Best Vacation Spots for Couples on a Budget in India

If you are tired of your monotonous routine, you must surely be thinking of taking a mini-vacation. But everything is so expensive these days that you immediately discard the thought of travelling the moment you look at the prices. So, does that mean you are never to travel with your partner again? Well, not really. The Indian economy is not at such a significant loss that you cannot even go out somewhere. If you can manage to save around INR 50,000 and get a week’s leave, you can easily spend a luxurious holiday at some of the best vacation spots for couples the world. Here are the top 10 best vacation spots for couples on a budget in India.

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1. Bali – Hawaii for Indians

This is one of the first destinations that come to mind when you are an Indian planning to go abroad for a couple’s trip. Whether it is a budget honeymoon or a normal trip with your partner, Bali is one of our first choices. Bali is an Indonesian island, which is known for its tourism. The island is a treasure chest for the tourists. People from all around the world come to Bali to enjoy its scenic beauty, famous temples, mountains and plantations, and of course, the facilities that it offers for couples.

Most of the hotels in Bali are couple-friendly because people across the world come here to celebrate their union of love. The service offered to the couples during their stay in Bali is unparalleled. Not many places are as welcoming of couples as Bali is. Furthermore, all the popular destinations of Indonesia are located in Bali including Seminyak, Kuta, Ubud, Nusa Dua and Uluwatu.

Why Should You Go There? – 

Well, for starters, there are number beaches, adventure sports such as snorkelling, skydiving, parasailing, etc., and lip-smacking cuisine that you just cannot miss out on. Besides, this place is incredibly cheap for an abroad destination. In just INR 50,000, you can have a luxurious stay in Bali for a week. Bali operates on the Indonesian rupiah, which is unimaginably cheap for Indians.

1 Indian rupee = 205.44 Indonesian rupiah. (as on Nov. 2018)

A 5-star hotel like Four Points by Sheraton would cost you only around INR 7,000 – INR 8,000 a night. So, if you are going with your partner and planning to dutch, it would only cost you INR 3,500 – INR 4,000 per head. And a week’s stay would cost you only INR 28,000 at a hotel. In this, you would not have to pay for your breakfast as it would be offered as complimentary from your hotel. So, you get to spend your remaining INR 32,000 on travel and the rest of the meals, which is a generous amount to manage. If anything, you would only be saving on this trip.

2. Bangkok – Truly One of the Best Vacation Spots for Couples in India

The capital of Thailand is such a popular tourist destination that it is on the wish list of every Indian. Whatever you wish to explore in a place, Bangkok offers that. It has lakes and rivers, museums, temples and amazingly cheap shopping spots. Plus, as a couple, you need to experience the nightlife, as well. And Bangkok is notorious for its wild nightlife. You must have heard about those infamous Bangkok scandals, right? If you have not, watch Hangover II to get a slight idea about what you can do in Bangkok.

Why Should You Go There? – 

The currency that is used in Bangkok is Thai Baht, whose value may not be less than the value of Indian rupee but it is still affordable for Indians.

1 Indian rupee = 0. 47 Thai Baht (as on Nov. 2018)

So, if you carry INR 50,000 with you on this trip, you would be able to stay at a great hotel for a week and enjoy all that the place has got to offer you. Moreover, Bangkok is really accepting of couples, which is the reason why you would see so many honeymoon hotels in the city.

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3. Sri Lanka – The Birthplace of an Epic Battle

Sri Lanka has a rich history if we consider Hindu mythology. The Hindu scripts mention Sri Lanka as a place holding a primary significance in the Ramayana, a book containing the story about the epic battle taken place between Lord Rama and Ravana, the demon king. In fact, you can still find proof of Ravana existence in Sri Lanka. A lot of the architecture has a hint of mythology in it. Still don’t think Sri Lanka is one of the best vacation spots for couples?

Being an island, the place is full of beaches that come with all the exciting water sports. The food also has a touch of Indianness in it as Sri Lanka (known as ‘Lanka’ back then) was once a part of India.

Why Should You Go There? – 

Sri Lankan rupee is approximately less than half of the Indian rupee in value.

