To get relief from rising temperatures and the scorching sun in plain areas of the country, people are forced to move towards the hill state.
Incessant rain in the lower region and snowfall in the higher reaches on Sunday has lowered the temperature in the district. Hoteliers of the district are expecting more inflow of tourists in coming days, as mercury has started to rise in other parts of the country.
Kullu-Manali Hoteliers Association president Anup Thakur said, “During April end, we started to get good surge in bookings of the rooms, which is a good sign for the tourism industry. With the start of May, more than 60% increase of tourists arrival has been recorded in the district, with weather becoming hospitable. We are hopeful of getting an increase in the arrival of tourists after the Lok Sabha elections are over.”
Meanwhile, sluggish tourism industry of the district has started gaining momentum with the start of flight services at Bhuntar airport, while the National Highway Authority has also started to repair bad conditions of the Kullu-Manali national highway.
Travel agent Aatishay Sharma said in May, the query of flights services has increased and more than 50% of air tickets have been sold.”Within few days, it may increase as tourist season will be on the peak in the district.”
Two people trapped at Rohtang Pass rescued
The Rohtang Pass once again received one and half feet snow on Sunday, hampered the vehicular traffic for Lahaul and Spiti.
Sub divisional magistrate Manali Vinay Dheeman said, “On Saturday night, two people trapped in the snow between Marhi and Rohtang pass were rescued by police personnel at Marhi rescue post.
The local administration has issued a warning that no vehicles were allowed ahead of Gulaba toward the Rohtang pass.