Its holiday time! You’re broke, have a tight budget, too many EMI’s, yet you desperately need a vacation. If you’re an Indian, you just got lucky, we are about to double your happiness! Ask us how? Well, there are several countries around the world where the Indian Rupee has either continued to make gains or maintained its former strength and will still give you great bang for your buck. Yes!! This translates into a more affordable vacation. These countries will make your travels a lot easier on your wallet, and, don’t fear – they’re all bucket list destinations in their own right!

Budget travellers, this one’s for you.

Here are 13 of the best travel destinations for the Indian Rupee in 2020:

1. Sri Lanka

Silhouettes of the traditional fishermen at the sunset in Sri Lanka
Silhouettes of the traditional fishermen at the sunset in Sri Lanka

1 Indian Rupee = 2.55 Sri Lankan Rupee

With historical landmarks, tropical climate, lively beaches, stunning coastal landscapes, rainforest peaks, endless national parks and delicious cuisine, Sri Lanka has become one of the most popular holiday destinations in Asia. But, these are not the only reasons for Sri Lanka being a hot pick among travel enthusiasts. The exotic island of Sri Lanka has become a hit holiday destination with most travelers due to its affordability. Yes, Sri Lanka is cheap, cheap, cheap! Not only is the rupee stronger than the Sri Lankan Rupee but you also get cheap flights to this destination, making it the hottest travel destinations for Indians as well as tourists from all over the world. Being a small island you can easily tour its world renowned sites such as Dambulla Temple Complex, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, the Sacred Tooth Relic temple, Adam’s Peak, the ancient city of Anuradhapura, the Dutch Fort at Galle, and much more. Each one of these spots are deeply immersed in history and counted among the world’s finest ancient wonders.

A nature, culture and beach lover’s paradise – Sri Lanka is the perfect destination for a wholesome sun-soaked getaway. Furthermore, with easy online Sri Lanka Evisa process and all the dreamy beaches and otherworldly wonders you can handle, Sri Lanka is a tried and true favourite.

2. Cambodia

The largest religious monument in the world Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, Siem Reap,
The largest religious monument in the world Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, Siem Reap,

1 Indian Rupee = 57.66 Cambodian Riel

One prominent element about Southeast Asian countries is that, it is a mecca of all things cheap, making it a preferred destination for backpackers and budget travelers. Cambodia too is inexpensive and easily accessible financially, even by Southeast Asian standards. In fact, a trip to Southeast Asia is incomplete without a visit to Cambodia. This incredible country is home to some of the world’s best sights including the celebrated UNESCO listed Angkor Wat temples. While the temples are breathtakingly beautiful, they are only the beginning. If you graze beneath the surface of Cambodia, beyond the tourist-heavy hubs of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, you’ll stumble across a softer side to South East Asia. You’ll find architectural marvels, soul-wrenching history, rural villages, stunning sights and some of the friendliest people you can meet in South East Asia. While getting a Cambodia visa online is super cheap and easy, the only biggest expense to incorporate into your travel budget will be the flight to Cambodia. Apart from that, once there, you can live on next to nothing…That’s how cheap it is! You can stay in luxury resorts and go to expensive restaurants, or you can get by on the cheap if you wish. Indeed, traveling to Cambodia is an inviting cheap getaway.

Cambodia tour packages are designed to facilitate the value for money for travelers from around the globe and our all-inclusive Cambodian packages will assure that travelers enjoy the best of their holiday at a great value.

3. Vietnam

Scenic view of Islands in Halong Bay, Vietnam
Scenic view of Islands in Halong Bay, Vietnam

1 Indian Rupee = 325.28 Vietnamese Dong

Vietnam is a striking country that is conveniently located, small and easy on the wallet – a shoestring backpacker’s dream. With its rich culture, history, nightlife, golden sand beaches, affordability, things to do, and many tourist destinations, there’s no end to the diversity Vietnam offers travelers and it has quickly become a must-visit place in Southeast Asia. This marvelous country is blessed with an architectural heritage like Cham Islands, Halong Bay, Hoi an Ancient Street, Phong NhaKe Bang caves, and more. If your budget’s a little tight, you’ll love how far your money goes here. Here you can afford to eat, drink, shop, sightsee and party without limits. Yes, Vietnam is a very budget friendly destination and you can enjoy more luxuries without breaking the bank. Also, for us lucky bunch of Indians – along with the convenient Vietnam eVisa facility, we’ve got a bag of airlines to choose from. Indigo, Thai Airways, Malindo Air etc offering numerous flights from all major cities in India.

Curious about the costs of a trip Vietnam? Don’t be! Our Vietnam tour packages lead you to explore all its famed cultural and historical attractions from north to south without losing your fortune.