1 Indian rupee = 2.57 Sri Lankan Rupee (as on Nov. 2018)

If you are interested in seeing scenic beauty, you would absolutely love Sri Lanka. Sri Lankans are nature lovers. Enjoy the elephant safari, the underwater diving, the temples and waterfalls while you are here. And the place also has a surprising blue whale tour waiting for you. Don’t miss out on that one.

4. Shimla

Another one of the best vacation spots for couples is this Indian city of Shimla. This city of Himachal Pradesh attracts some of the major tourism in India. Unlike Goa, Shimla is a more family-friendly place. There are fewer alcohol places and more serenity. The place is the perfect example of rural meets urban as it respects its culture and natural beauty while flaunting its malls and fast-food chains. In many ways, Shimla is a fairly developed city. Winters are the best time to visit this place, obviously. And if you are an Indian, this place would be on your bucket list ever since you began to dream about travelling.

Why Should You Go There? –

Frankly, people would go to Shimla even if there is nothing to see here. Shimla is one of the best vacation spots for couples in India. It is a pretty couple-friendly place as most couples prefer taking their honeymoon trips to this place. The hotels there are these quintessential wooden structures, gorgeously architectured and preserved. Furthermore, if you go there during the winter season, you would be able to buy all those awesome winter wear at a meagre cost.

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5. Jamaica

We have all imitated their accent and drunk its yellow drink. But what if someone told you that you could actually visit this place while maintaining your budget? Jamaica is a beautiful place and an ideal holiday destination. Home to the musician and singer, Bob Marley, this is the birthplace of reggae, a form of music that we all love so much. Also, the Caribbean Islands have the best view to offer. With countless beaches and street food shacks, Jamaica is one of the best vacation spots for couples who wish to relax and while away your time.

Why Should You Go There? –

The value of the Jamaican dollar is lower than the Indian rupee.

1 Indian rupee = 1.81 Jamaican dollars (as on Nov. 2018)

Being a tourist destination, Jamaican hotels may not be as forgiving as the others mentioned on the list when it comes to price. However, if you make your bookings beforehand, you would be able to get better deals. A decent 4-star beach view hotel would cost you anywhere between INR 6,000 to INR 10,000, including breakfast.

6. Philippines

Another country that welcomes couples with a warm heart is the Philippines. And that is why the Philippines is among the best vacation spots for couples in India. The place offers a wide range of accommodations perfectly suitable for couples from all around the world. Moreover, it is one of the most developed and open-minded Asian countries. Manila is a popular tourist attraction here as it is the capital city of the Philippines. If you wish to see all the oriental Asian countries at once, this may just be the place that would allow you to experience it all at once. With the perfect architectural history and cultural preservations, this is an ideal holiday destination.

Why Should You Go There? –

The Philippines have everything from the beaches and museums to the hotels and valleys. Water sports are also a popular activity here.

1 Indian rupee = 0.75 Philippine peso (as on Nov. 2018)

Planning your holiday to the Philippines would be more than just “paisa vasool” for you as the country comprises of around 7,000 different islands. Explore the churches, chocolate hills and the famous caves and reefs while you are here. A week’s stay is an ideal time to spend in the Philippines.

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7. Uganda

Located in the East of the African continent, you can get a slight idea about what kind of a place Uganda is just by looking at its geographical positioning. It is truly one of the best vacation spots for couples in India. Uganda flaunts its natural beauty, including its wide variety of flora and fauna. Now, while Uganda is a massive country, you have to pick a specific city to visit. If you prefer to visit a more urbanised area, you can always choose to go to the capital city of Uganda, Kampala. However, if you wish to stay away from the city, you can choose to stay in the more remote areas of the country.

Why Should You Go There? –

The value of Uganda’s currency is cheaper than that of India’s. The difference is the same as that of India and the United States of America. So, if you have ever wished to go to a place where you could spend money like Americans do when they visit our country, Uganda might just be it. Another reason why Uganda is among the best vacation spots for couples in India.

1 Indian rupee = 52.94 Ugandan Shilling (as on Nov. 2018)

Uganda has a beautiful wildlife scene. There are numerous forests, sanctuaries and a wide variety of waterfalls. And while you are there, don’t forget to visit the Uganda Museum.

