London, Paris, Barcelona on your mind for this summer vacation ? Skip the common, now travel to exotic Malta and the Mediterranean white city of Tel Aviv from India this very summer of 2019. And for the same price ( maybe a tad lesser with our tips ) than the regulars. So, read on:
Courtesy Indigo Airlines new code share partnership with Turkish Airlines, eastern Europe is suddenly much closer and better still, so much cheaper. Never ever , ever has a better opportunity opened up to fill up those Instagram feeds with enviable clicks.
Starting April, 2019 you can directly book tickets on the Indigo website ( there’s more, using Indian Rupees. Aaah, no Euro blues ) for round tickets to Malta or Tel Aviv, Israel. More offers on exciting ticket prices on Cleartrip , MakeMyTrip and Goibibo, specially if you have a CITI bank credit card ( apply for one here if you don’t ).
Malta, the little hidden gem of Europe
With a quite an unique Italian ( just 80 kms from the Italian south coast ) and British heritage, it boasts of some beautiful colonial style stone buildings similar to Rome or Venice. Add to that pristine waters all around the country with options for scuba diving, sailing or just lazing by the sea. Plus for ‘desi’ travellers – everyone speaks English along with the official ‘Maltese’ language.
Indian tourists to Malta need the same Schengen visa ( added bonus if already have or applied one ) like with most Europe travel. DesiPassport tip – apply online to save time and money. Malta is not as expensive as Paris or London ( even Rome for that matter ) so you need not buy as much Euro as you would.
May – July is the best time to travel, putting it perfectly in season during summer school breaks. Malta always has beautiful weather year round and certainly will be cooler than India during the summer.
Million dollar ( or should we say ‘Euro’ ) question – Is vegetarian food available ? Happy to report, tons of options in both continental, Italian and even Maltese fare ( do try the Malta version of the pizza for sure ) along with Indian restaurants to keep you going.
Tel Aviv, the white Mediterranean city of Israel
For long, Tourism Israel has been tempting us Indian travel aficionados with beautiful pictures of this small but beautiful country. A huge issue has been access to faster and cheaper flights to our friend in the middle east. Not anymore – starting March – April 2019 , you can book round trip Indian rupee fares to Tel Aviv, Israel.
Israel has always wowed Indians with their technology prowess and great inventions. However, what we have not seen is the beautiful landscape that the country boasts of. And the capital city of Tel Aviv is the best place to experience that.
Tel Aviv’s rich architectural history and Israel’s unique past will keep you gripped through the stay. You can also enjoy the beach all year around because of its great weather, even during the Indian summer months of March – May. You might be well mistaken to think you landed in South America.
Thanks to the friendly ties between Israel & India, visa is relatively easy to apply and get – all online. Travel inside the city is super easy with multiple options and people are so very friendly. Best part, everything from hotels to food is much cheaper than rest of Europe.
Food is has such similarities to India, that you would hardly miss out on daal-chawal. Vegetarians need not fear – many of the national dishes including the falafel & hummus is all vegetarian.