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India’s best New Year Destinations : Where will you be heading for a memorable New Year’s Eve?

Well here’s a list of 5 of the best New Year destinations in India, which we have compiled for you, so that all you got to do is book those tickets, pack your bags and take off!

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It’s less than a month before the world witnesses itself transitioning into another year. And with all the anticipation the world’s most awaited festival brings with itself, comes the laborious task of decision making to lay one’s finger on the perfect place for a perfect New Year party.

Well here’s a list of 5 of the best New Year destinations in India, which we have compiled for you, so that all you got to do is book those tickets, pack your bags and take off!

1. MANALI

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Manali, Himachal Pradesh (Wikimedia Commons)

The Himachal valley which needs no introduction, Manali tops the list everytime one sits down to jot down their favourite New Year getaways. A snow- cloaked land, Manali offers its visitors the thrill of adventure activities like skiing besides breath- taking landscapes dotted with pine trees ad hippies. Also, not to forget the one thing that will take you on a whole other level for your New Year’s Eve celebration- the herb!

2. KASOL

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Kasol, Himachal Pradesh (Wikimedia Commons)

If you wish to enjoy some crazy New Year’s Eve events and parties among scenic mountains promising nature’s best kept visions, Kasol is the place to go! Nestled amidst the enthralling hills of Himachal Pradesh, Kasol’s renowned Parvati Valley is one of the most favourite New Year destinations for backpackers.

3. KUFRI

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KUFRI (Wikimedia Commons)

A tiny hill station lying about 20 kilometres from Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, Kufri is the winter sports capital of Shimla. If winter adventure sports upon the renowned ski- slopes of Kufri form your idea of a perfect New Year celebration, now would be the greatest of times to set up an itinerary for this little hill station.

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4. GOA

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Goa (Wikimedia Commons)

Had enough of the mountains? Well, the beach is the place to go! It is never an overstatement to call Goa the Vegas of India. Cheap beer gulped down with infectiously energetic live music sure does fulfill the idea of “New Year Parties Done Right!” With all its quirks and craziness, Goa is the one place that is bound to satisfy your party- hunger and make your transition into a new year a maddeningly memorable one.

5. PONDICHERRY

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Pondicherry (thirllophilia)

Celebrate New Year’s Eve the French way in this exotically beautiful holiday destination. If beach- side New Year parties coupled with bonfires and fireworks project a tempting image in your mind, do not resist and hold back! Simply go for it! It will be a New Year party you won’t easily forget no matter how many New Year’s Eve you’re bound to have in the future.

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These Picturesque Australian Pools Can Now Be Visited Virtually

Don't let lockdown stop you, visit these wonderful Australian pools virtually

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The Australian ocean pools or ocean baths allow one to experience the public seawater in a pool built out into the ocean . Pixabay

BY SIDDHI JAIN

Dotting the beautiful Australian coastline, ocean pools or ocean baths allow one to experience the public seawater in a pool built out into the ocean or carved directly into the coastal rock. Often thought of as a mini-ocean within an ocean, these pools capture marine landscapic beauty at its best.

Ocean pools are quintessentially New South Wales (NSW), with just a handful found outside the State’s borders. There are about 100 along the NSW coast, from Yamba in the north to Bermagui in the south, with 35 in Sydney alone.

Ocean pools took off in the late 19th century. Competitive swimming was becoming popular and people wanted a place where they would be protected from the pounding surf and unpredictable currents. Many ocean pools were built by surf clubs or community groups and still hold a special place in the hearts of locals.

North Coast

Yamba Rock Pool on the State’s far North Coast is built into the rocks at the sheltered southern end of the beach, near one of NSW’s oldest surf lifesaving clubs. Forster Ocean Baths opened in 1936 with a popular dance hall attached. They are now known colloquially as ethe Bullring’ after a cafe that operated next to the pool in the 1970s.

Newcastle

Newcastle is home to the oldest ocean pool on the east coast of Australia, the Bogey Hole, which was hand carved by convicts in 1819. It also boasts the largest ocean pool in the southern hemisphere, the Merewether Baths. People come to swim laps, enjoy the beach or chat on the steps leading into the water, dubbed the Steps of Knowledge by locals.