4. Algeria

Famous Catholic Church [Notre Dame d'Afrique] - Algiers, Algeria
Famous Catholic Church [Notre Dame d’Afrique] – Algiers, Algeria

1 Indian Rupee = 1.69 Algerian Dinar

A northern African country on the Mediterranean coast, Algeria is the largest country in Africa, and the tenth-largest in the world. Being the largest country in Africa, Algeria has a very rich and fascinating culture. This affordable destination has everything you need for a great vacation. Better still, visiting and staying in Algeria doesn’t need to cost you the world. Even though Algeria’s tourism industry is still underdeveloped, it is a rising travel destination for Indians with a lot of exciting things to do, places to see and a diverse culture to experience. Travelers visiting Algeria are usually those with a thirst for history and culture, as this country is best known for its ancient ruins from the Roman, Byzantine and Phoenician eras. And even though it is better known for the ruins, another notable feature it offers is the experience of visiting the enormous spaces of the Sahara desert. It is said, that no other country can offer its tourists such an exciting visit to the massive Sahara desert as Algeria.

Are you looking to experience one of North Africa’s least visited countries? Then come and wander through Roman ruins, experience the UNESCO World Heritage Kasbah in Algiers, learn about life in an ancient Oasis, and more with our carefully curated Algeria tour packages.

5. Indonesia

Mount Bromo, East Java, Indonesia
Mount Bromo, East Java, Indonesia

1 Indian Rupee =191.34 Indonesian Rupiah

Indonesia, a place with over 17,000 islands, is known for its gorgeous beaches, dramatic volcanoes, awe-inspiring landscapes, Komodo dragons and green lush jungles. Hidden away in its lush jungles you’ll find some of the world’s most elusive wildlife too – the luckiest tourists may catch Komodo dragons, elephants, tigers, and orangutans through their lenses. Indonesia can be easily enjoyed on a budget, making it a global traveler’s dream destination. What’s more, Indians do not require an Indonesia visa – it’s a visa free country. If money is not an issue, a luxurious and exclusive trip can also be planned. No matter which part of Indonesia you go, you will find cheap homestays everywhere. Even luxurious villas are available for the tourists for less than $50-$60 a night.

Our Indonesia holiday packages offer you the opportunity to discover a whole world in one country while making the most of your budget and your time. If you want to experience a culture-enlightening and nature-soaking holiday, then this ‘the Emerald of Equator’ is a must-visit destination.

When one Indian Rupee can get you at least 191.34 Indonesian rupiah, strike while the iron’s hot.

6. South Korea

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple and Haeundae Sea in Busan, Buddhist temple in Busan, South Korea
Haedong Yonggungsa Temple and Haeundae Sea in Busan, Buddhist temple in Busan, South Korea

1 Indian Rupee = 15.52 South Korean Won

South Korea is quickly becoming one of the most talked-about travel destinations on the planet. Here you’ll be rewarded with a perfect travel combo of modern culture, ancient history, national parks, mountain peaks, sandy beaches, mind-blowing architecture, advanced technology, contemporary life style, whilst still holding on to its Korean heritage, i.e. ancient and modern exist here side by side and this is very apparent in Seoul, its 600 year old capital. It’s easy to fall into the flawed idea that South Korea is an expensive country. It’s not. It’s very, very cheap—if you know what to look for. You can move around a bit more comfortably on a $40-$50 daily budget, and if you want to spend more, there’s no shortage of beachside hotels, swanky raw fish restaurants and multi-cuisine. Tourists can find many options to suit their travel budgets. Some of the best things to do in South Korea are eating Korean fried chicken, shopping at Myeong-dong, visiting palaces, temples, Buddhist places, and much more. Unexplored and somewhat off-the-map, but still vibrantly modern with its finger right on the pulse, South Korea is a huge melting pot of East Asian culture waiting to be explored.

Discover the history and flavours of colourful South Korea with our super-saver South Korea tour package, combining all the highlights with the country’s lesser known stars.

Though Japan is tough to beat, this is a great substitute and a bit cheaper too.

7. Chile

Aerial view of skyscrapers of Financial District of Santiago, capital of Chile
Aerial view of skyscrapers of Financial District of Santiago, capital of Chile

1 Indian Rupee = 11.06 Chilean Peso

This South American country has some of the world’s most diverse and unspoiled landscapes – it’s a nature lover’s dream destination. With its luscious rolling hills, spectacular scenery, historic beauty, volcanic geysers, local charm and scrumptious foods, Chile accounts to one of the most popular and affordable South American countries for planning a trip. Basic costs such as accommodation and meals are extremely reasonable. You can quite easily survive in Chile with a budget of $40/day budget. The range of things to see and do here is astonishingly broad, ranging from the rare and exotic wildlife, wine tours, nightlife and museums of Santiago, its ultra-modern capital, to the awe-inspiring remnants of ancient cultures and wilds of Torres del Paine National Park. To add to it, Chile has a unique and tantalising cuisine that you just have to taste to understand.

