Patnaties at Tourist hot spots this summer
With the summer vacation approaching fast, Patnaites are readying plans to visit different tourist spots, including Srinagar, Port Blair and Goa. Foreign destinations are also on the radar of some prospective vacationers.
This time, the paradise on earth, Kashmir and its summer capital Srinagar have turned out to be hot destinations for the locals. “We have already had 500 bookings for Srinagar and many more are coming in,” said Sanjeev Sinha of Mamta Travels.
“One of the major reasons for interest in Srinagar has been the fact that the Centre is encouraging its employees this year to go to Srinagar on their annual LTCs,” added Sinha.
The city tourists planning a visit to Srinagar are excited about Vaishno Devi as well. “We will definitely visit Vaishno Devi. The Srinagar visit offers us a wonderful opportunity to visit the holy shrine,” said a Union government employee.
The Andaman and Nicobar island is also a hot destination. “We have already made 200 bookings for Port Blair, the capital of Andaman and Nicobar island. The number of tourists going there is rising every year,” said Sinha.
“I am really looking forward to visit the famous Neil island and others of Port Blair. I have heard about the famous Mahatma Gandhi Marine national park as well,” said a public sector undertaking official, who would go there next week.
One of the most regular favourite tourist spots has been Goa. A city-based travel agency, Indian Tourist Bureau (ITB), has come up with a special package for couples. “Consequent to rising demand, we have designed a special three night-four day package. It involves accommodation at a famous hotel of Goa and provision for breakfast and dinner. The cost of package is Rs 20,000,” said Rajesh Sinha of ITB.
A special package for Goa has also been designed for students by the same travel agency. The cost of the package is Rs 6,900,” added Rajesh.
The North-east is also fast emerging as a hot spot for Patna tourists. Since this region is largely unexplored, people seem to be very interested in it. “The added adventure quotient in the mountainous region attracts more and more people. The major attractions of this package are visit to Gangtok-Tsongo Lake and white water rafting in Teesta river,” said R Priyanka, a local travel planner.
People are no less eager to spend their vacations abroad. Hong Kong has emerged as the most sought-after tourist spot. “For Hong Kong, we have already received 25 bookings and the number is expected to touch 100 this season,” said Raman Jha of Super Travels. “The package for Hong Kong involves a visit to Macau as well. It’s a six night package,” added Jha.
“In the Hong Kong package, the major attractions are Disney Land, Ocean Park and Madam Tussauds,” said Jha. Patnaites also like to visit Bangkok. “About 15-20 people go to the Thai capital every month and we are expecting the same in this season as well,” Jha added.