Saturday, 13 October 2012

October brings tourist crowd to Manali

MANALI: With all parking spaces of Manali jam packed with tourist vehicles, hotel occupancy risen to 70% and all tourist spots crowded with tourists, October has brought with it smiles on faces of hoteliers and thousands of locals linked to the tourism industry.

Tourists at Solang valley (Solangnala), Manali

Thousands of newlyweds and students from school colleges have thronged Manali. According to data from green tax barrier, the gateway to Manali, number of tourist vehicles entering Manali has doubled only in last three days. The similar crowd of tourists is expected to remain till Diwali festival while preparations are on to host even more tourists during Dussehra festivity week starting from October 24 when occupancy rate is likely to reach 100%.
Solang, Rohtang, Naggar, Manikaran, Hadimba temple, Vashisht and Old Manali, tourists have thronged all tourist spots of the district. Tourists are having hard time while finding space to park their car. “We had planned to visit Manali for its pleasant weather and calm environment. But, we were welcomed by huge crowd,” visitor from Allahabad, Manish Tiwari, said. He said he had planned his tour in October after learning that it would be the off-season in Himachal.
Tourists are facing unexpected traffic jams on way to Rohtang, Hadimba temple and Vashisht which is spoiling their fun. Searching for a space for parking is another challenge for tourists visiting Manali in their own cars. Long queues of tourists are being witnessed at rafting and paragliding booking counters.
Many hotels in Manali are fully occupied and tourists are not getting room in hotel of their choice. Harish and his wife Madhuri from New Delhi were told by their travel agent that this is off-season in Manali and they would easily get hotel of their choice but reality was quite different. “The hotel we wanted to stay in was booked for many days and we had to book another one,” Harish said.
Thousands of children from various schools and colleges of the country have reached Manali on their educational tours while many more are on their way. Most of the students are staying in camps outside the town. Shopkeepers too are cheering the crowded markets.


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