Top 10 International Destinations for a Weekend Getaway

  • By : Vimi
  • Dec 4, 2023

Top 10 International Destinations for a Weekend Getaway

Typically, holidays outside India are associated with intricately scheduled paid leaves, numerous bulging suitcases, and the meticulous crafting of the ideal itinerary. Nevertheless, for those with limited time, several countries are just a few hours away, offering a perfect solution to appease your wanderlust. The beauty of swift travel lies in its ability to provide ample space for exploration, especially when it comes to discovering those essential must-visit spots.

1. Singapore

Dazzling architectural marvels set against clear skies define Singapore as a unique destination where opulent malls seamlessly coexist with innovative, eco-friendly spaces. The city’s vibrant culinary scene, shaped by a fusion of Eurasian, East Asian, and South-East Asian cultures, presents a diverse array of gastronomic delights, ranging from exquisite petit four-course desserts to hearty bowls of ramen. Notably, the renowned tourist attraction Universal Studios adds to the city’s allure.

Must-visit places/things to do: Indulge in a breakfast of kaya toast at a hawker centre, embark on a cruise along the Singapore River, dedicate a day to exploring the Museum of Art and Science, and immerse yourself in the city’s live music culture at Clarke Quay.

Best time to visit: December-June

Visa: Obtain e-Service through a strategic partner or a local contact in Singapore (It’s advisable to apply 30 days prior to departure)

2. Bhutan

If you have a penchant for mountains, Bhutan’s captivating topography as “the land of the thunder dragon” awaits. Explore cultural and spiritual monuments, indulge in adventure activities like trekking, river rafting, and rock climbing – all without breaking the bank.

Places to visit/things to do: Explore Bhutan’s culinary landscape, from ema datshi and dumplings to jasha maru and jasha tshoem, and shop at the weekend market in Thimphu.

Best time to visit: October-December

Visa: No visa requirement for Indians

3. Nepal

For a convenient and secure option for an international escape, Nepal stands out as an uncomplicated choice. As the nearest destination to India, it also ranks among the most economical international trips available before the year concludes. Boasting ten of the world’s 14 highest peaks, this destination is a haven for enthusiasts of high altitudes. We highly recommend indulging in activities such as hiking, mountaineering, rafting and paragliding to fully appreciate the breathtaking landscapes. Besides adventure, there’s a wealth of historical monuments and sculptures waiting to be explored.

Must-visit places/things to do: Apart from engaging in thrilling adventure activities and exploring temples, including the renowned Pashupatinath Temple, immerse yourself in the flavors of the national dish, dal bhat, a culinary delight served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For a delectable dining experience, don’t miss out on momos (dumplings), readily available on every street corner, often paired with a distinctive tomato-based sauce.

Ideal time to visit: October-December

Visa: No visa requirements for Indian travellers

4. UAE

With only three to four hours of travel time from India, an international trip to Dubai is a good idea for a long weekend. Whether it’s the city known for its state-of-the-art racing circuits or the metropolis recognized for its glittering streets and high rises, the United Arab Emirates offers jaw-dropping experiences. Dubai, its largest city, is renowned for its skyscrapers and art buildings set against stunning beaches and sand dunes.

Must-visit places/things to do: We recommend skydiving over Palm Jumeirah, sampling al machboos and khuzi. Abu Dhabi, meanwhile, is known for its luxury resorts and stunning natural islands and sand dunes. Watching an F1 race here is highly recommended.

Best time to visit: October-February

Visa: E-visa (valid for 30 days)

5. Malaysia

With beautiful beaches, lush forests, thriving modern cities, and old-world colonial regions — Malaysia is truly diverse. The country often ranks top in lists of the world’s best food destinations, making it essential to add sampling mi goreng, lamb rendang, nasi lemak, and other local dishes to your itinerary. Hiking, shopping in one of the country’s many colourful markets, and lying on the beaches are some of the ways to spend your time here as well.

