Dharamshala/ Bir-Billing/Kullu | TNR
There is good news for tourists waiting to experience the thrill of adventure sports in Himachal Pradesh. The tourism department on Wednesday lifted the ban on adventure sports in the state which had been stopped since July 15 due to heavy rains.
Heavy influx of tourists expected
Hence, a heavy influx of tourists is now expected in major tourist destinations of the state like Kullu-Manali, Dharamshala, Mcleodganj and Bir-Billing in Baijnath. Tourists coming from within India and abroad will be able to enjoy paragliding, rafting and trekking etc.
This will once again open up opportunities for those involved in the tourism business which had taken a massive hit due to the pandemic.
Rafting on River Beas
River Beas will once again open up to rafting in Kullu-Manali. Tourists can also indulge in paragliding flights at Raisin and Solang Nala. Kullu district alone has 800 rafters and 300 paragliding pilots.
Paragliding in Billing and Indrunag
The world-famous paragliding sites of Bir-Billing and Indru Nag will open up to tourists from Thursday provided the weather does not play truant. Around 550 paragliding pilots and approximately 80 to 90 trekking units are registered in the Kangra district. Ashwini Bamba, president of Hotel Association Dharamshala and Billing Hotel Association’s Satish Abrol said that hoteliers have made full preparations for the tourist season.
Call for adherence to rules
Kangra district tourism officer Prithi Pal Singh and Kullu district tourism officer Rajesh Bhandari urged businessmen involved in the adventure sport to conduct all such sporting activities as per the rules laid down.