Low temperature attracts tourists towards Himachal


Exceptional low temperature, soothing cool breeze and rain showers are attracting the tourists towards the major tourist resorts like Manali, Shimla, Kufri, Dalhousie and Dharamshala as these hill states are considered to be ideal for summer tourist season. However, maximum temperature rose in this season to highest level at Una along the border areas of Punjab which was recorded 41.2 degrees.

Varun Sharma Manager of HP Tourism Information Center at Scandal Point told HimVani that hoteliers in the state have started putting ‘Full occupancy’ sign boards in the state.

The Meteorological Department has recorded 6 mm rain in Udaipur of Lahaul & Spiti district, Kumarsen in Shimla & Chamba 3 mm each, Manali in Kullu 1.2 mm, Shimla 0.8 mm and Palampur 0.6 mm. Whereas, Bhuntar in Kullu, Dharamshala in Kangra and Nahan of Sirmour had traces of rain during last 24 hrs.

Keylong in Lahaul & Spiti was coldest with minimum at 4 degrees, Kalpa in Kinnuar 5 degrees, Manali 8.6 degrees, Bhuntar 11 degrees, Shimla and Solan 15 degrees each, Sundernagar in Mandi 17 degrees, Mandi town 18 degrees, Palampur in Kangra 20 degrees, Dharamshala and Una 21 degrees and Nahan 24 degrees respectivley. Una, highest of season recorded maximum at 41.2 degrees followed by Sundernagar 37 degrees each, Solan 34 degrees, Dharamshala 33.6 degrees, Bhuntar 31.6 degrees, Shimla 26.9 degrees and  Kalpa 20.8 degrees respectively. The Met office said that the state is likely to create mainly dry weather condition in the state during next 24 hrs.

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  1. Himachal is experiencing a very late arrival of tourists in the state. Probably it has been the Kashmir effect this year. This season should be an eye opener for the authorities and for the people in tourism industry to wake up and take some concrete steps to attract tourists in the state.

    Taxes on hotel stay in Himachal have gone way out of proportion. While there is no tax charged in Kashmir, tourists in Himachal have to shell out 17.42% in taxes. Even smaller destinations like Chandigarh and Amritsar charge 10.18% taxes. Taxes is one of the reason that has made Himachal un-attractive for tour operators to sell Himachal and everyone is running to Kashmir. High end tourists have already shun Himachal from their itinerary and if effective steps are not taken the middle and low end tourists will also get diverted to Kashmir. In the past 20 years, no new destinations have come up in the state. There is very less space for tourists to repeat a visit to Himachal Pradesh.

    Kinnaur had the potential to be the next tourist destination in the state but our policy makers instead promoted hydel projects in Kinnaur. It is still not too late and the govt has to show some will power !!

  2. Himachal is the only state which could cater as a neighbor getaway , for people in Chandigarh Shimla is just a few hours away and for people in Jallandhar Pathankot and  Amritsar Dalhousie becomes a few hours of drive, so it can’t be said that Himachal is being affected by Kashmir. As far as taxes go well, its for the government to decide and at the end if you do need good services this taxed money is used to build the state tourism, Kashmir on the other hand is “desperate” to regain its tourism in full swing thats not the case with H.P we allready have a customer base and noone has to try to “sale” Himachal to anyone, it has its own charm and we Himachali’s provide everyone a chance to come and experience the amazing royal rich atmosphere we live in.
    I personally never consider taxes while i am going for a vacation, because if i do than i make my vacation to be work too 🙂 

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