Early monsoon has taken toll of Manali tourism as tourists are apprehended to visit the hill station. Booking for Manali has come down as tourists are worried about landslides and cloudbursts that have already affected Uttarakhand and some parts of Himachal Pradesh.
For last few days, Uttarakhand has been battling heavy rainfall and landslides. More than 70,000 tourists are stranded in the state. National Highways are blocked due to landslides and at some places, rivers have washed away up to a km of road.
In Himachal Pradesh, Kinnaur is facing similar situation. As a result tourists are scared of visiting Manali. There are also some rumors about cloudburst and landslides in Manali that has deterred the tourists.
But local hoteliers have rejected these rumors. The Rohtang Pass is completely open and not even a minor landslide has been reported on the Delhi - Manali Highway. The hoteliers are trying hard to convince the tourists.
Advance booking for June 30 and ahead have been hit by the rumors. Hotels in Manali are expecting lower than normal occupancy rate during this period.
The landslides are major cause of concerned for the tourists. In the mountain areas, landslides are very normal during the monsoon season. It is generally recommended to avoid traveling to hill stations during the monsoon season especially Uttarakhand.
Tourists are worried about possible situation in Manali if the weather continues to remain the same. They do not want to be stranded for days at highway or the hill resort. This is why tourists are scared and do not want to visit Manali.
The graphic scenes from Uttarakhand have also played role. It is only going to get worse as all the news channels are focusing on the disaster that is taking place in Uttarakhand due to rainfall.