Airbnb reveals the most sought-after holiday season destinations for Indians

Striking Penthouse With Private Plunge Pool in Goa

As travel restrictions ease across most borders, excited travellers are looking forward to ticking off their long-awaited holiday bucket-lists.

Airbnb’s most-searched destinations list shows vacationers are eager to travel again, and all set to go the distance within India and abroad, to destinations such as Manali and Goa closer to home, as well as to key destinations in the UAEEurope and further on to the US and Canada.

International destinations widely sought after

Himalaya Retreat Manali

The top international destinations Indian travelers are searching for during this upcoming holiday season (for stays between December 1, 2021 to January 31, 2022)* are:

  • Dubai
  • London
  • Paris
  • Toronto
  • New York
  • Amsterdam
  • Barcelona
  • Berlin
  • Bangkok
  • Zurich

Internationally, DubaiLondon and Toronto, along with cities in Europe top most holiday searches. With more international destinations easing restrictions, Indian travelers are looking towards the United Arab Emirates for quick getaways. The City of Gold is followed by the bustling hubs of London, Paris, Toronto, and New York.

Meena Bagh – Shimla

Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, and Zurich along with the always-popular destination of Bangkok round up the list, making for attractive and fun winter getaways for the end of the year. 

Holiday destinations in India seeing interest

The most searched domestic destinations by Indian guests for the upcoming holiday season are: (Stays between December 1, 2021 to January 31, 2022)*

  • Goa
  • Manali
  • New Delhi
  • Bengaluru
  • Pondicherry
  • Mumbai
  • Jaipur
  • Shimla
  • Mussoorie
  • Darjeeling

As Indians look to idyllic winter getaways, some of the destinations topping their searches are closer to home, including Manali, which offers the most magnificent views of snow-capped mountain ranges, trekking trails, and relaxing retreats, as well as other hill-stations such as Shimla and Mussoorie.

Striking Penthouse With Private Plunge Pool in Goa

Goa, a preferred destination at this time of year, also offers its lovely palms and beaches to Christmas and New Years’ revelers. The destination also offers a range of Airbnb stays from apartments to cottages to private villas that suits all likes and preferences, for individuals, couples or families.

Bangalore, the Garden City of India is immensely popular as well. For those travelling to Bengaluru, the beautiful towns of CoorgMysuruChikmagalur and Wayanad are at drivable distances for a short vacation.

Known for its rich history along with its lip-smacking culinary delights, New Delhi is amongst the top searched destinations. The city is an important hub for international tourist arrivals, with some of the most favored destinations such as Jaipur, Udaipur, and Shimla being just a road trip away. 

Along with its diverse culture and vibrant nightlife, Mumbai and quick get-away destinations such as LonavalaAlibaug and Mahabaleshwar are also popular for Indian travelers.

Winter Garden in Jaipur

Amanpreet Bajaj, General Manager – India, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong & Taiwan,

talking about the new dawn of traveling, says, “We believe that many Indians will be taking advantage of international travel opening up to reconnect with loved ones and our community of Hosts around the world. Here in India, our Host community is incredibly excited to be playing a role in rebuilding tourism and driving a revival of responsible travel that will once again benefit communities, foster an exchange of culture and bring family and friends together this upcoming holiday season. Hosting continues to provide exciting entrepreneurial opportunities for Indians and bring in valuable tourism dollars for communities across the country.”

As travel restrictions ease, travellers should ensure they are following the relevant government advisories and precautions.

*Based on Airbnb internal data on searches between July 15, 2021 to October 15, 2021 by Indian guests for the period of December 1, 2021 to January 31, 2022


This press release encourages safe and responsible travel. Local and international travel requirements, as well as health guidelines, continue to change quickly. Check local restrictions at home and in your destination before booking a trip on Airbnb.

About Airbnb:

Airbnb was born in 2007 when two Hosts welcomed three guests to their San Francisco home, and has since grown to 4 million Hosts who have welcomed more than 1 billion guest arrivals in almost every country across the globe. Every day, Hosts offer one-of-a-kind stays and unique Experiences that make it possible for guests to experience the world in a more authentic, connected way.

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