You are here: Home » Current Affairs » News » Environment
Business Standard

Himachal sees tourist influx due to snowfall, new year celebrations

After recent snowfall in several places in Himachal Pradesh, people from various parts of the country are thronging its tourist hotspots to usher in the New Year

Topics
Himachal Pradesh | snowfall | North India cold wave

Press Trust of India  |  Shimla 

Snowfall, Himachal
Snowfall in Himachal

After recent in several places in Himachal Pradesh, people from various parts of the country especially from neighbouring Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh are thronging its tourist hotspots to usher in the New Year.

Most hotels in major tourist areas including Shimla, Manali, Dalhousie and Kufri were fully booked from Christmas till December 27 and they are also expected to be totally occupied from December 31 till January 3, said Mohinder Seth, president of an association of tourism industry stakeholders.

Seth said the state government allowed the entry of tourists in July after an over three-month ban due to the pandemic, but the tourist hotspots of the hill state have witnessed the highest number of tourists on Christmas.

Meanwhile, the police has divided Shimla city into seven sectors for security and eight sectors for traffic purposes to control the crowds of tourists on New Year, Shimla Superintendent of Police Mohit Chawla said.

A strict vigil will also be kept on the tourists through CCTV cameras and drones, he added.

In Manali in Kullu district, the Atal Tunnel has become the biggest charm for tourists since its opening in October.The Mall Road of Manali is abuzz with tourists and the local shops are doing brisk business.

The increase in the influx of tourists after recent on December 27 has brought cheer to the people associated with the state's tourism industry.

President of Travel Agent Association of Himachal PradeshBudhi Prakash Thakur told PTI that after a dull response in October and November, the influx of tourists has increased recently.

If the government gives a little bit more attention towards infrastructure development and better air connectivity, tourism in Manali will reach a higher level, he said.

The entire hospitality industry in Manali was shut for almost eight months due to the pandemic andhas gained momentum in December.

As per government-ownedHimachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) officials, almost all their properties are running on 100 per centoccupancy which is a remarkable feat amid the current COVID pandemic situation.

With the onset of New Year accompanied by heavy snowfall, the tourist influx to Dalhousie hill station in Chamba district has increased considerably. There is around 65 percent occupancy in hotels and other tourist-related establishments operating in this area, said Manoj Chadda, Chief Patron, Federation of Hotels and Restaurants Association Dalhousie.

He, however, said the heavy in this region has become an obstacle to vehicular traffic at many points, thereby reducing the number of tourists in the area.

HPTDC Dalhousie-Chamba tourist circuit manager Vikas Datta said tourism occupancy in HPTDC hotels is hundred percent and tourists from different parts of the country are enjoying the snowfall in Khajjiar and Dalhousie.

Khajjiar recently experienced over 30 cms snowfall.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Wed, December 30 2020. 12:40 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU
.