Our parents work hard and endure a lot of hardships in our upbringing and education. Even after that’s done they worry about our health, career, marriage and children as we grow into adults. We don’t know the countless days and nights they have suffered for us and sacrificed many good things and experiences in their lives.
As we grow up and move ahead in our career, it’s time to show our gratitude, love and appreciation by gifting them an experience that they will cherish for a long time. As monsoon approaches, it’s an opportune time to gift them a vacation that they have always desired but have never been able to enjoy.
So, here are two amazing holiday destinations that are worthy of being gifted as vacations to the two most precious people in your life. These destinations are not only exotic but can be enjoyed under Rs. 1 lakh for a couple.
But before you send them for a dream vacation, don’t forget to buy travel insurance online on Finserv MARKETS. Even if your parents are healthy enough to take care of themselves, don’t take the risk of sending them without an insurance plan. You will have peace of mind with Bajaj Allianz travel insurance as it takes care of medical emergencies, hospitalization, loss of passport, delays, cancellations and other unforeseen situations.
Indonesia is known for its enchanting beaches, mysterious mountains, and vibrant marine and wildlife. Your parents can relax and rejuvenate in the lap of nature. Though there are other more adventurous places to go to in Indonesia, we suggest that they stick to Bali and Yogyakarta, as the remote places can be tiring for them.
What to see: They can visit the famous and beautiful temples around Bali and Yogyakarta that hides amazing architectural wonders in its exteriors and interiors. Natural wonders such as Ubud and Kintamani volcano in Bali are a must-see. After they have tasted the beauty of the awe-inspiring temples at Uluwatu and Tanah Lot, they can relax an entire day along Kuta Beach. Other places to visit includes Jomblang cave, Borobudur, Merapi and Prambanan.
Sightseeing costs: Rs. 8,000
Transportation: One can travel between the tourist hotspots by taxis that charge approx. Rs. 3,000 a day. A cheaper way is travelling by train interspersed by ferry rides between the two islands. You can also take a domestic flight that costs Rs. 6,000-9,000 (depending on how you negotiate) for a return flight for two.
Transportation costs within Bali & Yogyakarta: Rs 20,000
Food: While your parents get to enjoy the local cuisine, they can save a lot of money on food if they love street food such as noodles, snacks and soups. They are delicious in this region and not very expensive. Sandwiches, pre-cooked meals are also available. Make sure to book a hotel with free breakfast. Some city tour operators provide lunches with the package as well.
Food expenses: Rs. 10,000
Accommodation: You can book rooms for your parents online as there are plenty of aggregators providing competitive rates. Depending on their preference you can choose between guesthouses, 3- and 4-star hotels, bed & breakfasts, home stays and boutique hotels. A decent 3- or 4-star hotel is easily available at Rs. 3,000-4,000 per night.
Accommodation costs: Rs. 16,000 for 4 nights and 5 days
Airfare: A direct one-way flight from New Delhi to Bali takes around 9 hours. A return flight for two may cost between Rs. 45,000-56,000 depending upon layovers and duration of journey.
Airfare: Rs. 45,000 | New Delhi-Bali | Return flight for two
Visa: Not required if you stay less than 30 days
Duration of stay: 4 nights and 5 days.
Total costs: Rs. 99,000
Again, don’t forget to buy travel insurance online for your parents before they leave for their dream vacation. On Finserv MARKETS, you can buy a Bajaj Allianz travel insurance policy for as low as Rs. 308, for an individual. After you have spent close to Rs. 1 lakh for your parents’ holiday, it only makes sense to spend a nominal amount to ensure that they enjoy their vacation without worrying about any unexpected glitches.
2.Sri Lanka Vacation
Sri Lanka has everything a holidaymaker desires – beaches, temples, wildlife and pristine natural beauty – at comparatively less cost compared to other South Asian destinations. This is the perfect budget foreign holiday for your parents. The itinerary should consist of Kandy, Galle, Colombo and Yala National Park.
What to see: Places to visit includes the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple in Colombo; the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Kandy. Other places of interest include the Sigiriya World Heritage site, Dambulla rock cave temple, the Galle Fort, and Yala National Park.
Sightseeing costs: Rs. 12,000
Transportation: Taxis are the best options in Sri Lanka as they are comfortable but not too expensive. You can book a taxi for 5 days for Rs. 15,000 without including the driver’s food and lodging expenses.
Transportation costs: Rs 15,000
Food: Your parents will not miss Indian food much as they will find a lot of Indian flavour in Sri Lankan cuisine. Local food is much cheaper and delicious. Seasoned holidaymakers advise that one should carry a water bottle with inbuilt purifier in Sri Lanka as packaged drinking water is expensive and you will need to drink a lot of water due to the climate.
Food expenses: Rs. 9,000
Accommodation: Hostels, homestays, resorts, guesthouses and star hotels – everything is available at competitive rates in Sri Lanka. Your parents may prefer a homestay as it gives them a closer look of the local culture, people and cuisine. However, if they treasure privacy, good 3- or 4-star hotels are available within a price range of Rs. 3,000-7,000 per day. Guesthouses and hostels are available below Rs. 1,000.
Accommodation costs: Rs. 25,000 for 5 nights and 6 days
Airfare: A direct one-way flight from New Delhi to Colombo takes around 3 hours and 30 minutes. A return flight for two will cost approx. Rs. 34,000.
Airfare: Rs. 34,000 | New Delhi-Colombo | Return flight for two
Visa costs: Rs. 5,000
Duration of stay: 5 nights and 6 days.
Total costs: Rs. 1 lakh
You can save on airfare by buying tickets a few months in advance. Avoid booking holidays for your parents during peak seasons or off seasons; book during shoulder seasons instead. It is much less expensive and less crowded during the shoulder seasons. Most importantly, buy travel insurance online as soon as their air tickets are confirmed.
Also read about the advantages of travel insurance before purchasing a policy.
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