Dussehra travel trends, Karan Anand, Head, Relationships, Cox & Kings.
“The upcoming Dussehra holiday presents a good opportunity to take up short trips of 3-4 days and travellers are ready to make the most of it. Bookings for the weekend are soaring up to 20% with travellers showing significant interest in domestic destinations. Festivities are in full swing in India during this time and people travel mainly to witness the celebration in different parts of country like Mysore which is well-known for the extravagant Dussehra celebration at Mysore palace, Delhi for the spectacular and entertaining Ramlila shows, Mumbai & Gujarat to be a part of musical dandiya / garba nights. Kolkata too is one of the major tourist attractions for the phenomenal Durga Puja, dramatic Sindur Khela and the rocking Dhaak and Dhanuchi shows.
The weekend trips are being planned in such a way that the thrilling getaways around the main destinations are also covered. For example, travellers visiting Delhi also explore Jodhpur, Manali or Rishikesh. Similarly Mahabaleshwar, Matheran or Lonavala are popular touring destinations from Mumbai. People visiting Bangalore-Mysore also include Coorg, Kabini or Ooty in their weekend itinerary.
With air travel getting cheaper due to festive sale and improved air connectivity, a large number of travellers are going beyond the close by, drive down destinations for their weekend outings.”