Tourists and visitors sit along the bay of the Marina Bay Sands as buildings in the central business district stand illuminated at night in Singapore. (Photographer: Sanjit Das/Bloomberg)

The Hottest New Year Holiday Destinations For Indians

Tied to your desk when half the colleagues are on leave in the last week of 2017? Or haven’t bumped into your next-door neighbour in the elevator? They are probably holidaying on the snow-capped peaks of Manali or splurging at the Dubai Shopping Festival.

These are among the destinations Indians are headed for to usher in the New Year, according to travel companies. Domestic travel jumped 15 percent this year-end, while international travel has gone up by 18 percent, Cox and Kings said. Last year, the industry had taken a hit after the note ban led to a cash crunch.

Offbeat destinations like Helsinki in Finland are also catching up. Interest in Florence in Italy’s Tuscany region spiked after Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma’s wedding there, according to MakeMyTrip.

An employee, center, stands between bars at night in the Silom area of Bangkok, Thailand. (Photographer: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg)
An employee, center, stands between bars at night in the Silom area of Bangkok, Thailand. (Photographer: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg)

Goa, Kochi, Kolkata, Port Blair and Jaipur are among the top domestic destinations for weddings, a survey by Paytm found. Dubai, Colombo, Male, Krabi and Hong Kong are on the itinerary of Indians looking tied the know abroad.

Holiday-related queries went up 27 percent this winter, with most people searching for luxury, honeymoon and safari, according to Google. And mobile is increasingly becoming the preferred booking platform with 59 percent of the overall transactions being done through it, MakeMyTrip said.

Here’s the list of top global and domestic destinations Indians are travelling to for the New Year party.

Lights illuminate a water fountain show outside the Dubai Mall at the base of the Burj Khalifa tower, right, in Dubai. (Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg)
Lights illuminate a water fountain show outside the Dubai Mall at the base of the Burj Khalifa tower, right, in Dubai. (Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg)

Make My Trip

Domestic

  • Goa
  • Udaipur
  • Jaisalmer
  • Manali

International

  • Thailand
  • Singapore
  • Dubai
  • Malaysia
  • London
The Sydney Opera House, foreground, and buildings in the financial district stand illuminated at dusk in Sydney, Australia. (Photographer: Cole Bennetts/Bloomberg)
The Sydney Opera House, foreground, and buildings in the financial district stand illuminated at dusk in Sydney, Australia. (Photographer: Cole Bennetts/Bloomberg)

Cox and Kings

Domestic

  • Goa
  • Kochi
  • Andamans
  • Manali

International

  • Sydney
  • Paris
  • Dubai
  • Singapore
Tourists and visitors sit in a restaurant as children perform at Anjuna beach in Anjuna, Goa. (Photograph: Sanjit Das/Bloomberg)
Tourists and visitors sit in a restaurant as children perform at Anjuna beach in Anjuna, Goa. (Photograph: Sanjit Das/Bloomberg)

Thomas Cook

  • Domestic
  • Andamans
  • Kerala
  • Gujarat

International

  • Dubai/Abu Dhabi
  • Singapore-Thailand
  • Mauritius
  • Sri Lanka