The New Year is here. If your bucket list happens to feature a lot of travelling, here are 5 global destinations you can fly to from Mumbai on the cheap.
It’s that time of the year again. The time when mindless forwarded messages on Whatsapp will remind you again and again that it’s the New Year.
For most of us, a new year is less about half-meant resolutions and more about finding ways to get to know ourselves better. What better way to achieve this than by travelling, right? India’s diverse landscape undoubtedly provides one with a plethora of holiday options. However, nothing quite beats the high that comes from the stamp on one’s passport.
If you’ve always wanted to travel the world but feared that you might not be able to afford it, here’s news for you. You certainly can do so and still keep it under Rs. 50,000. But always remember to buy Travel Insurance for your international trips. This will come in handy during misplaced intercity transfers, flight delays or unwarranted situations like accidents or medical emergencies.
Here are 5 global destinations that your itchy feet and wallet will thank you for:
· Destination: Dubai (UAE)
Being the United Arab Emirates’ favourite holiday hotspot, it’s very popular as one of the most affordable holiday destinations for the Indian middle class.
Local attractions like the towering Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Museum and the glitzy Dubai Mall draw crowds from far and wide. Its modern high-rises may be more talked about, but a walk around the Bastakia district will open up the Dubai of old.
Deira situated on the northern bank of Dubai Creek is most popular among tourists for its traditional souks (markets). In fact, the Deira Gold Souk is the largest global bazaar in the world, so make sure you don’t miss it.
If you fly between the 1st and the 16th of March, a round trip could cost you as little as Rs. 11,889 (per person).
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· Destination: Colombo (Sri Lanka)
Considered the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’, a Sri Lankan sojourn is incomplete without a visit to its majestic temples and pristine beaches. The Beddagana Wetland Park is a new addition to the long list of tourist attractions in Colombo. Here, travellers can find themselves in the lap of lush grasslands, rich vegetation and wildlife.
Other must-visit places include the Diyatha Uyana. This was once a wasteland but now houses an aquarium, local eateries and a few handicraft stalls. Buddhist temples like the Bellanwila Rajamaha Viharaya, Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara and the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple are other draws that are examples of architectural brilliance and offer spiritual bliss to those seeking it.
The Galle Face Green is a breathtaking promenade along the sea. It’s a good place for travellers to soak in the sun, take a refreshing walk and relish the local cuisine.
A roundtrip between the 1st and the 16th of March will cost you Rs. 15, 762 (per person).
· Destination: Seychelles
Seychelles is a tropical island lying to the east of Kenya. It is known for its boulder-strewn beaches and thriving coral reefs. The protected area makes up almost half of its total land. Also, many of the atolls and islands are contained within marine sanctuaries.
The larger, granitic islands of Mahe, Praslin and La Digue are more tourist-friendly and have several luxury five-star resorts. Mahe is home to the small capital, Victoria, as well the international airport, cruise ship port, and the breathtaking Morne Seychellois National Park.
A round trip could cost one person as low as Rs. 30, 080 if you fly between the 1st and the 16th of March.
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· Destination: Budapest (Hungary)
Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is often considered the “Paris of the East”. It is also home to numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Danube river crisscrosses through the city from north to south. Budapest is renowned for its stunning architecture and thermal springs. Some of the springs have been used for therapeutic purposes since prehistory. Popular tourist attractions include the Gellert Hill, The Museum of Fine Arts, the Danube Promenade and the Hungarian National Museum.
If you’re flying between the 1st and the 16th of March, a flight with only one stopover could cost you as low as Rs. 36, 690 (round trip for one person).
Additional reading: Here’s How You Can Travel To Europe On A Frugal Budget
· Destination: Istanbul (Turkey)
The ‘east meets west’ city of Istanbul has been home to three empires – the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman. Along the Bosphorus River, the city’s architecture boasts a unique blend of Christian and Islamic architectural styles.
Catch the Iznik tiles at the Blue Mosque, soak in the majesty of the Hagia Sophia and visit the Topkapi Palace, also known as the home of the Ottoman Sultans. Discover the metropolis that Istanbul is today with its fancy art galleries, world-class restaurants and electrifying nightclubs. It’s no wonder that Istanbul is known as the melting pot of the 21st century.
If you take a flight between the 1st and the 16th of March, a direct flight could cost as low as Rs. 41, 588 (round trip for 1 person).
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Disclaimer: All round trip figures consider Mumbai as the fly-out location.