Shimla: The hills of Himachal Pradesh have been cool and pleasant this summer with prominent tourist spots recording maximum temperatures
below the average . The tourist inflow to famous hill stations at Manali, Dalhousie, Dharamshala, Shimla has picked during last one week with temperature ranging between 40 to 45 degree celsius in plains which is bringing smiles on the faces of people associated with this tourism trade. Tourists and hoteliers hoping for a cool temperature in hill stations were again delighted this weekend as the clouds brought rain and sleet in various parts of state bringing the cool breeze in the weather .The met department prediction of cloudy sky in next few days will ensure the cool hills in next few
The Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation-run hotels and private tourist inns have reported around 90% occupancy for the past one week in major tourist stations like Dalhousie, Khajiar, Manali, Chail, Kasuli and Shimla. The hosting of I P L matches during the summer season has given major relief for the tourism industry after winter season and tourist inflow increased sharply with 100 % reservations in major hotels in Dharamshala during the matches.
“We’re predicting a strong summer season this year and state tourism department would achieve the target of 1.5 crore tourists in 2011” said Dr Arun Sharma Director Tourism. The tourist rush is likely to witness manifold increase with closure of schools and colleges in metropolitian cities which contributes to highest number of tourist in adventure tourism to this hill stations . A sizable number of tourists have started thronging the hill stations from south Indian states with the completion of Assembly polls The state has witnessed sharp increase in tourist flow during first quarter of the year with estimated 51.49 lacs tourists visiting thestate up to 30 th April 2011 said Dr Arun Sharma Director Tourism. Out of which 5029952 Indian and 119349 foreign tourist visited the state. Regarding popular hill stations, locations in Kullu, Kangra and Shimla districts remained the favourite as about 50 percent of the tourists headed to these places. The Kullu district recorded around 9.25 lakhs Indian and foreign tourist in first quarter of the year 2011,while the Shimla district recorded 10 lakh indian and foreign tourist. The kangra district which is abode of his holiness Dalai lama recorded 7.15 lakh indian and foreign tourists . The famous hill stations like Shimla, Manali,Dharamsala, Dalhousie and Kasauli are preferred among both Indian and foreigners.
In the peak season of May-June around 35 lakh tourists are expected to visit various places of the state said Dr Arun Sharma Director Tourism. Himachal Pradesh registered a record growth in tourist arrivals in 2010. An estimated 1.32 crore tourists visited Himachal Pradesh in 2010 which is double of state populations.
In 2010-11, the department had registered 300 new hotels and also collected Rs 37.42 lakhs as fines imposed on hotels not adhering to standards he added The state run H P T D C has started summer packages on popular tourist destinations like Shimla , Manali and Dharamshala circuits offering all services under one roof.
Corporations is running 5 volvo buses from new delhi to Shimla, Manali and Dharamshala stations daily for providing transportations to the visiting tourists which has brought much relief to them because of heavy summer rush . Apart from this HPTDC is also offering customized packages as per the budget and requirement of tourists .