The best international destinations from India
I need help with hotels, budget for accommodation is moderate.
I need help with flights - Starting point would be New Delhi.
Greetings! There are a number of lovely options to go traveling to. However, knowing that flights have this nasty habit of taking away the biggest chunk of the budget, a little extra planning steps in. You have chosen some lovely destinations for a vacation. London, Paris, Phuket and Bangkok all are marvelous choices; albeit some more accessible than the others with respect to the money factor. Here. I have given you an overview of all the destinations. Take a pick!
Note: Since you have mentioned the dates of your travel, I have assumed 6 months from now which is the best advisable time-frame to find the most inexpensive flight deals.
Sea Dolphin (Long Tail Boats), Thailand [Explored] (Source: H Matthew Howarth)
London, is without doubt, one of the most flamboyant and yet restricted in its own way city in the world.
The Price Tag: Flights are at Rs. 34247 at the moment - per person round trip from New Delhi for June
Viewing of the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London tour is a unique thing indeed. A conveyor belt is used to carry visitors past the jewels cases.
Guarding the Crown Jewels (Source: Randy Robertson)
Westminster Abbey, an early English Gothic variation, has been the shrine of the nation for ages with England's kings and queens being crowned here while many were buried here as well.
I suggest that you go here when it opens at 9:30am to avoid the crowd. Architecturally speaking, it has two highlights - the fan-vaulted Henry VII's Chapel and the shrine to Edward the Confessor which contains the tombs of five kings and three queens. Check out the Poets' Corner where greats like Robert Browning, Dr. Samuel Johnson, and Alfred Lord Tennyson rest in peace.
Westminster Abbey (Source: Herry Lawford)
As you emerge from Westminster Abbey, allow yourself to be greeted with the very mascot of London; the Big Ben.
Guarded by over what is perhaps the world's most famous timepiece, the former royal Palace of Westminster is home to the 'House of Lords' and the 'House of Commons' and has been this way since the 11th century. Across the street is the Jewel Tower; one of the only two buildings to survive from the medieval Palace of Westminster.
Big Ben Art (Source: Steve Alexander)
Trafalgar Square (Tube: Charing Cross) honors one of England's greatest military heroes, Horatio Viscount Nelson.
The Trafalgar Square is by far one of Britain's most beloved locale. A 4144-ft. granite statue of Horatio Viscount Nelson overlooks this place. Stroll around this magnificent location and do note the rather ferocious pigeons "dive-bombing".
Trafalgar Square, London (Source: Michael Gwyther-Jones)
A labyrinth of pristine chapels, works of art by Masters, engineering marvels, suave fashion boutiques, fine restaurants and historical landmarks. The whole city is a sight in itself. Every time you step out of your hotel, you are bound to be mesmerized.
The Price Tag: Flights are at Rs. 33674 at the moment - per person round trip from New Delhi for June
The Louvre has got to be the first choice. Pardon me If I sound biased for I am an art enthusiast. Built in 1973, it is the treasure trove of art, housing masterpieces like the "Mona Lisa", "The Last Supper", the "Liberty leading the People", to name just a few. Apart from the fab paintings, the architecture is breathtaking. A unique mix of ancient masonry and modern impressions - sprawling lawns and the glass pyramid of I M Pei.
Geometry... (Source: Steffen)
The Eiffel Tower has become the icon of France all over the world & an engineering marvel. The gardens surrounding are just as lovely. Spend an evening sitting on one of the wooden benches that have not changed since World War II. An idealistic romantic evening in Paris. The light show at this time is a fascinating spectacle.
Effiel Tower (Source: Andrew E. Larsen)
Spend an evening in the city of love and lights than taking a cruise on River Seine! Since the medieval times the Parisians have embellished the Seine river banks. The result is seen today as one of the most mesmerizing man made landscapes on earth.
Sail along as you treat your eyes to the Notre-Dame, the Louvre, the Orsay, Palais de Chaillot, the Eiffel Tower and the list would go on.
Seine at night (Source: echiner1)
Bangkok has some sights that you would not want to give a miss. The city's most revered sights are its temples, a cultural flagstone that finds itself embedded into the very core of Thai way of life.
