Republic Day is only a few days away and the good news is that it is the first long weekend of 2017, well sort of, only if you can ditch work on Friday. You get a total of four days from Thursday to Sunday that are good enough even for an international trip. Indians can visit several countries without a visa or with an e-visa or visa on arrival. These make it easier to plan a spontaneous trip as the airfare to these places is also not too high. If you want to start the year with a foreign trip, this is a good time to plan one as the weather is good and you don’t have to shell out a lot of money from your pocket. We have done the planning and research for you so that all you need to do is pick one destination and book your tickets. ALSO SEE Top 5 places to visit in India during Republic Day long weekend  Also Read - After Lockdown is Over, Automated Sector to Resume Operations First | 5-Point Strategy

Thailand

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The Land of Smiles is not too far away from India and sees a large number of Indian tourists all year round. From a peek into the Buddhist way of life to a rocking nightlife, you get a glimpse of both worlds here. Being a tourist nation, you will find accommodation to fit every budget in Thailand. Also Read - Trending News Today, April 9, 2020: Angry Monkeys in Ayodhya Fight For Food, Attack Humans as Coronavirus Drastically Impacts Tourism

What to see: Thailand has several sightseeing options. If you want to experience a glitzy nightlife, dine in rooftop restaurants and shop till you drop, Bangkok is your best bet. It is home to a number of malls and is known for its bars and clubs. If you’d rather spend your days chilling on the beach with a cocktail or trying water sports, hit the islands of Thailand. From Phuket to Krabi to Koh Samui, you will be spoilt for choice.



Visa for Indians: Thailand offers a visa on arrival for Indian citizens so you don’t have to worry about getting one before your trip. You can however, apply for one and get it in three to four working days. There is also a small visa fee that you have to pay. Here are the complete rules of a Thailand visa for Indians.

Flight tickets: Airfare starts as low as Rs 15,743 for a direct flight from Kochi to Bangkok and back.

Dubai

Dubai-coastline

Four days are enough to see many wonders of Dubai. From malls to desert safaris, there is a lot to do and see here. Dubai is known for its skyscrapers and shopping and there is something for everyone here.

What to see: See the Burj Khalifa and get a breathtaking view of the city from one of its floors. Shop at the Dubai Mall, Mall of Emirates and Ibn Battuta Mall that has other attractions as well. Go for the Dhow Cruise in the evening with a sunset dinner as you admire the city from the seas and also visit the famous Palm Jumeirah.

Visa for Indians: Indians need to apply for a visa prior their entry into UAE. However, you can get an e-visa in four working days, or even two if you pay extra. The e-visa can be applied for on an app however, it is for Emirates flyers. Many other airlines also offer help with visa process when you book a ticket with them. READ UAE visa is now available via this smartphone app

Flight tickets: Air tickets to Dubai are as cheap as Rs 10,541 from Kozhikode and back.

Nepal

Nepal

Nepal is one destination that Indians can visit at any point due to its proximity and relaxed visa rules. If you love mountains and hills, you should definitely go to Nepal on this long weekend. Nepal is also accessible by road but they aren’t in the best condition so hop on a flight and reach Kathmandu in no time.

What to see: Nepal is a land of natural and manmade wonders. It is home to eight of the ten highest mountain peaks in the world and the natural splendour is simply breathtaking. You can go for short treks when here and also visit important monuments like the Pashupatinath Temple, Bhaktapur Darbur Sqaure which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the sacred Bagmati River.

Visa for Indians: Nepal offers Indians entry without a visa. Simply carry your passport for your identity proof. You can even enter without your passport but carry some other identity proof along.

Flight tickets: Flight prices start at Rs 9,620 from Delhi to Kathmandu and back. ALSO SEE 25 countries Indians can visit without visa hassles 

Malaysia                                                           

Malaysia

Malaysia has advertised itself as truly Asia and you should definitely visit it once to explore its wonders. The country has everything from a glitzy city life to lush greenery, serene beaches and more. It has something for every kind of traveler be it honeymooners, adventure lovers or families with kids.

What to see: Malaysia has several wonders to offer that are a mix of city life and natural wonders. Visit the world’s tallest towers the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur and the various gardens where you can spot butterflies, birds and more. Head to Langkawi if you want to stroll on white sand beaches and enjoy a luxurious stay in a resort. Genting is also a must-visit as it is the city of entertainment and has everything from theme parks to casinos.

Visa for Indians: Indians need to apply for a visa prior to their arrival in Malaysia. It takes up to five working days to process the visa so apply at the earliest. There is also a visa fee that you need to pay along with the application. Here’s everything you need to know about Malaysia visa for Indians.

Flight tickets: The cheapest return flight ticket to Kuala Lumpur is from Visakhapatnam for Rs 8,541.

Disclaimer: Flight rates accurate at the time of publishing the article, they are likely to change without prior notice. Airfare as per Skyscanner.in 

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