Ayodhya Temple Inauguration Spurs Surge in Airfares, Surpassing International Flight Costs

As the anticipation builds for the grand opening of the Ram temple in Ayodhya on January 22, tourists are flooding into the city, triggering a remarkable surge in airfares. Astonishingly, tickets to Ayodhya now surpass the costs of flights to various international destinations.

The price of a one-way direct ticket from Mumbai to the recently inaugurated Maharishi Valmiki International Airport on January 19 has soared to Rs 20,700. In contrast, a direct Air India flight from Mumbai to Singapore on the same day costs Rs 10,987, while a direct flight to Bangkok from Mumbai is priced at Rs 13,800.

Adding to the financial strain, the limited availability of hotel rooms in Ayodhya has led to a four to fivefold increase in room prices. Premium hotels in Ayodhya are fully booked, with less than 1,500 hotel rooms available.

A senior official from Thomas Cook (India) noted a significant surge in spiritual tourism, as more Indians seek to begin the New Year on an auspicious note. Demand for this segment has witnessed a substantial increase of over 120%, surpassing pre-pandemic levels.

Data compiled by Thomas Cook reveals that searches for Ayodhya have surged by more than 300% in December compared to October, with diverse clientele including young individuals, couples, families, and business professionals.

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