Top 5 destinations to explore this Republic Day weekend

TD Editor

Republic Day, 26th January 2023 is just around the corner. Preceded by National Tourism Day, and succeeded by a long weekend, it’s but obviously the break we have all been waiting for. Online Travel Platform Agoda, has released their 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.

According to Agoda’s recent Travel Trend Survey, globally, wellness, adventure and reuniting with loved ones ranked high on the priority list. In comparison and true to tradition, Indian travelers continue to remain eager to indulge in gastronomical delights and deep dive into arts and culture, making it their top travel goals for the calendar year.

We take a look at things to do in these cities, driven by the key motivations for Indians to travel in 2023.

  1. Goa

While Goa is also known as the party district of India, you can’t ignore the tranquility of its beaches, the serenity of its forests or the thrill of chasing its waters. Head North to unleash the daredevil in you, and enjoy adrenaline inducing activities like paragliding, parasailing, scuba diving or kayaking. Head South to unwind and relax along the shorelines of the quieter beaches of Palolem and Majorda. Rent a bike or explore on foot, Goa’s colorful streets will definitely steal your heart.

Agoda has hundreds of places to stay in Goa, check out some of the highest rated: Fairfield by Marriott Goa Calangute, Hyatt Centric Candolim Goa, Le Méridien Goa, Calangute

  1. Pondicherry

Also, a beach town, Pondicherry is the epitome of peace and wellness, nestled in the South of India. The ‘French Capital of India’ or the ‘White Town’ is home to picturesque houses, quaint cafes and beautiful streets that leave you marveling at its simplicity and beauty.  Pondicherry is definitely the place you visit when you just want to kick-back and bask in the sun. Just a few kilometers away is Auroville, a harmonious town with meditation centers where you can catch a breath, disconnect from everyday life and go easy on yourself.

From beach front resorts to luxurious stays, Agoda has a variety of properties to suit all budgets. Hotel Le Dupleix Pondicherry, Villa Shanti, Accord Puducherry Hotel

  1. Mumbai

Mumbai has it all on its doorstep – not only the hub of business, Mumbai also holds a great deal of historical value, housing the Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves, or the Prince of Wales museum, among other landmarks for a cultural fix.. The city of dreams is also an adventurer’s escape whether looking for adrenaline rush from amusement parks like Imagica or Essel World,  or to explore on the numerous hiking trails such as the Irshalgad trek or the Kanheri Caves trail. If water base adventures are more your thing, you may also choose a leisurely sailing excursion with breathtaking views of the Mumbai skyline, some of the city’s oldest lighthouses and naval bases. If you’re looking for a relaxing staycation, you may hop on a ferry and head to the coastal town of Alibaug, a very sought after destination this weekend based on Agoda’s search data, so get booking quick.

While in Mumbai, you may choose from the following options on Agoda to stay at: Courtyard by Marriott Mumbai International Airport, Trident Nariman Point Mumbai Hotel, Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Alibaug

  1. New Delhi

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.

While in Delhi, you may choose from the following options on Agoda to stay at: Roseate House New Delhi, The Lodhi, The Claridges 

  1. Jaipur

The largest city in the state of Rajasthan, Jaipur, also known as the ‘pink city’, features in Agoda’s top five destinations for this National Holiday. With its renowned palaces including the Hawa Mahal, Amber Palace, and City Palace, Jaipur offers a glimpse into India’s history and culture. Tickle the traveler in you while in Jaipur, set off on a therapeutic shopping spree along the streets of Bapu Bazaar or Johri Bazaar or indulge in decadent Rajasthani Cuisine. Dive right in and take some cooking classes offered by local Jaipuris at their home.

While in Jaipur, you may choose from the following options on Agoda to stay at: Hilton Jaipur, Holiday Inn Jaipur City Centre, ITC Rajputana, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Jaipur

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