As the sultry summer rolls in, the desire to travel peaks for many. According to a TripAdvisor survey, 67% of U.S. travelers are planning to embark on an international leisure trip this year. In 2014, only 50% of the travelers were reported taking one. The survey also revealed that 95% of travelers from the country have plans for a domestic trip this year.

The survey features 44,000 global responses from hotel sectors and travelers, including over 6,700 U.S. respondents. It also indicated that the travel budgets in the country are likely to average $8,700 in 2015. One quarter of the respondents in the U.S. are planning to keep their 2015 travel budget similar to last year, whereas 43% have plans to spend more and another 23% are anticipating cutbacks.

The TripBarometer "Global Travel Economy" report from TripAdvisor also names the “Top 5 Dream Destinations for U.S. Travelers” in 2015:

These are places that U.S. travellers said they would like to visit, if money is no object. But for many travelers money is an object and therefore we have created this list of 5 international budget vacation destinations:

1. Northern Italy

Since Italy is one of the top dream destinations of the U.S. travelers, we could not help but include it in our list. 2015 is indeed the year if you have always dreamt about visiting this land of art and ancient ruins. Expo Milano, from May 1 to Oct. 31, is expected to bring in over 20 million visitors to the country.

Udine, Italy

But we are not just talking about big cities like Rome, Venice and Milan. There are several other breathtaking beautiful cities in Northern Italy that deserve all your attention. Visit the Roman Theatre in Aosta; the beautiful Lake Como; the magical seaport city of Trieste with its scenic Città Vecchia; the mediaval city of Udine and its Venetian-Gothic style buildings and castles, and hundreds of other tiny picturesque towns that are literally begging to be explored.

2. Tbilisi, Georgia


If you are foodie and have budget constraints, visit this gourmet paradise this summer. The colorful Georgian life of Tbilisi awaits you. Don’t forget to savor a healthy portion of their scrumptious meat dumplings (locally known as khinkhali) and khackapuri, which is the Georgian equivalent to the pizza and wash it down with some of the finest rich red wine. You will be surprised to know that the tradition of wine growing in Georgia goes back to 6000 BC and the country has some interesting grape varieties.

Apart from being a gourmet paradise, Tbilisi has a rich history. This ancient city was founded in the 5th century and has been rebuilt 29 times. For all the history buffs, the city offers an exotic mix of classical, medieval, Art Deco and Soviet structures.

Explore the 4th century Persian citadel, the churches and museums all day through and relax in the steam of the famous sulphur baths in the Old Town. The summer weather makes it a perfect vacation destination and its insanely low holiday prices are added bonus.

3. Bali, Indonesia

Sunset in Bali, Indonesia

This Pacific paradise has good news for budget travellers this year: hotel prices in Bali are down 12 percent, as per Hotel Price Index. The Island of the Gods is popular for its distinctive black sand beaches and rugged coastlines. If you are inclined to it, enjoy the island’s world-class surfing and diving and explore the jungle interior that houses 10,000 picturesque temples (including the renowned hillside temple Pura Luhur Batukau) and volcanoes.

Take a walk around Ubud, the Balinese bustling metropolis, to explore its stunning royal palace and soak your soul in the heavenly gamelan music; the traditional local market is a shopper’s paradise.

If you want a laid-back vacation, the hotel pools are great places to laze around. After all Bali, with its natural beauty, cultural attractions and unique music, is a place to sooth your mind and body into a state of perfect relaxation.

4. İzmir, Turkey


If you think Istanbul is the only place to visit in Turkey, İzmir will stun you with its liberal and laid-back feel. Located along the Central Aegean coastline, this historic and happening port city lives by its seafront kordon. Visit the hip bars in the Alsancak District or its collective art exhibition spaces if you want to experience İzmir’s distinct culture.

June is a great time to visit the city when it hosts the International Izmir Festival, where you can enjoy classical and contemporary ballet, music and theatre performances. The city with its Mediterranean Europe atmosphere is a chic alternative to other popular and more expensive Turkish destinations.

