The Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) has chosen to provide 40 per cent discount on its 50 hotels for the visitors in order to promote tourism amid the local cold wave circumstances.
HPTDC has also introduced new packages such as Rohtang Tunnel sightseeing and one day or two days tribal sightseeing from Manali-Trilikonath–Udiapur–Manali. The packages cost from Rs 600 for one day sightseeing of Rohtang tunnel whereas Rs 900 to Rs 4050 for tribal sightseeing.
Over the past 24 hours, fresh snowfall has been reported from the higher elevations of the Lahaul-Spiti, Chamba, Kangra, Mandi, Kullu, Kinnaur, Sirmaur, and Shimla districts.
Amit Kashyap, MD, HPTDC, and Director, Tourism Department, has stated that although it is a slow season for tourists, the Department of Tourism is anticipating a decent footfall of tourists in the region once temperature drops.
According to the figures, one crore 60 lakh visitors travelled to Himachal including more than 30,000 foreigners in 2022. Following the Covid-19 pandemic, a significant number of people visited the area, and the tourist agency also heavily promoted the campaign.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has advised visitors to pay heed to weather-related warnings, including snowfall as warnings are for their safety.
According to sources, in the state, 484 roads, three highways are closed in snow-prone parts of the state and energy supply schemes are affected owing to the heavy snowfall in the previous 24 hours.