58 Countries Offering A Visa On Arrival For Indians

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We are all aware of the hassles that come with making preparations for a holiday. However, the most difficult of them all is getting a visa on arrival for Indians for the destination we intend to visit. Going for a vacation outside India isn’t just about packing your bags or choosing an exotic location, it is a rather long drawn affair and there is a lot of planning to do. The most important of them all is the procurement of visas to enter the country you plan to visit. To get that to happen, an interview at the respective consulate is imperative and despite hours of documentation, there is always the downright fatal chance of your visa being rejected. In order to combat this dreaded situation, how about visiting places that provide on arrival visa for Indian citizens? Sounds good, doesn’t it?

It is that time of the year when you pack your bags and head off to some place far from the monotony that comes with work just to relax and have the time of your life. Destinations today are more accessible to tourists than they were before and with these countries that provide Indians with a Visa on Arrival, either for a small price or for free or even over the internet for that matter, life couldn't have gotten better.

May your travels be smooth, as smooth as the procedure involved in obtaining these countries visas!

Despite the constant news of conflict, most of El Salvador remains a peaceful nation in Central America with its gorgeous national parks, coffee plantations alongside volcanoes and towns with an intriguing colonial history.

Visa:

A Visa On Arrival can be obtained by Indians visiting El Salvador by purchasing a $10 tourist stay card for a maximum of 3 months. This 90 day permit also covers the countries of Guatemala and Honduras, ensuring you make the most of your visit.

Getting There:

Owing to the lack of direct flights from Indian cities to San Salvador, the capital, travellers would have to change at Toronto or Frankfurt followed by Panama City/Houston. Tickets can be quite expensive for this 24+hour journey.

Best Time to Visit:

November to April.

Key Attractions:

Right from the Parque Nacional Los Volcanes and the Jardín Botánico La Laguna to the Iglesia El Rosario and El Arbol De Dios, the country has a wonderful array of natural and cultural sights. Parque Nacional El Imposible with its shimmering waterfalls is also a great place to visit.

Maldives is essentially about 80 islands that have been developed solely for tourists to guarantee them a good time. Just about everyone seems to be raving about this paradise and rightly so as it is pretty to the core.

Visa:

The island of many islands, Maldives, offers Indian citizens visas on arrival up to 30 days of stay. Just ensure you have a return air ticket or necessary visas for an onward journey to your next destination.

Getting There:

There are non-stop flights from the Indian city of Kochi to Male, the capital, and the total journey is a mere two hours. Ticket prices can be cheap if you book with a good amount of time in hand.

Best Time to Visit:

November to April.

Key Attractions:

To travel to the islands populated by inhabitants, a permit is needed and the authorities need to be contacted for the same. If you choose to wander into uninhabited paths, just be sure to abide by the local rules. Be warned, Maldives is expensive and crowded and having said that, you will get the value for the money spent, especially if you adapt to local ways. You can enjoy the beauty of the waters and also spend days in luxurious houseboats and then there are posh resorts that are beautiful inside out. Right from the National Museum, Islamic Centre and Hulhumale Beach to the Manta Reef and Addu City, this archipelago is a traveller's delight.

Seychelles is like a beautiful poetry written on a piece of paper. With its pristine rainforests and hidden beaches, it is a gift to mankind. An archipelago of 115 islands, it t is easily one of the most soothing destinations in Africa.

Visa:

Seychelles offers a Visitors Permit On Arrival for Indians free of charge for a period of 3 months if you have adequate funds and a return ticket. If you feel like you can’t get enough of the island, you can further extend your stay for a period of 3 months upto a maximum stay of 12 months from the date of issue. You would have to pay around 5000 SCR for the same.

Getting There:

There is a non-stop 4 hour long flight from Mumbai to Mahe in Seychelles and you can get a great deal upon booking in advance. Other flights usually go via Abu Dhabi or Dubai.

Best Time to Visit:

April to May and October to November.

Key Attractions:

Seychelles is all about the islands and beaches. Some notable names are Anse Georgette, Anse Lazio, Anse Source D'Argent, Curieuse Island, Coco Island and Petite Anse. The Valle de Mai Nature Reserve along with Morne Blanc collectively add to its charm.

The turmoil which the country of Haiti has seen over the past decade is sure to appeal to your emotional side. Although earthquake torn and recently affected by a cholera epidemic, put the risks aside and you will have a fascinating journey which takes you from old ruins to castles and citadels to the heart-warming culture and cuisine of its people. Haiti's struggle to rebuild itself post the 2010 earthquake is heart-breaking.

Visa:

This beautiful Caribbean country offers free visa for Indians up to 90 days. Return tickets and a valid passport are essential.

Getting There:

Indian tourists would first have to fly to London followed by Miami in order to reach Port Au Prince in Haiti. The total journey should be more than 24 hours.

Best Time to Visit:

November to March.

Key Attractions:

When in Haiti, you will simply enjoy the places of historical significance along with a delectable and addictive cuisine. It’s time you take that trip and hum along ‘We are the World’ when you set foot on Haitian soil. Located in the North Atlantic Region of the Carribean Islands, this is a place which will give you both a beautiful as well as an emotional experience to cherish. The locations are exquisite and so are the people despite their suffering, You must try the 'cremas' and other traditional food in order to pamper your taste buds. In terms of sightseeing, the most popular names are The Citadelle, Labadee Island, the Musee du Pantheon National Haitien and the Bassin Bleu. If you can take your chances here, the experience here will be breath-taking.

Vanuatu is a lesser known archipelago consisting of about 83 islands in the Pacific Ocean. Plenty of hotels, resorts, restaurants and bars make up the islands where the weekend of fun and frolic starts from Friday afternoon. The history of why they called this place East Hebrides is quite fascinating if you ask me.

Visa:

Vanuatu offers a Visa On Arrival for Indians which is valid for 30 days. Your passport must be valid, you must have adequate funds and a return ticket.

Getting There:

Indians would have to first fly to Hong Kong/Guangzhou followed by Sydney/Auckland to reach Port Vila, the capital and the largest city of Vanuatu. The journey could last more than 30 hours.

Best Time to Visit:

April to October.

Key Attractions:

Home to a diverse marine ecosystem, not all fishes down the deep blue sea are your friends. You can however try diving with a little caution. Kava is a must try drink here- you will either like it or hate it, there is no in between. Yasur, an active volcano has been fascinating tourists for the longest time. The Millenium Cave, Mele Cascades, Champagne Beach and Espiritu Santo are wonderful too. Weekends start as early as Friday afternoon and wine shops are usually closed around then. That’s a weird habit given everyone parties towards the end of the week. Apart from this, everything else is on the bright side, be it restaurants or lodges.

The Caribbean island of Grenada has plenty to keep you entertained throughout your entire stay. With many of the locals speaking good English, language will pose no barrier for Indians hoping to explore every crevice of the island.

Visa:

For 90 days, the visa you get on arrival is for free. You must have the valid documents for your next destination.

Getting There:

Indian travellers would first have to fly to London followed by Bridgetown/St. Lucia in order to reach Grenada. The journey should be around 30 hours long and tickets could be very expensive.

Best Time to Visit:

January to April and August.

Key Attractions:

High on beauty, this Caribbean island is big on weather, well engineered spices, forts, estates, waterfalls and sun-kissed beaches. With just 3 days being needed for the completion of wedding formalities, you can elope right here with your partner. Party and eat all the seafood you want. Rum, spices, food and dark chocolate sell like crazy. However, don’t even bother trying the local rum since it is way stronger than what you’re used to. The Grenada National Museum, the Cricket Stadium and St. George's Market Square are also interesting visits. Most people here speak English, and the frequent jams will easily make you feel at home!

