AVOID BRINGING INFANTS, SENIOR CITIZENS AS TOURISTS TO THE HILL STATE IN WINTERS

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The Hush Post: The Himachal Pradesh government in a snow advisory to tourists, through the deputy commissioner has asked the tourists, who plan to come to the hill state to hire trained drivers, carry blankets and avoid bringing infants and senior citizens, particularly more than 70 years of age. The advisory, which is prepared every year ahead of the winter season, has been sent to all the DCs of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. “They have been told to inform the tourists to come prepared and take necessary precautions.” More than five lakh tourists visit Shimla, Manali and Kullu  of Himachal Pradesh in a fortnight between December 25 and January 10. Anticipating arrival of a large number of tourists during the winter season, especially after snowfall in the later part of December, Shimla Deputy Commissioner Chand Thakur has alerted the administration across the north and also taxi and tour operators to educate tourists of safety measures while travelling to the Himachal Pradesh capital. The state capital witnessed heavy snowfall last year, which led to the highways being blocked and resulted in misery for the locals and tourists. Thakur said the tourists should bring only trained and experienced drivers to avoid accidents during snowfall. They should also carry warm clothes and should not expose themselves to too much cold or venture into places not drive-worthy from an outsider’s point of view.

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