Planning a holiday can be a daunting task and the most important question is zeroing down the destination. Here is a list of few countries you can consider if you have major travel goals in 2018.

What more, these 5 destinations are pocket-friendly and can be visited on a string budget of Dh4,000 per head. So, how about visiting two countries next year?

1. Rome

With a 5 day package costing you around Dh3,000 you can discover Italy’s capital Rome. Revisit the power of the former Roman Empire with ancient ruins at the Colosseum.

If you are into art, walk through the Vatican museums – home to masterpieces such as Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes.

2. Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is one destination which combines it all – the beaches, the caves, the forts, wildlife and the heritage. Climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress to get a beautiful view of the city and proceed to the Golden temple of Dambulla.

Visit the botanical garden, Gregory lake, golf course in the beautiful city of Kandy. If you are a beach bum, Sri Lanka is home to many. Head to Bentota, Nilaveli, Negombo or Trincomalee.

3. India

It might be home for many expats in Dubai but the country offers a different experience in each state. If booked in advance, you can get a cheap bargain on flight to any of the major cities and then explore the city through the well-connected roadways or railways.

It would be best to discover every part of it on different trips if you don’t have the luxury of a month-long holiday.

4. Indonesia

Considered the cultural heart of Bali, Ubud is one of the top attractions of Indonesia. Surrounded by greenery, enjoy the stunning view of the terraced rice fields. The magnificent Borobudur is one of the famous Buddhist temples in the world.

If it doesn’t give you the creeps, go watch the world’s largest living reptile, Komodo Dragon at the Komodo National Park. Head to Gili islands to dip in the pristine waters of Indonesia.

5. Nepal

Fulfill your fixation of heritage in Kathmandu, which is home to seven UNESCO World Heritage sites around the world.

The sites include the Durbar Squares of Hanuman Dhoka, Patan and Bhaktapur, the Buddhist stupas of Swayambhunath and Bauddhanath and the Hindu temples of Pashupati and Changu Narayan.

Lead the life of a hippie and explore the night life in Thamel. Savour the beauty of the majestic Himalayan peaks with a visit to Pokhara. Enjoy activities like zip flying, paragliding in the Pokhara valley.


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