After months of being cooped up inside as Covid raged outside, well-heeled Indians have decided that home is not where the heart is and are hitting the road, and the skies, to break the monotony of their indoor existence. As Himachal Pradesh eased COVID-19 restrictions, A huge influx of tourists was witnessed in many parts of the state including Shimla, Manali, Kufri, Narkanda, and other places.Also Read - Tamil Nadu Lockdown: State Makes RT-PCR Report Mandatory For People Coming From Kerala. Deets Inside
The sudden surge in tourists happened as the Himachal Pradesh government made negative RT-PCR test no longer mandatory to enter the state. But you need a COVID e-pass for travel. Hotels in Shimla and Manali were packed to capacity over the weekend. Also Read - Coronavirus' Delta Variant Cripples Asian Countries; China, Thailand & Malaysia Witness Record Surge
Be it a workcation, staycation, or drivecation, people are clearly eager to travel and splurge as India’s Covid cases dipped, determined to make up for lost leisure days due to frequent shutdowns, signalling the return of normalcy for the corona-hit travel and hospitality sector. Also Read - This 150-year-old Heritage Building in Ahmedabad is Being Restored With a Hope to Empower Girls
Twitter was flooded with reactions as the pictures from Manali went viral. Many expressed concern and anger over the impatient tourists and others shared funny memes. Take a look here:
Hotels and resorts are riding high on the revenge travel trend too as per news agency PTI. WelcomeHeritage Hotels, for instance is seeing nearly “70-80 per cent” of occupancy in most of their hill properties, including Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.
Offering various innovative packages, such as ‘Work from Home’ and ‘Drivable Holidays’, their ‘Head for Hills’ package which is proving to be a hit among tourists travelling from the nearby cities starts from Rs 7,000 onwards.