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35% couples on vacation during I-Day weekend. Any plans?

IANS  New Delhi, August 14, 2014
First Published: 13:38 IST(14/8/2014) | Last Updated: 13:46 IST(14/8/2014)

35% of working couples in metro cities are heading to nearby tourist spots during the upcoming Independence Day weekend, a survey revealed on Wednesday.

Conducted by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham), the survey said about five lakh travellers in cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore etc. are headed to the nearest hill stations or beaches with friends or family for a break.

"The weekend starting this Independence Day (Friday) gets extended up to Janmashtami Monday (Aug 18) and about 35% of working couples in metros have planned to make it an extended holiday and escape to the nearby tourist destinations," the survey said.

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"With work schedules getting hectic by the day, working couples in India impatiently await weekends and are thus planning to make the most of this extended weekend," said Assocham secretary general D.S. Rawat.

The commerce chamber interacted with about 500 working couples and tour and travel operators to gauge their mood and plans for the weekend in five cities - Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai - for the survey.

Popular destinations for Delhiites include Manali, Dharamsala, Shimla, Mathura, Rishikesh, while those in Mumbai and Ahmedabad are headed to Goa, Khandala, Lonavla, Mahabaleshwar, Mount Abu, Daman and Diu this weekend.

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The favourite spots in east and south India are Darjeeling, Sunderbans, Tajpur, Tarapith and Chikmagalur, Coorg, Ooty and Wayanad.

Those with deep pockets are opting for international low-cost destinations like Thailand, Mauritius, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai, the survey added.

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