Floods in Uttarakhand and cloudburst in Kinnaur have proved fatal for tourism industry in Manali and Spiti, as tourist arrivals have dipped by over 60% within a week.
The green tax barrier in Manali, which was roughly collecting daily tax of Rs 4 to 5 lakh, is now garnering just about Rs 1 to 1.30 lakh. The town is bereft of its traffic jams as there are hardly any tourists around. “Peak tourist summer season of Manali has finished about two years in advance,” said hotelier Jaswant Thakur. The number of tourists visiting Manali would decrease even more after a week, he said. “Disastrous floods and landslides in Uttarakhand are being reported as reasons behind the sudden decline in tourism sector. Reports of the disaster on television channels, the nature’s fury have scared people,” he added.
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