Upcoming honeymoon season cheers Manali
Himachal
Vacation Travel News
MANALI: Thousands of newlywed couples from across the
country are set to cheer Manali with their arrival this month. Breaking a
2.5-month-long spell of lean tourist season, hotels are getting hundreds of
advance bookings after second week of this month
 

A newlywed couple at Rohtang pass in Manali

According to
local travel agents and hoteliers in
Manali
, thousands of enquiries regarding honeymoon packages are pouring in
every day. Hoteliers and people linked to tourism industry are gearing up for
the honeymoon season. Current hotel occupancy in Manali is below 15% which is
expected to cross 50% mark after September 15.
“We are having
good flow of booking for honeymooners after second week of September. August
was the leanest month in term of tourism,” owner of hotel Royal Regency Manali,
Devinder Verma, said. He remarks that record numbers of honeymooners are
planning their tour to Manali and hoteliers are busy in preparations.
Monsoon is the
biggest enemy of tourism in hill stations as tourists, fearing landslides and
floods, avoid visiting hills. Monsoon season is getting over. Damaged portions
of highway to Rohtang pass are being repaired on war footings. And hoteliers
are luring customers with all possible efforts.
Rakesh Sharma,
owner of Himanshu Resorts, said rooms are being decorated according to the
taste of honeymooners and room tariff has been reduced by 40%. He adds, “Almost
all the hotels are providing honeymooners flower bed decorations, honeymoon
cakes and candle light dinners. Now we are waiting for newlyweds to bring
warmth to the cool atmosphere of Manali.”
Honeymooners
would be able to enjoy river rafting and paragliding as administration is going
to lift ban from all adventure activities after September 15. Also, there are
strong possibilities for Rohtang pass to experience fresh snowfall in October.
Manali
hoteliers’ association president Anup Thakur said July to September 15 is the
leanest season in Manali but it would pick up pace once again with receding
monsoon season. “Thousands of honeymooners would bring smiles on the faces of
hoteliers and other tourist entrepreneurs. Also, late September and October
would witness good flow of tourists from West Bengal.

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