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Hot Drive-down Destinations Major Draw This New Year

| Updated: December 28, 2021 22:16

The New Year is around the corner, that time of the year when almost everyone embarks on a short family getaway. However, the sudden surge in Covid-19 cases in the country on the back of Omicron is proving to be a curveball. But there is a silver lining that instead of taking longer destinations, travel enthusiasts can look at drive-down destinations for a shorter period of say, a day or two.

The tourism industry is one dynamic sector that has braved even the pandemic until it stopped work completely. And this time around, even the alarm bells of a possible third wave has not shaken the people’s enthusiasm and they are also willing to implement new rules.

According to Vivek Shukla, Director of Vibrant Holidays, “People have not yet inquired about the cancellation of bookings, but are only inquiring about rescheduling the dates”. The travellers also want to know the Covid-19 norms in different states and places where they may be planning to go.

Anshul Shah, the Managing Partner of All4 Seasons Holidays, says, “Small individual properties in Rajasthan have attracted people’s attention this year.” 

He adds that people are preferring these relatively unspoilt properties to avoid crowds and they can spend quality time with close friends. This is why small properties in Rajasthan are picking up.

“Statue of Unity is completely booked out. People are a bit scared, they were planning to go to bigger cities but now they are avoiding that due to the restrictions. This is why they choose smaller trips,” he says.

As for overseas travellers, there’s a mixed bag. Few are returning early and a few have cancelled, adds Shah.

We bring to you some top-selling destinations and a few classic drive-down suggestions by leading travel agents:

1 Udaipur

This city ha sit all, architecture, different lakes and modern cafes, overall the vibe of this city will truly provide a unique feel. If you are more of a city wanderer then there is no place better than Udaipur to start with. The wonderful cities which have true historical importance, royal residences and slopes will provide you with a good experience.

Distance: 260 kilometres from Ahmedabad

Attractions: Rishabhdeo, Jain Tirthankara, city place, Sajjangharh

2 Diu

This coastal city is one of the prevalent destinations for Gujaratis. Diu provides an ecstatic feeling and a road trip from Ahmedabad will lead you here. This is one of those spectacular places which provides all-around beauty, whether it comes to nature or the ocean you will get all the beautiful sights. 

Distance from Ahmedabad: 440 km

Attractions: Neelkanth Mahadeo Mandir, Sugar Bapu Ashram

3 Kutch 

The most fascinating region of the Gujarat state is quite a fascinating place that stands out as one of the most beautiful places located in India. Often called the white salt desert located in the Rann of Kutch region, this makes a great experience to enjoy.

Distance from Ahmedabad: 400 Km

Attractions: Aina Mahal Palace, Prag Mahal Palace, Kutch Museum

4 Mount Abu

Mount Abu has served as the classic getaway retreat for Gujaratis be for it any time of the year. Mount Abu is home to a plethora of tourist attractions including ornate temples and forts. However, its real charm lies in the myriad natural wonders including serene lakes, dense forests, and picturesque valleys. 

Distance from Ahmedabad: 226 km 

Key attractions: Nakki Lake, Dilwara Temples, Achaleshwar Mahadev Temple, Achalgarh Fort.

5) Bijapur – Jawai

Jawai, India’s Leopard Hills is one of the few places in the world where one can easily sight leopards in the picturesque locations that is also home to other wild animals and migratory birds. From exploring the surroundings and the local culture to indulging in memorable dining, serene and destination experiences, holidays at Bijapur Lodge Jawai offer a wealth of relaxation, discovery and adventure.

Distance from Ahmedabad: 296 km 

Key attractions: Safari and small treks

6) Chanoud Garh 

A luxuriant 300-year-old fort-palace that blends modernity with imperial splendour, Chanoud Garh stands as an oasis amidst the golden sands of the Thar desert. A magnificent home steeped in history, the Garh has been painstakingly restored and transformed into an exquisite heritage stay, bringing together the famed Rajput hospitality, complete with bespoke experiences.

Distance from Ahmedabad: 355 km 

Key attractions:  jeep safari, heritage walk, village walk and celebrations of festivals. 

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