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Posted at: Jun 15, 2019, 6:35 AM; last updated: Jun 15, 2019, 2:08 PM (IST)

8-10 hrs for Manali-Rohtang trip, room cancellations soar

Traffic ordeal spooks tourists, several opt out
8-10 hrs for Manali-Rohtang trip, room cancellations soar
A traffic jam near Marhi on Manali-Rohtang road. Photo: Jai Kumar

Dipender Manta

Tribune News Service

Mandi, June 14

With the road leading to Rohtang Pass from Manali remaining choked for the past week, harried tourists have started cancelling their tour plans. The result: room occupancy in hotels of Kullu-Manali area has taken a hit.

Many tourists, who planned to seek respite in the cool environs of Kullu-Manali and witness the thick blanket of snow that still covers Rohtang Pass, have started exploring other options.

Manali-based travel agent Anant Thakur says long traffic jams in Kullu-Manali area, especially on the road leading to  Rohtang Pass, have irked tourists. The 50-km Manali-Rohtang journey that would otherwise take around two hours is taking eight to 10 hours these days. 

Reports on the plight of tourists in the face of traffic ordeal have made many shelve their Kullu-Manali plans altogether.

Another Manali-based travel agent, Balbir Thakur, says the agonising traffic jams have started taking a toll on the tourism industry. “Many of my clients have decided to visit other places,” he says.

Hotelier Budhi Prakash Thakur also blames the long traffic jams on illegal parking along the roadside and reckless driving. “You need to exercise patience while driving in the hills,” he says.

Kullu-Manali Hoteliers Association chief Anup Thakur says the sudden decline in room occupancy has come as a big blow.

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