Shimla Welcomes Tourists Again

Shimla Welcomes Tourists Again
Tourists at the Mall Road in Shimla , Photo Credit: Karan Kaushik

Tourists are flocking to Shimla in droves after the upper reaches of Himachal Pradesh, including Kufri and Manali, witnessed the season's first snowfall

Karan Kaushik
November 20 , 2020
03 Min Read

It's been one of the most challenging years of our lives, thanks to the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Last week, Diwali had brought with it a ray of hope for everyone. And now, things finally seem to fall back in place.

The pandemic has been pretty harsh to the travel and tourism sector but not any more. People have adapted to the new normal and are starting to hit the road once again. 

In Himachal Pradesh, one of the country's most flocked-to tourist destinations, the snowfall season has arrived and people are thronging the beautiful state from all parts of India. While all time favourite destinations like Manali and Kufri witnessed the season's first snowfall on Monday, tourists are also visiting Shimla, known as the queen of hills, in droves.A father takes his kid for a horse ride at The Ridge in Shimla I have missed travelling like everyone else, so when an opportunity to visit Shimla for my birthday came my way, I was game. While I couldn't visit Kufri and Narkanda, where it had snowed, I did manage to stroll around the Mall Road in Shimla on a fine winter afternoon this Wednesday. 
Tourists wearing face masks at the Mall Road in Shimla Everyone knows that the pandemic is far from over, which is why tourists are taking necessary precautions to battle the dreadful virus. 
A family checks out jewellery at a roadside shop at the Mall RoadWhile tourists are aware of the gravity of the situation, they are making the most of their trip. From shopping for woollens and souvenirs to eating at popular food joints to taking horse rides, they are doing everything touristy. 
Tourists shop for woolens at a store on the Mall Road
The onset of the tourist season in Himachal Pradesh has sent a wave of happiness among everyone associated with the travel and tourism sector. From hotel and restaurant owners to roadside vendors, horsemen and photographer, everyone is elated to see tourists.A photographer at The Ridge Street photographers who take pictures of tourists in traditional Himachali attire for a living are also happy. They are hopeful that they will finally be able to make up for the losses they incurred during the summers because of the lockdown. 
Women get photographed in traditional attire at The Ridge Street photgraphers have never had it easy ever since our mobile phones replaced the good old professional cameras. 
Youngsters at The Ridge

A balloon seller at The Mall Road The state government is leaving no stone unturned to provide a safe experience for tourists. Loudspeaker announcements urging people to wear face masks and maintain social distancing are being played out on the Mall Road. 
A policeman adorning a traditional himachali mask made specially for the police force by the state government

A couple spends quality leisure time at the Mall Road It seemed like any other day from the pre-pandemic times. Most tourists choose Shimla as their base for further explorations in the upper reaches of Himachal. Tourists at the Mall Road Some parts of the state including Mandi, Dharamshala, Nahan and Chamba received rain showers while the mercury dipped to freezing temperatures in areas like Kalpa, Dalhousie and Keylong. 
Tourists at The Ridge

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