If it wasn’t for pandemic hit 2020, it would have been business as usual for Dev Bhoomi Uttarakhand , a mecca for North India tourists during summers. It would have been a packed Mall road in Mussoorie and Nainital, rafters would have thronged Rishikesh and wildlife enthusiasts would visit Jim Corbett. But the ban on interstate travel and closure of hotels for about four months galloped the entire travel season in Northern India, dealing a severe blow to all tourism related activities.
Even though the government decided to open hill stations to tourists in August, the business remained tepid thanks to strict border checks and mandatory Covid reports. And then in the last week of September, there was a sudden spurt and bookings started pouring in for the long weekend coinciding with Gandhi Jayanti, thanks to the easing of travel norms.
Now with the Vaccination phase beginning and Covid Recovery rate surging up one can expect the life to return in Uttarakhand Tourism.
“The Roseate Ganges, Rishikesh is sold out for all the weekends. Our drivecation packages have been well received by our guests who have eagerly been waiting to experience the wellness resort. Roseate Hotels & Resorts. The homegrown luxury hotel chain owns a boutique hotel in Rishikesh, besides properties in Delhi and United Kingdom. It has been certified by Bureau Veritas and Quality Council of India for its safety standards.
Till September 23, every tourist entering the state needed a Covid-19 report and only RTPCR tests ( swab test) were valid. Those without a report had to undergo compulsory quarantine for seven nights and had to stay a minimum of two nights to be able to book a hotel room, so the business remained slow.
Hill Stations to are witnessing a spurt in numbers and hotel occupancies are finally improving. “The bookings for the upcoming weekend look good. We are also getting queries from a lot of long-stay guests who choose to work from the hotel. Hotels with a lot of open spaces have an edge over box-like standard buildings,” says Dinkar Singh, COO, WelcomHeritage Kasmanda Palace, Mussoorie. WelcomHeritage Hotels across the country follow standard hygiene and safety precautions and have also implemented all the local guidelines.
Another destination that has been seeing a lot of traction is the Jim Corbett. “Since Corbett is driving distance from Delhi we have been getting a lot of queries and bookings. We even have some queries for intimate weddings,” said Managing Director of a renowned resort.
One can expect more tourists to follow the same route as the days are passing. This will be definitely beneficial for the Government as well as local traders as this will increase the sales thus revenue.