Everyone loves the idea of going on a long vacation to a foreign country. It is a great feeling to see new places, click photographs, buy special things and create beautiful memories. Often these wishes are overshadowed by the hassles associated with the cumbersome process. However, you don’t need to worry anymore as the Indian passport is good enough to give you permission for travelling to different countries without the need for a prior visa. Some countries do not require you to carry a visa at all, whereas, some will be more than happy to stamp on the passport when you arrive. So take your passport, pack your luggage, rush to the airport and get a ticket to travel to one such location.

1.MALDIVES:

The Maldives are the stuff dreams are made of — as in dream vacations inspired by those impossibly perfect pictures you’ve seen, or those pesky fantasies about quitting your job to live in this exotic place for the rest of your life. You know, the places that can’t possibly live up to your expectations of beauty and wonder. Well, we found out that the Maldives actually does live up to every single expectation. It looks exactly like those stock images floating across your screen: bright sun, transparent blue lagoons, house reefs teeming with fish, low waters with baby reef sharks and rays, and white sand beaches that stretch out into nothing but miles and miles of turquoise waters and blue skies.

Maldives waters are home to several ecosystems but are most noted for their variety of colourful coral reefs, home to 1100 species of fish, 5 species of sea turtles, 21 species of whales and dolphins, 187 species of corals, 400 species of molluscs, and 83 species of echinoderms. Many crustacean species are there as well. The atolls have sandy beaches, lagoons, and luxuriant growth of coconut palms, together with breadfruit trees and tropical bushes. Fish abound in the reefs, lagoons, and seas adjoining the islands; sea turtles are caught for food and for their oil, a traditional medicine.

While the image of the Maldives is familiar, there are likely a few surprising things you don’t know about this South Asian island nation. That’s especially true because a visit here is an investment: There are a fair few budget properties in the Maldives, and everything from food to getting around is pricey.

2.NEPAL :

Nepal, long under the rule of hereditary prime ministers favouring a policy of isolation, remained closed to the outside world until a palace revolt in 1950 restored the crown’s authority in 1951. Nepal, a landlocked country between India and China, is known for its mountain peaks. The small country contains eight of the 10 highest peaks in the world, including Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga — the world’s tallest and third tallest respectively.

Nepal is regarded as the only Hindu Kingdom. Officially, a large number of the population is believed as the followers of Hinduism. It is believed as the oldest religion and guided by the oral tradition for a long time. For Hindus, Himalayas has been described in the Epics as the playground of the Gods and Goddesses. There are so many sacred places, temples shrines and monuments for Hindus in all around this Himalayan country.

Nepal is the museum of the human races or even said as the anthropological pilgrimage. The population of the country is 30 million. Nepal’s artistic beauty is worthy to explain. Inspiration for arts and crafts obviously came from India but the most important is the indigenous arts and crafts of this Himalayan Kingdom. From the time of the Licchavis there was the great change in Arts and architecture. Propagation of stone sculpture was tremendous during this era. The Religious sites were decorated superbly. The temples and Stupas of Kathmandu valley are the examples of the great effort of the medieval artisans. Wood carving in the temples depicting the forms of Gods and Goddesses as well as the life of the then people is another feature of the Nepali arts and wood carvings.

3.HONG KONG :

Hong Kong is noted for the lushness and great diversity of its plant life. The transitional climate between humid subtropical and warm temperate maritime excludes the most sensitive humid tropical genera due to the cool, dry winter conditions, but many tropical, as well as temperate-zone families, are represented.

The predominantly urban settlements of Hong Kong are typically distributed linearly, following the irregular coastline and transportation routes. The principal urban areas are established on Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula, where roughly half of the total population lives. There, most of the population is concentrated around Victoria Harbour, living on the limited flatland that is being continuously extended by reclamation.

Many major streets, especially those on the northern shore of Hong Kong Island, as well as the entire industrial district of Kwun Tong and much of the southern tip of the Kowloon Peninsula, have been built on reclaimed land.

4.MACAO:

Macau is the gambling capital of the world. By far the most popular game is baccarat, a relatively simple game with a low house advantage (less than 1%). Baccarat tables dominate the city’s 33 casinos. There are plenty of slot machines as well, but they offer a high house advantage and aren’t popular. This is the reverse of Las Vegas where gamblers favour slots.

Right now is an excellent season for shopping and hotel accommodations in Hong Kong, however. Stores have overstocks that they want to sell, and some hotels in the best downtown locations have reduced their prices 70% to attract customers. You can easily travel between the two regions and stay, shop, and dine in Hong Kong at lower prices than maybe decades as you visit Macau.

The most southern island, Coloane, remains wonderfully untouched by the casino craziness. This is largely because of strict rules over title deeds that make it difficult to buy property on the island. The low-rise houses and quiet tree-lined streets that give Coloane its charm remain as they have for decades. The city’s historic monuments are one of the city’s biggest draws, a wonderful example of the early encounter between Chinese and European civilizations.The old heart of the city is small and a walking tour can easily take in the key sites from the iconic Senado Square, the Ruins of St. Pauls, the beautiful churches and temples and the old city wall.

5.BHUTAN :

Monasteries—often massive and commanding—abound; monks, when not in prayer or meditation or chores are often found playing board games, sharing stories, laughing or all three. Archery is the national sport and green chilli peppers together with ‘cheesy sauce’ is the national dish. Ask any resident, and likely you’ll find they truly do love their king and queen.