5. Porto, Portugal


Porto or Oporto is one of the most charismatic cities of Europe. In fact, you won’t find another European budget spot finer than this second largest metropolis of Portugal. The motto of this picturesque city, where Port Wine was named and originated, is: “You’ve tried the wine; now try the city!”

The Ribeira Square, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and lies next to the Douro River, is the place to start off. Enjoy the art of people watching from a quiet corner while sipping your morning ‘bica’, which is the Portuguese espresso. The Crystal Palace Gardens are just a short walk away from the Ribeira Square where you can see roaming peacocks along with other love birds. Head towards the Romantic Museum or explore the city’s renowned architects.

Don’t forget to indulge in the culinary feast of a classic Porto lunch, the ‘Francesinha’, a meat-delight served with layers of various meats and melted cheese and drenched in tomato sauce. It is served with a chilled Portuguese beer.

The romantic Porto awaits you this summer with its intriguing and majestic beauty for that ultimate budget European vacation.

A Final Word

While these are some of the best international budget holiday destinations you can think of this summer, you can further cut the cost by opting for a budget hotel and bargained deals instead of staying in a luxury resort. Whether you are looking to explore a royal European city or relax on the beach, we have tried to include vacation options for every budget and taste.

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Florence is a romantic and timeless city, rich in historical and cultural significance. Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael and Donatello (no, not the Mutant Teenage Ninja Turtles -- the famous artists from the 1400's) all help put Florence on the map. For hundreds of years, the city was a cultural and economic powerhouse known for its artwork. Nowadays this city is one of Italy's most romantic destinations and a must for all couples traveling to Tuscany. For all those traveling with their favorite furry family members, these are the most romantic pet-friendly hotels in all of Florence.

Grand Hotel Minerva

Centrally located in one of Florence's most historic and beautiful neighborhoods, many of Florence's best-known tourist attractions are only a few minutes walk from Grand Hotel Minerva. Of course, as the hotel itself is immaculately furnished with modern elegance that makes it near impossible to leave, good luck seeing any of these sights. You will be too busy basking in the view from the sixth-floor terrace with a cocktail or going for a swim in the elegant pool.

Hotel Londra

The hotels in Florence tend to either have a classical or über modern theme and furnishings, and Hotel Londra is a prime example of one of the latter. Everything about this hotel will have you savoring the modern Florence and all it will be in the future, instead of tripping down memory lane.

Hotel Albani Firenze

For those looking to escape some of the crowds and find a nice quiet hotel, look no further than Hotel Albani Firenze. Tucked away in the northern part of Santa Maria Novella, the Albani is conveniently located near the train station while still being within walking distance of Florence's most celebrated sites. Plus the hotel staff is more than happy to help arrange pet-sitting services for any guests that wish to explore the city on their own.

Grand Hotel Baglioni

Calling this hotel "grand" is like calling the Grand Canyon just a "valley." The Grand Hotel Baglioni is in fact nothing short of breathtaking. It was once the home of a prince and still maintains a strong and luxurious royal elegance throughout the property. The rooms, however, have been given a slightly modern touch, including the availability of anti-allergy rooms.

Plaza Hotel Lucchesi

Located near the Arno river, the Plaza Hotel Lucchesi is one of the most affordable boutique four-star hotels in Florence. In addition to being romantic and pet-friendly, it is only a short stroll to Florence's most iconic attraction, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore -- otherwise known as The Duomo.

Firenze Number Nine

Internationally known as one of Florence's most luxurious and romantic hotels, many do not realize that the Firenze Number Nine is also pet-friendly. Here guests are treated like kings, and no request big or small goes overlooked. If you want to experience the best Florence accommodations available, the Firenze Number Nine should be your only choice.

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California is known around the world as being a mecca for forward-thinking movements and people, but San Francisco in particular stands out from the rest of the state. The city is a hotbed of art and independence, as well as being the home to countless green movements and corporations. As such it should be no surprise that the hotels in San Francisco are likewise amazing and unique. The next time you are passing through San Fran, be sure to check out these cool and quirky hotels lest you find yourself in another boring chain.

