Think about international travel and the first thing that comes to mind are the bendy, twisty travel guidelines, quarantine rules and long, looong flights.
However, with the pandemic situation under better control, several countries have eased guidelines for fully vaccinated travellers from India, and many of these are just a short flight away.
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You know what this means: it’s time for an international vacay!
Here are five international destinations that are less than five hours away from India:
PS: Even though these destinations have eased guidelines for fully vaccinated travellers, you may still be required to undergo additional formalities. Check the detailed COVID-19 travel guidelines of each destination here before planning your trip.
Be it lush forests or idyllic, untouched beaches or misty hills with gorgeous tea plantations, Sri Lanka is a tourist favourite thanks to the extraordinary range of landscapes one can enjoy within its modest size.
Direct flights: From New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.
Top places to visit: Nuwara Eliya, Sigiriya, Mirissa, Adams Peak, Yala National Park.
Friendly people, delicious food (home of the momo!), adventures to be had at every nook and corner and iconic Himalayan peaks (hello, Mount Everest!): this is Nepal summed up in a sentence. The fact that the country recently removed quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated Indians and the short flight duration make it the perfect vacay destination!
Direct flights: From New Delhi.
Top places to visit: Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Bodhnath, Pokhara, Chitwan National Park.
Whether it’s to visit the iconic wonder that is the Burj Khalifa, or to experience a luxurious dinner cruise at the stunning Dubai Creek, or to enjoy the thrills of a desert safari, Dubai is a must-visit destination for EVERY kind of traveller and for all the right reasons! Whether you’re on a family trip, going solo, or with your friends, Dubai has multiple fabulous attractions to keep you thoroughly entertained.
Direct flights: From New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Trivandrum, Kochi and Chennai.
Top places to visit: Burj Khalifa, Dubai Creek, Ski Dubai, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai Miracle Garden.
Yes, Bollywood’s favourite holiday destination is just a short flight away from all major Indian cities. Maldives is home to stunning, crystal blue waters and stunning white sand beaches. If a luxury, laid-back vacation is on your mind, then look no further than the island nation’s gorgeous resorts overlooking the Indian Ocean!
Direct flights: From New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai.
Top places to visit: Malé, Vaadhoo Island, Addu Atoll, Maafushi.
Often overshadowed by its glitzier cousin Dubai, Abu Dhabi nevertheless is a very happening destination. Travellers can experience stunning architectural marvels, thrilling desert safaris, theme parks, beach-front walks at the Corniche and a lot more in Abu Dhabi! And did we mention that the food is oh-so-delicious?
Direct flights: From New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Cochin.
Top places to visit: Sheikh Zayad Grand Mosque, Emirates Palace, Ferrari World, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld.
So which of these destinations are you heading to first? Do let us know! 🙂