A delightfully beautiful location, Mauritius is one place where you can do anything. You can either sit and relax by the waters or dance with one of the local entertainers. Or you could perhaps just go on clicking pictures. It is however always better to step out of the box and try something new, some skydiving for example? It is important to note that you must know some French or at least have a phrasebook handy as it is the second most popular language here after English.

Visa:

Visa is free for Indians and is valid up to 90 days. Visitors must have return tickets and sufficient funds to take care of their stay.

Getting There:

There is one direct flight from Mumbai to Mauritius Island and it is around 6 hours long. Tickets can be cheap if booked in advance.

Best Time to Visit:

May to December.

Key Attractions:

Majorly an island destination, the pristine clear waters around are to be appreciated. The most popular islands/villages are Ile Aux Cerfs, Flic en Flac and Tamarin. You must also visit Blue Bay, Mont Choisy and the Seven Coloured Earths at Chamarel. Skydiving (Tandem skydiving), is a must try here and so is shopping at the Central Market in Port Louis.

The landscape of Madagascar is exhilarating and diverse and the food is awesome. The country is everything that the movie of the same name portrayed it to be. This is yet another African nation with rich diversity in terms of flora and fauna and is also home to a beautiful natural reserve. In fact, the island is so big that it could be a continent in itself.

Visa:

Madagascar is travel made easy with a visa on arrival for Indians which lasts for 30 days and is free.

Getting There:

Flights from India mostly go via Abu Dhabi and Nairobi to Antananarivo in Madagascar. The journey could be a long one and you must make your bookings in advance to save money.

Best Time to Visit:

April to June and September to December.

Key Attractions:

Filled with diverse vegetation and fauna, the island will not let you down with its scenic beauty. Keep an eye on the baobab trees and Tsingy de Bemaraha Reserve- a limestone plateau that has been standing for ages along with the Isalo and Amber Mountain National Parks. There’s regular beach activity of course with the Les Trois Baies. You might want to stay on the quieter side here to not get into trouble. A word of caution – ask before you take photographs of anything – yes, certain people groups, tombs, and places are simply not meant to be captured on celluloid. The locals might get fierce if photographed without consent. Try getting hold of a Malagasy translation key book for help.

Indonesia is an island with beautiful blue beaches and cultural delights that have been highlighted on many lifestyle channels. Dive, relax, eat, laze around, and repeat. Street food is in plenty and so are the temples. Indonesia is an exotic paradise like no other.

Visa:

To stay for a maximum of 30 days in Indonesia, Indian citizens need to procure a visa on arrival at the cost of as little as USD 25 to 35. Along with this one needs to show proof of having enough funds on them to take care of their stay in the country, and confirmed return tickets as well. A passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the date one enters Indonesia is crucial to have.

Getting There:

Flights from India go via Singapore and Bangkok to Bali. The journey can be anything between 10-15 hours and you can save a lot of money by booking in advance.

Best Time to Visit:

May to September.

Key Attractions:

Make your way to this beautiful land and enjoy the pristine beaches and sunsets at Bali and the town of Ubud. For a dose of Indonesian culture, try visiting Jakarta with its museums and monuments. If in case you want to see a volcano in action, Mt. Batur is a great pick. Remember to pack light as you will travel a lot. However, don’t forget your bathing suit and camera. The islands of Indonesia run on the tourists that flock here, so it might get a little more crowded and expensive than you predicted.

Comoros is basically a string of volcanic Islands in the Indian Ocean, around the coast of East Africa and is loved by people from all over. It is a part of the Carribean and there is a lot you can do here right from snorkelling, diving, hiking, fishing and water walks to hot springs and turtle walks. English is the main language spoken here and a knowledge of French is an added advantage.

Visa:

Visa On Arrival is available for Indians for a stay of 45 days. The fee is around 50 USD and you need to have valid travel documents and a return ticket.

Getting There:

Flights from India usually make 2-3 stops in order to get you to Comoros. They could be at Addis Ababa/Paris followed by Nairobi/Mombasa. It's a rather long journey and tickets are decently priced only if you book in advance.

Best Time to Visit:

May to November.

Key Attractions:

Apart from exploring the Bouni and Chomoni Beaches, hiking up on Mount Karthala and visiting the Grande Mosque du Vendredi, there is good news for dolphin fanatics as Comoros is crowded with the most well-behaved dolphins. Do remember that since this is an entirely Muslim country, partying and wearing a bikini to a beach might be looked down upon even if you are a non-Muslim. The one thing you need to watch out for is Malaria and it is advisable to carry mosquito repellents. There are political conflicts rising every now and then and there ideally should be a layer of extra caution while you’re here.

The source of an active volcano, the Caribbean island of Dominica is innately exquisite and relatively untouched. Its lakes and hot springs will relax you and transport you to a different world altogether. So will the intensely breath-taking views.

Visa:

Visa on arrival for Indians is free for up to 180 days. You have to provide a proof of adequate funds and hold a return ticket.

Getting There:

Considering the lack of direct international flights, Indian travellers would have to change at London followed by Bridgetown/New York/San Juan in order to reach Dominica. The journey lasts more than 24 hours and can be very expensive.

Best Time to Visit:

October to January.

Key Attractions:

Dominica is all about the same old hiking, snorkelling and diving apart from visiting the waterfalls, turtle walks and hot springs. Considered to be one of the most secure island destinations, Dominican music is popular all over the world. Explore the Indian River, Emerald Pool, Trafalgar Falls and the Old and Public Markets of Roseau. The Cabrits National Park is also an immersive experience. English is spoken by many, but knowing French will certainly prove to be a benefit.

When one talks of Jamaica, one can only think of beaches. The land of Bob Marley, Jamaica is a cultural hotspot that will sweep you off your feet. Shake those hips to the enchanting calypso beats, lie on its beaches and get drenched in its azure waters. Jamaica is thrilling to a core. It is a tropical fantasy.

Visa:

A Jamaican tourist visa is not required for Indian citizens for a stay up to 14 days. You need a valid passport and return tickets as proof.

Getting There:

Indian travellers would have to change at London in order to reach Kingston, the capital of Jamaica. Ticket prices are extremely high and the journey can be a day long.

Best Time to Visit:

November to April.

Key Attractions:

When in Jamaica, ensure that you visit the grave of the legendary singer Bob Marley who was born and buried here. Try adventure sports including zip-line and savour the taste of scrambled eggs in a fruit called ackee. Getting married here is a fun experience too! This island country is not just a cultural hotspot but a place that is home to the calypso, some of the best beaches in the world including the Montego Bay and great cuisine. Do remember that while Jamaican people are friendly, they often look for chances to fleece you. Conversion of currency is a simple procedure, but knowing the rates for exchange is advisable. Never ever tell people you don’t know where you are staying or that it’s your first time here, no matter how friendly they might seem.

The Federated States of Micronesia are made up of 600 small islands and find a graceful place in the Pacific Ocean. This beautiful retreat is all about visiting ancient monuments and museums apart from indulging in exciting water sports. The tropical weather will only amplify your experience.

Visa:

The authorities here provide free visa on arrival for Indians for up to 30 days. If you desire to stay for a longer period, it would be best to contact the consulate there.

Getting There:

Indians would first have to fly to Guam (a US territory in Micronesia) via Seoul and then head to the Federated States. The journey is extremely long and expensive.

Best Time to Visit:

December to March.

Key Attractions:

Right from the Chuuk Lagoon and Nan Madol to Stone Money and the Kepirohi Waterfalls, Micronesia is a lot like Maldives, but on a budget. Adventure buffs will vouch for this place at any given time. You can expect to find decent accommodation but not high-end hotels as the amenities here are limited. Remember that being polite is highly appreciated by the locals.

