Understanding the varied culture of the Continent one resides in can be quite intriguing. Some of the South Asian countries even make this expedition possible with their attractive visa schemes for the Indian traveller.
The Buddhist kingdom is located on the eastern edge of the Himalayas, dressed in the variety of monasteries and dzongs. From Paro Taktsang which is also called the Tiger’s Nest to the treks of Jomolhari, everything adds an exquisite touch to the place. October to December is the best time to visit amidst the clear skies. An entry permit is available at no extra cost for Indian travellers.
Rich in its sacred places, the country is home to many historical palaces and stone temples. The Bayon is one of the major points of interest of the country. The best time to travel is when the temperature is cool and pleasant from October to March. A visa on arrival at approximately 2,000 rupees is available for 30 days.
The former British colony, now an independent territory, has a skyscraper skyline. The Tian Tan Buddha and the Victoria Peak are two of the major points of interests. It is vibrant and populated into an urban setup. The best time to visit this sub-tropical country is October to December. A 14 day visa is issued on arrival for Indians.
A mix of cultural influences is seen in this other autonomous region, formerly a Portuguese colony. It is now one of the most exciting countries in Asia. It is rich in both history and Urbanisation. The Ruins of St. Paul’s, the Macau Tower and the A-Ma Temple are few of the popular places around. May is the wettest month of the year while October sees the autumn fall. 30 days is the maximum an Indian citizen can stay in Macau with the visa provided on arrival.
The landlocked area projects a landscape overlooking the Himalayas. It is known for its historical and sacred places. From the monasteries by the lakes to the temples on the mountains, Nepal has attracted a diverse amount of tourists. The autumn holds clear skies in October and November, making it the ideal time for travel. A multiple visa entry fee might range from 2,000 to 6,000 depending on the number of days you are there for.
The mountainous terrain and the Mekong River make it an ideal place for a summer journey. Rich in its history of tribes and monuments and the Patuxai war, Laos is seen as a heritage ground. There is also a Buddha park which is a point of interest. A 30 days visa on arrival is issued to Indian citizens for approximately 2,000 rupees.
The country houses more than a 100 ethnic groups which bring their culture and heritage to add to the beauty of the country. The major point of interest is the Buddhist relics which date back to the 6th century. Mount Popa is another scenic beauty of the place. An E-visa can be obtained for 2,000 rupees approximately.
The country on the Malay Peninsula is known for its cultural mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European influences. The rainforests provide a huge array to the vast flora and fauna. Tourist destinations include places such as Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, Mount Kinabalu, Kek Lok Si and many more soothing and serene places. The west coast is dry and sunny while the east coast experiences the tropical rain showers in the months from November to February. If you are travelling from Singapore or Thailand, a visa on arrival is permitted for 7 days for 6,000 rupees.
It is impertinent to carry 2 passport size photographs, an onward ticket, proof of accommodation and financial aid required during your stay. Check the official website for the exact prices and any other documentation required at the time of travel.