With most countries gradually easing their travel restrictions and opening several visa categories, Indian passport holders can now look forward to travelling very soon. Covid-19 cases in India are slowly dropping and most people are getting fully vaccinated by globally approved vaccines.
Travellers still have to keep in mind that every country will have its own set of guidelines on Covid test reports, vaccinations and quarantine requirements. So be sure to check on them and stay updated on any new advisories. Depending upon the destination you are travelling back from, there may also be a requirement for quarantine and Covid tests to be done on returning to India.
Here are a few countries that have opened for travel and are now accepting visa applications from Indian passport holders on various visa categories.
Bangladesh – The Sundarbans
The Sundarbans is located between Bangladesh and India, where the Brahmaputra and Ganges rivers meet and flow into the Bay of Bengal. The area is a UNESCO world heritage site and more importantly, the largest mangrove forest on earth. Besides many other wildlife found there, the Sundarbans is home to the last remaining Bengal tigers in the world.
Canada – Niagara Falls
The Niagara Falls
The three waterfalls on the border between the United States and Canada are called the Niagara Falls. The largest of the falls, Horseshoe Falls is located mainly on the Canadian side.
Besides being captivated by the Niagara Falls, take a boat ride on the fall’s oldest attraction- Maid of the Mist.
The Niagara Parks also offers wide open park spaces and a variety of nature-based outdoor attractions.
Croatia – Plitvice National Park
Plitvice National Park
The Plitvice National Park is one of Croatia’s and indeed Europe’s most beautiful natural wonders. It consists of several waterfalls, lush forests and 16 interconnected lakes formed by natural travertine dams. The colours of these lakes range from turquoise to blue, green and gray.
Explore these breathtaking lakes though an assortment of wooden walkways or by boat.
Iceland – Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavík
Hallgrimskirkja is a Lutheran parish church situated on a hilltop near the centre of Reykjavík. It is hard to miss it as it is visible throughout the city. A ride up its elevator -to the top of the tower will reward you with magnificent views of Reykjavik. Hallgrimskirkja is one of the city’s best-known landmarks and is the largest church in Iceland. Designed by the state architect Gudjon Samuelsson, it took 41 years to complete. It draws inspiration from the amazing landscape, lava flows, glaciers and mountains of Iceland.
Morocco – Chefchaouen
Chefchaouen – a vision in shades of blue is nestled among the Rif Mountains in northwest Morocco. Known as the ‘Blue Pearl‘, Chefchaouen is one of Morocco’s prettiest and picturesque towns. Enjoy strolling leisurely through the winding narrow alleys of the beautiful blue painted old medina buildings. They stand out vibrantly against the dusty surroundings. For the food lovers there are traditional restaurants and cosy cafes. Buy local handicrafts and leatherwares at the souk.
Norway – Northern Lights Cathedral, Alta
Northern Lights Cathedral, Alta
Norway is a Scandinavian country with majestic mountains, spectacular islands and famous fjords. Alta is known for being one of the best places to see the Aurora Borealis. It is also one of the northernmost cities in the world.
No trip to Alta is complete without a visit to the Northern Lights Cathedral there. This project features a daring and distinctive design, inspired by the town’s strong identity as an observation post for the northern lights phenomenon.
The baptismal font is located at the exact spot where the central point of the structure’s spiral motion stops and the light streams in.
Saudi Arabia – The old city of Diriyah near Riyadh
The town of Diriyah is located on the north-western outskirts of Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Diriyah was the original home of the Saudi royal family.
The ruins of the old city of Diriyah consist almost entirely of mud-brick structures and are set on top of hills overlooking the valley. Saad bin Saud Palace, one of the largest palaces on the site is famous for its courtyard which was used as a stable.
The National Museum of Saudi Arabia has a large scale detailed model of the layout of the city on display there.
Switzerland – Swiss Miniature Village, Lugano
Swiss Miniature Village, Lugano
Swissminiatur or Swiss Miniature Village is located in Lugano. This open-air miniature museum offers a unique perspective of the entire city. Walk through a labyrinth of asphalt paths and be amazed by the small replicas of Switzerland’s major buildings and castles.
The workshop offers a look at traditional methods and innovative processes that are used to create these miniature masterpieces. Visitors can also take part in special events held in the Park. Get refreshed at the Grotto with grill and ice cream parlor and end your trip by buying gift items, souvenirs and typical Swiss products from the Shop.
The city of Lugano is also popular with celebrities and is nicknamed the ‘Monte Carlo of Switzerland’. So be sure to keep a look out!
The Netherlands – Erasmus Bridge, Rotterdam
Erasmus Bridge, Rotterdam
Rotterdam is the most modern city of Netherlands. Summertime festivals and carnivals are held there every year. Like Amsterdam, Rotterdam is also very bike-friendly and visitors can explore its several districts.
The Erasmus Bridge is a highly unique and imposing bridge constructed between 1986 to 1996. Soaring over Europe’s largest harbour, it is a combination of a cable-stayed and bascule bridge. The bridge is not only considered as Rotterdam’s most important landmark, it is even incorporated into the city’s official logo.
UAE – Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Mosque
Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Mosque
On the eastern side of the Arabian peninsula is a federation of seven emirates called The United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi is one of the UAE’s most visited Emirate.
A must-see landmark here is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Al Khaleej al Arabi Street. This is an incredibly beautiful modern mosque with traditional craftsmanship and a contemporary design. A new interpretation of Islamic architecture is achieved through a harmonious blend of modern and ancient styles and techniques.
The prayer hall inside is laid with the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet and chandeliers are made from 24-karat gold and crystals. A huge swirling floral mosaic of semi-precious stones is incorporated into the vast marble courtyard.
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