Saint Lucia is a beautiful island located off Central America and is a downright romantic and rejuvenating Caribbean destination. The hidden beaches and plantations make for exhilarating experiences.

Visa:

In exchange of USD 50, the visa is available for Indians up to six weeks and can be extended if you decide to stay for longer. Visitors not holding a ticket of their onward journey could be refused.

Getting There:

Connecting flights from London/New York/Miami bring Indian travellers to Saint Lucia. The journey is very long and pretty expensive.

Best Time to Visit:

May and June.

Key Attractions:

The beaches, volcanoes, botanical gardens, ruins and parks of Saint Lucia attract quite the number of tourists. The most popular names are Pigeon Island, Rodney Bay and St. Lucia Botanical Gardens. And then climbing the Pitons is even more nerve-racking than trying out diving and snorkelling. If you are not a military personnel, don’t even bother carrying your camouflage goodies as it is strictly illegal here.

Tuvalu is a minute island nation in the South Pacific and despite the lack of luxury, it is an intriguing destination. If you want a beach vacation with some time away from the din, this is just the destination for you with its pretty palm fringed beaches and diverse marine ecosystems.

Visa:

Visa on arrival is available for Indians and valid for up to a month. Valid passports and adequate funds are essential.

Getting There:

Indian travellers would have to fly to Singapore and proceed towards Fiji (Suva/Nadi) in order to get to Funafuti in Tuvalu. The journey can be extremely long, tiring and expensive.

Best Time to Visit:

May to November.

Key Attractions:

With the Funafuti Conservation Area, an elaborate National Library and the Motulalo Islet, Tuvalu is simple in terms of sightseeing but splendid nevertheless. Teano is a national sport here, and a must try on that note.

The middle-east does offer a number of exciting holiday destinations. Take Jordan for instance, a seemingly impenetrable kingdom which is surprisingly home to one of the seven wonders of the world. Its desert landscapes and UNESCO World Heritage listed sites are made out of dreams, the unconventional ones i.e.

Visa:

Indians coming into Jordan can get a Visa on Arrival for 2 weeks by paying a fee of approximately JOD 40. They must carry at least US$ 1000 (or equivalent) to cover their stay and hold onward or return flight tickets for their next destination. If Indian nationals enter this country along the Red Sea through Aqaba, then a free visa is granted for a period of one month

Getting There:

Flights from India go into Amman (the capital) via Dubai/Muscat/Abu Dhabi. Booking in advance can get you a wonderful deal and the total journey should be less than 10 hours.

Best Time to Visit:

March to May.

Key Attractions:

Do you wish to float around in the Dead Sea? Jordan is a great destination for the same. Do you hope to be enthralled by the Lost City of Petra, a world wonder? Jordan is where you should be. Mount Nebo, the place where Moses was given a view of the Promised Land is right here and so is the historical Citadel of Amman.

Kenya with its rugged topography and indomitable wildlife is not for the faint-hearted but continues to be a sought after destination. This is where you conquer your fears and tread into the unknown, only to discover a side of yourself that you never knew existed. This African nation is a phenomenal experience. It is an emotion.

Visa:

Kenya offers an eVisa service to Indian tourists.

Getting There:

There is a non-stop flight from Mumbai to Nairobi, the capital and it is 6 hours long. Booking in advance can fetch you a decent deal.

Best Time to Visit:

June to October.

Key Attractions:

While Nairobi and Mombasa make it to every Kenya itinerary, the Masai Mara Wildlife Reserve is where most of the excitement belongs. Once you're done with it, the National Parks of Nairobi, Tsavo and Hell's Gate are magical and so are the Ruins of Geti along with the many beaches dotting the country.

The Land of the Thunder Dragon is as humble as it is mighty. With a stunning landscape coupled with a rich and fascinating culture, Bhutan is the mother of all destinations offering Indians a Visa on Arrival. India’s neighbour provides a great time for those who wish to have an enchanting and inexpensive holiday experience.

Visa:

Indian nationals do not need a visa to enter Bhutan. A passport or any other valid identity proof is sufficient.

Getting There:

Indians can reach Bhutan both by land or air. There are a number of inexpensive direct flights for those who intend to reach early. If you wish to take the road, you have to go via Siliguri to the Jaigaon border and then into Phuentsholing. Permits may be needed for visiting certain places in Bhutan.

Best Time to Visit:

October to December.

Key Attractions:

Bhutan’s monasteries, especially Tiger’s Nest, are worth all the time in the world. The Punakha and Thimpu Dzong along with The Buddha Dordenma are examples of the strong architectural and religious presence in the kingdom. The icing on the cake is the cuisine which is both rich and healthy.

The region of the South Pacific is bestowed with the beautiful Fiji Islands apart from the 'Ring of Fire'. With charming beaches, a healthy marine life, good food and super friendly locals, Fiji is the perfect place for travellers who wish to escape to a secluded paradise.

Visa:

The authorities have made Fiji a Visa Free destination for Indian tourists with an aim to increase tourism prospects. Permits are gratis and issued for 4 months with the proof of sufficient funds and a return ticket.

Getting There:

Indians would ideally have to first fly to either Singapore or Hong Kong to reach Nadi/Suva in Fiji. The journey should be relatively 24 hours long and could be relatively pricey.

Best Time to Visit:

October to November.

Key Attractions:

With the Denarau and Mamanuca Islands, the Kula Eco Park, the Sabeto Hot Springs, Mount Tomanivi and the Sigatoka Sand Dunes, Fiji is one place that deserves to be explored. The beaches are pristine, marine life is exotic and the cuisine here simply scrumptious.

With its delectable cuisine, breath-taking beaches and tea plantations, the island of Sri Lanka is one of the most memorable trysts with nature. Its colonial past shines through its estates and ruins and its wonderfully intricate temples tell tales of the past. Sri Lanka is like a soothing balm and will keep you coming back for more.

Visa:

Indians need an Electronic Travel Authorisation upon entering Sri Lanka and it is valid for 30 days. The fees must be paid in USD and you need sufficient funds and a return ticket.

Getting There:

Several direct, short and inexpensive flights connect Indian cities to Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital.

Best Time to Visit:

December to March and May to September. Greatly depends upon regional factors.

Key Attractions:

Right from some cheap shopping opportunities and bountiful natural beauty to a fascinating architecture that throws light on its heritage, Sri Lanka is a gem for travellers. Explore Adam's Peak and get in touch with your spiritual side at the Temple of the Tooth. Discover the Citadel of Sigiriya and hike up to the Ella Rock. Immerse yourself in the many museums of Colombo and cosy up with a book amidst the tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya.

Thailand is basically a country on steroids with its glittering high-rises, golden temples, splendid beaches, a thumping nightlife and secret islands. It is an exotic paradise like no other and the number of budget options it has to offer makes it one of the most sought after destinations in the world.

Visa:

Thailand grants Indian citizens a Visa on Arrival for a maximum of 15 days. The only prerequisites are a payment of 1000 Thai Baht, a valid passport and confirmed return tickets.

Getting There:

Regular direct flights connect Indian cities to Bangkok, the Thai capital. The journey is anything between 2-4 hours and tickets come cheap.

Best Time to Visit:

November to April.

Key Attractions:

Discover the magnificence of the Golden Buddha and the Grand Palace. Shop till you drop at Chatuchak Weekend Market and have truckloads of fun at Safari World. Dance the night away at the Walking Street in Pattaya and sip a cocktail or two on the beaches of Phuket and Koh Samui. The list of things to do in Thailand never really ends.

The Kingdom of Cambodia is a tryst with the Gods and a heart-breaking historical journey rolled into one. Despite being greatly underdeveloped, it is an alluring country with the nicest people you will ever meet.