The Price Tag: Flights are at Rs. 11324 at the moment - per person round trip from New Delhi for June
Wat Phra Kaew is a symbol of tranquility and a riot of colors; showcasing Thailand's most revered icon - the Emerald Buddha. Deep legend lives here:
The earliest legend narrated to the ionic emerald image of the Buddha is that of Nagasena, a saint in India who with the help of Hindu god, Vishnu and demigod Indra got the Emerald Buddha image made, 500 years after Buddha attained Nirvana, from the precious stone of Emerald. Nagasena had, with his psychic powers predicted then that:
The image of the Buddha is assuredly going to give to religion the most brilliant importance in five lands, that is in Lankadvipa (Sri Lanka), Ramalakka, Dvaravati, Chieng Mai and Lan Chang (Laos).
Wat Phra Kaew (Source: Brandon Fick)
Walking up the steps of Wat Arun while approaching sunset is a once in a life time sight. Designed with floral personification, the divine reflections of the hues of the setting sun is a vista beyond words.
Wat Arun (Temple Of Dawn) (Source: Brandon Fick)
Grand Palace is a dazzling monument and Bangkok's most popular and important landmark. Built in 1782 it was the seat of the Thai Kingdom for 150 years which was also the Royal court. The architecture is very intricate and looks even more magnificent at night. It's one of those "must-see" destinations of Bangkok.
The Grand Palace (Source: Kevin Poh)
Thailand is known to pleasantly surprise. White beaches, mesmerizing temples, lush valleys and the amazing tattoos! For an introduction on the attractions here, check out this trip Sowmya previously planned.
The Price Tag: Flights are at Rs. 25885 at the moment - per person round trip from New Delhi for June | Another option - fly from Bangkok to Phuket : Rs. 5386
Although Phuket is pristine, it would be a shame to miss out on the rest of this amazing country.
The Krabi Province in Southern Thailand is this almost elvish archipelago out of which only the Ko Phi Phi Don is inhabited. If you are looking for some serenity amidst Nature's master work, go there. The sands are white, the crowd minimal, the breeze soulful.
Ko Phi Phi (Source: Robert Brands)
There are noteworthy attractions within this small island. The view point stands 186 meters above and offers a bird's eye view of the island. Talking of birds, the island is also an ornithologist's haven. Don't miss out on the ethnic fire show in the evenings. There are a number of beaches here - the Yao, Lanti, the Ton Sai Bay and the Laem Tong. Then there is also a Tsunami Memorial. It is a tiny island and all the attractions can easily be covered by a lazy stroll through the day.
Ko phi phi, Thailand (Source: Peti Morgan)
Located about one hour north of Krabi is Koh Hong or "Room Island". A towering limestone facade into the sea surrounded by aquamarine water, mesmerizing school of colorful fishes, and the pristine white sands of the Pelay Beach...one look and poetry suddenly seems so much more interesting.
Koh Hong Island (2007-02-932) (Source: Vyacheslav Argenberg)
Khao Yai National Park is a UNESCO World-Heritage site has but few peers. Boasting of an abundant growth of flora and fauna, this is Thailand's oldest and most popular national reserve. The wooden bridges and carefully hidden paths blend in beautifully with the surroundings and man and nature seem to lay in perfect harmony. The Khao Yai is nestled in Sankambeng Mountain Range sprawling over 2,168 square kilometers of evergreen forests and grasslands.
Mesmerizing waterfall in Khao Yai (Source: Jakub Jeníek)
Thailand's historical roots date back to times prior to Anno Domini. Ayutthaya was the capital of the Siam kingdom and was one of the most populous, prosperous and advanced cities in the world reaching its epitome in 1700 CE before it was ransacked by the Burmese in 1756. It still holds relics of its former glory. It is located at less than an hour's drive from Bangkok.
Ayutthaya, Thailand (Source: Russ Bowling)
Sukhothai: Was established in 1238 and "The City of Dawn" was an important capital of the early Thai Kingdom. It still has some relics and ruins preserved amidst a well-maintained surrounding.
Ayutthaya #8 "Smooth And Soft" (Source: Kazuhiro Nakamura)
Museums: The National Museum (Bangkok) (Thanon Na Phra That, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang Phra Nakhon, Bangkok - 02-2812224) and The Hall of Opium (Chiang Saen)(Tel:+66 (0) 5378 4444). They are home to some of Thailand's most prestigious and historic reminders. The Hall of Opium is a sight onto itself which is reached by a subterranean tunnel.
Well, there are number of aspects un-addressed; the accommodation, the food in other places, getting around and maybe some shopping as well? Once you choose on a destination, I will be able to recommend options for the rest.
Until then, here's an interesting page turner I thought you'd like :
by Robert Cooper - $17.99
A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette
Culture Shock! Thailand: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette (Source: amazon.com)
Have a great trip!
Human Echoes (Source: Angelo Juan Ramos)
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