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Indians taking more spiritual trips this summer: Study

Thursday - May 17, 2018 12:42 pm , Category : LIFESTYLE
New Delhi May 17 (IANS) 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 says a study conducted by travel marketplace ixigo.
According to the study 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.
Commenting on the findings 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."

--IANS nv/hs