Visa:

Cambodia is one of the few countries offering visa on arrival for Indians. All you have to do is pay 20 USD as soon as you get there. Your visa will be valid for 3 months and will allow you a 30-day stay in the country. You should also have a valid passport, a recent photograph of yours, a confirmed return ticket and your bank statements.

Getting There:

Cambodia has two international airports, the Siem Reap International Airport in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh International Airport in the capital. While it has no national airline carrier, regular flights from Bangkok can take you to the two cities. Moreover, most Indian metropolises have direct flights to Bangkok and you should book your tickets in advance for the best prices.

Best Time to Visit:

November to May.

Key Attractions:

Discover your spiritual self at the Angkor Wat and Bayon. Explore the world of Lara Croft at the Ta Prohm temple. Pay homage to the victims of perhaps the worst pogrom known to mankind at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Choeung Ek. Cap it all of by getting a taste of luxury at the Royal Palace.

With a glittering skyline that just does not seem to end, Hong Kong is a brilliant amalgam of modernity and traditions. Despite its commercial facade, the city also abounds in natural beauty and offers some of the most delectable cuisines to travellers from all over the globe.

Visa:

Hong Kong is a visa free destination for Indians. You can enter this territory with bona fide travel documents for a period up to 14 days. If your stay exceeds this number, you will require a visa or an entry permit. Make sure you have a valid passport, a return ticket and foreign currency.

Getting There:

A plethora of direct flights connect major Indian cities to Hong Kong. Booking several months in advance will fetch you the best deals.

Best Time to Visit:

October to early December.

Key Attractions:

Savour the bright lights of the Hong Kong skyline. Take the tram up to Victoria Peak and experience the best adrenaline rush you'll ever have. Explore Lantau Island in order to witness the majesty of the Tian Tian Buddha. Make your journey all the more memorable by visiting the happiest place in the world, Disneyland.

The Vegas of China, Macau is all about the glitz, glamour and the good life. It is a luscious cake with its brilliant colonial architecture as the icing and has been enticing visitors since time immemorial.

Visa:

Macau is yet another visa free destination for Indians. All you need is a valid passport with some blank pages and foreign currency to be able to avail the 30 days that you get.

Getting There:

The best way to get to Macau is via Hong Kong as most Indian cities have direct flights to Hong Kong. You could then take a ferry to Macau that is roughly an hour long. Three different companies (TurboJet, FirstFerry and CotaiJet) run regular ferries between the two places and you can go up to the Sheung Wan Central in Hong Kong in order to board one. The journey should cost you around 200 HKD and you have to clear a simple immigration upon arrival.

Best Time to Visit:

October to December.

Key Attractions:

Have the time of your life at the Casino at Venetian Macao and see the brilliant 'House of Dancing Water' in the City of Dreams. Also make sure to walk around the historic centre of Macau and the Ruins of Saint Paul.

Home to the birthplace of Buddha and the highest mountain peak in the world, Nepal is a delightfully mysterious country that has always intrigued tourists. Its monasteries, yaks and tales of the abominable Yeti will enchant you all the more.

Visa:

Owing to the Indo-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship, Indian citizens do not require a visa to enter Nepal. All they need is a valid Indian passport and other bona fide photo identity issued by the Government of India. Nepal is in fact the most popular visa free country for Indians.

Getting There:

Several direct and relatively short flights from major Indian cities fly to Kathmandu. Alternatively, it is possible to travel by train or bus from Delhi/Varanasi or Kolkata. The journey, however, is a lot longer.

Best Time to Visit:

September to November.

Key Attractions:

Nepal is nothing short of a pilgrimage especially considering the presence of the Boudhanath and Swayambhunath Stupa and the Pashupatinath Temple. The Durbar Square in Kathmandu stands gracefully despite the extensive damage inflicted upon it by the earthquake of 2015 and deserves a visit. Moreover, the Everest Mountain Flight is another essential apart from the relaxed getaways to Pokhara and Nagarkot.

One of the lesser known South East Asian delights, Laos is impossibly tiny but is home to dreamy landscapes, impenetrable forests dotted with wildlife and sublime temples. Its virginal charm has no parallel.

Visa:

The beautiful country of Laos provides Indian tourists a Visa on Arrival that is valid for 30 days and comes for 40 USD. You need to have a valid passport with some blank pages, recent passport-size photographs, a confirmed return ticket and all of the documents stating your hotel reservations.

Getting There:

Since there are no direct air connections between India and Laos, you will have to first fly to Bangkok and then take another flight to Vientiane, the capital. Remember that the journey can be more than 10 hours and booking tickets in advance is always a good idea.

Best Time to Visit:

November to March.

Key Attractions:

Right from The Gibbon Experience to many temples of Luang Prabang, Laos is a melting pot of natural beauty, cultural diversity, art and architecture. Also, when in Vientiane, the Pha That Luang and the COPE Visitor Centre are worth your time and money.

With its craggy but breath-taking landscapes, mountain villages and a dark history, Timor-Leste is a relatively new country that still bears the scars of a destructive war. It might not be the easiest journey to embark upon but it definitely is unconventional tourism at its best.

Visa:

Indians are given a Visa on Arrival that is valid for 30 days upon landing in Timor Leste. You need to pay 30 USD for the same and a valid passport and a confirmed return ticket are imperative.

Getting There:

Since there are no direct flights from India to Dili, the capital of East Timor, you will first have to fly to Singapore in order to get to your destination. Ticket prices can be expensive if not booked a lot in advance.

Best Time to Visit:

May to November.

Key Attractions:

When in this beautiful island nation, make sure you visit the Cristo Rei, the Santa Cruz Cemetery and the Resistance Museum in Dili. The Old Town of Baucau is equally worth your time. Timor Leste is also a beach paradise and the One Dollar Beach in Dili and the Atauro Island are great illustrations of the fact.

Togo is all about its beaches and forests and an ethnically sundry population. It is a cultural experience like no other, a hiking paradise and a relatively lesser known party that just doesn't stop.

Visa:

Indian nationals can get a Visa On Arrival in Togo that is valid for 7 days. They need to have a return or an onward ticket and three passport photographs. The cost may vary depending on the duration of the stay.

Getting There:

Indians would ideally have to fly to Paris in order to reach Lome in Togo. Book in advance for cheap deals. The journey can be anything between 20 to 24 hours long.

Best Time to Visit:

November to February.

Key Attractions:

Lome, the capital of Togo has some fantastic beaches and lovely markets such as the Marche aux Fetiches and the Grand Marche. Moreover, there is also the fantastic Independence Monument, the Lome Cathedral and the National Museum. The Keran National Park in Kara is a splendid tryst with wildlife and the Koutammakou Village (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is a cultural experience like no other.

While travel advisories have constantly been issued against the country, the African nation of Ethiopia is all about mixing with the crowds, discovering a vibrant culture and cozying up with nature.

Visa:

Indian passport holders can obtain a tourist Visa on Arrival into Ethiopia. The Visa costs 50 USD and is valid for 30 days.

Getting There:

There are non-stop flights from Delhi and Mumbai to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. The duration is around 6 hours and if you book your tickets in advance, you might just get hold of a great deal.

Best Time to Visit:

September to January.

Key Attractions:

When in Ethiopia, you must absolutely visit the Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, the National Museum, the Holy Trinity Cathedral, the Merkato and the Entoto Hill in Addis Ababa. The Simien Mountains National Park is a beautiful rendezvous with nature and so is Lake Tana along with the Blue Nile Falls.

Tanzania is where you tread into the wild and face a colossal giant known as Kilimanjaro. This is where you discover local markets and ruins and relax in the arms of coastal villages. It is a colourful and magical experience that must not be missed.