Hotel Tomo

Fusing that rustic California feel with a touch of Japanese is the intriguing Hotel Tomo, located in San Francisco's Japantown (no surprise there). This hotel is a gamer's paradise and the ideal destination for any Japanophiles. Throughout the hotel are subtle references to Japan, from anime to artwork, all decorated in the most tasteful of ways.

Phoenix Hotel

The cool and quirky Phoenix Hotel in San Francisco, California -- designed for musicians

Owned and managed by the same parent company as Hotel Tomo, the Phoenix Hotel has a strong musical theme that makes it perfect for any traveling rockers. Word on the street is that there are several well-known groups that always stay here when they have gigs in town. Might be worth booking a room just to see who you run into in the lobby.

Hotel des Arts

Is it an art gallery? Is it a hotel? I still don't know but definitely love it! The Hotel des Arts near Chinatown is a must for art lovers. Every wall of this hotel from lobby to bathroom is adorned with at least one piece of artwork, most of which are abstract but all of which are wildly captivating. A stay here will make you want to grab a spray can and hit the San Francisco streets.

Hotel Diva

Hotel Diva in San Francisco, California

One of the all around coolest boutique hotels in San Francisco is the Hotel Diva, of which you need not be to enjoy a stay here. With funky and stylish rooms unlike anything else you've ever seen in San Francisco (and that is saying a lot), this hotel is perfect for anyone with a quirky personality or design sense.

Hotel Mark Twain

Step back in time with this unique fusion of Mark Twain era life mixed with a dash of modern San Francisco charm and quirkiness. The Hotel Mark Twain stands apart from all other San Francisco hotels because it is simply a trip. From a larger than life photo of the man himself to the authentic retro outfits of the staff, guests here are swept away from the minute they enter the door. An obvious must for any fans of Mark Twain — but that should go without saying.

Hotel Triton

Hotel Triton in San Francisco, California

If color and vibrance are as mandatory to your daily life as oxygen is, then the Hotel Triton is where you want to be. Full of cool, crazy, colorful, and quirky designs, paintings, and artwork throughout the entire building, the Triton is a feast for all the senses.

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Houston is a more exciting city than most would expect. There are plenty of great outdoor activities during the summertime and plenty of offbeat sights and activities available year-round. Houston is also a great destination for foodies because the has a vast selection of quirky and delicious restaurants. The city is also home to an ample supply of kid-friendly and pet-friendly hotels. And while it is possible to travel Houston on a budget, the city is much more fun as a luxurious, romantic weekend getaway. With that in mind let's take a look at Houston's most luxurious hotels.

Four Seasons Hotel Houston

This five-star hotel is one of the nicest Four Seasons I have ever had the pleasure of staying at. Centrally located right in downtown Houston, the museum district is nearby as are countless shops and restaurants. Of course leaving the hotel will be difficult. The Four Seasons Houston is home to one of the best spas in town. In addition to relaxing in the sauna or whirlpool, you can also pamper yourself with a variety of options, including massages, manicures, pedicures, facials and body treatments. They also offer couples services, perfect for that romantic getaway. As for the rooms, they are tastefully decorated with a modern, elegant Texan charm and each come with a wonderful city view and twice daily room service.

Hotel Granduca

Designed to resemble an Italian villa, the Hotel Granduca is one of the most iconic and beautiful hotels in all Houston. Of course the beauty doesn't stop on the exterior. Inside guests will be surrounded by the sights and charm of old Italy while being treated with impeccable service by the staff. Designed by Italian-born developer Giorgio Borlenghi, the five-star Hotel Granduca is his crowning achievement. In addition to the plush gardens and a gorgeous courtyard, the hotel comes complete with an authentic Italian restaurant, Ristorante Cavour, serving the finest Northern Italian cuisine. The rooms come in a variety of options, each more luxurious than the last, however all exude a modern Italian warmth that guests have come to expect. They also cater to guests looking for longer stays, especially convenient for anyone traveling to Houston for medical reasons. And for anyone who wants to live like a king, the Granduca's largest suite is a three bedroom Tuscan-inspired villa that will leave you speechless.

