Domestic booking data released by Agoda, shows that four states (in order of ranking) – Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Maharashtra, and Rajasthan – accounted for 50 per cent of the top 100 Indian destinations (year to date). New Delhi, Goa, and Mumbai retained their spots in the top three, with Mumbai surpassing Goa as the second most popular travel destination, while the national capital, Delhi, retained its pole position.

Amidst the uncertainty over the last year, travelling decreased significantly. However, as things began to ease up, Indians looked for newer experiences and ways to escape their daily routine. The restrictions gave Indians an opportunity to rediscover the many hidden gems, with trips closer to home and off-the-beaten-track destinations jumping up the rankings. Places like Kanyakumari, Puri Shirdi, Alleppey and Rameswaram jumped over 20 spots.

“Our booking data shows that Indians across the country still desire to travel and prioritise safety, which has led to innovative holidays – opting for nature, less touristy destinations often not far from home. They have enjoyed new experiences, and in doing so uncovered hidden gems within their own country. With the government’s immense efforts towards the on-going vaccination drive, Indian travellers are once again packing their suitcases and heading off for weekend breaks and longer road trips. With so much diversity to explore within our own borders, there is always somewhere yet to visit or to explore again,” said Krishna Rathi, Country Director – India, Sri Lanka and Nepal, Agoda