Visa:

Tanzania is yet another country that offers Indians a Visa On Arrival. The fee for the same could be anything between 50 to 100 USD. You need to possess a valid passport and proof of your onward/return journey.

Getting There:

Considering the absence of direct flights, Indians Nationals would have to fly to places like Muscat/Oman/Doha/Addis Ababa that have flights that go to Dar Es Salaam, the most important city in Tanzania. The total journey should be anything between 10 to 15 hours and ticket prices shoot up fast.

Best Time to Visit:

June to October.

Key Attractions:

Tanzania is the home of Mount Kilimanjaro and a lot of trekking is therefore imperative. The many National Parks dotting the country, such as Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ruaha and Ngorongoro will give you constant adrenaline rushes. Dar Es Salaam, on the other hand, is home to a National Museum, a Village Museum, an elaborate Kivukoni Fish Market and the Mbudya and Bongoyo Islands. Zanzibar with its House of Wonders, Old Fort and Peace Memorial Museum is an equally exciting and vibrant destination.

The Pearl of Africa, Uganda is surprisingly one of the safest destinations in the continent despite the many travel advisories against it. Blessed with natural beauty and wildlife in equal amounts, the country is now gradually morphing into an exciting destination for tourists.

Visa:

A Visa on Arrival is available for Indians flying into Uganda. It costs 50 USD and is valid for 90 days with multiple entries/re-entries. Yet again, having a valid passport and return ticket is compulsory.

Getting There:

Indians would have to first fly to either Doha or Addis Ababa in order to reach Entebbe Airport near Kampala, the capital of Uganda. The journey should be around 12 hours long and booking tickets in advance can save you money.

Best Time to Visit:

June to August and December to February.

Key Attractions:

Uganda is yet another destination that is synonymous with wildlife and the many National Parks dotting the country are proof of the same. From rhinos and chimpanzees to gorillas and zebras, they can all be found in Queen Elizabeth, Biwindi Impenetrable, Murchison Falls, Kibale and Lake Mburo National Parks. The Kasubi Tombs in Kampala along with the Uganda Museum are equally interesting places to visit.

Guinea-Bissau, inspite of the drug wars and coups is a simple West African nation with traces of colonialism and an abundance of wildlife. If you can find beauty in the slump, you must pay this country a visit.

Visa:

A Visa on Arrival for a maximum stay of 90 days is available to Indian passport holders at Guinea-Bissau. It should cost you 85 EUR and valid documents along with sufficient funds that take care of your stay are vital. Your passport should also be valid for the period of your stay.

Getting There:

Since there are no direct flights from India to Bissau, the capital of Guinea-Bissau, you will first have to fly to Cairo/Addis Ababa followed by Casablanca/Dakar in order to get to the country. The total journey is usually around 22 hours long.

Best Time to Visit:

November to May.

Key Attractions:

While there really isn't much to see and do in the country, especially in the capital, the Main Market of Bissau and the Igreja Catolica da Bissau are decent options. Moreover, the National Parks of Orango Islands and Cantanhez Forests along with the Lagoas Cufada Natural Park are exciting spots.

An archipelago composed of 10 islands, Cape Verde is the perfect escape and one of the most Westernised African nations. With its turquoise waters and golden sands, the country has taken the meaning of hospitality to a new level, thus enticing travellers from all parts of the world.

Visa:

Cape Verde is one of the countries that provide Indians a Visa on Arrival for 25 Euros. A valid passport is obviously required.

Getting There:

Flights from Delhi or Mumbai first go to cities like London/Doha/Istanbul followed by Casablanca in order to bring you to Praia, the capital of Cape Verde. The journey usually lasts more than a day.

Best Time to Visit:

November to December. February to May.

Key Attractions:

Cape Verde is replete with natural beauty in the form of Santo Antao, Boa Vista, Santiago, Mindelo and Brava. An active volcano by the name of Pico do Fogo, also the highest peak of Cape Verde, is dizzyingly fascinating. Moreover, the Palacio do Povo (People's Palace) in Mindelo is a sheer architectural delight.

Plagued by civil war, a plethora of travel advisories may have been issued against the East African nation of Burundi, yet, its mountains and lakes have not stopped travellers from trickling in. While it has now become a forbidden zone owing to the 2015 conflict, one can only hope for peace.

Visa:

Passengers who possess an Entry Authorisation Letter issued by the authorities of Burundi can get a Visa on Arrival that is valid for 1 month. Your passport and other travel documents must be valid upon arrival.

Getting There:

Flights from India usually go via Nairobi/Addis Ababa to the capital Bujumbura. The total journey is usually around 14-20 hours.

Best Time to Visit:

June to August (Regional factors need to be taken into consideration).

Key Attractions:

Burundi is a wildlife haven and the Rusizi and Kibira National Parks prove just that. There is also the beautiful Mount Heha along with the Great African Lake of Tanganyika. Moreover, the capital Bujumbura has the Reptile Park and the Livingstone-Stanley Monument along with the Monument de l'Unite.

With the impenetrable Amazonian rainforests and the towering peaks of the Andes, Ecuador is an awe-inspiring destination. Yet another paradise for viewing wildlife and relaxing on sun-kissed beaches, this South American beauty has been a magnet for travellers for all the right reasons. However, beware travel alerts issued owing to the Zika Virus.

Visa:

Ecuador is a Visa Free destination for Indians and you can stay in the country for a maximum of 90 days. However, your passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months post the arrival date and you should have a return ticket with you.

Getting There:

Since there are no direct flights between major Indian cities and Quito, the capital, you will have to make up to two stops in places either in Europe or the United States. The journey can be a tad bit long and flight tickets can be very expensive if not booked in advance.

Best Time to Visit:

December to May. Regional factors need to be taken into account.

Key Attractions:

While the Galapagos Islands are an obvious inclusion into every Ecuador itinerary, Quito, which lies in the literal middle of the world, the Equator, is quite fantastic as well. With the Museo Templo del Sol Pintor Ortega Maila and the Iglesia de La Compania de Jesus, the city can be quite a bit of a spiritual journey along with an architectural wonder in the form of its Old Town. A visit to the Cotopaxi National Park (Cotopaxi is an active volcano in the Andes) is recommended as well.

Bolivia is a paradise for food lovers and culture aficionados. Right from its coffee to its indigenous people, its dangerous roads to its many birds and snakes, the country is a thorough roller-coaster ride. Travel Alerts have unfortunately been issued because of the Zika Virus.

Visa:

Indian nationals with an invitation letter from Bolivia can get a Visa on Arrival that is valid for 90 days. The fee could be around 100USD. Your passport should be valid for a minimum of 6 months and a recent photograph is imperative too.

Getting There:

Flights from India to the city of La Paz can have up to 3 stops right from London to Miami, Amsterdam to Sao Paulo. Tickets need to be booked a lot in advance and the journey usually is more than 24 hours.

Best Time to Visit:

May to October.

Key Attractions:

Bolivia is almost synonymous with the breath-taking Salar De Uyuni and rightly so. However, one must not forget that the country also has the majestic Lake Titicaca and Copacabana town. The city of La Paz with its Plaza Murillo, Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, the Witches Market and the cobbled streets of Calle Jaen is quite a draw as well.

Saint Vincent and The Grenadines is a rather untouched idyllic escape. It is an example of the ups of island life - golden sandy beaches, towering palm trees and the blue sky intermingling with the blues and greens of the sea. The Zika Virus has unfortunately been proving to be a hindrance to travellers.

Visa:

St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a Visa Free destination for Indians and you can stay for a period of 1 month. An extension of your stay is possible but you need to ensure you have adequate funds to cover your stay. A valid passport and return tickets/onward journey tickets are important.