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Ocean pools built by surf clubs or community groups and still hold a special place in the hearts of locals. Pixabay

Nearby, the Newcastle Ocean Baths are surrounded by a beautiful, heritage-listed art deco pavilion. The baths feature two ocean pools; the main rectangular pool has a separate area for lap swimming and the round shallow Canoe Pool is popular with families.

Central Coast

On the Central Coast, the Entrance Ocean Baths is a heritage-listed complex of three ocean pools. A children’s pool, 22m pool and full-length Olympic-size pool make these baths ideal for swimmers of all levels. You can also find smaller ocean pools at Pearl Beach and MacMasters Beach.

Illawarra and Wollongong

The Illawarra region, just south of Sydney, has a dozen rock pools, including Towradgi, Coledale, Austinmer and Bulli. One of the prettiest is at Coalcliff Beach, set against dramatic cliffs and the escarpment. Local legend has it that miners blasted the rock themselves using dynamite they snuck out of the mines in their pockets.

The Port Kembla Olympic Pool and the Continental Pool at North Wollongong are ocean-fed Olympic pools with facilities like changing rooms and showers. Both date back to the 1920s and 1930s, and are popular with lap swimmers and families.

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These pools capture marine landscapic beauty at its best. Pixabay

South Coast

Further south at Kiama, one can find two pools. The Blow Hole Point Rock Pool offers a safe swimming spot close to the area’s famous Blow Hole. Popular since the 1880s, it was cut into the surrounding rocks, giving it an irregular shape and natural charm. The Continental Rock Pool is 50m long and a smooth rectangle, perfect for lap swimming.

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The southernmost pool in the State is the Blue Pool in Bermagui, named for the way it reflects a blue sky. A carved pool set into the rock face and continually washed with clean, clear ocean water, it’s home to thriving marine life, with fish, crabs and nudibranchs (marine snails) all coexisting happily with swimmers and snorkelers. (IANS)

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Know What are The Top Travel Dreams Of A Nation In Lockdown

Travelling might not be allowed but travel dreams keep on growing

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Know more about the travel dreams of Indians. Pixabay

Travel might be on pause in these unprecedented times, but this hasnt stopped people across the country from dreaming about the possibilities.

Booking . com shares the top destinations on peoples’ minds as they wait for when the time is right to travel again, after delving into the millions of travel wish lists created by hopeful travellers on its platform over the last two months.

With properties wish listed across over 100,000 different destinations since the start of March, the digital travel leader revealed Mumbai, Goa, New Delhi, Lonavala and Bengaluru are the top 5 most wish-listed domestic destinations for Indian travellers.

While international destinations like Dubai, Bali, Bangkok, Istanbul and London continue to inspire travel dreams for Indians, it’s no surprise that in-country stays feature in nearly 67 percent of all those wish listed by Indians during this time of uncertainty, a jump from the same time last year when domestic properties accounted for 48 percent of those wish listed.

When it comes to topmost wish-listed international destinations featuring in Indian travel dreams, it’s a similar picture with island and beach destinations taking centre stage alongside major metropolitan cities. Dubai tops the list, followed by Ubud (Bali), Bangkok (Thailand), Istanbul (Turkey) and London (UK), while Seminyak (Bali), North Male Atoll (Maldives) and Singapore are next in line.

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Mumbai, Goa, New Delhi, Lonavala and Bengaluru are the top 5 most wish-listed domestic destinations for Indian travellers. Pixabay

Top most wish-listed destinations by Indian travellers are:

Domestic Destinations

Mumbai, Maharashtra

Calangute, Goa

New Delhi, New Delhi

Lonavala, Maharashtra

Bengaluru, Karnataka

Candolim, Goa

Baga, GoaJaipur, Rajasthan

Ooty, Tamil Nadu

Manali, Himachal Pradesh

 

International Destinations

Bangkok

North Male Atoll, Maldives

Singapore

Kuta, Bali

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Dubai

Ubud, Bali

Istanbul

London

Seminyak, Bali

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While international destinations like Dubai, Bali, Bangkok, Istanbul and London continue to inspire travel dreams. Pixabay

 

When it comes to global travellers, New Delhi, Mumbai, Calangute (Goa), Jaipur and Bengaluru are the top 5 destinations in India with the most wish listings during March and April 2020.

