With the mercury showing no signs of dipping, city residents are heading for hills to beat the heat.
As Kashmir is completely booked, now the north-eastern states and hilly areas in Himachal Pradesh have become the most sought-after destinations for the city residents.
Most favoured destination after valley at this time is Darjeeling for which, travel agencies in the city are offering different packages.
These agencies are offering family as well as group packages in which several families could visit these areas for many days.
On the other hand, even during off season Dubai has become a preferred international destination due to the political problems going on in Thailand. Earlier, a large number of city residents used to visit Thailand during this time of the year when schools and colleges were closed.
City-based travel agents are minting money by tailoring different tour packages for people.
Earlier, people used to go to Kashmir and north-eastern states remained ignored.
But as the situation has improved in Kashmir, people are going there in large numbers and due to no availability of packages to Kashmir, people are now preferring north-eastern states.
There are hundreds of travel agencies in Ludhiana that are extremely busy during this period of time.
Kanav Agarwal of Agarwal Holidays Travel Agency said most of the residents preferred Darjeeling this time due to no availability of packages for Kashmir. “People are also heading towards the arid desert Ladakh, which has several options including trekking,” Agarwal said.
He said, “Almost all four-star and five star hotels in the valley have no vacancy in Kashmir due to the elite crowd from Punjab that has thronged there. In the international destination, Dubai and Greece have become popular among the residents who wish to go away from the scorching heat.”
Rishu Goel, owner of Raahi Holidays, said, “Even when it is off-season in Dubai, a large number of people are heading towards it. As there is a military coup in Thailand, residents do not want to go there and are booking packages to Dubai and European countries.”
He said Srinagar was the most chosen destination of the residents, but due to non-availability of vacancy in Srinagar, people have started visiting hilly areas like Kullu, Manali among others.
Gursevak Singh of Holiday Club Travel Agency said mostly families instead of groups were going to different places in the country.