As the summer heats up in the plains, tourists flock to the mountains of Uttarakhand to spend their free time. Major roads leading to Nainital and Mussoorie are facing traffic jams. This gives an idea of the crowd. Here 80 percent of the rooms are booked. For this additional police personnel have been deployed. In March alone, 2.5 lakh tourists have come to Uttarakhand. According to the Hotel Association, the booking is expected to be full from April to May. The state has suffered a loss of Rs 2,000 crore from Corona due to the stagnation in tourism for two and a half years. Chardham Yatra will start in the first week of May. It is estimated that 3 crore people will come during this period. According to Hrishikesh Shah, a hotel owner in Nainital, this year a record number of tourists came to see Holi. Earlier, hotels were empty during festivals. At the same time mountaineering, camping, river rafting, yoga are attracting foreign tourists. 71.71 lakh foreign tourists visited the country in 2020. Uttarakhand (41,339) came with the highest number of foreign tourists followed by Himachal (42,665). Apart from this, the Gangotri Highway from Bhairav Ghati to Nelang Valley Inner Line will soon become free. This place is near the India-China border. The area has been closed for tourists since the 1962 war. Tourists arrived for the first time on the 17,716 feet high Janaktal track of Jadug village. However, due to rising fuel prices, vehicle operators have doubled the fares.
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Starting from May, it is estimated that 3 crore people will come in this season. A month ago, the rest houses of Garhwal Vikas Mandal were full. Tourism Secretary Dilip Jawalkar says that tents will be set up in Kedarnath for the pilgrims during the Chardham Yatra. The reconstruction work of Kedarnath, which was devastated by the 2013 floods, will be completed by May 5. For this, the contractors have been asked to deliver the material by helicopter and increase the number of workers.