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Travel market uplifts as long holi weekend approaches

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New Delhi: The long holi weekend has got people planning about their 4 day holiday as Holi this year falls on a Thursday and Good Friday the next day.

Mansav Sethi, an IT professional, is very excited. For the father of two children, a long weekend with his family is always a bonanza.

According to travel experts, many Indians are travelling during the long weekend, from March 24 to Easter Sunday on March 27, within the country and abroad.

An increased demand for travelling places during the long weekend is witnessed, says Ranjeet Oak, Chief Business Officer-Holiday of MakeMyTrip.com, India’s leading online travel company.

“We are witnessing an increased demand for Holi long weekend travel. So far, we have seen a 25-30 percent increase in bookings for different destinations and we expect a further increase in demand in the next week or so,” Oak said.

Goa, Kashmir, Himalayan hill stations, Corbett National Park, Ooty, Udaipur and Puducherry remained the main attractions during vacations, he said.

“MakeMyTrip is offering a comprehensive product bouquet to cater to this demand for popular destinations like Kashmir, Himachal, Goa, North East, Rajasthan and Karnataka,” he added.

Arti Vij, a housewife, feels that a short getaway during the long Holi holiday is the best way to unwind.

“It is not often that one gets such a long weekend. I feel this is the best time to holiday as the weather is also good,” said Vij, who is planning a holiday in Manali.

She added that even her children, two daughters, are really excited about it and looking forward to a break.

“They are really studying hard for their exams and they will get over by March 15. The atmosphere at home is stressful for them as well as for us. The new session will begin from April and then they will get busy with their classes.

“So we all planned to go out of the city during this long weekend, which suits my husband too as he won’t have to take leave from office,” added Vij, whose husband is a government servant.

According to Sharat Dhall, President, Yatra.com, a lot of people are planning a quick getaway because it is one of the longest weekends this year.

“Yatra has seen a tremendous pick up in hotel bookings and packages for the four-day weekend from all the major cities. We are expecting hotels and packages bookings to increase by three-fold as we get closer to the weekend,” said Dhall.

Besides Goa, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and other domestic locations, travelers are also opting for international destinations such as Dubai and Singapore for short getaway, he added.

Hari Nair, founder and CEO of Holiday IQ, feels that Indians are holidaying like never before and festival tourism had taken off in the country in a major way.

“Every possible occasion is now a reason to travel. Till a couple of years ago, festival celebrations were limited to family homes. Today, entire families travel together for the celebration,” Nair said.

Nair said destinations like Gangtok and Darjeeling were also much in demand.(IANS)(Image courtesy: blog.travelogyindia.com)

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5 Events Of November Which Are Ideal For Family Vacations

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Events in November which will give you a vacation mood.
Events in November which will give you a vacation mood. Wikimedia.

As we approach the year’s end, Indians not just bid adieu to their summer outfits but also welcome the festival seasons. October and November are two months in India which are full of cultural events and festivals, which make these months, the ideal time for going on family vacations.

Below are the events of November 2017 which you will regret missing. They are worth the try for family vacations:

1.  Dev Deepavali, Varanasi

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Representational Image. The ghat of holy city Varanasi. 

Varanasi, the holiest city of India, celebrated Dev Deepavali on Kartik Poornima every year. The festival is celebrated with joy. The ghats of Varanasi are lit with beautiful diyas (earthen lamps). God is believed to have descended to the banks of Ganges, to take a holy dip. The festival will take place on November 3, 2017.

 2. Dharamsala International Film Festival

Filmmaker, cinema buffs or all those people interested in the art of films come together of Dharamsala International Film Festival (DIFF). This film festival will witness filmmakers coming from different regions to show films on various issues- socially relevant, contemporary etc. DIFF will take place from November 2 to November 5. If you are a movie buff, then you should immediately pack your bags and seal a date for attending the festival.

3. Pushkar Camel Fair, Rajasthan

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Representational Image. Camel Fair is celebrated in Pushkar. Pixabay

Pushkar Camel fair, a cattle fair, in Pushkar which truly defines the real meaning of culture. The Pushkar Camel Fair has been in tradition for a very long time. The fair attracts a huge crowd every year. One of the most ideal and happy places for family vacations. It will take place between 23rd October to 4th November.

