8 International Trips From India That Will Cost Less Than an iPhone 7

There are many people in India who fancy buying an iphone 7 even if it means spending their precious salaries for it. However, we have a better option for you through which you can spend your money on experiences rather than material possessions. An iphone 7 in India costs somewhere around 70k! Just imagine if you can spend that money on exploring international destinations how much fun and knowledge that would entail. Let us tell you 8 international destinations from India that can cost you the same as having an iphone 7. But do keep in mind that this list is meant for people who choose to stay with budget options and plan their trips 5-6 months in advance. 

1. Bhutan

Laden with an element of mystery and magic, Bhutan is considered to be one of the centres of Buddhism. Sharing its borders with India, this country is full of natural as well as cultural beauty that can be visited at budget prices.

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Recommended Duration of stay: 6 days

Air Tickets: The best way to reach Bhutan from India is to take a domestic flight to Bagdogra Airport which is the nearest airport to the Bhutan border. The round trip can cost INR 6000 onwards. Take a 5 hour bus journey ahead which could cost approx INR 1900.

Cost of Stay: a decent guesthouse would be available from Rs 500 onwards.

Where to eat: These are good budget restaurants in Bhutan such as Bhutan Kitchen, Bukhari Restaurant, Karma's Coffee and Musk Restaurant that offer good meals at affordable prices.

What to see and do: Places to visit in Bhutan are Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Haa Valley. Attractions cover Monasteries, temples, farm houses, National Memorial Chorten, Takin Zoo and Folk heritage Museum.

Approximate total cost for this trip: INR 40,000 

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2. Singapore

The bustling commercial centre of Asia, Singapore spoils its visitors with its vibrant energy, recreation options and cruises. Just 5 hours away from India through flight, this is where you will find a large Indian population.

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Recommended Duration of Stay: 2 days

Air Tickets: If booked atleast 6 months in advance, the airtickets to Singapore will cost around 25000-26000.

Cost of Stay: A single room can start from INR 2000/ night in a decent budget hotel.

Where to eat: Budget restautants in Singapore: Chopsuey, Ding Dong, Blue Ginger and Zam Zam

What to do and see: Exploring Sentosa, Underwater world or Universal Studios and checking out tourist attractions like Gardens By The Bay, Woodlands, Singapore Flyer, Merlion Bay, Little India.

Approximate total cost for this trip: INR 60,000

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3. Indonesia

Straddling the Equator between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean,  Indonesia is the largest archipelago with 18,110 islands.  The largely volcanic nature of the islands here has lead to the creation of tall cloud-swept mountains.  Indonesia’s terrain is populated by rice terraces or rainforest, bright beaches and vivid blue seas that offer as an ideal backdrop against Southeast Asia’s biggest wilderness areas and wildlife sanctuaries.

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Recommended Duration of Stay: 4 days

Air Tickets: Air tickets will cost you around 35000. However, the prices can be lower if booked much in advance.

Cost of Stay: There are budget hotels and hostels in Indonesia that cost you around RS 700 per night.Air Tickets: Air tickets will cost you around 35000. However, the prices can be lower if booked much in advance.

Where to eat: Budget Restaurants in Indonesia: Warung (Food Stalls), Lesehan, Kaki-Lima and Warteg.

What to see and do: Bali, Java, Yogyakarta, Jakarta, and Sumatra. Apart from these there are fun activities to indulge in such as Bali Village cycling tour, Spa treatments at places like Anika spa, water sports, and volcano tours.

Approximate total cost for this trip: INR 52,000

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4. Vietnam

Exotic and beautiful, Vietnam has come up well in travel industry after ages of obscurity. The country is laden with natural charm and locations that inspire awe .

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Recommended Duration of Stay: 3 days

Air Tickets: The round trip flight tickets can cost INR 30,000 onwards when planned 4-6 months in advance. Air Asia also offers budget flights from India to Vietnam.

Cost of Stay:  Ho Chi Minh City offers dormitory rooms starting from as low as INR 400 per night. There are also decent hotels whose single room ranges from INR 700 onwards per night.

