This is one grand rush for which this sleepy hill resort might not be ready. With Dharamsala all set to host two IPL matches in April, the tourism industry is working overtime to ensure that the cricketing and Bollywood stars — and their entourage — leave with pleasant memories.
According to records available with the Tourism Department, there are about 56 registered hotels and guesthouses in and around Dharamsala having a total capacity of 1,100 beds, while the internationally renowned McLeodganj can accommodate another 1,000.
But the IPL rush could be 10 times more.
No wonder, the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) officials are a worried lot.
Officials of the Kings XI Punjab, co-owned by Bollywood star Preity Zinta, have asked the HPCA to book 1,000 rooms.
HPCA officials have booked more than 500 rooms to accommodate the players, media and others associated with the IPL.