Ongoing polls hit tourism in Himachal Pradesh

 
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Manali (HP), May 5 (ANI): Manali, a popular tourist destination in Himachal Pradesh, is hit hard by the on-going parliament elections.

Known for its cool atmosphere and lush green hills Manali accounts for nearly a quarter of all tourist arrivals in Himachal Pradesh.

Tourists said they had to cut short their vacation due to the elections.

The tour operators said there was a 25 percent drop in arrivals.

"Last year during the month of April we saw tourist rush but this year due to the elections people have delayed their trip to Manali. I would say as far as month of April is concerned there is a definite drop of 25 percent," said Himanshu, a tour and travel organiser.

India is currently holding general elections to the Lok Sabha.

Three phases are over and the final two stages will be held on May 7 and 13.

The results will be declared on May 16. By Hemant Chauhan (ANI)

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