Dreaming about a change in scenery and the opportunity to enjoy a stay experience outside of their own home, the most wish-listed types of places to stay for Indian travellers are hotels, resorts, guest houses, apartments and villas. Hotels account for nearly 42 percent of all properties wish listed by Indians over the last two months whereas resorts count for 18 percent which is more than the global average of 6percent.

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Commenting on the wish lists and the travel dreams, Ritu Mehrotra, Country Manager, India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives at the website “These are unprecedented and challenging times in which safety remains the top priority. We also know that in such times, dreaming about experiencing the world again has immense power to fire our imaginations and keep spirits high. It’s amazing to see the array of different travel experiences our customers have been busy dreaming about while they wait for the opportunity to travel again. Building a wish list on Booking . com is an inspirational way for everyone to start dreaming about travel again, and we are committed to making it easy for them to turn those dreams into reality when the time is right.” (IANS)

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Would You Unleash Your Travel Bug In 2020?

Survey predicts that 14 percent of Indians are willing to travel in 2020 itself once the nationwide lockdown is lifted

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If you too wish to travel, you are not alone, says survey. Pixabay

Itching to travel but unwilling to take the risk? A survey conducted by Thomas Cook (India) and SOTC indicates that you’re not alone. Around 14 per cent of Indians are willing to travel in 2020 itself once the nationwide lockdown is lifted, says a survey. It further indicates that 64 per cent are likely to opt for a domestic holiday this year while 36 per cent for an international tour.

The survey was conducted from over 2,500 consumers across India’s metros and Tier 1 & 2 cities (including Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Pune, Lucknow, Guwahati, Jamnagar, Surat, Vizag, Indore, Jaipur, etc.).

The Holiday Readiness Travel Report – Future of Travel post COVID-19 covered four age groups: below 30 years, 31-44 years, 45-59 years and 60 years and above; 76 percent being in the 28-55 age segment.

Key highlights of the survey are:

Travel is set to rebound: 14 per cent respondents indicated that they are likely to travel in 2020 once restrictions are lifted. While 45 per cent respondents plan to defer their holiday to 2021, 41 per cent are undecided. The festive seasons were preferred in 2020: either November (29 per cent) or December (50 per cent).

Key travel drivers: 72 per cent respondents preferred reputed brands across their journey – including tour operators, hotel chains, etc. Health and safety ranks as the primary concern for 75 per cent respondents; with 35 per cent willing to increase their spend to ensure the same.

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Many Indians wish to travel post-lockdown but are skeptical about the risk. Pixabay

Domestic tourism is set to take centre stage: A domestic holiday was the first choice of 64 per cent respondents. Destinations selected were Ladakh (20 per cent), Goa (17 per cent), North East (15 per cent), Kerala (11 per cent); Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir followed closely; Bhutan (17 per cent) in the Indian sub-continent. Destinations at a driveable distance were also preferred, including: Coorg, Ooty, Mussoorie, Shimla, Amritsar, Munnar, etc. 36 per cent of respondents showed preference for an international holiday. Short haul destinations (Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi) saw strong interest (41 per cent). Long-haul destinations that traditionally witness demand in Q4 also featured, like Australia & New Zealand (20 per cent); USA (16 per cent).

What is noteworthy is the significant demand for Europe at 38 per cent; favoured destinations included Switzerland, France, Germany, UK, Czech Republic. Size of group: Respondents displayed a noticeable preference towards travelling in smaller groups- primarily due health/hygiene. 63 per cent respondents were inclined to travel solo, with their immediate/extended family or friends/colleagues; 25 per cent respondents preferred to travel in small groups of below 20 co-travellers and 12 per cent opted for a group size of approximately 35+.

Holiday Duration: 86 per cent respondents chose a holiday duration between 4-11 days (51 per cent preferring 4-7 days, 35 per cent preferring 8-11 days); 14 per cent opted for a holiday of over 12 days. Shift in holiday spending patterns: 67 per cent of respondents stated that they would spend less than Rs. 1 lakh per person on their next holiday, while 11 per cent said that they would spend up to Rs. 2 lakhs per person.

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Booking channels: Consumers continued to express interest in a personal touch/reassurance to their travel booking experience- with 58 per cent opting to purchase holidays through retail outlets or home service (38 per cent retail and 20 per cent home visits). This was followed by 40 per cent opting for online channels (Website/App) and 12 per cent stating preference for video chat. (IANS)