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Spiritual tourism rises; Varanasi, Puri preferred spots: Study

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Spiritually motivated tourism is growing in the country, as more and more Indians are going to popular pilgrimages, such as in and in Odisha, according to a report.

Travel marketplace in its report said there has been a month-on-month growth in hotel bookings of 60 per cent for Puri, 48 per cent for Varanasi, 34 per cent for Tirupati in and 19 per cent growth for Shirdi in

The report is based on actual hotel searches and bookings on this summer.

"Looking at the spike in hotel bookings, we can say that is now being considered as one of the in India," said Aloke Bajpai, chief executive officer and co-founder,

The report also showed that tops the list with about 13 per cent outbound train searches to these religious cities, followed by with 7 per cent and with 6 per cent.

ranked number four with 5 per cent train searches to these religious destinations, it added.

Spiritual tourism is one of the biggest untapped markets for domestic travel as close to 60 per cent domestic tourism in is religion-based, according to Bajpai.

"To support this upcoming trend, the government has allocated special budgets for creating infrastructure around religious places," he said.

In addition, new projects, circuits and train routes are being established to increase tourism at these pilgrimages, he added.

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 19:40 IST