St. Regis Houston

With a level of opulence that is unrivaled by any other hotel in town, the St. Regis takes the gold medal as the premiereHouston hotel for the discerning traveler. Their smallest rooms start at 500 square feet (bigger than the studio apartment I had in college) and their largest suite is a whooping 2,500 square feet -- bigger than my house before I became a nomad! Inlaid wood, plush carpet, a desk and work area in every room, spacious bathrooms, granite countertops, state-of-the-art appliances and electronics, as well as an extraordinary view of that magnificent Houston skyline. Yes, St. Regis truly has it all, including a great location just far away enough from downtown to be peaceful without being inconvenient.

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Vienna is rich in both food and culture, but there is much more than that driving tourists here. Overwhelming history. Amazing coffee. Excellent shopping. Countless nearby vineyards. As Austria's capital and largest city, there is something for everyone here. That is undoubtedly part of the reason the city has become a favorite of so many travelers throughout Central Europe. However, for all you first-timers out there, I've got a few tips and suggestions for you.

Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria

Visit During the Summer

Summers in Vienna are surprisingly pleasant and as a result there is always a plethora of outdoor gatherings, open-air film festivals, farmers' markets, and other events going on. It's also more enjoyable to sit outside while you eat, breathing the fresh air and taking the opportunity to do a bit of people-watching.

Of course if it's the cold weather you want to experience, Vienna is an impeccable Christmas destination. From late November onward there is an ample selection of Christmas markets to be found all around town, much like there is in Germany.

Eat Your Way Around Town

Restaurants throughout Vienna tend to offer a staggering amount of dishes, most of which are pretty delicious. However, before dining at a restaurant, the first food you must try upon arriving in Austria is a Frankfurter. Regardless of what part of town your are in, within a short walk you will encounter a small street-side sausage stand.

Frankfurter from a Würstlstand in Vienna, Austria

They are known locally as "Würstlstand" and the best way to get a quick, authentic, and tasty sausage for cheap. Enjoy a traditional plain Frankfurter, the Burenwurst (with bacon), Käsekrainer (with cheese), or my personal favorite, Bosna (with onions and curry).

Stop and Enjoy the Beans

There is a strong coffee culture throughout Austria, but most especially in Vienna. Of course when I say coffee, I do not mean Starbucks. Although the chain can be found in the city, it is best to be avoided at all cost. Instead opt for a local cafe or coffeehouse, both of which are in plentiful supply throughout the city.

Coffee in Vienna, Austria

Coffee in Austria is a very leisurely event. Don't ask for your coffee to go. Take your time, savor the moment. Bring a book or a laptop or even a friend. Have a bit to eat with your coffee. And if your waiter/waitress comes across as a bit rude or snooty, don't let it get to you. That's a perfectly normal response to strangers. As a local friend explained to me, "You have to be rude at first, before you can be cordial. It's just how we do things."

Stroll the City

Walking aimlessly around the cobblestone streets of Vienna is an enjoyable pastime as well. It truly is a gorgeous city, full of beautiful streets and spectacular architecture. This is a must for any photography, history, or architecture buffs. Or if you want to add an educational aspect to your journey, consider taking a guided walking tour and learning more about the buildings you are marveling over.

Hofburg, Vienna, Austria

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Few Caribbean destinations are as spectacular as Punta Cana, the furthermost eastern point of the Dominican Republic. The name means "Tip of the White Cane Palms" and from the minute visitors arrive it is easy to see why: Punta Cana is where the palm trees and beautiful blue of the Caribbean Sea converge together in the most pristine white sand beaches you will find anywhere. Hundreds of resorts are located here and choosing the right one can be difficult, so I've put together a guide on all the best Punta Cana hotels no matter what type of vacation you are looking for:

Romantic Getaway

Majestic Colonial resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

When it's time to whisk the love of your life away for a romantic Caribbean vacation, The Reserve at Paradisus Punta Cana is arguably the best destination in all the Dominican Repbulic. Their spacious and luxurious suites are second to none. However what truly makes them the ideal place for a romantic rendezvous is the private in-suite whirlpools.

