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Prepared your Rakhi-Independence Day weekend break?

Anjali Chandra Aug 10, last year, 03. 43pm IST

(Planned your Rakhi-Independence…)

Religious tourism hits a high. An astonishing 55 per cent corporate employees in Delhi-NCR region plan to stay off work during the long weekend beginning August 13.

Employees across Indian are upbeat as more than half of them in the nationwide capital have applied for four to five casual leaves to make it a long holiday to the next week, based on a just concluded survey of apex industry body ASSOCHAM, conducted after getting together with human resources and administration sections in 400 corporate offices at Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai and Pune.

Travel portals, traveling agencies and hoteliers state they have received maximum of reservations for traditional picturesque destinations of Jaipur, Landsdowne (Uttarakhand), Manali, Shimla, Mussoorie, Nainital, Goa and Mount Abu. Tour operators are offering exciting new packages for young couples and corporate houses to cash in on the newly created concept of monsoon tourism.

In addition to that, spiritual tourism is also on a high among travellers and the footfall at destinations like Vaishno Devi, Khatu Shayam (Rajasthan), Udaipur, Ashtvinayak and Char Dham is most likely to quadruple this weekend as of the particular over all bookings 15 to 20 per cent account for spiritual tourism destinations, according to the suggestions received from tour workers.

“Long weekends are very rare nowadays and corporate employees observe this is as a perfect getaway time owing to several open public holidays this month, ” said Mr D. Ersus. Rawat, secretary general of ASSOCHAM.

About 15 lakh travellers are likely to make a voyage to renowned destinations, according to an ASSOCHAM analysis based on the suggestions received from various tour operators and hoteliers within traditional tourist hot spots about these cities.

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