Republic Day, 26th January 2023 is just around the corner. The country is all set to celebrate 74 years of the adoption of the constitution of India.
From Kashmir to Kanyakumari people of the country celebrate this special day with family, friends, and loved ones, all together in their own way. A day of jubilance and remembrance that goes beyond the territory of states, language and religion. This year Republic Day is also preceded by National Tourism Day and succeeded by a long weekend. As we are emerging out of the prolonged lockdown and fear of the Pandemic for the last two years, a long weekend break is what all of us have been waiting for.
Online Travel Platform Agoda, has released its search data for the upcoming Republic Day weekend, which features Goa, Pondicherry, Mumbai, New Delhi and Jaipur as the top destinations Indians are seeking to slip away to.
The Travel Trend Survey also revealed the top trends of the people traveling this year being wellness, adventure and reuniting with loved ones. The Gastronomical delights and exploring the various cultures remain the top travel goals for Indian travelers from different parts of the country.
We take a look at things to do in these cities, driven by the key motivations for Indians to travel in 2023.
Even though Goa is sometimes referred to as India’s party capital, you can’t overlook the peace and quiet of its beaches, the calm of its forests, or the excitement of chasing its seas. If you want to experience adrenaline-pumping activities like paragliding, parasailing, scuba diving, or kayaking, head north. To rest and unwind, head south to Majorda and Palolem, two of the area’s more sedate beaches. Rent a bike or explore on foot; either way, Goa’s vibrant streets will win you over.
Pondicherry, the southern seaside town of India is the picture of tranquility and well-being. The “French Capital of India” or the “White Town,” with its picture-perfect homes, tiny cafes, and lovely streets will leave you in awe of its elegance and simplicity. The spot to go in Pondicherry if you just want to relax and soak up the sun is without a doubt. Auroville, a peaceful village with meditation facilities where you may relax, unplug from daily life, and take it easy on yourself, is only a few kilometers away.
Mumbai is the center of business, but it is also home to many historical sites, including the Gateway of India, the Elephanta Caves, and the Prince of Wales Museum, among other attractions for a cultural fix. Whether seeking an adrenaline rush at theme parks like Imagica or Essel World or wanting to explore on one of the many hiking trails like the Irshalgad walk or the Kanheri Caves trail, the city of dreams is also an adventurer’s haven. For those who prefer water-based excursions, there is also the option of a leisurely sailing tour that offers stunning views of the Mumbai skyline as well as some of the city’s oldest lighthouses and naval stations.
Delhi, the heart of the nation, is the perfect blend of modernity and history. From India Gate to Red fort to Qutub Minar, all the way to Humayun’s Tomb, Connaught Place, and Chandni Chawk, Delhi oozes history and vibrancy in every nook and corner. Thousands of people from all over the country gather at the capital city’s ‘Kartavya Path’ to watch the marquee Republic Day march – a perfect sight to witness with your family and loved ones. The city also boasts of scrumptious street food and Northern delicacies that will cast a mark in your memory, forever.
The “pink city” and largest city in Rajasthan, Jaipur is one of Agoda’s top five vacation spots for this National Holiday. The Hawa Mahal, Amber Palace, and City Palace are just a few of the famous palaces in Jaipur that provide a window into Indian history and culture. When in Jaipur, indulge your inner wanderer by going on a therapeutic shopping expedition via Bapu Bazaar or Johri Bazaar or by dining on opulent Rajasthani cuisine. Take advantage of the cooking lessons being offered at local Jaipuris’ homes right away.
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