Family-Friendly Retreat

Majestic Colonial resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

When taking your family to a tropical paradise like Punta Cana, it's important to stay at a hotel that is the epitome of "tropical paradise." The Majestic Colonial is one of the most pristine and impressive hotel resorts that I have ever seen. Immaculate grounds, breathtaking views, helpful staff, and of course plenty of children's activities to keep the little ones amused all come standard. However my personal favorite is the overwhelming choice of food; nearly every type of cuisine imaginable can be found in the restaurant!

All-Inclusive Fun

The only thing that makes paradise better is not having to deal with any bothersome restaurant or bar bills. Plus there is nothing quite like the thrill of an open bar or never-ending buffet, two things that quickly become clear to those staying at Barceló Bávaro Beach, one of the top-rated all-inclusive luxury resorts in Punta Cana.

Majestic Colonial resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Beyond their obligatory beaches and pools lies everything that guests could ever need: fitness center, casino, multiple bars and restaurants, golf course, even babysitting services. Wrap it all up with a bit of Punta Cana sun and a warm, friendly staff and it's no wonder that the worst part about Barcelo Bavaro is actually leaving.

Nothing But The Best

When only the finest all-inclusive five star luxury will do, look no further than Iberostar Grand Bavaro Hotel. This award-winning hotel resort is consistently ranked as one of the best resorts in all the Domican Republic. A sprawling complex of buildings, beaches, pools and palm trees, Iberostar Grand Bavaro is large enough that even when fully booked the property never feels crowded.

Majestic Colonial resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Budget-Friendly Options

Although Punta Cana is not what one would describe as a budget travel destination, there are several budget-friendly options available that will allow visitors to enjoy paradise without breaking the bank. Backpackers will feel right at home in the Punta Cana Hostel, which has a community kitchen, restaurant, bar and pool. among other amenities. Another great option is the Hotel Cortecito Inn Bavaro with beach-side views and complimentary breakfast.

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Philadelphia is both a historic and offbeat city. There is something here to satisfy all visitors, whether they're searching for art, food, history, sports or nightlife. Unfortunately, however, not all Philadelphia hotels are for everyone. If you plan to visit the City of Brotherly Love with a pet, make sure to stay at one of these pet-friendly Philadelphia hotels.

Palomar Philadelphia, A Kimpton Hotel

The staff at Palomar Philadelphia love pets so much that they don't even charge a deposit. They have home-baked dog treats, too. How awesome is that? This stylish, modern hotel is one of the highest rated in all of Philadelphia and located right in the center of town. In other words, it's exactly where you want to be. All of the best sights from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall to the Philly Pretzel Factory are located just a short stroll away.

Loews Philadelphia Hotel

The Loews Philadelphia Hotel loves pets. They do. They really do.

Loews Philadelphia Hotel has a unique claim to fame: it is located in the first skyscraper ever built in Philadelphia. It's also rated as one of the world's best hotels by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. The spacious and elegant rooms will leave you impressed while your four-legged companion indulges in homemade snacks and goodies in the welcome package. The discerning traveler need not look anywhere other than Loews. There is a $35 pet fee per room, but the discerning traveler obviously shouldn't worry about that.

Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel

Sheraton has several Philadelphia properties, all of which are pet-friendly. The Sheraton Society Hill, however, is the brand's most popular and well-reviewed location. Located on the Delaware River in the historic part of town, Society Hill perfectly blends the historic and modern styles of Philadelphia in a way that makes guests feel immediately at home. Pets will feel right at home as well, thanks to the comfortable and quiet rooms. The best part is that there are no pet fees.

The Westin Philadelphia

Located right in the heart of the city, the Westin Philadelphia is known by travelers the world over as a modern and luxurious hotel chain. The Philadelphia location is no different. The clean, comfortable rooms have fast Wi-Fi, movie channels, and even a kids menu if necessary. Unfortunately there aren't any pet menus, but the hotel does offer a pet goodie bag upon check-in. There's a $50 pet fee per room, and the hotel only allows dogs, not cats.

