Travel to locales linked to freedom struggle up

PUNE: The long Independence Day weekend has pushed up travel not just to hotspots connected to the country’s freedom struggle but even destinations like Goa, Kerala, Hong Kong, Bali, , and Dubai, among others.

Karan Anand of Cox and Kings said that the country is witnessing major travel movement, mainly from all Tier I and II cities. “Places that tell stories of India’s freedom struggle are attracting a number of tourist footfalls,” he said.

This year, Independence Day is on a Wednesday, followed by Pateti on Thursday and Parsee New Year on Friday.

“There is a significant rise in weekend travel enquiries, at least 18% more than last year. Travellers are heading to Chandigarh and Amritsar to visit Jallianwala Baugh, monuments in Delhi like Red Fort, . Travellers have also showed an interest in Mani Bhavan and August Kranti Maidan in Mumbai, Fort in , Netaji Bhavan in Kolkata and Pune’s , and Kesariwada among many other sites associated with the freedom movement,” said Anand.

Director of Hasmukh Travels Vijay Thakkar additional said that he is sending a group of eight travellers from Pune to Hong Kong for the long weekend, while others are going to Goa. “The long weekend has come after a gap of three months. Hence, we have seen a 20% increase in travel over that weekend in comparison to the last,” said Thakkar.

Aloke Bajpai, co-founder of ixigo, said, “Despite Independence Day falling in the middle of the week, we are seeing an increase in travel searches. From Pune, we have witnessed a spike of approximately 30% in travel. Most travellers are opting for short road trips. Some popular destinations include Sinhagad, Kamshet, Lavasa, Lonavla, Khandala and Rajmachi.”

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