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Traveling is an activity everyone loves, be it for leisure, exploring a place or for work. Everyone makes plans for travel, and some of us are already planning for their dream holiday destinations while browsing through a huge checklist to get through. The item that tops that list is the visa requirement — a tedious yet unavoidable task which puts the person through a mountain of documents, fill out forms and get no-so-flattering photographs clicked. While all of this is the easy part, but waiting for the approval is something that is nerve-wracking.

For Indian passport holders, travelling to most of the conventional ‘touristy’ destinations comes with the baggage of a travel visa. So this year, why not choose the countries where you don’t need to struggle with a visa at all? Take a look at 7 beautiful countries across the world that allows Indians to travel visa-free.


Bordered by Thailand to the northwest and Vietnam to the east, Cambodia boasts of incredible landscapes, sun-kissed beaches, exotic temples, elusive wildlife and tropical adventures. Once here, make sure to visit the timeless floating villages of Tonle Sap, marvel at the ancient brilliance and the intricate carvings of Shiva, Vishnu and other Hindu deities at the majestic temple of Angkor Wat. The Cambodian ecosystem is one of a kind and should be a must-visit for all wildlife enthusiasts. Besides, it is a popular summer destination that is a part of every ardent traveler’s travel aspirations!

Type of visa: Visa on arrival

Visa details: Valid for 30 days


Sunshine, picturesque scenery, glittering temples and ever-smiling locals make Thailand a feel-good destination, and one that’s a quick flight away. Tour the several islands; relish the local food at some of the best roadside food stalls in the world in Bangkok. With abundant health spas and wellness retreats as well as the pink water lilies in bloom that are a sight to behold on lakes around the country, Thailand surely has something for every kind of traveler.

Type of visa: Visa on arrival

Visa details: Valid for 15 days


With picturesque beaches, colourful corals and diverse marine life, there is a lot to do in Mauritius. Dive straight into the La Cathédrale and Rempart Serpent, witness nature unplugged in the jungle, soak the sunshine in one of the beautiful beaches, explore the waterfalls, hiking trails and rainforests at The Black River Gorges National Park or visit the Chamarel in Mauritius, a small village known for its seven colored layers of sand.

Type of visa: Visa not required

Visa details: Valid for 90 days


Following the 1950 Indo-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship, Indians have freedom of movement in Nepal, and they can travel, work and live in Nepal freely as local citizens. Visit the Pashupatinath Temple, Lumbini- the birthplace of Gautama Buddha, the Durbar Square and the Royal palace – Narayanhity in Kathmandu. Besides, Nepal is also home to the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest and is touted as the Mecca for mountaineers. The country also has a rich architectural and cultural heritage and some of the nicest people in the world.

Type of visa: Visa not required

Visa details: Freedom of movement for Indians


Situated off the east coast of East Africa, Seychelles is an archipelago consisting of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean. The country is home to breathtaking coral reefs and sandy white beaches that are straight out of paradise. Seychelles is a popular destination for newly-wed couples, owing to its pristine beaches, azure waters and lush greenery. Make sure to capture the perfect picture at the Anse Source D’Argent in La Digue, that’s famous for its pink sand beach.

Type of visa: Visa on arrival

Visa details: Valid for a maximum of 90 days


The land of lost cities, Jordan, has a lot to offer its visitors, from the Dead Sea to the Red Sea and the vast lying desert in-between, beauty comes in many different forms throughout this destination. One of the natural highlights on any trip here is to spend time at the UNESCO World Heritage protected desert known as Wadi Rum. Another famous experience amongst tourists that cannot be missed here is floating in the Dead Sea without a life jacket as the high salt content keeps you buoyant. Visit Petra that boasts of possessing an ancient city carved out of sandstone that is now a part of the 7 wonders of the world.

Type of visa: Visa on arrival

Visa details: Valid for 2 weeks


Bali, one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations and the most populous city of Indonesia, is gifted with the sparkling sun on the white sands that melt away into azure waters, ensuring that you leave with beautiful memories and memorable experiences to be preserved for the rest of your life. While here, make sure to visit Ubud, the cultural hub and take a tour to Mount Batur, which is an active volcano. The Indonesian archipelago comprises many pristine islands from Gili and Lombok to the Komodo islands.

Type of visa: Visa not required

Visa details: Valid for 30 days

The Maldives

From pristine beaches to atolls, the Maldives is a slice of heaven in the Indian Ocean. The island country comprises 26 ring-shaped atolls and is a famous honeymoon destination amongst Indian tourists. Maldives boasts of one of the worlds top diving and snorkeling experiences and is a great way to experience the fascinating underwater life filled with the vibrant denizens of the coral reef. The pristine beaches demand for you to leave behind all your troubles and enjoy Maldives as the popular tourist destination that it is.

Type of visa: Visa on arrival

Visa details: Valid for up to 90 days

Travelling abroad is no longer a daunting experience. Apart from the above, some other nations that allow visa on arrival for Indians are Kish Island, Jamaica, Palestine, Laos, Macau, Madagascar and Jeju Island. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head out to an amazing winter vacation to one of these beautiful countries!

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