With rising disposable income, international summer holidays are gaining momentum among Indians. However, getting visas may prove to be task in itself. Global travel search engine Skyscanner has brought together five destinations India passport holders can tick off their bucket lists without the hassle of applying for visas.
The African country is a lively destination with its buzzing markets, nightlife and cuisine. Indian travellers can visit the country without a visa for up to 90 days. During the stay, delve into African art and culture with over 9000 objects on display at the Musée Théodore Monod, or catch a view of the city at the Pont Faidherbe. Also, mark the evening at the Théatre de L’Engouement that stages performance arts and concerts.
Jamaica is ideal for the laidback traveller. Firstly, music lovers can expect great bass and rhythm as the place is a powerhouse with local and international fusion at play. Eat delectable seafood at the Little Ochie and Toscanini and be sure to take a tour of the famed Blue Lagoon and a walk to the Reach falls.
The combination of landscapes, architectural wonders, and colourful cities makes Nepal’s exotic locale a great destination for independent travellers and group trekkers alike. The vibrant restaurant scene of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu offers a vast choice of dining options, ranging from traditional Nepali restaurants to the best of European fine dining. Tourism is relatively new to Nepal with much of the land untouched and Indian travellers do not require a visa to enjoy Himalayan vistas.
Maldives is the perfect beach haven for travellers. The country is home to blue lagoons and coral reefs; and a rich underwater life with species like manta rays, turtles, sharks and even the world’s largest fish – the whale shark. Experience exotic food at the Seagull Café House or the Thai at Thai Wok. Indians can visit the country without a visa for up to 90 days.
Mauritius gives a postcard view of the Indian Ocean with sapphire-blue waters, powder-white beaches and, luxury resorts and Indian travellers can visit with no visa for 90 days. An aromatic pot of flavours with influence from French, Chinese and Indian communities, Mauritius has some fancy names to boast of such as Lambic and Domaine. Ring in the tune at the Peg & Marlin bar that transforms into Port Louis’ only live-music venue.
Surrounded in mystery and tranquillity, this mountain beauty celebrates its ethnicity as much as its growing urban culture. While the country has a strong Buddhist connect, it also houses some of the finest boutique resorts and hotels. If history interests you then take a private tour of the Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath Stupa. Indian travellers do not require a visa for Bhutan.