000 years ago, and according to a Forbes report, China now has the second-largest vineyard area worldwide after Spain, pushing France into third position.

Air Tickets: ₹20,000 (book in advance). Check Skyscanner.

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Stay: Stay of 5 days can be done in as low as INR 6,000 per person for two people travelling together. Check out Airbnb

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4. For Trekking

Where people head to: The Alps

Where you should go: The Himalayas

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If your dream vacation involves snow-capped mountains, consider the Himalayan range instead of the Alps for an adrenaline rush that doesn’t come when you get the pay check.

You can choose amongst India, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, China – whatever floats your boat.

5. For Awesome Shopping

Where people head to: Paris

Where you should go: Dubai

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As the pulsing fashion capital of the world, a Parisian shopping experience will offer everything from luxury haute couture houses to sprawling chainstores. But don't forget, to get that ‘posh’ look you need to let go of a lot of Euros as well.

Change your direction and head to Dubai instead. It has long been the perfect luxury shopping destination for travellers all around the world.

Air Tickets: SkyScanner has flights for around ₹10,000. Book your flight from Vadodara.

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Stay: ₹1300 per night. Check out Airbnb

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6. For Ancient Ruins

Where people head to: Parthenon and Acropolis, Athens

Where you should go: Angkor Wat, Siem Reap

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Sure, a walk in the city of Athens is a walk through time and beautiful ruins echo the story of the dynasties that once ruled here. It might be tough to search a place that can beat Athens, but Angkor Wat comes very close it. Angkor Wat is the ultimate expression of Khmer genius – an awe-inspiring temple that is stunning for both its grand scale and incredible detail.

Air Tickets: ₹20,000 on Skyscanner. Fly from Kochi.

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Stay: INR 1400 per night on Airbnb

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Additional reading: 13 Places In India That Will Put Your Dream Destinations To Shame

Note: The flight rates mentioned here are subject to change according to season and other factors.

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No this is something awesome..
Tue 03 28 17, 15:01 · Reply · Report
Dubai is way more costly than any city in Europe. The fact is a normal bottle of water will cost Rs 400 (7 USD) and a pint of beer around Rs 900 (13 USD).
Wed 03 22 17, 23:40 · Reply · Report
who said people heads to the alps for trekking!!!! even upscale foreign tourists comes to nepal and indian himalayas.. and himalayas and nepal are the world famous ...summit of europe's highest mountain is mount elbruce which is 18000 ft but a standard trek with medium difficulty in the himalayas will take u to 21000 feet with breathtaking views. and we have motorable passes situated on 18000 ft.
Tue 03 21 17, 01:50 · Reply · Report
IT seems the best way to get psy bangaloreyan
Wed 03 15 17, 13:18 · Reply · Report
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