Digital travel company Booking.com has revealed the top endorsed domestic destinations by Indian travellers to bring new hobbies to life.
The data shows that while Rishikesh, Varkala, and Goa are top-endorsed destinations for yoga; Jaipur, Udaipur, and Kochi are the most recommended cities for art.
The cities of Bengaluru, New Delhi, and Hyderabad are the best destinations for food lovers, reveals the study. In addition, tourist endorsed Kasol, Manali, and Munnar as ideal picks for hiking; and Jaipur, Ooty and Varanasi for scenic photography.
Food in Bengaluru, Karnataka
For those looking for a culinary adventure, the city of Bengaluru is making its mark on the Indian food map, offering a range of delicacies including dosas (rice pancake) and Mysore pak (Indian sweet).
Besides Bengaluru, the most endorsed destinations for food include New Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Amritsar.
Walk around Puducherry, Tamil Nadu
The coastal town of Puducherry is the ideal escape for long walks.
Booking.com said, “The town entails the French legacy preserved in its French Quarter, with tree-lined streets, mustard-coloured colonial villas and chic boutiques. One can also embrace spirituality at Sri Aurobindo Ashram, enjoy south Indian and French cuisine, and learn scuba diving.”
After Puducherry, Shimla, Rishikesh, Kodaikanal and Varanasi are among the preferred destinations for nature walks.
Hiking in Kasol, Himachal Pradesh
Kasol is among the most recommended destinations on Booking.com for hiking. Amidst the Parvati Valley, Kasol is the base point for popular treks like the Kheerganga Trek, the Sar Pass Trek, Malana, Tosh and Rasol.
Photography at Jaipur, Rajasthan
Home to colourful culture with artistic elements through bandhani, block-printing, and stone carving, Jaipur is a popular spot among photographers.
Ritu Mehrotra, country manager, India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives at Booking.com said:
“This lockdown has inspired many of us to look inward and gave us the opportunity to try new hobbies or rediscover some old ones.
“With India being such a diverse country and restrictions slowly easing in places, travellers will eventually be able to live and explore these hobbies through their travel stories.”