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Goa top destination for Bihari tourists

PATNA: The beautiful shores of Goa are fast becoming a picture perfect travel destination for many Biharis. Travel agents in the city vouch for the Goan beaches as a sizeable section of Patnaites made their way to the coastal state this Dussehra and many more have made their bookings for the coming Diwali and Chhath vacations. And it doesn't stop here, few have already booked their packages for the winter break.

The over a weeklong Dussehra and Eid holiday witnessed a number of Patnaites travelling to their favourite destinations in India and abroad as not only were the schools and colleges shut, even offices were closed for several days during the festivities. "Families plan trips around their kids' school holidays and there is a sizeable rise in travellers during vacations. This year too, the Dussehra bookings were same as previous years," Cox and Kings proprietor Shailesh Kumar said.

He further said the bookings for Diwali are fewer than last year though there is still some time for last minute holidaymakers.

In fact, with packages that suit every pocket, city residents are planning their excursions months in advance. "Goa is a preferred destination for many Patnaites as packages start for as less as Rs 8,000 per couple," Indian Tourist Bureau (ITB), Patna, manager Rajesh Kumar said, adding that inquiries are pouring in for Port Blair and Coorg near Bangalore for Diwali vacation.

At Rs 35,000 per person, Maldives is also piquing the interests of Patnaites among the international destinations. "From seven star hotels to stay at cottages on the beach and helicopter rides, and visa on arrival facility, a 4 day-5 night Maldives package is becoming popular," said Rajesh Kumar. Other preferred global destinations include Malaysia, Singapore, Pattaya and Bangkok, and Hong Kong.

For the net savvy, who don't like to spend a few extra bucks in travel packages, online websites can come to the rescue. With festive season underway, tour websites are offering attractive discounts in air and train ticket fares and accommodations that would suit every budget.

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