It is not leisure but religion for which Indians travel the most, a new government survey released on Wednesday said.
As per the new National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) report on domestic tourism, trips for religious purposes accounted for 12 per cent of travel in urban India and nine per cent in rural areas.
Only five per cent Indians said they travel for leisure in urban areas and two per cent in rural India, the NSSO’s survey that covers 1.53 lakh households, said.
On average an urban Indian spent R 700 a day during 2008-09 (the survey period) on a religious visit as compared to R 350 in rural areas. The maximum expenditure was on travel followed by shopping, eating and accommodation.
Although fewer people travelled for leisure the expenditure on such trips was almost twice that incurred during religious trips.
Still, social visits were the prime reason for travelling in India. The report said 72 per cent Indians travel to meet friends and family at-least once a year. And, average period of these visits is three to four days.
Only 42 per cent of one billion Indians travel once every year over-night for various reasons.