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Avoid crowds on vacation with these destination alternatives

A study undertaken by 'Skyscanner' has crunched the data from 50 million unique monthly users across their website and mobile app to suggest alternative destinations to holiday hotspots popular among Indians.

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The study undertaken by ‘Skyscanner’ has crunched the data from 50 million unique monthly users across their website and mobile app to suggest alternative destinations to holiday hotspots popular among Indians. (Photo: Thinkstock Images)

For those who wish to escape the maddening crowd while on vacation, a new travel study has revealed alternative destinations to the most popular tourist spots across the world.

The study undertaken by ‘Skyscanner’ has crunched the data from 50 million unique monthly users across their website and mobile app to suggest alternative destinations to holiday hotspots popular among Indians.  “We understand the frustration of arriving at your destination only to find a sea of selfie sticks. Avoid the push and shove this year with our top pick of alternative holiday destinations,” the search engine said.

According to their data, Mongolia is a “rustic beautiful” alternative to the massively populated China, which is believed to be home to an incredible combination of cultures, languages and cuisines. “So far in 2016 there are 32 times less travellers searching for flights to Mongolia than China,” the study reveals.

With one of the lowest population densities in the world, Mongolia is best known for its Nadaam festival, an annual affair that blends the place’s “sporting tradition with its ornamental aspects.”

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A trip across the Gobi Desert on reindeers and camels as well as tasting the fermented mare’s milk are among the most recommended activities.
To avoid the bustling streets of Italy, Skyscanner suggests one takes a 90 minute-drive from Milan to Lake Como. Often considered to be one of the most luxurious destinations in the Mediterranean country, Lake Como’s shores are lined with exorbitant villas and hotels.

Set against the rugged, forested foothills of the Alps, a boat ride across the lake is the best way to soak in the green lush mountains, the study said. Thailand is perhaps the most popular foreign destination among Indian travellers, which explains the overwhelming Indian crowd populating the South East Asian country.

Known for its tropical beaches, opulent royal palaces, ancient ruins and ornate temples, the country witnesses the maximum number of visitors in Bangkok for shopping, Pattaya for nightlife and Koh Samui for the sea.

However, according to the study, the bay of Kata locatedsouth of Karon Beach in Phuket is relatively deserted and lends itself wonderfully to solitude. Its distance from town and traffic makes it a preferred location to relax. Visitors can also indulge in adventure sports like snorkelling which is only a swim away. While Chennai and Bangalore might be the most popular cities in Southern India, the study suggests planning a getaway to Coorg in Karnataka.

A tiny place away from the hustle bustle of Bangalore, Coorg was once home to royalty and is blessed with green valleys and towering hills. The majestic Abbi Falls are poised in perfection with the spiritual marker Byle Kuppe, one of the biggest Tibetan settlements down South.

The cuisine highlights include pork ribs and spice infused prawn curry.