Nine overseas places Bangladeshis can visit under Tk 10,000

Published at : 27 November 2023, 09:01 pm
Nine overseas places Bangladeshis can visit under Tk 10,000
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Enjoying the unparalleled beauty of nature cannot be measured by any monetary value. However, everything in the world comes with a price, tourism is no exception. 

Though travelling costs are getting higher day by day, Bangladeshi tourists can visit overseas within a tight budget with proper planning and right information. Let's explore some popular international tourist attractions to visit with 10,000 taka.

This city, which is also called Sohra, is situated in the East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya. Notable attractions here include Mawsynram, the Double Decker Root Bridge, Mosmai Cave, and Mokdok View Point. Foreign visitors are drawn to enchanting waterfalls like Nohkalikai Falls, Thankharang Park, Mosmai Falls, Kalikai Falls, Rainbow Falls, Krangsuri Falls, and Seven Sisters Falls.

To reach Sohra, travelers must take a train from Dhaka to Sylhet and then a bus to Tamabil. The minimum train fare from Dhaka to Sylhet is around BDT 400, and the bus journey from Sylhet to Tamabil costs BDT 35.

Upon reaching Tamabil, complete Bangladesh immigration and cross-border checking at Indian customs. Subsequently, a taxi or minibus will leave for Shillong through Dauki Bazaar. Cherrapunji is a bit further, past the Wardslake gate of Shillong.

For budget accommodation, homestays in Naingriat village can be arranged, with room rents for 4 people ranging from Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,500, approximately equal to BDT 1,330 to 2,000 (Rs 1 = BDT 1.33).

The cost of food can range from Rs 160 to Rs 200 (approx. BDT 215 to BDT 266) per person per day.

All in all, one can travel from Dhaka via Shillong to Cherrapunji and back to Dhaka in 3 days for around 8 to 9 thousand taka.

Delhi, the Indian capital on the banks of the river Yamuna, retains its popularity among travelers due to its historical significance. Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar, Chandni Chowk, India Gate, Red Fort, and Emperor Humayun's Tomb are among the city's prominent sightseeing spots.

Dhaka residents can reach Delhi affordably by first taking a bus to Kolkata. A non-AC coach will cost around BDT 890 to BDT 900 per person. From Kolkata's Howrah, they need to take a train to Delhi, with a non-AC sleeper costing approximately Rs 650 to Rs 700 (close proximity to BDT 865 to BDT 931).

Opting for a tour agency's sightseeing package, which typically costs Rs 300 to 500 per person (hovering near BDT 399 to BDT 665), is recommended.

The average daily cost for food is Rs 390 (roughly BDT 519). Double-bed rooms in Paharganj can be found for Rs 500 to Rs 650 (approx. BDT 655 to BDT 865).

The capital and largest city of Himachal Pradesh in North India is known as the Queen of Hill Stations. Places to visit in the picturesque city include Mall Road, The Ridge, Summer Hill, Viceroy Lodge, St. Michael's Cathedral, Himachal State Museum, and Jakhu.

Budget visitors must first come to Kolkata from Dhaka by the ways mentioned earlier. A minimum of BDT 1,100 will be spent here along with the immigration process. After that, the explorers have to go to Howrah station in Kolkata as before. From there, the Kalka Mail train will take them to Kalka, for which the ticket price will be around Rs 710 (about BDT 945). Toy Train fare for Kalka to Shimla is Rs.50 (close to BDT 67).

A room in Shimla can be rented for Rs 1,000 (near BDT 1,330), and food per day can cost Rs 194 (almost BDT 258) per person.

Manali is a beautiful hill town in the valley of River Beas in Kullu district of Himachal. Worth seeing here are Hirimba Devi Temple, Ban Vihar, Rehala Falls, Gulaba, Kullu, Mandi, and Roerich Art Gallery.

As Manali is near Shimla, adventure enthusiasts can visit both of them together. They can go from Shimla to Manali by bus for around Rs 700 (about BDT 931).

A daily budget of Rs 500 (close to BDT 665) should be kept for food. Accommodation for two people will be arranged for a rent of Rs 1,000 (hovering near BDT 1,330).

Thus, it is possible to travel most of Manali within BDT 10,000 in 2 days. But if Shimla is added to it, the budget will increase further.

This scenic city in West Bengal, India is located at an altitude of 7,100 feet above the ground. Tourists from different parts of the world come here to enjoy the sunrise of Tiger Hill and the unique beauty of Kanchenjunga.

To travel to Darjeeling, one has to go to Kolkata first from Dhaka by following the same way mentioned above. The lowest train fare from Kolkata to Sealdah to Darjeeling is Rs 330 to Rs 360 (close proximity to BDT 439 to BDT 479).

