With the mercury shooting up in the northern region, visitors have been making a beeline for Manali, the dream destination of tourists.
At present, the hotels of the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) and private hotels have full occupancy.
“We have more than 95% occupancy in our hotels and cottages in Manali,” said NK Bali, senior manager of HPTDC, Manali.
He added that the occupancy rate in the hotels of HPTDC at Manali was higher than last year.
“We don't have dearth of accommodation in Manali as we have a total of 21,000 bed capacity in as many as 650 registered hotels and guest houses in Kullu district,” said Viney Dhiman, district tourism and development officer (DTDO).
He claimed that hotels in Manali have accommodation from economy class to high-budgeted tourists.
“During summers, the hotel business in Kullu valley mostly depends on domestic tourists from all walks of life, while during off-season, Manali is fascinated by foreign tourists on their way to Leh and neighbouring Lahaul and Spiti district,” said Giridhar Thakur, a local tour operator.
Yatan Sobti and Vijay Mehta of Hotel Rock, Manali, said they have 80% occupancy and it could increase more.
Suneel Sharma, resort manager, Holiday Inn, Prini, maintained that they have more than 95% occupancy. He further added that after May 22, the occupancy had increased many a time in Manali as the mercury was rising day by day.
According to sources of the local Green Tax barrier, around 800 light and heavy tourist vehicles had entered Manali in the past two days owing to scorching heat in the plains.
He sought more facilities and infrastructure for the tourists so that they could spend their summer sojourn in a more comfortable and joyful manner.
“The Kullu-Manali national highway is in dilapidated condition, putting tourists to inconvenience,” regretted Nalini and Atish, tourists from Delhi.
They sought better roads and more amenities in Kullu valley to facilitate the tourists. Besides, adequate strength of traffic police was required at the snow point to handle tourist traffic at the tourist town and other places of tourist interest in Manali region, as the existing force is facing a tough time to control traffic situation during the tourist season.
The tourists have not only been thronging Babeli, Raison, Pirdi (Kullu), Rani Ruwar, Bahang, Manalsu Nallah and other locations to enjoy river rafting in Beas, but also picturesque Solang Nallah ski slopes to enjoy paragliding, skiing, horse riding and joyride on cable car.