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R-Day inspires travel plans, bookings see upswing


PUNE: The Republic Day weekend on Saturday is not a protracted one, but Puneites are turning it into one regardless. Sources within the travel business said that they have got noticed a 30% to 35% surge in travel to within reach locations this weekend.


People are taking depart on Friday or Monday to make it the first long weekend of 2019, said travel and taxi companies. Most of the bookings are being carried out prematurely as persons are cautiously using their leaves this 12 months, due to the restricted collection of long weekends in 2019. Travel assets said that higher checking at the Mumbai-Pune parkway on Republic Day is deterring travel toward the state capital.


Girish Makhijani from Hare Krishna Comfort Tours said that bookings this weekend are more than that recorded on commonplace weekends by means of nearly 30%. “It is a second Saturday, when many people have an off. With the Republic Day, nearly everybody has an off, hence the extra rush this weekend. We expect that all our automobiles will probably be booked by means of the weekend. Some clients have became the two-day wreck into a protracted weekend and are heading to Goa and Tarkarli. We have bookings from Friday evening or Saturday morning with some people taking depart on Monday,” said Makhijani. He added that one of his clients is heading off to Mahabaleshwar and Alibaug, whilst every other to Goa all the way through this wreck.


Kiran Thopate, proprietor of Orion Cars, said that the majority of his cabs were booked for Mahabaleshwar over the weekend. “During a standard weekend, we get two to 3 bookings for Mahabaleshwar. But the Republic Day weekend has 10 bookings for the spot, with families heading out for a wreck,” he said. Thopate said that travel companies expect rush on Khed-Shivapur toll naka, Satara highway, Katraj ghat, Wai, Panchgani routes because of the push.


Karan Anand of Cox & Kings said, “The Republic Day weekend is not a protracted one. However, travel fanatics continue to book for the weekend as they need to make the most of the special gives and deals on travel applications. Travel call for has surged by means of 15% for the impending weekend. Staycation, luxury motels and two-night rapid vacation applications are trending amongst families, whereas millennials are opting for one- or two-day adventure expeditions or town walks. Nearby forts also are back at the travel radar for kids.”


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