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2 August 2018 | 9 min read

Visit These 8 Countries Where The Indian Rupee Value Is More

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Think vacation and the mind automatically wander to the cliched idea of holidays, thanks to pop culture- romancing in Paris, skiing down the Swiss Alps, indulging in the Greek cuisine, and cooling down with some authentic gelato as you meander down the canals of Venice in gondolas.

Unfortunately, the perfect vacation often involves emptying your bank account, doesn’t it? Not anymore, because if you don’t know it yet, the Indian Rupee value is stronger than the local currencies of some countries. Here are a few countries you can visit where Indian rupee value is high. Ready? Let’s go.

1. Vietnam

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Travel for Beaches | Museums | Rivers

1 INR = 338 VND (Vietnamese Dong)

Home to some of the world’s largest caves, this Spiritual Country is a cultural melting pot and a history lesson waiting to unfold in front of your eyes. Vietnam is not just for the exploring souls; its coastline extends from Halong Bay in the South China Sea to the Gulf of Thailand. You could spend your entire week of vacation chilling around the beaches, and it still won’t be enough!

Experience

  • Island Hopping around the seaside town of Nha Trang, which is one of the gateways to some of the most intriguing islands you can visit in the country
  • The firework of flavours in their cuisine, which is the result of Umami and the use of the five key elements – spicy, sour, sweet, bitter, and salty. Pho {a type of rice noodles made with herbs, chicken, and chilli}, and banh mi {a Vietnamese take on the humble bread stuffed with herbs, spices, vegetables, and meat} are simply delicious and mouth-watering. It is highly recommended!
  • The cultural contrast of the ancient temples influenced by Chinese and Hindu architecture and the Buddhist Pagodas will make you feel like you are travelling in a time machine. Don’t forget to visit at least a few of these temples.

Budget

  • Round trip flights to Hanoi City start at INR 23,000 {you need to book at least two months before}
  • Sightseeing, food, and travelling within the country might cost around INR 18,500 per week per person
  • Stay per person for a week would cost around INR 9,500

Total: Around INR 58,000 per person

2. Laos

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Travel for: Eco-Tourism | Architecture | Seafood

1 INR = 122 LAK (Lao Kip)

Aptly described by the tourism slogan, Laos is ‘Simply beautiful’. This stunning country is landlocked by the vibrancy of Vietnam, scenic Thailand, bustling China, and breathtaking Cambodia.

Experience

  • The natural attractions of Laos include the wilderness that is traced by the Mekong River, the surreal views offered by the mountains of Oudomxay Province, and Si Phan Don, where the very objective is to make no plans and take in the natural delights. If you’re lucky, you might get to spot a couple of Mekong pink dolphins too.
  • The traditional wooden houses line the tiny lanes that meander through the plains like the mighty Mekong. Take a stroll through these streets, walk into a cafe and enjoy the pleasant views.
  • Tubing down the Nam Song and Si Phan Don Rivers involves floating down the streams in a large tube. You can also try kayaking, trekking and rock climbing as well. Don’t forget to calm your nerves later by basking in the herbal sauna.

Budget

  • Round trip flights to Vientiane start from INR 30,000 {you need to book at least two months before}
  • Sightseeing, food, and travelling within might cost around INR 6,500 per week per person
  • Stay per person for a week would cost around INR 6,000

Total: Around INR 42,500 per person

3. Nepal

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Travel for: Mountains | Culture | Monasteries

1 INR = 1.5 NPR (Nepalese Rupee)

Squeezed between Tibet and India, the land of the mighty Himalayas needs no introduction. Nepal is where you should head to if you want a holiday to reflect on life as you trek up the mountains or enjoy the gentle breeze while you camp in the valleys.

