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Tourists find Nainital safe in Unlock 5.0

Uttarakhand Tourism is back on track after the reopening of the state in Unlock 5.0. The city of lakes, Nainital is blossoming again with tourist inflow. People are stepping out in large numbers, Tourists and stakeholders are elated with this scenario. Uttarakhand is absolutely safe to travel and with all the essential safety measures in place, the numbers of tourists are bound to increase further.

With lockdown curbs lifted by the authorities in Uttarakhand, Nainital witness tourists from all over the country. The resumption of boating in the area has brought back the tourism industry on track. Famous tourist hotspots like Mall Road, Naini Lake are regularly witnessing good crowd tourists.

A tourist from South Delhi, Santosh, shared her views on safety in Nainital and said, “We are here for the second time. I can confidently say that all is safe in Nainital. My family enjoyed Paragliding and we noticed that everything is being sanitized properly. The local crowd is taking care of mask and distance. Local shop owners are also taking proper precautions related to COVID-19.”

Diya, a tourist from Delhi, said, “This is the first time that I am visiting Nainital with my family, everything is completely safe here and the people are following all the social distancing norms”.

Treasurer Boat Association Nainital, Puran Bora said, “We are witnessing a good crowd from the last few days. Nearly, 60 per cent of our boats are getting booking regularly. It is a good start after lockdown. We are expecting more tourists in the coming festival holidays.”

Vice President, Nainital Hotel and Restaurant Association, Digvijay Singh Bisht said, “If we see the silver lining amid Covid-19, I can say that the isolated places we have like Bhimtal, Kausani, Pangot, Mukteshwar are witnessing crowd from NCR. Tourists are more inclined towards work from home these days which is why hotels and cottages in these places are witnessing a good crowd. We have also strictly instructed stakeholders to follow all the safety norms and all the guidelines issued by the government should be properly followed. Proper guidelines are already in place so that all stakeholders in Nainital regularly sanitize their properties after use and maintain mandatory distance.”

Adventure activities such as paragliding had also made progress in the city, witnessing a large number of adventure lovers. Secretary Paragliding Association Nainital, Nitin Rana said, “Families are coming here to enjoy the scenic beauty which Nainital has to offer. If we talk about numbers, we have 12 paragliding sites and at least we fly 80-100 flights in a day and 120-150 on weekends. It is a good start after lockdown.”

Sharing views related to this, Secretary, Tourism Uttarakhand, Dilip Jawalkar said, “The increase in the number of tourists in Nainital is a good sign that the tourism activities are getting back to normal after a very long time. Tourism, as well as the safety of the tourists, is important for us.”