Also Read: 7 Beautiful Places To Visit In North East India

4. NH7 Weekender

The five seasons old Indian multi-city music festival has indeed garnered a lot of attention and love from the musically inclined youngsters across the country. It is a combination of national and international studies coming together. In Meghalaya, the event will take place from October 27 to October 28.

5. Guru Purab

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Sikhs celebrating Guru Purab. Wikimedia.

Guru Purab, one of the most important festivals for Sikhs. The golden temple celebrates it with a lot of joy. The celebration which Amritsar witnesses at this time are unbelievable. It will take place on November 2017. Golden temple is indeed one of the best places for family vacations.

-by Megha Acharya of NewsGram.  She can be reached at @ImMeghaacharya.

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Top 10 Budget Destinations for New Year’s Eve in India

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Plan your memorable Budget Destination in India for New Year's Eve. Pixabay.
  • New Year is banging your door and we’re sure of you hunting for that perfect place to kick-start your New Year with.
  • Explore the Budget Destinations to celebrate new year 2018 that you have been longing to visit without fretting about your expenses.

Do not just let your wishes confined, Instead, take a sneak peek at this list of top 10 budget destination to celebrate the new year 2018 in India within your budget.

1. Puducherry – The Riviera Of The East

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Carousing at Beach cafes at Puducherry is fun. Pixabay.

From biking on the beaches to carousing on the rooftop cafes, the range of things to do in Pondicherry makes it a land of fantasy. The quaint town, also host to the “Aurobindo Yoga Ashram”, is a good place for self-reflection. And don’t fret over the expensed. The erstwhile French capital is one of the budget destinations to celebrate New Year in India and provides enough fodder for a wonderful New Year party 2018.

2. Gokarna – The Rave Nation

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Head for Gokarna Beach and Party hard. Pixabay.

If your heart belongs to Goa but at the same time is in dire need of a change in budget, we suggest you opt for the electrifying parties on the unspoiled beaches of Gokarna for a secluded beach holiday. Visit any beach shack, lay down on the hammocks to enjoy the sun with a beer, hit Kudle beach with your gang, or spend afternoons with dolphins in the water. This amazing place is one of the best budget destinations to celebrate new year 2018 in India.

3. Diu – The Fishing Town

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Diu- The Fishing Town. Pixabay.

Get ready for paragliding, surfing, diving, parasailing, and windsurfing in one of the budget destinations to celebrate New Year eve 2018 in India. Lay on the golden sands of the Diu island and dive into the pristine waters of the Nagoa beach. Diu offers you all the adventure you can think of at absolutely affordable prices!

4. Lakshadweep – The Prince Of Coral Reefs

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Feel your feet flowing on the coral reefs at Lakshadweep. Pixabay.

Deep sea diving, exploring coral reefs, kayaking, and yacht sailing are perfect activities for a New Year trip 2018. Aren’t they? And the Lakshadweep group of islands is among the best places to visit in India for New Year celebrations 2018. The dance forms of Kolkali & Parichakali will surely touch the chords of your heart. And that’s not all. Lakshadweep is perfect to enjoy your New Year’s Eve 2018 on a budget.

5. Bhimtal – The Lake Destination From The Mahabharata

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Feel your feet flowing on the coral reefs at Lakshadweep. Pixabay.

The captivating view of the lake and a candlelight dinner on the shore makes a visit to Bhimtal a happening place for the celebrations of the New Year 2018. You can enjoy the awe-inspiring views of the snowcapped hills of Malital or take a tour of the famous museums as you travel to this beautiful destination. And we suggest you stay alert for you may come across hidden stories or secrets that localities have kept to themselves.

You could enjoy snowfall too if you’re lucky enough!

6. Manali – The Abode Of God

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Intoxicate your senses at Manali. Pixabay.

Tibetan Monastery, Van Vihar, Vashisht temple, etc. And a crazy DJ Night with the hills in the backdrop is sure to intoxicate your senses on your trip to Manali. Engage your group in parachuting, paragliding, and skating and pray at the beautiful Gurudwara of Manikaran Sahib to fulfill all your wishes this New Year.

7. Kasol – Getting you high on nature and life

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Under the Starsky lit with your gang at Kasol. Pixabay.

A backpacker’s very own paradise, Kasol will get you high on its scenic appeal. As it majorly hosts a young crowd, there is always some vibrancy in the air. The energy escalates as the new year knocks the door. New year in Kasol can be about hippy parties or a peaceful bonfire session by your camp, under the starlit sky – just as you like it!

