Spiritual Tourism Is Huge In India
NEW DELHI, (IANS) – According to a survey, Tirupati, Puri, Amritsar, and Haridwar are the popular religious destinations for travelers in India after Varanasi. Shirdi, Rishikesh, Mathura, Mahabaleshwar, and Madurai are some other popular spiritual tourist destinations in India, and they have seen the most spike in bookings over the past year, along with these cities.
The most recent OYO Cultural Travel 2022 Roundup Report demonstrates that religious fervor is what is fueling India’s travel resurgence.
According to data insights, one person booked the Prayagraj stay that lasted the longest at 61 days. Mathura had the second-longest single stay at 54 days.
The most popular spiritual destination in India, according to a zone-by-zone analysis, is the north, followed by the south, west, and east.
Varanasi has been the most well-liked travel destination in the North Zone, followed by Prayagraj, Amritsar, Haridwar, Katra, and Rishikesh.
While visitors to South India will likely visit Vijayawada, Mysore, Tirupati, Madurai, and Vellore to discover its cultural centers.
The top five cities in the West zone are Shirdi, Mahabaleshwar, Nashik, Ujjain, and Pushkar.
The most popular East Indian travel destinations were Puri and Goa.
The day when spiritual travel was only accessible to a select few is long gone. Travel used to be restricted to summer vacations, winter travels, and post-exam trips, but it is now much more diverse. Millennials and Gen Z are leading the way in new trends for the sector as their demand for spiritual connection becomes more important. Spiritual and self-care travel is becoming more and more popular.
In order to boost pilgrimage tourist destinations, the Indian Railways has taken an initiative to encourage religious travel around the nation by running trains such as the ‘Swadesh Darshan’, ‘Jagannath Express’, and ‘Ramayana Express’. Many states have taken policy actions to promote cultural travel.
Varanasi had the most bookings and experienced the highest growth, although Shirdi, Tirupati, and Puri saw the greatest increases in bookings, at 483 percent, 233 percent, and 117 percent, respectively.