8. Kashmir

Kashmir is very rich when it comes to culture. There are so many different people residing here that it has an incredibly diverse population, which shows in their food and lifestyle. Apart from having a beautifully accented Kashmiri language, the cuisine offered by Kashmir is mouth-watering, as well. The Kashmiri cuisine is inspired by the Pakistani and Indian cuisine. And even though they are Brahmins, most of their food contains rice and meat.

Explore the beauty of Kashmir through its mountains, forests and lakes. Besides temples, there are some Buddhist monasteries that you should definitely check out. Also, if you are a fan of trekking, the mountains await you. No wonder Kashmir is one of the best vacation spots for couples in India.

Why Should You Go There? –

If you live in the metro cities of India, you will find Kashmir to be really cheap because it has not developed entirely yet. There are fewer facilities available here, so if you are looking to get away from your chaotic life, Kashmir can provide you with the perfect getaway. Also, if you go there during the winters, you would get to enjoy the snowfall, too.

1 Indian rupee = 1 Indian rupee (as on Nov. 2018)

DUH!! What were you thinking?

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9. Budapest

I know what you are thinking. How can a European city be cheap for Indians? Well, it is. Budapest is one of the most affordable cities in Europe. And it is a popular tourist destination, as well. Budapest is an excellent place for people interested in architecture and museums as the city has a rich history of culture. Apart from all the historical monuments, you would find many churches built by the Roman Catholics way back in the 13th century. The infrastructure is also something to look forward to as it still holds glimpses of the city’s historical past.

As European countries are really open-minded and welcoming of romance whether it is between a married or an unmarried couple, Budapest offers great accommodation facilities for its visitors. Also, no one would give you a stink eye or judge you. You would feel very comfortable being here. And that is why Budapest is one of the best vacation spots for couples.

Why Should You Go There? – 

The Hungarian Forint is cheaper than the Indian rupee in value. So, it is affordable for those who have a decent amount saved up for their trip.

1 Indian rupee = 4.07 Hungarian forint (as on Nov. 2018)

A decent, 4-star hotel like Carlton would cost you only around INR 5,000 to INR 6,000 a night, which means that you would be spending very less on accommodation, including breakfast, as well. One of the best things about Europe is the Eurail, which is the cheapest mode of transport in Europe. And since Budapest is a well-connected city, you would not have to spend much on transportation.

10. Vietnam

The last place on our list of best vacation spots for couples is Vietnam, another tourist destination located in the southeastern part of Asia. Vietnam is also very popular for its mountains, beaches, islands, and temples, something that Indians absolutely love. This place also has something else that Indians just naturally have a passion for, which is history. Vietnam is a country with an extremely heart-wrenching history of war. Thus, if you are a couple who loves to explore the history of a particular place, you would absolutely love this place for its museums and architecture.

Why Should You Go There? – 

Vietnam is popular for its stunning bridges, spas, and artefacts. So, if you go here, make sure you enjoy all of that. It uses Vietnamese dong, which is pretty cheap for Indians if you see the conversion below.

1 Indian rupee = 331. 30 Vietnamese dong (as on Nov. 2018)

This means this place is actually cheaper than Bali. During the right season, a 5-star stay would cost you around INR 7,000 for a night, wherein you would not have to worry about paying for your breakfast. Vietnam is also known for its street food, which is something that Indians absolutely cannot live without. Moreover, Vietnamese cuisine is considered to be one of the best in the world. So, don’t miss out on that. Also, don’t forget to try water sports and other activities once you are there.

Even after all that it offers, Vietnam is not a place that immediately comes to mind when you are planning a trip abroad or thinking of the best vacation spot for couples. Especially, if you are a couple, therefore, planning your trip to this country would be not only fun but also something different from the usual.

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All the prices that are mentioned in the blog are subject to the season. Each of the best vacation spots for couples mentioned on this list has a different ‘best time of the year to visit.’ Therefore, the prices of hotels and transportation rise accordingly. The best thing to do is set a Google alert for flights and trains. This way, you get notified every time the prices fall, which can save you a fortune and help you manage your budget well.

Happy holiday to you!