Where to eat: Budget Restaurants in Vietnam: Cha Ca Street, Nguyen Truong, Spicy Restaurant and Ganh Hao

Things to do: Local market tours, island tours and wildlife tours. Hanoi, Kayakking at Ha Long Bay, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City.

Approximate total cost for this trip: INR 48,000

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5. Thailand

Thailand is perhaps the nearest most happening international destination from India that can be visited at budget costs. This country is known for tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples displaying figures of Buddha, a revered symbol. 

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Recommended Duration of Stay: 6 Days

Air Tickets: The round trip flight tickets can cost around 25000, if boarding from New Delhi or Mumbai.

Cost of Stay:  Thailand is full of budget staying options that cost as low as INR 573 per night per person.

Where to eat: Thailand is famous for its street food but other budget restaurants are: Om Garden Café and Baan Benjarong

Places To Visit: Bangkok, Pattaya and coral islands, Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai . Must see attractions will include Ancient Buddha temples, floating markets and elephant show etc.

Approximate total cost for this trip: INR 43,000

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6. Qatar

Qatar beams with heritage souqs, world-class Museum of Islamic Art, and lyrical sand dunes. All this offers an excellent introduction to the Arab world that waits to allure its visitors. The tradition here meets with modernity that stands evident with world class skyscrapers and a dazzling skyline.

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Recommended Duration of Stay: 4 days

Air Tickets: The roundabout trip to Qatar will cost you approximately 25000 if booked 6 months in advance.

Cost of Stay: There are budget hotels in Qatar that offer stay at Rs 1000 per night.

Where to eat: Budget restaurants in Qatar: Al-Mourjan, Al-Tawash Restaurant and Batteel Café

What to do and see: Doha, Dhal Al Misfir, Khor Al Adaid Natural Reserves and Zubarah Fort. If you are an adventure seeker, you can opt for helicopter rides, dune bashing and camel rides.

Approximate total cost for this trip: INR 57,000

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7. Sri- Lanka

The endless beaches that combine with temples, wildlife sanctuaries, memorable scenery and cultural highlights is what makes up Sri Lanka’s panoramic view! 

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Recommended Duration of Stay: 5 days

Air Tickets: The roundabout tickets From Delh cost INR 20,000 onwards. However, the best option is to take a flight from Chennnai that costs around INR 8000 onwards

Cost of Stay: There are dormitory style accommodations that starts for INR 600/night. Similarly in other places like Kandy, Bentota and so on, hotel rooms can range from INR 1000 onwards per night.

Where to eat: Budget restaurants in Sri-Lanka: Yaal Restaurant, Bombay Sweet Mahal, Ceylon Tea Moments and Hansa Coffee.

What to see and do:  Colombo, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Bentota. Attractions include Temple of tooth Relic, boating or fishing on Lake Gregory, Seetha Eliya garden and temple from famous Ramayana, turtle hatchery etc.

Approximate total cost for this trip: INR 54,000

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8. Egypt

Just imagine if you could such an ancient city at budget prices. Egypt is one of those countries that have suffered the ravages of time and still have remained unscathed!

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Recommended Duration of Visit: 5 Days

Air Tickets: Kuwait Airways from Mumbai: INR 29,500

Cost of Stay: INR 5000 for 5 days at Cecilia Hostel, Cairo

Where to eat: Budget restaurants in Egypt: Mohammed Ahmed Restaurant, Sofra Restaurant & Café and Kadoura

What to see and do: Tourist attraction includes the Pyramids at Giza while other tourist cities include Alexandria, Aswan, the Red Sea and Sinai.

Approximate total cost for this trip: INR 60,000

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So which one of these countries you think are worthy enough to forsake your iphone 7 for!

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A lover of literature, Neha wants to understand world through the prism of books. Nuances of words, spoken or written, entice her to delve into the human psyche. A voracious reader of Partition and feminist literature, she desires to deconstruct and unlearn the congealed forms of knowledge system.

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