India is incredible in the winter, but where do our holidaymakers head to when they get out of their homes? According to a new report by Kayak.com, they head to warmer shores to beat the cold. The travel search engine released a report that revealed a pattern in how Indians choose their winter destinations, heading to places with more moderate climates. Here is a look at some of the fastest-growing winter destinations for Indians according to the report. ALSO READ: Best Places in India for the New Year 2018 Long Weekend Also Read - Can I Leave Home to Meet my 2nd Wife? This is How Dubai Police Solves This Problem
For the second year in a row, Dubai took the top spot in Kayak.com’s annual report after seeing a 20 percent rise in user searches. It’s not really one of the fastest-growing destinations, but its strong position in the report and the minds of winter travelers from India earns it a position in our list. Dubai’s weather is pretty pleasant this time of the year; not too hot or cold. And it has enough attractions and activities to make it a frequent getaway for anyone. Also Read - Dubai Challenges Residents in World's First ‘Marathon at Home’
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Singapore also features in the top three destinations for winter holidays, and it has seen a massive 155 percent increase in searches, overtaking Kochi and Bali from last year’s report. That is quite a feat, and something Singapore is quite capable of doing. The city state is a cosmopolitan paradise, offering great food, sights, activities and everything else you would expect from a thriving modern metropolis. Also Read - Singapore Govt to Quarantine People Returning from Overseas in Five-Star Hotels, Here's Why
Thailand’s capital city is a favorite for Indian travelers looking for an urban escape outside the country. Travel is cheap and accessible, and Bangkok is a city that can surprise and even frighten you at times. It is a frantic city bustling with energy and activity, its street food offering an intense mix of spicy, sweet and everything in between. Its people are friendly, sometimes to the point where it can be intimidating, and exploring the urban jungle of this city is an adventure in itself.
Bali may have been knocked off its place, but it is still a pretty popular winter holiday destination for Indian travelers. The Indonesian island paradise has been in the news recently for the volcano eruption, but things are already returning back to normal now. New Year’s Eve may not be the best time to visit this island, but give it a few weeks and Bali will bounce back as a warm and welcoming departure from the cold Indian winter. NOW READ: Best Cities Around the World to Ring in New Year 2018
Finally, we have Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka and a nice gateway city to the sights and sounds of the teardrop-shaped country. Colombo is a worthwhile destination of its own as well. Its colonial heritage has been well-preserved and presented for all to see and learn about its fascinating history. Its ‘garden city’ roots remain intact in many places, and it has plenty of local food, drinks and cafes to cater to the tastes of an urban adventurer.