8. Mcleodganj – From popular monasteries to secluded scenic hideouts

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Visit the Indian Monasteries on New Year’s Eve. Pixabay.

The Land of Lamas, Mcleodganj is home to Dalai Lama. This spiritual and picturesque hill station in Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh is the sheer delight if you’re planning a new year getaway. Bejewelled with many iconic Tibetan monasteries as Namgyal Monastery, you’ll actually be stunned to know the number of ways you can welcome the coming year! You can go camping amidst snow in Triund, party the night away in some local clubs, or enjoy an exclusive staycation at your Budget Destinations.

9. Udaipur – The Venice of the East at its very best

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Royal Udaipur, The city of Lakes. Pixabay.

Enjoying the royal feeling of Rajputs, your new year in Udaipur is going to be unforgettable. The glistening lake and lazy sun add charm to the landscape, and the weather gets ravishing and more pleasant as the night approaches. Being a popular tourist destination in India, Udaipur, the city of Lakes is dotted with lovely stays for every budget, and almost all these stays offer something special for the new year’s eve. Besides, you can always enter a happening pub in the city to celebrate like never before.

10. Gangtok: For the Cool Minded

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Set your mind cool at Switzerland of the East. Pixabay.

Situated at an altitude of 5410 feet, Gangtok is one of the budget destinations good for hills, Trekking, Natural Beauty and spirituality in Buddhism. Coupled with its beautiful sunset and dawn views and its clean surroundings, this small town is also called the “Switzerland of the East”. Trekkers and mountain lovers, do look out for Kanchenjunga, the 3rd highest peak in the world. Now, imagine spending the eve of New Year in a place with such beauty.

Now that you are aware of these ecstatic places to spend your New Year’s Eve head up for the adventure.

– by Bhavana Rathi of NewsGram.  She can be reached @tweet_bhavana

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5 Inspiring Travel Stories That Will Give You Serious Wanderlust

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Representational image-Solo traveller girl. Pixabay

All of us, at least once in our lives, have thought of dropping our banal jobs and going off on an adventure around the world. We have few interesting travel stories of women who pack their bags and decided to explore the world on their own terms break the monotony of life.

1. Three mothers drove from India to London 

Rashmi Koppar, Dr Soumya Goyal and Nidhi Tiwari drove a vast span of 21,477 kms from India to London by road. They traversed 600kms per day battling with heavy snow, rain and undulating terrain thereby covering major parts of India, Myanmar, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Finland, Czech Republic, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Representational Image: Rashmi Koppar, Dr Soumya Goyal and Nidhi Tiwari drove a vast span of 21,477 kms from India to London by road Mindfullnes free

2. Roshni Sharma rode a bike from Kanyakumari to Kashmir

Amid alluring nature, Roshni Sharma travelled all the way from Kanyakumari to Kashmir on a bike. She is the first India woman to do so passing through 11 states in 19 days.

Representational Image: Roshni Sharma travelled all the way from Kanyakumari to Kashmir on a bike. Pixabay

3. Indian tea seller couple travelled the globe

The 65-year-old Vijayan and his wife Mohana, who run a small tea stall, have explored 17countries in the last 40years. Motivated by ultimate wanderlust, they save money, take loans, visit a new country and repay the debts over a couple of years once they return. They have covered countries like Britain, France, and Austria among many others.

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The tea seller couple Vijayan and his wife Mohana. Facebook

4.English Teacher turned travel writer

Bored with her English teaching job in Washington, Liz Carlson accumulated some money to travel around the world. Bit by the travel bug during her teachership in Spain, Carlson traversed everywhere from Jordan to New Zealand meanwhile becoming a popular travel writer.

Representational Image: Carlson traversed everywhere from Jordan to New Zealand meanwhile becoming a popular travel writer. Pixabay

5. Lawyer turned travel writer

A Corporate lawyer of New York, Jodi Ettenberg quit her job to explore world keeping the people updated through her website titled “Legal Nomads”. The site shares pictures of her travels and is also a food blog.

Representational Image: A Corporate lawyer of New York, Jodi Ettenberg quit her job to explore world. Pexels

 

 

Prepared by Mohima Haque of NewsGram.

Twitter: mohimahaque26