Getting There:

Indian tourists would first have to fly to London or Toronto followed by Bridgetown/ Port of Spain in order to reach Kingstown in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The journey lasts more than 24 hours and ticket prices can be rather exorbitant.

Best Time to Visit:

May to June. Also November.

Key Attractions:

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a tropical paradise with sights like the Bequia Island, La Soufriere Volcano, Princess Margaret Beach (Port Elizabeth), the Lower Bay Beach (Lower Bay), the Tobago Cays Marine Park, Kingstown Botanical Gardens, Salt Whistle Bay (Mayreau) and Happy Island (Clifton). There's also the beautiful Palm Island and the Vermont Nature Trail in St. Vincent that have collectively been delighting travellers since time immemorial.

An exceptionally laid-back twin island in the Caribbean, Saint Kitts and Nevis promises excellent views of volcanic mountains and the expanse of the blue sea along with the friendliest of locals. Long nature walks couldn't possibly have been more pleasant.

Visa:

Yet another Visa Free destination for Indians, you can stay in Saint Kitts and Nevis for a maximum of 3 months. You must have sufficient funds to cover the length of your stay and your passport should be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the arrival date.

Getting There:

Since there are no direct flights to Saint Kitts and Nevis, travellers flying from India will have to change at London followed by New York/ Miami or Antigua in order to reach Basseterre, the capital. The fare can be very high and the total journey lasts more than 24 hours.

Best Time to Visit:

November to December.

Key Attractions:

Saint Kitts and Nevis will provide you several exciting opportunities to live your travel dreams. With beautiful sights like Frigate Bay (St. Kitts), Mount Liamuiga (St. Kitts), Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park (St. Kitts), Black Rocks (St. Kitts), Museum of Nevis History (Charlestown) and the Independence Square (Basseterre). A tour of the Clay Villa Plantation House & Gardens (Challengers) is also worth everything.

One of the best known Caribbean delights, Trinidad and Tobago, replete with its white sands and palm trees, is the perfect getaway for hikers, swimmers, divers and merry-makers. With a thumping nightlife, this island is a non-stop party.

Visa:

A wonderful Visa Free destination for Indian nationals, you can stay in Trinidad and Tobago for a maximum of 90 days. You must have a valid passport, travel documents and an onward/return ticket.

Getting There:

Flights from India with as many as 2 stops at London and New York/Miami take you to the capital city of Port of Spain. Book tickets in advance for this long journey.

Best Time to Visit:

December to April.

Key Attractions:

An absolute Caribbean delight, Trinidad and Tobago possesses gems in the form of the Pigeon Point Beach (Tobago), Nylon Pool (Tobago), Maracas Bay (Port of Spain), Argyle Waterfall (Scarborough), the historical Fort King George (Scarborough), Tobago Forest Reserve and the Emperor Valley Zoo (Port of Spain). Travellers can never have enough of this exciting destination.

Samoa is yet another humble affair. Despite being blessed with the most pristine natural beauty - cascading waterfalls and calm seas, volcanic remnants and lush forests, it does not have a bustling tourist industry. The effort is to preserve its traditional Polynesian societies and visiting this Pacific nation therefore makes for a unique experience.

Visa:

Indian nationals can obtain an Entry Permit on arrival into Samoa that is valid for 60 days. A valid passport, travel documents, sufficient funds to take care of your stay and a return ticket are all essential.

Getting There:

There are no direct flights from India to the city of Apia. You will have to make as many as 2 stops in either Singapore or Hong Kong followed by Auckland or Sydney in order to get to your destination. The journey can be very long and tickets tend to be pricey.

Best Time to Visit:

May to October.

Key Attractions:

When in Samoa, visit the Samoa Cultural Village in order to witness the indigenous way of living followed by the Robert Louis Stevenson museum which is a wonderful homage to the poet and author. A downright natural wonder, the Alofaaga Blowholes are a surreal experience the Aganoa beach is the exotic retreat you needed in your life. Moreover, Mount Matavanu is one active volcano that you need to see.

Palau, with its volcanic islands, forests and lagoons looks straight out of a fantasy novel. A cluster of some 200 islands in Oceania, the Republic of Palau is a destination of ceaseless wonder . Its beauty will perhaps restore/establish your faith in an unknown power up above.

Visa:

Indian nationals can get a Visa On Arrival in Palau for a maximum stay of 30 days for free! 50 USD can get you an extension but you need to have adequate funds and documents along with a valid passport and tickets of your onward journey.

Getting There:

Yet another destination with no direct flights from India, you would first have to fly to Seoul/Hong Kong/Manila in order to get to Koror, the main commercial centre of Palau. The ticket prices are extremely high.

Best Time to Visit:

May to September (Low Season).

December to March (High Season).

Key Attractions:

With its coral reefs, jellyfish, waterfalls, scuba-diving and snorkelling opportunities, Peleliu, Babeldaob and Rock Islands are the most popular islands on the Palau archipelago. Koror Island with its lagoons, museums and stone monoliths is equally fascinating.

With its gloriously diverse ethnic population, Suriname is a fascinating blend of thick jungles and babbling rivers, colourful markets and an exciting nightlife. The food is as spicy as it could possibly get and the warmth and energy of the locals is infectious.

Visa:

Indian tourists can get a single entry Tourist Card on arrival at the Paramaribo International Airport for a maximum stay of 90 days. The fee for the same is USD 35. And the usual valid passport, travel documents and return tickets are imperative.

Getting There:

Yet another destination with no direct flights to and from India, you would either have to fly to Amsterdam or New York in order to get a flight to Paramaribo, the capital city. The fare is on the higher side.

Best Time to Visit:

February to April.

Key Attractions:

Suriname, albeit lesser known, is a geographical wonder and the Brownsberg Nature Park and the Central Suriname Nature Reserve prove just that. Additionally, there is the beautiful Riverside Boulevard, Central Market, the Presidential Palace, the Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral and Fort Zeelandia in Paramaribo.

Senegal is a noisy and dynamic affair; one with beaches, loud markets, national parks and architecture that is reminiscent of its colonial past. It is urban Africa at its best, a nation that its trying its best to grow and prosper despite all odds.

Visa:

Senegal is a Visa Free country for Indians and you can stay for up to 90 days. Your passport should be valid for a minimum of 3 months from the date of your arrival.

Getting There:

Flights to Dakar, the capital of Senegal usually go via Istanbul or Dubai and the journey can be extremely long. Book your tickets several months in advance.

Best Time to Visit:

November to February.

Key Attractions:

When in Senegal, the capital Dakar has some wonderful sights to offer. Right from La Maison des Esclaves which is a reminder of the horrors of slavery to the geographical wonder that is Lago Rosa or 'pink lake', the city is a rather unknown gem. Moreover, for all of the artists, the Village des Arts is the perfect museum. If you are in Saint-Louis, make sure you see the Pont Faidherbe, yet another creation of Gustave Eiffel.

Malawi, despite being constantly overlooked is an exciting safari destination in Africa. Its peaks and plateaus have seduced many hikers and its pristine islands have put several beach lovers in a state of trance.

Visa:

Indian nationals visiting Malawi can obtain a Visa On Arrival for a maximum stay of 30 days. Sufficient funds, a valid passport and documents are absolutely necessary. The absence of return/onward tickets could result in a refusal.

Getting There:

There are no direct flights from India to Malawi and the shortest route is via Addis Ababa from where you could fly to the capital city of Lilongwe. Alternatively, there are flights from Abu Dhabi/Doha/Dubai to Nairobi/Johanesburg from where you could hop on a flight to Lilongwe. The journey lasts more than 24 hours and flight tickets aren't cheap.

