In anticipation of the upcoming consecration ceremony for the grand Ram Temple in Ayodhya scheduled for January 22, a multitude of individuals from various parts of the country are converging on the sacred city. Due to this surge in demand, flight ticket prices have experienced a significant increase, reaching up to a 400% spike. It is anticipated that between three to five lakh people will participate in the historic ‘pran pratishtha’ ceremony, during which the idol of Lord Ram will be installed in the temple.
Bangalore To Ayodhya Airfares Soar
Travel costs from Bangalore to Ayodhya have skyrocketed, exceeding 24,000 rupees according to IRCTC. The airfare on January 20 is 22,925 rupees, while on January 21, it reaches 24,282 rupees. Notably, Bangalore-Ayodhya flights on Saturdays and Sundays are the most expensive.
Delhi To Ayodhya Travel Becomes Costlier
Flight prices from Delhi to Ayodhya have also surged, with a ticket to Mumbai costing 11,829 rupees on January 20 and 15,193 rupees on January 21. On regular days, the cheapest Delhi-Ayodhya fare is 3,595 rupees.
Mumbai To Ayodhya: Travel Costs Surge
Mumbai-Ayodhya airfares have significantly increased, reaching 20,231 rupees on January 20, 12,649 rupees on January 21, and 19,019 rupees on January 19.
Travel Duration For Bangalore To Ayodhya
Travelling from Bangalore to Ayodhya will take approximately six to eight hours, involving layovers in cities like New Delhi, Gwalior, Mumbai, and Ahmedabad.
Boom In the Hospitality Sector
Ahead of the Ram Temple inauguration, hotels in Ayodhya are already booked to 80% capacity, causing room rates to surge by up to five times. Online platforms like MakeMyTrip and Booking.com indicate ‘no availability’ for most Ayodhya hotels. Even if rooms are found, prices have inflated significantly from the usual rates.
Hotel Prices Surge, Occupancy Reaches 100%
Hospitality sector leaders report a surge in hotel bookings, with occupancy rates reaching 100%. Consequently, room prices have seen a substantial increase. Some premium hotels are charging up to 70,000 rupees per night. Major hotel groups, including the Radisson Hotel Group, are announcing the opening of new hotels in Ayodhya ahead of the grand consecration ceremony, scheduled in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.