Experience

  • Festivals comprise an essential part of Nepal’s culture and traditions, and a trip to Nepal is incomplete without witnessing at least one of their many cultural extravaganzas on display during important dates and events. Losar, Nawa Barsa, Machhendranath Rath Yatra, are some of the spectacular Buddhist and Hindu festivals celebrated here, and you can view the festival calendar on their official site to plan your trip accordingly.
  • The Newari dishes is a welcome break from the fast-food culture and gives you a chance to indulge in some authentic Nepali dishes. With more than a dozen varieties of just Daal Bhaat {the National dish of Nepal}, you will be spoilt for choice. Add to that the huge variety of spiced meat, Sekuwa(kebabs), traditional desserts, curries, bread, and snacks are sure to make you go into a food coma.
  • Old Kathmandu is a must-visit for its monasteries and the Annapurna and Everest Base Camp for those interested in a trek.

Budget

  • Round trip flights to Kathmandu start at INR 9,000 {you need to book at least two months before}
  • Sightseeing, food, and travelling within might cost around INR 12,500 per week per person
  • Stay per person for a week would cost around INR 8,500

Total: Around INR 44,000 per person

4. Bhutan

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Travel for: Shopping | Cuisine | Culture

1 INR = 1 BTN (Bhutanese Ngultrum)

The geographical diversity, merged with its cultural and climatic diversity, make Bhutan an ideal holiday destination. Take a step back from the hustle and bustle of urban life and let Bhutan teach you the art of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary.

Experience

  • The amazing weather all year round in Bhutan is due to its diverse climates and season. You can experience Summer, Spring, Autumn, Winter, and Monsoon here, which means the Bhutan you see now would be a whole lot different from what you would experience a couple of months down the line!
  • The valleys, beautiful monasteries, and other tourist attractions are sights to behold. The Paro valley is home to the famous Tiger’s Nest {Taktsang} monastery, while Thimpu features the towering bronze statue of Buddha, gilded in gold.
  • The national dish of Bhutan is Ema Datshi, a spicy stew made with cheese, spices, and chilli; a must-try for all food enthusiasts.
  • Take a day off for shopping, for Bhutan boasts of an exquisite collection of local crafts and textiles.

Budget

  • Round trip flights to Paro start at INR 15,000 {you need to book at least two months before}
  • Sightseeing, food, and travelling within might cost around INR 15,000 per week per person
  • Stay per person for a week would cost around INR 12,000

Total: Around INR 42,000 per person

5. Costa Rica

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Travel for: Adventure | Beaches | Wildlife

1 INR= 8 CRC (Costa Rican Colón)

Home to some of the most aromatic coffee beans, the land of rich biodiversity and volcanoes, and miles and miles of coastline, Costa Rica is the spiritual homeland of every adventurous soul. The Ticos and Ticas {Men and Women} of Costa Rica live by the philosophy of ‘Pura Vida’- pure life and believe in living life to the fullest. No wonder they are considered as some of the happiest people on Earth!

Experience

  • The laid-back village of Manzanillo is what you would discover if you were to take the road less travelled. The fishing village is a tropical paradise with scenic beaches, snorkelling, and surfing.
  • The Limon Carnival usually takes place during October and is an annual Costa Rican celebration. Munch on tangy Creole street food, and revel in the explosion of colourful visual extravagance where you will uncover the true slice of Caribbean culture.
  • Arenal Volcano still smokes from time to time, and while you cannot hike to the crater, there are other adventure activities on offer. Soak it up in the hot springs, zip-line through the canopies, and get a closer look at the crater from the hanging bridges.

Budget

  • Round trip flights to San Jose start at INR 45,000 {you need to book at least two months before}
  • Sightseeing, food, and travelling within might cost around INR 25,000 per week per person
  • Stay per person for a week would cost around INR 20,000

Total: Around INR 1,20,000 per person

6. Hungary

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Travel for: Architecture | Nightlife | Handicrafts

1 INR= 4 HUF (Hungarian Forint)

Want to have that European holiday? One word- Budapest! Yes, the region that Hollywood can’t get enough of is the Hungarian Capital, where the grand architecture influenced by Oriental and Art Nouveau style will make you wonder if you’ve travelled back in time.

