The prolonged lockdown and the stresses of the pandemic have made people restless, driving them to think in a similar way, at least when it comes to travelling. To ditch the pandemic blues, a large number of people were just waiting for the restrictions to be lifted to break free and escape to the mountains, beaches and more. This has given rise to the new travel trend called ‘revenge travel’. It is the urge to travel after being cooped up at home for an extended period of time. The thick crowds of tourists at present in destinations like Manali, Nainital, Digha, Mandarmani and more are the proof. But this trend has not just started in India. It is a global phenomenon now. Anand Mahindra calls it the ‘rush for freedom.’
Himachal Witnesses Huge Influx Of Tourists
As mentioned by Himachal’s Director General of Police Sanjay Kundu, the state is now receiving a record number of 18,500 tourists daily and nearly 7,500 visitors have been visiting the Atal Tunnel Rohtang. Speaking to ANI, Kundu said, “We have never seen this much of tourists influx in Himachal Pradesh. It was also possible because of the COVID complaint behaviour of the tourists.”
— ANI (@ANI) July 5, 2021
Shimla has now put restrictions on people visiting the hill station. According to the latest guidelines, only senior citizens will be permitted to sit on the Ridge and pavements along the Mall Road. Police deployed at various spots will ban and fine maskless tourists. Moreover, if Shimla’s Mall Road and Ridge have more tourists than the capacity, then their entry can be banned. Mask violators in Manali will face a fine of ₹5000 or 8 days of jail.
We’re Condemning Vacationers In Manali But Rush For Freedom Is Global: Anand Mahindra
Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra has posted a video on Twitter where Americans are seen rushing in large numbers to national parks. Mahindra has stated, “We have been condemning the Indian vacationers in Manali and other hill stations. We should acknowledge that this rush for ‘freedom’ and reconnecting with the outdoors is a global phenomenon….”
We have been condemning the Indian vacationers in Manali and other hill stations. We should acknowledge that this rush for ‘freedom’ and reconnecting with the outdoors is a global phenomenon… https://t.co/FRpRW2IBMi
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) July 12, 2021
Mahindra’s post also contains a link to a New York Times report which reveals that popular American national parks like Yellowstone National Park, Zion National Park, Arches National Park and Grand Teton National Park are already receiving a large number of tourists. The report also stated that some sites are getting ready for their busiest years in history. At certain spots, the tourists also had to wait for hours. This Natural Swimming Pool In Uttarakhand Has Made It To Anand Mahindra’s Bucket List
Mahindra Had Earlier Called Manali’s Crowd ‘Alarming’
Earlier, Mahindra had called the crowd in Manali “alarming” and stated it as “evidence of a possible post-Covid trend.” He said, “Yes, alarming. But it’s evidence of a possible post-Covid trend: The pandemic highlighted the fragility & unpredictability of life. People are living FOR the moment. We all want to see more & do more ASAP. We are becoming NOW consumers. Kal ho naa ho?.”
Yes, alarming. But it’s evidence of a possible post-Covid trend: The pandemic highlighted the fragility & unpredictability of life. People are living FOR the moment. We all want to see more & do more ASAP. We are becoming NOW consumers. Kal ho naa ho? https://t.co/mn8aFrWmil
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) July 8, 2021
Meanwhile, PM Modi has expressed his concerns over the images of crowded markets and hill stations with maskless people roaming around flouting norms of social distancing.