Our Chile holiday packages will lead you to the country that Pablo Neruda called “a long petal of sea and wine and snow.”

8. Mongolia

Traditional Mongolian 'Yurt'' / 'Ger' in Mongolian valley
Traditional Mongolian ‘Yurt” / ‘Ger’ in Mongolian valley

1 Indian Rupee = 38.55 Mongolian Tugrik

If you crave remoteness and desire to switch off from the hustle and bustle of modern life, then a Mongolia is the country to visit. Nicknamed the ‘land of blue skies’, Mongolia is a country less travelled with a fascinating history and culture that is truly alive today. The distinguished factor of Mongolia is that it is home to one of the world’s last surviving nomadic cultures, and these nomads still live in traditional tents known as ‘gers’ or ‘yurts’. With half of its 3 million population living in the capital city, Ulaanbaatar, the land outside of the city is untouched and ready to sweep you off your feet. From the sand dunes in the Gobi Desert, wild horses and two-hump camels (the two-hump variety are native to Mongolia and aren’t found anywhere else), fascinating nomadic lifestyle, the glaciated snow-capped mountains, endless expanses of grasslands; you will be intrigued to learn more about its captivating history and culture that has been preserved, despite living in a fast advancing world. In all honesty, most tourists visit Mongolia to experience the nomadic lifestyle and enjoy this authentic Mongolian experience, i.e. Stay with a Mongolian family in a ger (traditional tent)

If you wish to escape to a less touristy destination, find fun in the simpler things in life and spend time with yourself, than a trip to Mongolia is a must.

Mongolians are extremely welcoming, so don’t be surprised if the locals you meet invite you in for a meal – just prepare to be stuffed!

9. Nepal

Stupa near Dingboche village, Khumbu valley - Nepal
Stupa near Dingboche village, Khumbu valley – Nepal

1 Indian Rupee = 1.60 Nepalese Rupee

Set high up in the mighty Himalayas, Nepal is a country of high, snow-covered mountains, stupas and monasteries, remarkable scenic beauty, rich natural forms, dense tropical forests and simplistic lifestyle. Besides, Nepal is already a popular destination for Indians and why shouldn’t it be? No requirement of Nepal visa, cheaper currency and the almighty Mount Everest. This beautiful landlocked country is most popular for being the home to eight of the world’s tallest mountain peaks such as Mount Everest, Mount Kanchenjunga, Annapurna Mountain and many others. Its highest mountain – The Mount Everest is also referred as ‘Sagarmatha’ in the local language of the country. Since the last four decades, Nepal has been a paradise for backpackers and budget travelers. With hotels from as little as a dollar a day, and fifty-cent meals, you could easily get by there on $5-$10 dollars a day. And there are many budget airlines that fly to Nepal from different parts of India.

Nestled between two giant countries India and China, Nepal is truly a paradise for travelers around the world and with exclusive Nepal tour packages from, you will have the time of your life in Nepal.

Make life-long connections on a trip that will take you to every must-see spot in the country and give you a taste of Nepal’s dynamic culture.

10. Iceland

Typical view of turf-top houses in Icelandic countryside. Dramatic summer sunrise in Skogar village, south Iceland, Europe
Typical view of turf-top houses in Icelandic countryside. Dramatic summer sunrise in Skogar village, south Iceland, Europe

1 Indian Rupee = 1.74 Icelandic Krona

Is it possible to have a cheap holiday in Iceland? Is everything in Iceland expensive? Since its currency crash in 2008, Iceland has gone from ridiculously expensive to somewhat reasonable in cost, and that has prompted thousands of tourists to stream in to see what all the fuss is about. One of the most stunning Nordic island nations, Iceland is home to moon-like landscapes dotted with glaciers, geysers, grand volcanoes, majestic waterfalls, astonishing hot springs and moss-covered lava fields. In fact with its long history of volcanic activity and steaming geothermal baths, imposing glaciers and blankets of snow, Iceland has earned its nickname as “The Land of Fire and Ice”. From the friendly cafes in flamboyant Reykjavik to the dense Kjarnaskogur woods in the North, you’ll be hard-pressed to explore all the country has to offer in just one vacation.

Book our Iceland tour packages and discover one of the most exciting destinations on Earth. With so much to see and do in Iceland, we make it super easy (and great value) to experience all of the top attractions, from the Northern Lights to the Blue Lagoon – meaning all you have to do is look forward to your break.

11. Paraguay

Iguazu Falls, on the border of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay.
Iguazu Falls, on the border of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay.

