Fly low, travel high

No matter where you go, travelling around often dents a hole in the pocket. So when you plan a trip,…

Fly low, travel high

Fishing boats in water bay at sunset, Sri Lanka (Getty Images)

No matter where you go, travelling around often dents a hole in the pocket. So when you plan a trip, the first thing that comes to mind is the budget for it. Can you afford the trip? How expensive is the travel fare, the stay and the food? Far or near, travelling anywhere during peak season is expensive as the travel rush often spike up the travel fare and cost of stay and lodges. However, like all things, there is a solution to it. Hit nearby destinations and travel easy.

Those of you in India can go tripping to nearby bordering countries which are blessed with beautiful places rich in heritage and culture that offer a whole lot of opportunities to explore and learn while on vacation.



This happy country is must-visit.  Traveling to this clean and peaceful country is easy. Since Assam and West Bengal shares border with Bhutan, one can fly to Paro or Kolkata or Guwahati whichever is nearer to your place of stay and catch a cab to Thimphu or other places in the country. While there is a direct flight service from Delhi, it is more fun to take the road and drive through the border into Bhutan.  You can also catch a train to New Jalpaiguri and take a cab from there to Phuntsholing.  It will take only four hours. The travel fare, stay and food is cheap.


Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, is a city worth visiting. The unique tradition and culture of this Muslim country is steep in history and life in the capital is a heavy mix of the old and new world. There is a train service and direct flight to Dhaka from Kolkata. One can also take a bus or a cab to Dhaka from Kolkata. It takes about seven hours by car.


If you have to visit Pakistan, take the road for a more enriching experience. Once you are in Amritsar, you can catch private vehicles which take you on a straight road to Attari-Wagah border from where you can cross over to Lahore. Once you cross the border there are taxi services which can take you to Lahore city or other cities in the country. Apart from hotels, there are private lodges, guest houses and home stay which offer you a comfortable and affordable stay.

Sri Lanka

Colombo, being a popular travel destination of beaches, temples and parks, offers a great travel experience. Holiday packages are many to choose from.  There are direct flights to Colombo from Delhi and other cities. And there are buses and train services connecting Colombo to other places of interest in the country.


This fascinating country has a lot to offer to any traveller. Be it the high urban life or nature in its best, the place is blessed with tropical beauty and bustling with activities. From ancient ruins and temples to pristine beaches and exotic islands and food to fast night life, a visitor to the country has a lot to experience and enjoy.  There are direct flights to Bangkok from all international airports in India.

You can visit these country all-year round, but the best time to visit is during the dry season as the rain can create havoc for travellers.