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As soon as the winter arrives, nothing feels better than staying indoors and snuggle inside a blanket. Even though most Indians would agree to this, yet if they are asked to travel in chilly weather, they would be elated with joy.Celebrating special days with loved ones in a special way is always fun and memorable. This is why with New Year around the corner, the air tickets sales figure on Cleartrip to popular holiday destinations is on the rise.

For Christmas and New Year celebration, a lot of Indians have booked air tickets to Thailand, Bali, Italy, Greece, Spain, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Maldives and Switzerland of course. Within India too, there is no dearth of mesmerizingly beautiful hill stations and other places to celebrate New Year. Top destinations in India are Manali, Shimla, Darjeeling, Ooty, Mcleodganj, Gangtok, and Kodaikanal. Other places where people are planning to travel this New Year are Bangalore, Goa, Udaipur, and Coorg.

Dubai too is globally popular for its New Year celebrations, which pulls in thousands of tourists every year during the month of December. As per the reports, almost 10-lakh Indian tourists visited Dubai from January 2017 to June 2017. This is 21 percent more as compared to the figure of 2016 (for the same period). The availability of cheap flights from Indian metro cities to international destinations has certainly added more fuel to the excitement of Indian travelers.Travel companies like Cleartrip have left no stone unturned and are offering top quality services and exciting deals. In this regard, a senior manager at Cleartrip shared a few things during a recent event. He said, “We have been seeing a tremendous rise in the number of flight booking since the last couple of weeks. People are mainly doing flight booking for New Year holidays. Our booking records show that a large number of Indian travelers are interested in exploring the international destinations.”

He added, “What makes us more satisfied and happy is the confidence travelers are showing in our flight booking services. Without any doubt, our company has always worked hard towards offering the best experience to the customers when it comes to booking flight tickets in a hassle-free manner. Discounted air fares, secured payment system, and smooth booking system are other features we offer. Plus, we also provide complete assurance of offering the best air fares, which definitely makes one of the market leaders when it comes to flight bookings.”

If figures are to be believed, there has been a significant rise in the number of tourists this winter as compared to the record of past winters. Thanks to the availability of cheap flights which have definitely proved to be an enticing as well as encouraging factor for the Indian travelers to pack their bags and go for short breaks, irrespective of the mercury dipping.Moreover, travelling is not limited to the rich anymore. In the past few years, Indians have become fond of travelling and they keep a budget aside for it. People work hard and think that they deserve a break. They stay informed and know where to go and how to plan their travel well. Also, it would not be wrong to say that the working professionals and businessmen alike are more interested in exploring the world around rather than spending the weekend at home. In short, the mindset is really changing.

The figures by the Ministry of Tourism and World Bankreveal that 18.33 million Indians traveled abroad in 2014, which is about 2 million more than the figures of 2013. This upward trend will continue in the coming years. According to United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNTWO), foreign travel by Indians is most likely to grow to 50 million by 2020. There are various reasons like cheap flights by low-cost airlines, growing number of urban middle class, and increase in travel by senior citizens.