1 Indian Rupee – 91. 53 Paraguayan Guarani

Resting between popular Argentina, Bolivia and Brazil, Paraguay is not a very well-known destination when designing traditional South American tourist itineraries, but it offers a lot of history. There is by no means a shortage of things to do. On top of that, travel is cheap, hotels are reasonably priced and in some places you will get by on as little as $10 a day. Its capital city, Asuncion offers majestic architecture, shopping, and good cuisine. Tourists visiting this small landlocked country are rewarded with an experience of the real South America: colonial history, ruins of missions, vast wilderness, and a strong mix of European and indigenous cultures. In fact, this is a country where you can truly get off the beaten track and experience the local culture. In addition, the country’s borders along with Brazil and with Argentina make up the “three frontiers” seen from Iguazu Falls.

Also called as the heart of South America, Paraguay makes for an ideal affordable vacation destination and will charm its visitors with a blend of creative arts, a peculiar mix of gastronomy, and a fascinating peek into the mysterious ethnic group known as the Guaraní people. If you like staying in a place where the people are warm and the atmosphere is casual, than Paraguay is where you should be headed.

12. Costa Rica

Rio Celeste waterfall in Tenorio Volcano national park, Costa Rica.
Rio Celeste waterfall in Tenorio Volcano national park, Costa Rica.

1 Indian Rupee – 7.94 Costa Rican Colon               

Costa Rica is a magical global hotspot with many dynamic choices for visitors and is known for its universally low cost of living, which extends perfectly to tourists. Adding tours, adventures, and excursions to your vacation package can still fit most every budget. Since it is a small country (size of West Virginia), with many highlights situated fairly close together, you can explore a number of sights in a week’s time and get a great sense of the country if you are ready to be on the go. Boasting of a mix of rugged jungles, active volcanoes and world-class beaches, Costa Rica offers some of the best natural sights and experiences in the world, all conveniently packed into one territory. Almost a quarter of the land is preserved within national parks, allowing an extensive range of animals and plants to flourish, making Costa Rica an ideal destination for ecotourism. As a matter of fact, 90% travelers trek to this Central American paradise to participate in eco-adventures and tours. With seashores like the Playa Grande where you can spot gigantic leatherback turtles, and a wildlife refuge filled with howler monkeys, this place rightly offers a unique experience.

Does relaxing in paradise, touring through dense rainforests, or zip-lining through tree-lined mountains sound fantastic? This is what a trip to Costa Rica offers.

13. Hungary

Parliament building in Budapest, Hungary
Parliament building in Budapest, Hungary

1 Indian Rupee – 4.31 Hungarian Forint

Hungary’s tourism has been on the rise for years enabling more and more people around the world to visit it and we aren’t surprised. Who would have guessed any European currency could add power to the modest Indian Rupee, but Hungary does! The country is most affordable than other European countries, offering a very wide variety of fun things for the budget traveler as well as the luxury jet-setter. This European marvel, situated in Central Europe is a captivating country with rich history, astounding beauty, distinctive language and everything from quaint villages to cosmopolitan cities. You can see a lot of things, eat lots of food, use public transportation, shop till you drop and have a good time without breaking the bank. You can horse ride through open landscapes, take a dip in the thermal baths, soak in its local culture, visit many of its UNESCO world heritage sites or, take a trip to Lake Balaton shopping in an authentic market. You can even stay at a luxury hotel here for at least half the price compared to cities like Berlin, London or Paris. Moreover, Hungary is part of the Schengen agreement, so having a Hungary Schengen Visa gives one access to travel to all other 25 Schengen European countries on a single visa. Now, isn’t this every traveler’s dream? To be able to visit many countries in one go!

Explore our Hungary tour package and discover a piece of land where the past continues to weave its charm through alpine towns and emerald valleys, and stems from primitive castles and grim monasteries – getting a sense of the hidden magic of Central Europe.

Inspired much? So, where are you going for a holiday this year?

Imagine hiking to the top of a waterfall and dropping into a pool of cool, fresh water, floating down a river covered in lush, natural rainforest, zip lining through the dense green forest at 200 feet above the ground or taking a cruise to a fairly remote area off the coast – every vacation dream of yours can become a reality with Akbar Travels by your side.

Although these are cheap destinations due to their lower currency value, but that doesn’t mean you should throw caution to the wind and spend willy-nilly. Preparing (and sticking to) a travel budget will not only help you feel slightly more organized amidst the chaos of planning, but it gives you an idea of how much cash you need to exchange before you leave.  Also, if you want to keep a specific budget in mind, have someone help you find the best holiday vacation package. Packages that include airfare, accommodation, transportation, and activities can create zero stress when planning and help stick to a budget. Also, currencies keep fluctuations, so it’s always a good idea to sort your travel budget ahead of time.

Whether you are planning ahead for your next holiday or looking for last-minute deals, trust us to make your holiday booking experience the most cost-effective one.

We’re not done yet! Here’s some more inspiration for your travel:

*Exchange rate information is correct as on 29th January, 2020, based on market exchange rates & are subject to change.

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