Every year, 25th January is observed as the National Tourism Day. The occasion celebrates the wanderlust in each one of us and spreads awareness about the importance of travelling along with preservation and protection of nature. Amid the din and bustle of our life and career, we need to sometime take a break and travel to rejuvenate. Going to a new place also helps us learn about local culture, food and get to meet new people. Talking about the day, celebrities share their favourite holiday destination in India and why they love the place so much.
Pragati Mehra- The whole year should be National Tourism Day!! Travelling gives you experiences good & bad ..sometimes fun & sometimes not. I believe in the mantra, when you are happy ..travel, when you sad ...travel, when you have nothing to do.. TRAVEL! Hills are my go-to destination. Kashmir holds a special place in my heart as I am Half Kashmiri, but my go-to place is Landour in Uttrakhand! I just love the place.
Hemal Dev- My favourite tourist destination in India is undoubtedly Goa. I am a Piscean, hence a water baby and a beach person head to toe. The peace I get when I listen to the waves hitting the shore is incomparable, it takes me to a trance which rejuvenates me to come back stronger and work harder.
Reyen Eyes- I always try to visit new places every time I go travelling. I tend to explore the Himalayan region a lot, it gives me my rush. Tourism is so important to keep us curious, aware and alive.
Nupur Joshi- The development and management of destinations to provide a highly satisfying experience to the visitors without hampering the local culture and environment is my ideal travel experience. I’m a hodophile. The wanderlust within me gets attracted to places that have inherent natural and cultural values, historical significance, flora and fauna, natural or man-made beauty, offering leisure, adventure, and amusement.
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Sham Mashalkar- We must all understand the importance of travelling and protecting nature. My favourite place in India is Goa because I love nature and the beaches around there. It's a very beautiful place. People should not litter beaches, throw things into the sea whenever they are travelling because it is our duty to keep our surroundings clean, preserve nature.
Kiran Raj- Difficult to pick one as India has many beautiful and breathtaking tourist spots but if I’ve to pick one then I would say Udaipur. It’s a beautiful city having amazing heritage properties, and the people there are humble, respectful and welcoming. The lakes in Udaipur are so peaceful and give you positive vibes. The palaces there speak a lot about our history and culture which is interesting to know about. Overall it’s a great place for a quick getaway!
Nidarshana Gowani- I like Haridwar because it’s very traditional. It is a very pious place and one gets the feeling of peace. The street food of Haridwar is simply amazing.
Ranaksh Rana-Travelling is crucial for growth and broadening of our perspective. You get to see new places, experience the beauty of nature and explore different cultures. I love going to the mountains and Himachal Pradesh is one of my favourite destinations in India. The landscape just changes in winter when it snows and it feels magical. I like the snow-clad purity of the hills and how calm it feels to be warm when it is so cold outside. I find the mountains inspiring. But I do want to emphasise on the importance of travelling responsibly. It is our duty to preserve and protect nature. The least we can do is to ensure we dispose of garbage properly and walk in the natural landscape carefully, without disturbing plants, animals and local people.
Akshay Jain- My favourite place for tourism is Gulmarg in Kashmir. I shot my songs Bin Tere Sanam and Jaagi Ankkhon Mein there. These are numbers that I choreographed. The experience was really amazing and I would love to go there again. I enjoyed the ice and the snowfall.
Rajender Singh Pahl- Our government is really working hard for creating awareness but it's on us how seriously we take care of our surroundings. Mostly the people in India feel that they should go abroad to explore, but I always tell them that the rich cultural heritage that India has is nowhere else. I have not seen entire India. I would say that India has some amazing places. I love Udaipur and Rajasthan. I also love Shimla. If we travel throughout India, we would feel like we have already seen so much in our own country. Here every state has a different atmosphere, culture, lifestyle and essence.ALSO READ: Krishna Kaul is all praises about Kashmir on World Tourism Day