The Rittenhouse

Rivaling Loews as the most luxurious hotel in Philadelphia, The Rittenhouse comes standard with plush beds, marble bathrooms, and breathtaking views of the Philadelphia skyline, as well as the gorgeous Rittenhouse Square park. Other amenities include everything you should expect from a five-star hotel ranked as one of the best in the world by Conde Nast Traveler. Thankfully it's possible for you to spoil your pet and treat it to the same luxury on the road as it's used to at home. There are no pet fees here, either.

With so many accommodating hotels, Philadelphia is a great destination for you and your pet. Stay in luxury and enjoy your visit to this fun city.

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So you're passing through the fabled New York City but you only have 48 hours in the Big Apple. How can you make the most of this glorified layover? For starters, by booking a cheap NYC hotel and spending as little time in it as possible. New York City is expensive and there is a never-ending supply of new places to explore, things to experience, and of course food to eat. So save some money by not splurging on a hotel; you will want that extra cash elsewhere.

The city itself contains five boroughs and covers a whopping 305 square miles. Residents who have lived here for years can still consistently find new things to see, do, and eat. However, for guests on a quick trip, these are the sights, activities, and foods that you should not miss.

What to See and Do

A visit to Lower Manhattan is a must. Here you can see the Statue of Liberty, walk down Wall Street and past the New York Stock Exchange, even take a sobering glance at the World Trade Center Site.

This is Wall Street. Welcome to New York City baby. Nothing but wolves here!

Moving north to Midtown are Central Park and Times Square, both of which are very popular with tourists. (In other words, very crowded.) However, an obligatory short stop at both is a must for all first-timers to New York City. If visiting the park as a couple, consider taking a a href="" target="_blank">romantic horse-drawn carriage tour through Central Park.

Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Odditourium at Times Square, NYC

The city is also home to tons of theatres, art galleries, and museums. Just off Times Square is the Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Odditourium, which I believe vaguely falls into that last category. This "museum" (and I use that term loosely) is a great offbeat destination and an entertaining way to kill an hour. You cannot even begin to imagine what you will find inside—and I won't ruin it for you by spoiling it.

More offbeat sights and activities in NYC

The Beekman Tower in New York City, an example of some of NYC's unique and stylish architecture
The Beekman Tower

The city that never sleeps has an overwhelming amount of impressive and historic architecture. Set aside three hours and take a walking architecture tour of NYC, perfect for photographers, history buffs, and of course architecture enthusiasts. Or just wander around freely by yourself—you never know what you will find!

The Flatiron Building in New York City, one of NYC's most iconic buildings
The Flatiron Building

What To Eat

Pizza. New York style pizza is known around the entire world. It's time you investigate firsthand and find out why. Although the battle for the best pizza joint in the Big Apple is a war that will never be won, it is certainly a fun one to partake it by eating your way through town.

Nothing beats New York style pizza!

There is only so much pizza that you can eat in 48 hours though, so try to limit yourself to New York's best known pizza spots. Head out to Brooklyn for Lombardi's, famously known as America's first pizzeria (since 1905) and the birthplace of the New York style dish. Other notables include: Di Fara Pizza (also in Brooklyn, since 1965), Patsy's Pizzeria in East Harlem (since 1933), and Denino's out in Staten Island (since 1937).

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Leh is located at about 3,500 meters above sea level in the corner of northern India, to be precise in Ladakh near the Indus Valley. It's the most common and most beautiful entry point to the Ladakh region. It is one of the most popular Kashmir Tour Packages.

Surrounded by two of the world's largest mountain ranges and also surrounded by alpine desert; Leh's dry, barren landscape is rich in historic Buddhist monasteries that make it an incredible sight to behold. This guide will help plan your trip in a better way.

How Do You Get There?

