Bangalore residents have taken off to various holiday destinations on account of the long weekend starting Thursday. This resulted in them having a tough time getting past long queues, which were noticed at toll plazas on the Bangalore-Nagpur and the Bangalore highways.
According to travel agents, Mini vacations in Auli, Goa, Pondicherry, Mahabaleshwar, Shimla, Dehradun, Coorg in different parts of the country and Araku, Papikondalu, Horsley Hills, Dandeli and Kabini nearer home have been popular destinations for holidaymakers. Many people also headed to Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, Sri Lanka and Thailand for short overseas vacations. The trend of going on ‘mini vacations’ has been on the rise in the city. The younger lot is increasingly exploring adventure destinations during such short breaks by taking road trips. We are seeing a year-on year increase in extended weekend travel by 25-30 percent. This year discount offers by airlines gave a huge boost to tourism. So the ones who usually do not travel have taken the opportunity too. There are some who do not like year-end crowd at tourist places and avoid travelling during that time. But they don’t want to miss on the new year celebration and hence largely take up travel on the New Year’s first long weekend. Around 60% of our travellers are planning a domestic holiday while the rest are interested in short-haul international destinations.