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Indians are taking more spiritual trips this summer, finds study

With a rise in spiritual tourism, popular pilgrimage places, such as Varanasi and Puri are witnessing higher hotel bookings than other cities this summer.

travel Updated: May 18, 2018 13:53 IST
Indo Asian News Service, New Delhi
Varanasi ranks high in the list of popular religious places in India.
Varanasi ranks high in the list of popular religious places in India.(Getty images)

Spiritually motivated tourism has emerged as one of the most vital components of India’s tourism industry with places like Puri, Varanasi, Tirupati and Shirdi topping the list. According to study conducted by travel marketplace ixigo, more and more Indians are travelling to connect with their religious roots.

With a rise in spiritual tourism, popular pilgrimages, such as Varanasi and Puri are witnessing higher hotel bookings than other cities this summer. The study reveals that there has been a month-on-month growth of 60 per cent for Puri, 48 per cent for Varanasi, 34 per cent for Tirupati and 19 per cent growth for Shirdi in the hotel bookings, said a statement.

Travellers plan a short-stay of an average two days during their visit to religious destinations. Also, Indians prefer to keep a low hotel stay budget. Around 82 per cent tourists prefer budget hotels in Varanasi, followed by 78 per cent, 68 per cent and 73 per cent in Shirdi, Tirupati and Puri respectively. Only 32 per cent Indians prefer 4/5 star hotel while visiting Tirupati followed by 27 per cent for Puri.

Aloke Bajpai, ixigo CEO and Co-founder said: “Looking at the spike in bookings, it’s safe to say that spiritual travel is now being considered as one of the offbeat travel trends in India. It is fascinating to see that young adults are showing quite a high inclination towards exploring indigenous cultural experiences in our country.”

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