Places to visit/things to do: Explore World Heritage Sites like Batu Caves, Manukan Island, Gunung Gading National Park and Malacca Christ church. The islands of Langkawi and Redang are also a must-see.

Best time to visit: February-September

Visa: No visa requirements for Indian travellers

6. Thailand

Thailand’s vibrant nightlife, breath taking beaches, and budget-friendly culinary offerings make it a well-rounded travel destination. The accommodations available are both luxurious and diverse, and the transportation system operates smoothly. Given that the Thai economy is significantly fueled by tourism, the hospitality extended, characterized by warmth and grace, is unparalleled. Needless to say, if you’re in India, Thailand is a must-visit destination worthy of a spot on your travel bucket list.

Must-visit places/things to do: Explore the picturesque Phi Phi islands, pay a visit to an elephant sanctuary, savour Pad Thai from one of Bangkok’s Michelin-starred street food stalls, and indulge in mango sticky rice after an enchanting evening at the beach. Other popular activities include experiencing a traditional Thai massage, exploring Thai floating markets, and enrolling in Muay Thai classes.

Best time to visit: November-April

Visa: No visa requirements for Indian travellers

7. Maldives

Known for stunning natural corals, pristine beaches, and historical landmarks, the Maldives is a popular budget international destination for Indian travellers.

Must-visit places/things to do: Stay in an overwater villa, indulge in water sports, and enjoy local cuisine like garudhiya and mas huni.

Best time to visit: November-April

Visa: On arrival for free (valid for 30 days)

8. Vietnam

Vietnam, with its diverse landscapes encompassing beaches, forests, paddy farms, and historical monuments, has become a prominent feature on the bucket lists of numerous travellers in recent years. Whether you find yourself trekking through lush forests, engaging in mountain escapades, or simply basking on the sun-kissed beaches, Vietnam offers a multifaceted experience. The affordability of local cuisine and widespread proficiency in English make navigation through this country a seamless endeavour.

Places to visit/things to do: Explore the historic Phan Thiet City, including its iconic fish sauce museum, visit coastal gems like Mui Ne and Nha Trang, experience the mesmerizing Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, delve into the rich history at the HCMC Museum in Ho Chi Minh City and indulge in local delights such as banh xeo, banh mi, pho, and cha ca at the vibrant food stalls lining the streets.

Best time to visit: February-April, August-October

Visa: E-visa (valid for 30 days)

9. Qatar

As one of the globe’s wealthiest nations, Qatar boasts a blend of geographical diversity, futuristic skyscrapers, and delectable traditional cuisine. The country seamlessly integrates modern and traditional elements, offering visitors a wealth of exploration opportunities, including desert safaris, vibrant local markets, renowned museums, and more.

Places to see/Things to do: Immerse in the rich local fair at the century-old Souq Waqif, explore cultural treasures like the Museum of Islamic Art, experience the unique landscapes of the Inland Sea area (Khour Al Adaid Natural Reserve), discover the allure of Zekreet Film City, uncover the historical significance of Al Zubarah Fort, the modern elegance of The Pearl, indulge in the delightful flavours of shawarma and khaboos.

Best time to visit: December-February

Visa: On arrival (valid for 30 days)

10. Sri Lanka

The enchanting island nation of Sri Lanka stands as an affordable foreign getaway from India, perfect for a long weekend retreat. Its natural allure is accentuated by lush forests and mesmerizing azure blue seas. Beyond the historical charm that Sri Lanka offers, indulge in the local cuisine, rich with delectable seafood delicacies. Thrill-seekers will appreciate the water sports available in this scenic destination.

Places to see/things to do: Experience the city life of Colombo, uncover the significance of temple of tooth in Kandy, explore the monastic cities of Anuradhapura, immerse in art in the cave temples of Dambulla & Polonnaruwa  , enjoy the picturesque view from Galle Dutch Fort, explore  the wildlife in Udawalawe National Park   and indulge in the flavours of kottu and fish ambul thiyal .

Best time to visit: December- April

Visa: No visa requirements for Indian travellers

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