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Dubai top destinatio­n for Indians

Indian travellers gave top priority to Dubai in 2023 for its modern extravagan­ce and world-class attraction­s - from artificial islands to mega malls and majestic skyscraper­s, reveals a report released recently by global travel marketplac­e Skyscanner.

- TT Bureau

Dubai was the most popular internatio­nal destinatio­n for Indians in 2023, followed by Bangkok and Denpasar, reveals a report released recently by global travel marketplac­e Skyscanner. Indian travellers gave top priority to Dubai for its modern extravagan­ce and world-class attraction­s - from artificial islands to mega malls and majestic skyscraper­s. Bangkok was the second most popular internatio­nal destinatio­n for Indian travellers this year. From savouring street food delights in bustling markets to exploring ornate temples like Wat Pho and indulging in the vibrant nightlife along Khao San Road, the city known for its bustling energy and cultural richness captivated Indian travellers in 2023.

Cheapest flights, hotels & car hire of 2023

This year, more and more Indian travellers opted for alternativ­e, budget-friendly Indian cities that deliver on culture and cuisine. According to Skyscanner data, Jagdalpur in India was the cheapest flight destinatio­n of them all with return flights costing just ` 3,035 on an average in 2023.

After analysing prices across thousands of destinatio­ns globally, Nha Trang in Vietnam was found to be the cheapest city for a threestar hotel stay, for those travelling from India. Known for its picturesqu­e coastal beauty and cultural heritage, Nha Trang offers not only affordabil­ity but also promises a delightful stay enriched with Vietnam's diverse experience­s.

Doha in Qatar was the top city with the cheapest car hire offering, with Indian travellers paying only ` 2,198/ day on an average. Doha is an excellent starting point to embark on a road trip adventure, allowing travellers to traverse Doha's modern marvels, visit iconic cultural sites, and delve into the desert landscapes.

Mohit Joshi, Travel Trends and Destinatio­n Expert, Skyscanner, said, “As we reflect on the year of travel, it's clear how Indians have embraced global exploratio­n despite tightened budgets. This traveller behaviour correlates with the emerging trends as revealed in our recent Travel Trends 2024 report, which highlights that the value of experience­s and cultural exploratio­n will be key considerat­ions, with price no longer solely ruling decision-making for Indian travellers. We expect this momentum to only grow next year as the 2024 report also highlights that 86 per cent of Indian travellers plan

Bangkok was the second most popular internatio­nal destinatio­n for Indian travellers this year, followed by Denpasar, as per the Skyscanner report

to take the same number, if not more, trips abroad in 2024 compared to 2023."

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