  1. Flights to Leh operate on a regular basis from Delhi. Flights are also available to Leh from Jammu and Srinagar as part of a Srinagar Tour Package.
  2. Roads to Leh are open when the snow melts for a few months. The highway from Manali to Leh is open from June to October. The road from Srinagar is open from June to November. Buses, jeeps, and taxi services are all available.

Note: The trip is around two days because of the difficult terrain. Travel by road if you have that kind of time and stamina to withstand the terrain. The view would be worth it!

Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Leh Ladhak is in the summer season i.e. May to November. Since Ladhak does not experience rainfall like the other places in the country, it can be visited during the monsoons as well. Even in the summers though, it is a good idea to carry light woollens as the temperatures and weather here are unpredictable. Also be sure to carry sunscreen to protect from the sun.

Iconic Attractions

Leh’s Buddhist historical monuments and monasteries are the biggest draws for visitors. The most imposing of all is the Shanti Stupa, which is situated just outside town. There is an 800 year old Kali Temple, on the mountain, which is home to a collection of masks.

You should definitely stop to spin a huge prayer wheel on your way. There is also a 17th century Leh Palace which is built in traditional Tibetan style which offers a captivating view of the town. Southeast of Leh is the Thiksey Monastery, which is the place for seeing amazing sunsets. The Hemis Monastery is the wealthiest and the oldest most important monastery in Ladakh.


The Ladakh Festival is generally held during the month of September. It opens with a spectacular procession through the streets in Leh. Villagers get dressed in traditional costumes; they dance and sing folk songs which are also backed by an orchestra. The Festival also features musical concerts wherein dances are performed by masked lamas from mock traditional marriage ceremonies and selected monasteries.

The Hemis Festival, which takes place in June or July for two days at the Hemis Gompa, is to commemorate the birth of Guru Padmasambhava, who was the founder of Tantric Buddhism in Tibet. There is also a fair full of beautiful handicrafts, music and a traditional colorful masked dances.

Adventure Activities

Nature and adventure lovers will be thrilled with the excellent hiking and paragliding opportunity for them. There are various long trekking trails to choose from like the ones from Spituk to Markha Valley and Likir to Temisgam.

Mountain climbing trips are also booked to peaks like the Goleb (19,356 feet), Stok (20,177 feet), Matho West (19,520) and Kangyatse (20,997 feet) in the Zanskar Mountains.

White water rafting is also possible in August and July along the Indus River in the Leh area. If you are a couple who finds adventure romantic, Kashmir Honeymoon Packages are also available to Leh.

Other side trips

One of the most awaited and most beautiful side trips possible from Leh is a journey along the Zanskar River. You will be amazed to see green villages, hanging glaciers, huge Himalayan peaks, and Buddhist monasteries. The Nubra Valley situated on the Khardung La is the world’s highest road. The sights of wild yaks and horses, hairy double humped camels and Himalayan icicles, and reward of mountains, desert and water all in the one area is a natural gift.

Permit Requirements

From May 2014 on, all Indian citizens no longer need to obtain an Inner Liner Permit to visit most of the areas in Ladakh including Khardung La, Pangang Lake, Nubra Valley, Changthang and Tso Moirri. Instead of this an identification card like driver's license will suffice the need. Foreigners including OCI and PIO card holders still need a Protected Area Permit (PAP). Local sightseeing in Zanskar, Suru Valley or Leh, does not require permits.

Ladakh Trekking Home-Stays

A recommended alternative while trekking around Ladakh is to stay in people's houses in remote villages which are along the way. This provides the traveller insight into the life of Ladakhi farmers.

You will even be fed with traditional home cooked meals which are prepared by the farmer families. Local trekking expert named Thinlas Chorol organizes such trips to places off the beaten path. She is the founder of the notable Ladakhi Women's Travel Company, which is the first female operated and owned travel company in Ladakh that uses only female guides.

Travel Tips

Give yourself plenty of time to acclimatize after arriving in Leh because of altitude sickness; avoiding anything for the first two days and drinking plenty of water should help the best.

Laptops do not appreciate the high altitude and hard drives also crash. Nights get chilly during the summer so don’t forget warm clothes to layer.