Experience

  • The Ruin pubs of Budapest are some of the most iconic premises that can be found only in Hungary. These are some of the oldest exposed-brick and stone-walled buildings that have been converted to bars, contributing to its vibrant nightlife.
  • Cruise along the Danube {Europe’s second-longest river} and take in the spectacular view of uninterrupted sparkling waters, breathtaking monasteries and picturesque vineyards.
  • The Turkish Spas and Baths of Budapest have helped it in reinventing itself as the city of medicinal waters. Széchenyi is the largest medicinal spa in Europe, with a series of indoor thermal pools, plunge pools, saunas, sprays, and outdoor pools. Entry to the Spas starts at INR 600 for 2 hours {on weekdays}

Budget

  • Round trip flights to Budapest start at INR 50,000 {you need to book at least two months before}
  • Sightseeing, food, and travelling within might cost around INR 20,000 per week per person
  • Stay per person for a week would cost around INR 7,000

Total: Around INR 62,000 per person

7. Indonesia

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Travel for: Islands | Traditional Crafts | Volcanoes

1 INR= 210 IDR (Indonesian Rupiah)

Located off the coasts of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, this Southeast Asian Archipelago is well known for its honeymoon paradise – Bali. From hiking to active volcanoes to diving into the crystal-clear waters, Indonesia is a dream for those itching for an Island Holiday.

Experience

  • Borobudur is an ancient Indonesian temple that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Designed in the shape of a classical Mandala {a symbol of the Universe in Buddhist teachings}, the ancient site remained forgotten for centuries before it was rediscovered during the 1800s. {cost for single entry to Borobudur is about INR 680}
  • Indonesia’s many active volcanoes are both fearsome and stunning! Mount Bromo and Mount Merapi offer incredible views, given the fact that Bromo is still smoking white clouds after its peak was blown off after an eruption
  • Shopping for traditional crafts is something that doesn’t require a mention. Home to the famous Batik prints, Indonesia is rich in traditional handmade textiles and crafts. Here you can find carefully crafted high-quality leather puppets called Wayang, handmade silver jewellery of Central Java, and the wooden accessories and art pieces of Yogyakarta

Budget

  • Round trip flights to Jakarta start at INR 11,500 {you need to book at least two months before}
  • Sightseeing, food, and travelling within might cost around INR 10,000 per week per person
  • Stay per person for a week would cost around INR 6,000

Total: Around INR 39,000 per person

8. Cambodia

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Travel for: Architecture | Culture | Food

1 INR= 58 KHR (Cambodian Riel)

Outlined by low lying plains, mountains, and the Gulf of Thailand, Cambodia is as much a natural delight as it is a cultural fascination. Cambodia will definitely leave a mark on your mind with its collection of historical and archaeological exhibits, and it’s famous Amok.

Experience

  • Siem Reap – a town with a vibrant night market, traditional craft shops, and silk farms. You can also take a boat and admire the old-world town from the Tonle Sap Lake.
  • Kirirom’s National Park is about two hours from Phnom Penh and is dubbed ‘Cambodia’s own Switzerland’. Accommodation is available in the form of tents, cabins, and villas, so set aside a few days to hike through pine-covered woods and plunge into the pools by waterfalls.
  • Kayaking along the Kampot River is an experience that you are sure to cherish. Take in the views of mangroves and small fishing communities and get a glimpse of rural Cambodian life.

Budget

  • Round trip flights to Siem Reap start at INR 26,000 {you need to book at least two months before}
  • Sightseeing, food, and travelling within might cost around INR 12,000 per week per person
  • Stay per person for a week would cost around INR 5,000

Total: Around INR 47,000 per person

Now that you have a few more places to consider for your annual holiday don’t forget to use your card and get exclusive deals while planning the same. Where are you going next?

PS – Indian rupee value is subject to change, and the above rates may/may not be applicable as of today. Please check the currency rate before you book.

Feature photo source: Poulomi Dey

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