Best Time to Visit:

May to October.

Key Attractions:

Malawi is where the wild things are and the Majete, Nkhotakota and Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserves along with the Nyika National Park are wonderful illustrations of that fact. And then there is the beautiful Mount Muljane that welcomes hiking experts with open arms. The icing on the cake is the Kumbali Cultural Village in Lilongwe which is an experience like no other.

The Marshall Islands exhibit what it is like to live in perfect harmony with the sea. A tropical retreat like no other, these Pacific coral islands, that were once colonised by defence forces, are great for divers and navigators. If you love fishing in the company of turquoise waters and golden beaches, you wouldn't realise where time flew.

Visa:

Nationals of India can obtain a Visa On Arrival at Marshall Islands for a maximum stay of 90 days. Sufficient funds, a valid passport and travel documents are imperative. So is a return ticket.

Getting There:

Since there are no direct flights from India to Majuro (the largest city), you would have to take around 3 flights and travel for 50+ hours to get to Marshall Islands. Flights from London/Shanghai/Tokyo go to Honolulu (Hawaii) and you could then fly to Majuro from there. Tickets might be a wee bit expensive.

Best Time to Visit:

May to October.

Key Attractions:

From the Arno Atoll to the Bikini Atoll, the Marshall Islands are an exotic paradise. If you love snorkelling, diving and quiet contemplation in the company of blue waters, sandy beaches and rustic cabins, this is exactly where you should be. Moreover, the Majuro Bridge is the icing on the cake.

Irrespective of the travel advisories, Mauritania is cultural experience like no other. Its sand dunes and oases coupled with its UNESCO World Heritage listed sights and national parks collectively make this West African nation an incredible destination.

Visa:

Passport holders from all countries can get a Visa on Arrival at the Nouakchott International Airport. You would have to pay around 50 USD for the same.

Getting There:

Since there are no direct flights from any Indian city to the capital Nouakchott, you would either have to fly to Istanbul or Tunis (Tunisia)/Casablanca (Morocco) in order to get to Mauritania. The journey is usually a day long and the ticket prices can be on the higher side.

Best Time to Visit:

November to March.

Key Attractions:

Mauritania has the best of both worlds - the elegance of the Plage de Nouakchott Beach to the mystery of Chinguitti Desert (a UNESCO World Heritage site). You can go around Port de Peche in Nouakchott to watch local fishermen in action. For lovers of art and architecture, there is the Saudi Mosque. However considering the many security threats associated with this country, it is practical to be vary.

An intrinsically dramatic country and home to the Roof Of The World (the Pamirs), Tajikistan is all about rugged landscapes and rural villages with endearing locals. The topography of this Central Asian delight is breath-taking and will put a spell on you.

Visa:

Indian Nationals can get an e-Visa in order to visit the beautiful country of Tajikistan.

Getting There:

Indians would ideally have to first fly to Almaty in Kazakistan in order to get to Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. The journey could be long owing to the layover.

Best Time to Visit:

September to October.

Key Attractions:

Tajikistan is an interesting combination of natural beauty and cultural delights. Extending from the Rudaki Park, the National Museum of Tajikistan and the Ismaili Centre to the Pamir Highway and Lake Alexander, the country deserves a lot more attention than it gets. The Nurek Dam, Dushanbe Zoo and Victory Park are equally notable sights.

The land of golden, glittering pagodas, pine forests and elegantly flowing rivers, Myanmar is an enticing slice of South East Asia. A brilliant blend of urban and rural elements, the country is a thorough Buddhist pilgrimage and so much more.

Visa:

Myanmar offers a smooth e-Visa facility to Indian visitors.

Getting There:

Flights from Indian cities usually go to Yangon (the economic centre of Myanmar) via Dhaka, Bangkok or Kunming. The journey could be anything between 4 to 10 hours and booking in advance will bring you cheaper tickets.

Best Time to Visit:

November to February.

Key Attractions:

Myanmar is a spiritual journey like no other and with the Shwedagon, Kothaung and Shittaung Pagodas and the majestic city of Bagan, you will certainly be able to find your inner self. For nature lovers, the Inle Lake Region and Nagpali Beach serve as the perfect escapes. And if you intend to trace the roots of inspirational leaders like Aung San Suu Kyi, this country is where you should be.

Supposedly home to the Garden of Eden, Bahrain is a luxurious affair. It might not be as popular as the other Gulf kingdoms, but it possesses a unique charm in the form of its modern architecture, a fantastic food scene and an elaborate Formula 1 Grand Prix of its own.

Visa:

Bahrain has the facility of an e-Visa for Indian Nationals. However, you must make sure you have a copy of the same. Also, return/onward tickets and adequate funds to cover your stay are very important.

Getting There:

There are a decent number of non-stop flights from certain Indian cities (Delhi/Mumbai/Kochi) to Bahrain. The journey should be around 4 to 5 hours long and you can get a good deal upon booking tickets in advance.

Best Time to Visit:

November to February.

Key Attractions:

Bahrain is the perfect amalgamation of traditional and modern elements. While the Great Mosque, the Bahrain National Musuem and the Qalat al Bahrain are cultural treasures, the Lost Paradise of Dilmun and Wahooo! Waterpark along with the Seef Mall and the Bahrain International Circuit are proof of its urban growth. The Camel Farms and Souks of Manama are also worth seeing.

Cote d'Ivoire or the Ivory Coast, despite its recent conflicts is a secret hideaway, a great escape. With its waterfalls and rainforests fringed by sandy beaches, every breath you take on this beautiful land is refreshing and nourishing. The capital, interestingly is home to contrasting high-rises, churches and hip bars.

Visa:

Cote d'Ivoire has made life easier for a lot of Indians by offering the provision of an e-Visa.

Getting There:

Indians would ideally have to first fly to Addis Ababa in order to get to the Felix Houphouet Boigny Airport in Abidjan in the Ivory Coast. The journey should be between 15 to 20 hours and ticket prices can unfortunately be extremely high.

Best Time to Visit:

December to April.

Key Attractions:

Cote d'Ivoire or the Ivory Coast is yet another exotic escape especially considering the presence of National Parks and Game Reserves ( Reserve Naturelle du Banco, Dipi Crocodile Farm, AAbokouamekro Game Reserve, Assagny National Park and the Zoo Nationale d'Abidjan). Religious monuments such as the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, St. Paul's Cathedral and the Grande Mosquee du Plateau are equally wonderful. Also ensure that you visit the Abidjan Plateau and the Jardin botanique de Bingerville.

Antigua and Barbuda is a Caribbean island made of dreams. Its historic sights, villages and reefs have lured travellers from all parts of the globe. This is where life is a beach and quite literally so.

Visa:

Antigua and Barbuda has an Electronic Entry Visa system for Indian Nationals and you must absolutely have a confirmation of the same.

Getting There:

Owing to the lack of non-stop connections between Indian cities and St. John's in Antigua and Barbuda, flights usually go via London and/or Frankfurt/Toronto. The total length of this rather expensive journey could be anything between 17 to 22 hours.

Best Time to Visit:

May to November.

Key Attractions:

Antigua and Barbuda is a paradise for those who love water sports. Right from Stingray City to the Valley Church, Galley Bay, Darkwood and Pigeon Beach, you will always be in the company of natural beauty and adequate opportunities for boat tours, snorkelling and scuba diving. Historical sights such as Shirley Heights, Nelson's Dockyard and Betty's Hope are equally interesting. It might also interest you to know that Antigua is home to a certain Mount Obama.

A relatively peaceful African nation, Gabon majorly possesses a protected rainforest along with pretty beaches and elegantly flowing rivers. With a cosmopolitan escape in the form of its capital Libreville, Gabon has it all and certainly deserves a lot more attention from travellers.

