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There is a certain sense of accomplishment (despite the tedious research and paperwork that may be involved) in executing a perfectly planned trip. But sometimes you may feel the sudden urge to take off, no questions asked. And if that travel itch is specifically for a jaunt outside the country, holding an Indian passport can often put a dampener on your spontaneity. We are nowhere close to the Japanese passport, currently the world’s most travel-friendly passport with fuss-free entry into 190 countries. But all is not lost. According to the Henley Passport Index, India jumped two positions from 81st in 2018 to 79th this year with access to 61 countries. So look beyond Thailand as we round up some of our top picks for your next impromptu vacation.

Cambodia
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Whether you want to check off the 12th century temple complex Angkor Wat from your bucket list or gawk at Irrawaddy dolphins in The Mekong, you’re in luck. Cambodia offers Indian passport holders a maximum stay of up to 30 days with confirmed return tickets.

Bhutan


Fittingly, a trip to the happiest country in the world is as seamless as it should be. As long as you have a valid passport and all other relevant travel documents in place when you get there.

Fiji

visa on arrival for indiansThis archipelago of 300 islands in the South Pacific is the perfect slice of paradise to escape the hustle of city life. All you need when showing up spontaneously is a passport valid for at least six months, a confirmed return ticket and sufficient funds. The visa of four months is possible to extend once there.

Indonesia
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Borobudur Temple at twilight time, Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia.

Feel a spiritual retreat in Bali calling your name? Or are you yearning for Seminyak’s cluster of beach clubs? Indonesia’s India-friendly immigrations laws allow you a visa on arrival for a maximum of 30 days if you’re a tourist.

Maldives


Your Instagram feed is never quite complete without a picture on Maldives’ famous water villas, if you ask us. Make a beeline for this hot favourite destination without further ado which allows Indian visitors an immediate visa for up to 30 days.

Jordanvisa on arrival for indians

Last year, the Middle Eastern country introduced visa on arrival for Indians for a period of 30 days on proof of a confirmed return or onward ticket. Be sure to float in the Dead Sea and make a trip to the ancient city of Petra, one of the seven wonders of the world.

Seychelles

visa on arrival for indiansThis archipelago of 115 islands is what dreams are made of—clear blue seas and endless skies as far as your eyes can see. Book yourself that ticket and head over because your passport grants you a visa for a maximum of 30 days upon arrival.

Praachi Raniwala

Raniwala is a freelance fashion, luxury and travel journalist, and a brand consultant. She has a degree in fashion and lifestyle journalism from London College of Fashion, and previously worked as a features writer at L’Officiel India. You can now find her words in Vogue and Condé Nast Traveller among other publications. The writer is based in Mumbai, but her heart belongs to London.