June 15, 2018
Record footfall of tourists in Darjeeling, the Queen of Hills
Darjeeling, which had always been a favourite summer destination for tourists, is once again set to witness a record footfall during this season, as Kolkata-based tour agencies are seeing an unprecedented number of bookings this year.
The tour operators have expressed their gratitude to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, whose able leadership has resolved the issues related to Darjeeling. Due to the agitation last year, there had been a dip in the tourist footfall. The issue was resolved following prompt and effective action by the Chief Minister and also through implementation of various development schemes in the hill station.
According to a tour operator in Kolkata, many people have already placed their bookings for Darjeeling, during Durga Puja. The number has been increased a few times compared to the previous year. A Siliguri-based tour operator said that Darjeeling is expected to see record footfall during this year’s Puja and Christmas. They have already started taking bookings for the Puja holidays in October.
The interest among people for bookings is palpable. A more positive sign is the enquiries from tourists from outside the State. Nearly 50% homestays in Darjeeling and Kalimpong are already booked, even before reservations for trains are yet to begin.
It is safe to assume that the Hills, and Dooars, will receive record footfall of tourists this Pujo.