It’s wintertime, and many tourists have flocked to the famous hill stations, Manali and Shimla. Travellers’ tolerance is being put to the test as major traffic bottlenecks are resulting from the holiday rush in two of Himachal Pradesh’s most renowned tourist sites. The major routes, including the Atal Tunnel and the highways, are currently jam-packed with vehicles.
Shimla & Manali Witness Holiday Rush
Stuck on Manali to Atal tunnel road since 5 hours where is the traffic police and what the administration is doing pic.twitter.com/5T4opZzU8P
— Vaibhav Brijwani 👑 (@BrijwaniVaibhav) December 24, 2023
A major route for getting to Manali, the National Highway that leads to the Atal Tunnel, is now congested. There have been reports of congestion between Manali and Vashisth Chowk, Potato Ground to Rangadi, and Solang Nala to Atal Tunnel, which has resulted in these locations essentially becoming bumper-to-bumper car parks.
The well-known Kasol and Jari regions are dealing with comparable difficulties. The celebrations don’t even stop on the way to Shimla. Travelers eager to reach their winter wonderland destinations are further frustrated by traffic congestion on the roadway that connects Shoghi with the state capital.
Mall road , Manali tonight
Latest figures of IN & OUT Vehicles at Atal Tunnel (8am to 7pm)
IN – 6,652
OUT – 7,690
Total = 14,342
So total 42,552 vehicles crossed Atal Tunnel between 24th December 2023 8am – 25th December 7pm pic.twitter.com/DrGJazpWXw
— Weatherman Shubham (@shubhamtorres09) December 25, 2023
In the last few days, Shimla has witnessed the influx of nearly 55,000 automobiles in a festive rush. Around 55,000 vehicles have travelled through the Atal Tunnel in Rohtang, which connects Kullu, Lahaul, and Spiti.
In the last three days, this amount of traffic has significantly increased. Numerous videos that are making the rounds on social media show lengthy lines of cars on the roads. The Director General of Police in Shimla, Sanjay Kundu, has asked visitors to put safety first and abide by traffic laws.
Number Of Tourists To Increase By Year End
— Sandeep Kumar Yadav (@Sandy92_SKY) December 24, 2023
Over a lakh cars are predicted to enter Shimla for the New Year’s celebrations. This indicates that the tourist inflow will only increase.
Approximately 60,000 cars are presently parked along the city’s roadsides, according to police data. Weekday traffic into Shimla averages 12,000 cars, but on weekends—especially during the busiest travel season—it soars to nearly 26,000.
Salute to @himachalpolice @TTRHimachal for their unwavering dedication in -12 degrees at Sissu, managing the surging traffic. According to latest update over 65,000 tourists and 12,000 vehicles crossed the Atal Tunnel on Sunday. #Manali #HimachalPradesh pic.twitter.com/C5ZN4mFFuZ
— Nikhil saini (@iNikhilsaini) December 24, 2023
The Rohtang and Sissu areas are teeming with tourists following Saturday’s snowfall. Given that the weather is predicted to remain dry through December 28, more tourists are anticipated in Manali in the coming days.
Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu praised the police and local government for “efficiently managing” the large influx of tourists. According to Gajender Thakur, President of the Federation of Himachal Hotels and Restaurant Associations (FOHHRA), the occupancy rate is approximately 90%, and the Manali Carnival, which takes place from January 1 to 6, will highlight the local cuisine and culture and increase the number of tourists arriving at the end of the year.
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