What’s on the Indian traveller’s itinerary this season? Find out here!

From beach vacations to safari tours—a recent survey suggests that Indian travellers are exploring various trip types and picking what best fits their travel preferences. 
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Beach vacation is top choice for Indian travellers this season. Image: Shutterstock/Roop Dey.

With travel restrictions easing up for good, and domestic tourism seeing a spike as we move towards the end of 2021, Indian travellers are excited to make the most of the holiday season by opting for new ways of exploring destinations. A latest survey by Booking.com, one of the world’s leading digital travel companies, has revealed the top five emerging trip types that are inspiring Indian travellers to plan vacations this season.

As per the research, commissioned by the travel company in collaboration with YouGov and conducted independently among a sample of 1,000 travellers from across the country, 33 per cent of Indian travellers wish to plan a relaxing beach vacation, making it the most preferred choice for the season. Malvan, Ganpatiphule, Digha, Udupi, and Kannur are among the top five beach destinations endorsed by Indian travellers on its website.

Compared to beach destinations, an almost similar number of Indian travellers (32 per cent) have revealed their preference of picking the mountains for their next trip. If you are looking for a mountain getaway, you can plan a trip to Gangtok, Katra, Panchangani, Chikmagalur, or Kalpetta, which have been picked as the top lesser-known mountain destinations.

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Hiking trails are also emerging as a trend. Image: Shutterstock/muhd fuad abd rahim.

The research further shows that 28 per cent of domestic travellers across the country are looking forward to explore long hiking trails in destinations like Kasol, Manali, Munnar, Rishikesh, and Mcleod Ganj. Going on safari tours is next in the line with 27 per cent of travellers voting for wildlife experiences in places like Ranathambore and Periyar. Last but not the least, 27 per cent of the people have picked offbeat unexplored destinations as their preference. Kotagiri (Tamil Nadu), Jibhi (Himachal Pradesh), Munsyari (Uttarakhand), Coonoor (Tamil Nadu), and Rudraprayag (Uttarakhand) are endorsed by Indians for their novel experiences and untouched natural beauty, as per the research.

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