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Top 10 Places to Visit in India with Only RM43 e-Visa Fees!

  • 26 Dec 2019
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If you are still living under a rock and haven't realised that the Government of India has drastically reduced its e-Visa fees for Malaysians, keep reading... This article is FOR YOU!

India has scrapped its expensive multiple entry e-Visa priced at USD 82 (RM 362) for a year and introduced more affordable 30 days, 1-year or 5-year e-Visa options as stated below:

  • 30 days (April to June): USD10 (RM43)
  • 30 days (July to March): USD25 (RM106)
  • 1 year: USD40 (RM169)
  • 5 years: USD80 (RM337)

The visa fees to visit India from April to June for a month is only USD10 (RM43)! Pretty cheap, isn't it?

But, there is a reason why! Typically, April to June is considered as summer in India and in some places are the hottest months in the entire year.

But don't lose hope, we have compiled a list of the BEST SUMMER DESTINATIONS (not ranked in any order) in India to beat the heat and enjoy your vacay. Prepare yourself to be amazed!

1: Manali in Himachal Pradesh 

How to Get There?

1. By Air: The nearest airport is located at Bhuntar which is about 50km from Manali. Domestic flights from Delhi and Chandigarh are available.

2. By Land: A well-connected bus system to major cities like Leh, Shimla, Kullu, Dharamshala, and New Delhi.

3. Self-Drive: Roadtrip to Manali from any part of India will definitely be a scenic journey. While self-driving is fun, if you are not familiar with driving in the mountainous region, hire a driver.

Best Attractions: Hadimba Temple, Himalayan Nyingmapa Gompa monastery, Club House, Solang Valley, Jogini Falls, Arjuna Gufa, and Vashisht Hot-Water Springs

2: Ladakh in Kashmir

How to Get There? 

1. By Air: Leh Airport in Ladakh is well-connected to major cities in India.

2. By Land: The nearest train station is Jammu Tawi Railway Station (700 km from Ladakh) and then take a bus from there.

Best Attractions: Zanskar Valley, Pangong Tso Lake, Khardung-La Pass, Spituk Gompa, and Hemis National Park

3: Ooty in Tamil Nadu

How to Get There? 

1. By Air: The nearest domestic airport is Coimbatore (88km away from Ooty). 

2. By Land: Catch a train to Ooty's own train station Udhagamandalam Railway Station.

Best Attractions: Doddabetta Peak, Ooty Lake, Emerald Lake, tribal Toda huts, Deer Park, Upper Bhawani Lake, Avalanche Lake, St Stephen’s Church, and Kalhatty Waterfalls

4: Munnar in Kerala

How to Get There? 

1. By Air: Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport to Munnar (around 125 km away). Take a taxi or bus to reach Munnar.

2. By Land:  Munnar can be reached by the nearest train stations at Kochi or Ernakulam. Roadtrip from major cities in India or Cochin are possible.

Best Attractions: Kundala Lake, Echo Point, Elephant Lake, Anamudi Peak, Tata Tea Museum, Chithirapuram, Devikulam, and Chinnakanal

5: Srinagar in Kashmir

How to Get There?

By Air: Srinagar Airport is the nearest point of entry.

Best Attractions: Dal Lake, Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, Tomb of Zin-ul-Abidin, Jama Masjid, Hazratbal Mosque, and Shankaracharya Hill

6: Coorg in Karnataka

How to Get There? 

1. By Air: Mangalore, about 160km away from Coorg has the nearest domestic airport.

2. By Land: Nearest railhead is in Mysore (95km from Coorg).

3. Self-Drive: Can begin your road trip from Bangalore, about 237km from Coorg.

Best Attractions: Abbey Falls, Nalknad Palace, Barapole River, Brahmagiri Peak, Iruppu Falls, Namdroling Monastery, and Nagarhole National Park

7: Rishikesh in Uttarakhand

How to Get There?

1. By Air: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant Airport which is 35 km from the city. 

2. By Land: Catch a train to Haridwar and find your way from there.

3. Self-Drive: A road trip from Delhi to Rishikesh is about 250 km in distance.

Best Attractions: Laxman Jhula, Neelkantha Mahadev Temple, Rajaji National Park, Kaudiyala and Shivpuri

8: Darjeeling in West Bengal

How to Get There? 

1. By Air: The nearest airport is Bagdogra situated 65 km from Darjeeling. 

2. By Land: The city has its own railway station.

3. Self-Drive: You can take a road trip to Darjeeling from Kolkata (165km away).

Best Attractions: Tea Gardens of Dooars, Tiger Hill, Peace Pagoda at Charlemont Hill, and Gorkha War Memorial

9: The Andaman Islands at the Bay of Bengal

How to Get There? 

1. By Air: Take a flight to Vir Savarkar Airport in Port Blair. 

2. By Ship: Board on a ship from Chennai, Kolkata or Vizag to Haddo Wharf Port in Port Blair.

Best Attractions: Cellular Jail National Memorial, Radhanagar Beach, Rajiv Gandhi Water Sports Complex in Port Blair, Mahatma Gandhi Marine National Park, and Chidiya Tapu

Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra

How to Get There? 

1. By Air: Get to the airport in Pune, about 130km from Mahabaleshwar.

2. By Land: Nearest railhead is at Wathar which is (60 km away).

3. Self-Drive: Starting point from Mumbai or Pune as these are the nearest major cities from Mahabaleshwar.

Best Attractions: Venna Lake, Pratapgarh Fort, Parsi Point, Lingmala Falls, and Lord Mahabaleshwar Temple

So, what's your pick for 2020? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Trans India Travels, Travel Triangle, Make My Trip. Travelogy India, Tour My India & Tourism of India
Photo Credit: Tripsavvy, Rough Guides, Ado Trip, Thrillophilia, Lonely Planet, Coorg Tour, Travel Triangle, Pinterest & Goibibo



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