The Uttarakhand tourism is recovering as per the latest data announced by the tourism department. According to the department of tourism, the tourist flow has reached to 30% of the normal flow within two years of 2013 havoc. The state of Uttarakhand suffered heavy losses in June 2013 due to the catastrophe occurred on 16th June 2013 along the Chardham route and other places which included loss of thousands of human lives.
The flow of tourists from March to September 2015 is more than 7.65 lack for Chardham and Hemkund Saheb pilgrimages. The flow of tourists in 2012 was 28 lakh, whereas in 2013 during initial two months up to 16th June, the number reached to 13.6 lakh. The tourism department is hopeful that in 2016, the tourism flow will, in likelihood, cross 50% of 2012 figure.
With the opening of the winter Chardham and government’s focus on winter carnivals, the department officials are hopeful that the total figure for this year will improve. The government has been focussing the carnivals at different places like Auli, Mussoorie, Tehri to attract the tourists to Uttarakhand. For the different events at different places, the tourism officials have prepared the roadmap. Many existing tourist rest houses are being revamped. The tourist department is also focussing to train its staff professionally. The officials have already been given instructions to prove their efficiency or face strict disciplinary actions. The department is posting efficient personnel in the important tourist places like Mussoorie, Badrinath etc.
According to the data, the Chardham and Hemkund pilgrimages had gained a very resounding popularity in 2012 and 2013 but then the calamity in June 2013 brought everything to halt. Had this calamity not occurred, the figures in 2013 would have crossed its previous year’s figures. The growth of tourism was unusually high during 2012 and 2013.
In the coming near future, one can hope the tourism flow as good as it was during the previous years of 2013.