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Posted at: Apr 16, 2018, 1:09 AM; last updated: Apr 16, 2018, 1:09 AM (IST)

Tourist footfall goes up, Manali hoteliers elated

Tourist footfall goes up, Manali hoteliers elated
Tourists amidst snow-capped mountains in Manali. Photo: Jai Kumar

Dipender Manta

Tribune News Service

Manali, April 15

With the onset of summer, the number of tourists reaching Kullu-Manali has started picking up where they can be seen making a beeline for the Sagu fall to enjoy snow. Due to scanty snow this year, tourists are unable to get its glimpse at the Solang valley. Only paragliding, horse-riding and ropeway are available to entertain them.

The district administration is not allowing tourist vehicles from Gulaba to the Rohtang Pass, which was opened by the BRO to traffic on April 13. The administration is planning to open the pass soon for tourists if weather remains clear.

However, it is allowing only the residents of Lahaul to move between Manali and Keylong via Rohtang. The pass will be opened to tourists after widening of the road and setting up of a parking place and mobile toilets to handle their rush.

Hoteliers of Kullu-Manali are elated after the occupancy has been increased up to 70 per cent these days, who had been facing a sharp decline in the tourist arrival since January.

Gajender Thakur, president of association, said with the rise in temperature in the plains, the tourist rush is picking pace. “We hope that after opening of Rohtang, the tourist influx will increase more,” he added.

Darshan and Nisha, a couple from Nasik in Maharashtra, told The Tribune that it was an amazing experience to enjoy scenic beauty of Kullu-Manali but they were a bit disappointed as they missed the Rohtang Pass.

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