Visa:

Gabon is yet another country to have the e-Visa option for Indians.

Getting There:

Flights from Indian cities go via Doha/Addis Ababa/Lome/Casablanca to Libreville, the capital of Gabon. The journey is a little under 24 hours and tickets can be on the pricier side.

Best Time to Visit:

May to September or December to January.

Key Attractions:

There isn't much to do in Gabon apart form exploring wildlife, a few religious and historical monuments and beaches. There are the National Parks of Lope, Mayumba, Ivindo and Loango. The Makokou and Kongou Falls, Gabon's answer to Niagara are beautiful and the capital of Libreville is embedded with gems like Musée des Arts et Traditions, the Presidential Palace and St. Marie Cathedral.

With its churches, mountain landscapes and vineyards, Georgia is a lesser known gem in Eastern Europe. Replete with art and architectural delights, the country is rapidly morphing into a happening travel destination with its modern facilities and a low crime rate.

Visa:

The country of Georgia is one of the few European countries to offer an e-Visa facility to Indian Nationals.

Getting There:

Flights from major Indian cities to Tbilisi, the Georgian capital usually go via Dubai. The journey should be around 15 hours long and decent deals are available upon booking in advance.

Best Time to Visit:

May to June or September to October.

Key Attractions:

Explore the beautiful hamlets of Mestia and the Gergeti Glacier. Make the most of your museum experiences at the Stalin Museum and the Museum of Georgia. Visit the historic sight of Davit Gareja and hike to your heart's content at Vardzia. Do not forget to get in touch with your spiritual side at the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi along with the Kashveti Church.

Malaysia is a blend of skyscrapers and natural beauty; an amalgamation of a little bit of its beaches and a whole lot of mountains standing in stark contrast to its colonial architecture. The peninsula is an array of cuisines, religions and ethnicities coming together as one. Malaysia truly is Asia.

Visa:

Malaysia offers Indians the option to apply for an e-Visa in order to visit the country. However, if you are an Indian National arriving directly from Singapore, Thailand or Indonesia, you can get a Visa on Arrival. The fee may be up to 100 USD and you need to have sufficient funds to cover your stay and a confirmed return ticket.

Getting There:

There are a few direct flights from India to Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian Capital. Most flights otherwise go via Bangkok or Singapore and you must book in advance in order to save money. A direct journey is usually around 4 to 5 hours long.

Best Time to Visit:

May to September.

Key Attractions:

There is so much to do in Malaysia and so much more. Right from the Petronas Towers and Batu Caves to Genting Highlands and Langkawi, this certainly is the mother of all destinations. While your schedule will be packed to the T, take some time out and visit Suria KLCC and sample street food at Bukit Bintang.

Rwanda was once shaken by one of the worst genocides known to mankind, however, today, with its forests and volcanoes, this East African country has emerged as an important tourist destination. With its promising future, its tribes have been standing in perfect harmony and in turn setting an example for the world to follow.

Visa:

Rwanda is one of the few countries to offer Indians the facility of an e-Visa.

Getting There:

Flights from Indian cities to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda usually go via Addis Ababa. The journey is usually around 14 hours and if you book your tickets in advance, you might just land yourself an exciting deal.

Best Time to Visit:

June to September.

Key Attractions:

When in Rwanda, visiting the National Parks of Volcanoes, Akagera, Virunga and Nyungwe is an absolute must. You should also see the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, the Inema Art Centre, the Niyo Art Gallery and the Ntarama Church. The National Museum of Rwanda in Butare along with the Murambi Genocide Memorial Centre might turn out to be a harrowing experience but is an eye-opener.

The second smallest country of Africa, Sao Tome and Principe is a volcanic paradise with its perfect beaches and exotic flora and fauna. The locally run lodges provide a memorable homestyle experience to travellers and keep them coming back for more.

Visa:

The island of Sao Tome and Principe accepts Indian travellers with an e-Visa.

Getting There:

Flights from India to Sao Tome and Principe usually come with 2 stops, one at Addis Ababa/Nairobi followed by the other at Accra in Ghana. The journey lasts more than 24 hours and the tickets are priced rather exorbitantly.

Best Time to Visit:

June to September.

Key Attractions:

Sao Tome and Principe is a great combination of natural beauty and historical elements. The Obo Natural Park, the Lagoa Azul, Banana Beach, the islet of Ilhéu das Rolas and the volcanic peak of Pico Cão Grande coupled with the São Sebastião Museum and Roca Belo Monte make for interesting travel stories.

The camps of Zambia, despite the challenges that they come with have seduced tourists from far and wide. With three great rivers and a staggering diversity of wildlife, the country might be difficult but is a greatly enriching experience.

Visa:

Zambia welcomes Indians with an e-Visa.

Getting There:

There are a decent number of (non-direct) connections, albeit long and expensive, between Indian cities and Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. They are usually via Dubai/Abu Dhabi followed by Nairobi/Johannesburg/Addis Ababa.

Best Time to Visit:

May to October.

Key Attractions:

Zambia, interestingly has a plethora of museums and game reserves, a rather contradictory offering. There is the Chaminuka Game Reserve, the Lower Zambezi National Park, the Kafue National Park, the Rhino Walk Safari, and the Victoria Falls National Park. In contrast, the country has the Zambia National Museum, the Railway Museum and the Copperbelt Museum. The Devil's Pool in Livingstone is yet another noteworthy sight.

Having lived for decades in political and economic conflict, Zimbabwe is a nation known for its resilience. With its UNESCO World Heritage listed archaeological sites and wildlife parks, the friendly locals have been welcoming travellers with open arms.

Visa:

The country of Zimbabwe accepts Indian Nationals with an e-Visa.

Getting There:

There are no direct flights between India and Zimbabwe and you will therefore have to first fly to either Nairobi or Addis Ababa in order to reach Harare, the capital city. The journey could be between 20 to 30 hours long and tickets need to be booked a lot in advance.

Best Time to Visit:

May to October.

Key Attractions:

Zimbabwe is yet another wildlife haven and travellers will certainly be delighted by the choice that it offers in terms of National Parks right from Victoria Falls and Hwange to Matobo and Gonarezhou. The Lion and Cheetah Park and Mukuvisi Woodlands in Harare are added delights. For those looking to be in the vicinity of civilisation, there is the National Gallery of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe Museum of Human Sciences.

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With visa on arrival being offered to Indians by many countries around the world, you can now have the most laid-back travel experience of your life. Take a break from that job, pack your bags and go! We wish you a wonderful journey!

You can read more about these countries that provide Indians with a Visa On Arrival on Tripoto.

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Nice article. Would you know of any visa-on-arrival destinations which allow Indians to enter just like Westerners enter India (no pre booked package, no fixed itinerary, no mandatory hotel bookings). Mauritius has visa on arrival but immigration insists on seeing your package deal vouchers. So yes, there's visa-on-arrival but its kinda reserved for pre booked tour package tourism, not the fluid backpacking kind.
Tue 09 06 16, 21:58 · Reply (3) · Report
no they got working holiday visa we get tourist visa. so we got restrictions, they thoughts indians are rich and won't like to work and travel abroad so we have to just watch nd come back to our country
Sat 07 15 17, 12:12 · Report
Thailand doesn't need any pre booking or fixed package
Sat 03 18 17, 11:47 · Report
That is a great observation and as far I know Indians spend more, are more happy to see the world ...
Tue 01 31 17, 01:24 · Report
Excellent info ! Thank you tonnes
Tue 09 06 16, 11:42 · Reply · Report
one of the best articles!!
Sat 09 03 16, 07:27 · Reply · Report
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