Leaving Leh by flight is a lot more challenging than arriving. Demand for flights in this region is high in peak season, so it is better to book well in advance. This is where booking via Kashmir Packages might come in handy. Sometimes hand luggage also poses problems.

If you've always wanted to have a destination wedding, nothing should stop you from getting married in style. Even if budget woes are worrying you, you can exchange your vows in a beautiful location without breaking the bank.

Don't worry; a budget destination wedding doesn't have to look cheap just because you're putting in less money. Just like cheap wedding suits can ooze style when perfectly tailored, a budget destination wedding can look sophisticated when planned well.

The first thing you need to decide on when planning your destination wedding is obviously the location. Pick a place that you can get to easily and that will be scenic enough so you can save on wedding décor. What's more, such a location can also double up as your honeymoon spot!

If you don't know where to look, here are some places to consider:

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic's stable government and thriving tourism industry have made this island a desirable destination wedding and honeymoon hot spot. Spanish colonial architecture lends the place an old world charm and is sure to make you fall in love with this Caribbean paradise instantly.

Here, you'll be able to find expansive and luxurious resorts and hotels that fit your budget. With flawless tropical scenery as the backdrop for your wedding images, you know you can't go wrong with this island.

With un-spoilt beaches, traditional merengue music playing all day long, and a host of activities like dolphin sightings, safari and dune adventures, zip lining, catamaran cruises, snorkeling, and more to indulge in, you don’t need think of other Caribbean destinations!


Situated on the eastern coast of Central America, Belize with its Caribbean shoreline and Mayan ruins is sure to entice you. The Belize Barrier Reef is the second longest in the world and is home to about 500 species of fish and over 100 types of corals.

The clear waters make snorkeling more enjoyable and if you're daring enough, you can also consider exploring underwater caves and the world-renowned Blue Hole. Those willing to remain above the surface of the water can indulge in kayaking, windsurfing, or sailing.

Belize has a vast network of wildlife sanctuaries and national parks that are home to several animals and birds. The country also has many archaeological sites and quite a few Mayan structures offer panoramic views of the jungles.

Belize is easy to get to from abroad and getting from one place to another within the country is just as easy. The people are friendly and you can be sure to feast on great food!

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South Africa

Though far-flung, South Africa is wildly interesting and if you manage to book cheap flights, you certainly won't exceed your budget.

South Africa has varied sights and experiences waiting for you -- crocodile-filled rivers, lush vineyards, splendid beaches dotted with penguins, safari tours, and much more. You can choose to sit and relax on the beaches, but with an endless to-do list, you'll certainly want to see all that South Africa has to offer.


You can have a budget wedding on any of the glorious Greek islands if having a luxury estate wedding is not going to be possible. All of the Greek islands have fabulous beaches and beautiful weather so you won't have to sacrifice on the view if you're on a low budget.

Greece is also a perfect place to spend your honeymoon. Lounge on the beaches, take in the architectural splendor of the country, or go wine sampling at local vineyards and you'll cherish each and every moment spent here for years to come.


This North African country is only three hours away from the UK by flight. Morocco receives sun all through the year so you can travel here off-season for your wedding to save on costs. Whether you choose to have an intimate wedding or invite close family members and friends, a destination wedding here won't cost you a lot.

You can choose to have an English style wedding or a traditional Moroccan one. You'll also get to enjoy a completely different cultural experience while in Morocco.

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Having a destination wedding on a budget is neither impossible nor tough; you only need to plan it right. Be sure to make your reservations early. Book flight tickets early so you can get maximum discounts. And remember, traveling in the off-season can help you save a lot!

A wedding is an important event for those involved, and you shouldn’t let the stress of a limited budget come in the way of your dreams. Now that you know of these wonderful budget destinations, you don’t have to give up on your dream of getting hitched abroad. Just finalize your budget and get started on planning where you’ll be going!

Do note that all countries have different legal requirements for couples planning to get married. So research well and be prepared in advance for everything. Happy planning!

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