Visit these 5 countries where the Indian rupee is king

It must be noted that in some of these places, the cost of living may be extremely high; so, money should be spent carefully as you explore these countries. Photo: iStockphoto/bloodua

Who wouldn’t love jetting off to exotic locales or amazing tourist destinations in foreign countries to enjoy the holidays? But, many travel aficionados hesitate to plan a vacation abroad as it would burn a hole in their pocket. Indian travellers often get worried when they are forced to spend more on Indian currency against the dollar or the euro. But, there are some countries where you can visit without worrying about breaking your bank. The currencies in these countries are weaker against the Indian rupee. However, it must be noted that in some of these places, the cost of living may be extremely high; so, the value of the Indian rupee being high may prove to be ineffective. Here are five countries where you could travel this year on an affordable budget.

From nature lovers to adventure enthusiasts, Indonesia has something in store for everyone. The archipelago has around 17,000 islands, coasts, vast paddy fields, waterfalls, lakes and volcanoes. There are countless tourist spots, including Bali which is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in Indonesia. One Indian rupee amounts to 186.44 Indonesian Rupiah.

One Indian rupee converts to 49.40 Cambodian riel. Every year, millions of tourists visit Cambodia which is known for its many ancient and historical sites including the renowned Angur Wat which is included in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Besides, there are many beautiful beaches and pristine forests too. Indians can stay up to thirty days in the country once they secure a visa.

Vietnam is one of the most preferred destinations for Indian travellers. The ancient city of Hoi An, Mui Ne which is famous for windsurfing and kite surfing, Hue which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, Bac Ha hill station, and Halong Bay are some of the oft-visited places in the country. Meanwhile, Ho Chi Minh City is known for its vibrant nightlife and beautiful cafes with rooftop bars and live music. Trekking in Sa Pa is easily on the bucket list of any adventure lover. One Indian rupee equals 292.87 Vietnamese dong.

Paraguay, which is touted as the heart of South America, is famous for fishing and golfing. Interestingly, it is one of the safest countries for tourists in South America. One Indian rupee converts to 87.81 Paraguay Guarani. However, the cost of living here is 36% higher than in most Indian cities. Saltos del Monday waterfalls, Itaipu dam which is the biggest hydroelectric project in the world, Manzana de la Rivera which is known for its rows of colourful houses, Aregua city that bears the history of the colonial times, La Santisima Trinidad de Parana which is included in UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites, Cerro Cora national park and Iglesia de Yaguaron church are some of the popular tourist destinations in Paraguay.

It's easier for Indian tourists to travel to Nepal. Everest Base Camp, Annapurna trekking circuit, Lumbini, and Sagarmatha National Park (the headquarters of Everest) which are UNESCO heritage sites, and the Kathmandu valley are the famous destinations in Nepal. There are hundreds of trekking routes here for adventure lovers. Besides, the paragliding in Pokhara is quite popular. Nepal is a country where you can visit without spending hefty sums. One Indian rupee equals 1.60 Nepalese Rupee. Moreover, food and accommodation facilities could be availed for cheaper rates.


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