To stay in the city, travelers should plan to spend Rs 900 to Rs 1,000 (almost BDT 1,200 to BDT 1,330). A budget of Rs 500 (close to BDT 665) should be kept for food and drink.

Most of India's best known architecture abounds in this city of Uttar Pradesh. This capital of the Mughal Empire still attracts people with its historic architecture. These include the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Akbar's Tomb, Jahangir Mahal, Anguri Bagh, Mehtab Bagh, and Itimad-ud-Daula's Tomb.

Dhaka residents are required to come through Benapole to save their money during the trip to Agra. After all the formalities at the border, they have to take a shared auto for Rs 50 (roughly BDT 67) to Banga railway station. Then they need to move from there to Sealdah in Kolkata with Rs 20 (close to BDT 27). Non-AC sleeper fare from Sealdah Railway Station to Agra Fort is Rs 580 to Rs 630 (almost BDT 772 to BDT 838).

Cheap accommodation in Agra means hotels or homestays for Rs 800 to Rs 1,000 (about BDT 1,064 to BDT 1,330). A three-course meal will be available within Rs 500 (approx. BDT 665) per person.

This smallest state in Northeast India is bounded by Tibet in China to the north and northeast, Bhutan to the east, and Koshi in Nepal to the west. As most of the attractive spots are in Gangtok, Lachung, and Peling, these cities in Sikkim are crowded with nature enthusiasts.

If you want to see Sikkim, you must first go to Banglabandha in Panchagarh by bus from any place in Dhaka. Fare can be BDT 650 to BDT 750. After completing the immigration-related work of the two countries, go to the Fulbari bus stand by auto. From there, the bus fare to Siliguri is Rs 10 (hovering near BDT 14).

Now it's time to get permission to travel to Sikkim, and for that, travelers have to turn in to the Sikkim National Transport (SNT) office. The bus fare from Siliguri's SNT bus terminal is Rs 120 (approx. BDT 160) per person.

Apart from the tourist towns, MG Marg also offers rooms for Rs 500 to Rs 1,000 (almost BDT 665 to BDT 1,330). And for about Rs 500 (about BDT 665), a three-course meal can be managed.

This valley between the Himalayas and Pir Panjal range is guarded by Pehelgam, Gulmarg, Sonomarg, and Srinagar's Dal Lake with Mughal Gardens and Hazratbal Mosque. Apart from these, Dudhpatri, Kokarnag, Sinthentop, and Daksum have rightly justified the fame of Kashmir as the haven on Earth.

To capture this scene with both eyes, travelers need to leave Dhaka and enter India via Benapole as before and reach Sealdah station via Bangaon. Now they need to travel by taxi for Rs 100 (roughly BDT 133) to Kolkata New Market.

Train tickets to Jammu are available from travel agencies in the majestic area there. The non-AC sleeper costs around Rs 900 (close proximity to BDT 1,200). The subsequent step is to get off the train in Jammu and take a bus to Srinagar, where the fare will be a maximum of Rs 800 (close to BDT 1,064).

Hotels in the Dal Gate area are the most convenient to stay in Srinagar. There, the rent of a double-bed room ranges from Rs 1,200 to Rs 1,500 (approx. BDT 1,600 to BDT 2,000) depending on the season.

The old part of Rajasthan's capital and largest city has a reputation as the Pink City. There is the ancient Amber Fort, Jantar Mantar, the Central Museum, and the Hawa Mahal.

Travelers have to reach Sealdah or Howrah in Kolkata from Dhaka. Howrah to Jaipur station non-AC sleeper fare is Rs 655 (approx. BDT 871).

The budget for accommodation should be Rs 800 to Rs 1,000 (about BDT 1,064 to BDT 1,330). Food can cost around Rs 200 (almost BDT 266) per person. Thus, 3 to 4 days can be spent in Jaipur within BDT 9,000.

Visa and Immigration Costs
A tourist visa to India requires at least 6 months validity for a passport with at least 2 blank pages. Online application for an Indian visa can be done with the required documents. All previous passports (if any) should be submitted at this time.

The applicant must have USD 150, equivalent to approximately BDT 16,622 (USD 1 = BDT 110.81). For this, he/she should have an international credit card endorsed in the amount.

Besides, a copy of the last 3 months' bank statement should be given as supplementary.

The Indian visa processing fee is BDT 800. Travelers are required to pay a travel tax of BDT 500 and a landport tax of BDT 50 at Indian immigration points during the trip.

Final Words
These 10 places to visit abroad for under BDT 10,000 are rich in diverse elements of beauty. Among them, Cherrapunji, Darjeeling, Kashmir, and Sikkim boast captivating natural scenery. Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, and Udaipur beckon to enjoy the architectural wonders of ancient India. Shimla and Manali offer a combination of nature and the aesthetic evolution of civilization. All in all, all these together carry culture and traditions that have already transcended the reckoning of time.