In 2010, Bhutan became the first country in the world to ban the production and sales of tobacco products. Smoking in public areas is illegal, however, tobacco can be used in private. In 1916, the first King of Bhutan called tobacco “the most filthy and noxious herb.” Violators are slapped with a harsh fine: the equivalent of over two months’ salary. In a push to modernize, the King of Bhutan finally allowed television and internet access into the country in 1999. Bhutan was among the last countries in the world to adopt television. A few television channels are received from neighbouring India. The king warned that the misuse of television could corrupt their old traditions.

Bhutanese receive free education from the government. A heavy emphasis is placed on Buddhist teachings. Most schools have an English curriculum. Until education reform was passed in the 1990s, only around 30 per cent of males and 10 per cent of females in Bhutan were literate.

6.FIJI :

Fiji is set in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, less than 4 hours flight east of Brisbane and Sydney. It is made up of more than 330 islands and is surrounded by Vanuatu and New Caledonia to the west, Samoa and Tonga to the east and New Zealand to the south. Each of Fiji’s islands boast incredible landscapes.

With myriad greens in the landscapes, yellows and chartreuse mingling as palm trees rustle in the breeze and the bright oranges of ripe mangos and papayas, Fiji flaunts all the feel-good colors. White waterfalls tumble into black lava rock pools for some calming notes. Everywhere you turn there’s something colorful to make you smile. Then there’s the brilliant blue and green of a sea that’s comfortably warm enough to plunge into while still being refreshing. Below the surface are thriving corals and enough fish to impress Jacques Cousteau. Dive in because few things on Earth can make you feel better than a dip in a turquoise blue sea.

Lush tropical and pine vegetation is spread across the interior lands and white sandy beaches wrap around the coasts. Pristine blue-green waters house vibrant soft coral reefs and there are deep drop-offs, perfect for diving and fishing. Only just over 100 of the nation’s islands are permanently inhabited. 

7.MAURITIUS :

It’s also one of Africa’s great destinations, located in the middle of the turquoise Indian Ocean, inhabited by a multi-racial, peaceful people, covered in great golf courses, offering myriad water sports, mountain trekking, hunting, birdwatching, luxurious resorts, an old colonial capital, great food, three- and four-star hotels, one of the world’s best botanical gardens, good nightlife, beautiful beach bars, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, one of the oldest horseracing tracks in the world, great sightseeing.

Mauritius is a densely populated island of around 1.2 million people. It has a reputation for stability and racial harmony among its mixed population. Mauritius is known as a plural society where all the ethnic groups present: Hindus, Muslims, Creoles, Chinese and Europeans live in peace and where all the ancestral cultures have been preserved. These features make the island a unique place in the world, and the Mauritians known for their tolerance and kindness towards all people.

Most Mauritians are bilingual being equally fluent in French and English. English is the official language, but French and Creole are widely spoken. Oriental languages also form part of the linguistic mosaic. Mauritius has preserved its image as one of Africa’s few social and economic success stories, being a sugar and clothing exporter and a center for up market tourism.

8. HAITI :

Haiti became the world’s first black-led republic and the first independent Caribbean state when it threw off French colonial control and slavery in the early 19th century.

But independence came at a crippling cost. It had to pay reparations to France, which demanded compensation for former slave owners. The 19th-century “independence debt” was not paid off until 1947. There have been recent calls for France to repay the money. Chronic instability, dictatorships and natural disasters in recent decades have left it as the poorest nation in the Americas.

An earthquake in 2010 killed more than 200,000 people and caused extensive damage to infrastructure and the economy.A UN peacekeeping force was put in place in 2004 to help stabilize the country, and only withdrew in 2017.

The people in the north have a Creole accent and are influenced by their Dominican Republic neighbors. The population is 95% black and 5% white. Haitian parents are strict, but are very affectionate. The extended family often lives with the family in tight quarters. Haitians attend folk dances and voodoo ceremonies. Half the population practices voodoo, which is a mixture of African slave traditions and Catholic beliefs. Carnival and New Year’s Day are the biggest holidays for most Haitians.

9.JAMAICA :

Despite being such a small country, Jamaica has had an incredible influence on music around the world. Jamaica is the birthplace of many significant genres and artistic innovations; if you’ve ever enjoyed reggae, ska, or dancehall music, you can thank the musical talents of “the Rock” (as the country is commonly known). Many other genres, such as a lot of rock and punk music, draw on elements of these Jamaican music traditions. The country’s most famous performer is BOB MARLEY.

Jamaica is also well-known for its sports, domestic and international. Despite being a fairly small country (it’s only the fourth-largest in the Caribbean) Jamaica performs very well in regional and global sports. The country has produced many talented boxers, cricket players, soccer players, and more. The nation’s track athletes are its top performers, making routine appearances in international competitions. The birth of the Jamaican game is especially well-known in the international community, thanks in part to the Disney movie Cool Runnings. 

10.BOLIVIA:

A country of extremes, landlocked Bolivia is the highest and most isolated country in South America.It has the largest proportion of indigenous people, who make up around two-thirds of the population.

The country has the second-largest reserves of natural gas in South America, but there have been long-running tensions over the exploitation and export of the resource. Indigenous groups say the country should not relinquish control of the reserves, which they see as Bolivia’s sole remaining natural resource. Bolivia is also one of the world’s largest producers of coca, the raw material for cocaine. A crop-eradication programme, though easing the flow of conditional US aid, has incensed many of Bolivia’s poorest farmers for whom coca is often the only source of income.

Bolivia’s mountainous western region, which is one of the highest inhabited areas in the world, constitutes an important economic and political center. There the Andes reach their greatest breadth and complexity. The system in Bolivia is dominated by two great parallel ranges

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