It is a sin if you sit at home on a four-day long weekend when you can be out exploring new places. Republic Day i.e. January 26 is on a Thursday this year and if you skip work on Friday, you get four days of holidays. This time is enough for a short getaway somewhere close to your city or even an abroad trip. We earlier told you about cheap international destinations you can visit over these four days and now, we have for you countries that you can go to without all the visa hassle. Since that is one thing that does stop us from making impromptu plans, we have a list of destinations that Indians can visit without needing a visa. Simply book your tickets, grab your passport and head to the airport for a splendid four-day break in another country. This could be a great start to your travels in 2017, after all it is the first long weekend of the year and we wouldn’t want you to let it go to waste. Also Read - Air India to Open International Booking For These 7 Places Tomorrow at 5 PM | Check List

Maldives

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We saw a plethora of Indian celebrities flock to Maldives in 2016 including the new couple Bipasha and Karan to TV actors like Mandira Bedi, Anita Hassanandani and more. The island nation certainly has a charm of its own and is the perfect retreat to relax and rejuvenate. The great part is, Indians do not require a visa to enter Maldives. You will be granted one free of cost when you enter the country. Now, this surely is a tempting offer as four days are enough to enjoy the sun, sand and sea and the ocean views Maldives has to offer. Being a popular tourist destination, there are enough resorts to choose from and if you are in the mood to splurge, we suggest you opt for water villa in luxurious resort. From Male airport, you will reach your island either via a sea plane or a jet ski ride. Return tickets to Maldives are usually under Rs 25,000 so the only cost you will bear is your stay and food. If you are in the mood for some adventure, you can also opt for water sports activities offered by most resorts. ALSO SEE 5 best resorts in Maldives Also Read - LOG vs KIA Dream11 Team Players Prediction Korean Baseball League 2020: Captain, And Fantasy Baseball Tips For Today's Lotte Giants vs Kia Tigers Match in South Korea 3 PM IST June 4 Thursday

Indonesia

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Another country that offers free visa on arrival to Indians is Indonesia which is home to Bali, one of the most beautiful tourist destinations. The good part is, the accommodation isn’t as high as Maldives but you can get great views of the sea from your room. Many resorts are on beaches and make for a great stay. If you love to dive and snorkel, Raja Ampet in Indonesia is something that you should definitely visit. It is still hidden from the touristy crowd so go here before it becomes too commercial. If you love to party and want to go to clubs and dine at rooftop restaurants, visit Seminyak in Bali which is known for its nightlife. Ubud is another area that you should check out because of its rice paddy fields and greenery all around. Indonesia has wonders in Jakarta too. Since you won’t be able to pack in all of these in just four days, we suggest you take one pick and just explore that part properly. ALSO SEE Honeymoon in Bali in under Rs 1 lakh

Bhutan

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India’s neighbouring country Bhutan does not require Indians to have a visa for a visit to the Land of Dragons. Bhutan is known for its Tibetan culture, mountains and Gross National Happiness quotient. It is also the most eco-friendly nation and you will seldom find a soul who isn’t smiling here. The nation has several wonders to explore including the Tiger’s Nest Monastery which is on a cliff and requires a three-hour trek to reach here. Four days are probably not enough if you want to explore many regions of the country, however, if you choose one or two of them like Paro and Thimphu, it can make for a great vacation. For people who love the mountains, Bhutan is a must-visit. It is also probably the most economical of the destinations as the currency conversion is the same as INR and they even accept Indian currency. Accommodation, food and traveling come cheap in Bhutan. ALSO SEE 9 things I learnt on my first trip to Bhutan

Cambodia

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The nation that is home to the Angkor Wat temple, the largest religious monument in the world, Cambodia grants Indians visa on arrival. It is primarily known for its temple but Cambodia has several other tourist attractions and each of them are worth visiting. If you want to learn more about the King of Cambodia and admire Khmer architecture, you should head to the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. Siem Reap is another area to visit where the Cambodian Cultural Village is located and offers an insight into the art and culture of the country. Cambodia is finally on many Indian tourists’ wish list and we suggest you explore it soon before it becomes too mainstream. ALSO SEE 10 stunning pics of Cambodia

Jordan

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Another offbeat destination, Jordan is for those who don’t want a simple, relaxing holiday and would rather walk and explore the numerous wonders a place has to offer. The country offers visa on arrival to Indians and is in fact home to over 10,000 of them who work there in its textile industry. Jordan is synonymous with the heritage site of Petra which is simply breathtaking and transports one into another era, however, there are other areas to check out too once you are done admiring it. The Dead Sea which is believed to have some amazing minerals for your skin and body is not be missed. Temple of Artemis is a vantage point to get a panoramic view of the city of Jerash and the Wadi Rum desert is for its barren land.

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