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Head out this R-Day weekend

mumbai Updated: Jul 17, 2012 17:17 IST
Soubhik Mitra
Soubhik Mitra
Hindustan Times
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Do not struggle for parking in a choc-a-bloc mall next weekend, pack off to a quick holiday instead.

Quick to identify the opportunity of an extended weekend with the Republic Day falling on Monday, tour operators are throwing cheap holiday packages. Take your pick from between Kashid to Kuala Lumpur. At as low as Rs 3,000, you can spend a two nights and three days holiday in Mussoorie inclusive of stay and food.

For instance, travel portal, ezeego1.com is offering cheap holidays to destinations like Lonavla, Mahabaleshwar, Alibaug, Matheran, Shirdi, Kashid and Goa at the start price of Rs 1,485. All trips are inclusive of stay and food. Neelu Singh, COO, ezeego1.com, said, “Weekends at times make for the best breaks. With the upcoming Republic Day weekend, there will be many who are looking for a good break away.”

Yatra.com, another travel portal has come out with a discounted package offering off-season rates with discounts up to 70 per cent. “You could book a 4-star in Goa for Rs 1,999. Destinations around Delhi are available for Rs 599,” said Mudit Khosla, head strategic alliance, Yatra.com.

No wonder flights to Goa from January 23 to 24 are going full. “We are struggling to get Goa flights. Most of them especially budget carriers are booked in advance,” said Anup Kanuga, chairman of Travel Agents Association of India.

Even international destinations like Colombo, Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong are not beyond budget. Srilankan Airlines, the international carrier with the largest frequency into India, has announced special fares for these destinations starting at Rs 12,635 onwards. A return fare ticket from Mumbai to Colombo is available for Rs 12,635.

Similarly, a return trip to Bangkok, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur is priced at Rs 14,211. Shermal Pereira, manager western India, “Mumbai is an important sector for us and this being the holiday season we are expecting a lot of traffic to the South East Asia.”