Sunny Mauritius, historic Jordan, wild Kenya – there’s a host of trips that you can take outside India without worrying about long queues and financial records. As you begin planning your travels this year, we’re pitching in with a list of countries that offer visas on arrival to Indian passport-holders.
One point to check when booking is if the flight route you take requires a transit visa. Some countries may also require medical checks prior to arrival. Of course, visas are subject to the approval of the concerned authorities. Visa rules change often, so check with the embassies before you set out.
Here’s our list to get you started, followed by our picks of the 10 most visited destinations.
This island is easily accessible to Indian travellers. The ocean is the main star in this country, with most hotels offering rooms built on stilts above the water so that you have direct access to the Indian Ocean. Activities include diving, snorkelling, various water sports and aerial tours of the neighbouring islands.
Crystal-clear waters, sun-soaked beaches and that calm Caribbean breeze lulling you to sleep make Jamaica a country well worth visiting. Don’t forget the famous Jamaican rum, swinging Caribbean beats and delicious local food.
This tiny island in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean has always been a great favourite of the Indian holiday-maker. And for good reason. Visitors can choose from lazing on idyllic beaches, discovering the rugged coastline or trying their hand at scuba diving in the island’s surrounding coral reefs.
Thailand caters to every kind of tourist. Those looking for some peace can escape to its beaches and temples, party animals can rage all night in the night clubs of Pattaya and Bangkok while families can pick from a host of kid-friendly locations including water parks and zoos.
Visitors to Jordan are spoilt for choice when it comes to activities. Think camel rides through dry deserts, rejuvenating spas near the Dead Sea and hot-air balloon trips above the ruins of Cappadocia. There are also several historic sites that provide a wonderfully vivid window to the past.
Rich in cultural history, the Indonesian archipelago offers both mountain and sea. The tropical country is frequented for spirituality and solitude. Activities include trekking, surfing and exploring heritage structures.
Most often, Kenya is the place that comes to mind when you think of going on a safari in Africa. Its abundant wildlife makes it the perfect destination for nature-lovers. What’s more, the region’s Great Rift Valley is said to house the earliest evidence of human life.
This Khmer country has beautiful landscapes and an intriguing history. We highly recommend making time to stop by the Killing Fields. Also try your hand at cooking Khmer cuisine.
Go shopping in one of the many street markets, make the most of the vibrant nightlife, visit colourful fishing villages, or give in to the lure of Disneyland.
The panoramic views on offer here make it a popular destination for honeymooners. Laze on the beach, go on jungle and mountain walks, or try snorkelling and diving – it’s all good.
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