Tourists avoid Darjeeling on the boil

As the picturesque hills of Darjeeling simmer following the renewed campaign for Gorkhaland, domestic tour operators are receiving massive cancellations for bus and car services to the hot spots even as trekking and camping trails have gone dead.

For now, Darjeeling is “not on the minds of travellers” opting for Himalayan tourism, said Gour Kanjilal, executive director of the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), New Delhi.

This has prompted tourists to shift to other destinations like Shimla and Kulu Manali in far away Himachal Pradesh.

“Those who have come back have had a bitter experience… No food, no water, no transport. Therefore the rest have decided against going to Darjeeling,” rues Kanjilal.

Full report here Times of India


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