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Himachal Pradesh Shimla gears up for year-end celebrations amid increasing number of tourists

Shimla District Police is preparing for a substantial increase in tourist activities as Christmas and year-end celebrations approach. Estimates suggest that with the festive season coinciding with the festival season, there will be an inflow of more than one lakh tourist vehicles in the last week of December. The Mayor of Shimla City has prepared the inaugural Winter Carnival, which is designed to attract visitors and showcase the traditions and culture of Himachal Pradesh.

Tourists have already started arriving in the hill state considering the possibility of snowfall at beautiful places towards the end of the year. “Police are expecting more than one lakh tourist vehicles to visit the hill town in the last week of this year,” Shimla Superintendent of Police (SP) Sanjeev Kumar Gandhi commented, news agency ANI quoted him as saying.

As the weather changes in Shimla, police anticipate various challenges. The number of vehicles in the city has increased, especially on weekends. SP Gandhi outlined the plan for the convenience of tourists and stakeholders, with the city strategically divided into five sectors, each with a dedicated rescue to address the challenges posed by snow-covered roads in winter. The team was assigned.

“There is a steady increase in tourist vehicles. There is a particular number of vehicles entering the city from the Shogi Barrier. Usually around 5,000 to 6,000 vehicles come to the city every day. However, now the number has increased to 12000 every year. Up to 13,000 before the end-of-the-year festivities. We hope this number will increase to 20,000 around Christmas and New Year,” SP Gandhi said, as reported by ANI.

To manage the anticipated surge, 10 platoons are set to be deployed, allowing an additional 200 forces to be activated if needed. These personnel will be allocated for both traffic management and security.

The week-long winter carnival, starting on December 25, Christmas Day, aims to revive tourism businesses in Shimla. Shimla Municipal Corporation envisions a clean and green tourism message through this carnival, which is expected to attract visitors and promote local culture.

Mayor Surinder Chauhan told ANI, “We are planning a winter carnival for the first time in Shimla. I have been holding meetings with stakeholders and officials for the last three days. We are planning to showcase our traditional folk dance forms and musical instruments. Are ready for it.” The Chief Minister will inaugurate the week-long winter carnival on December 25. We will also organize a traditional folk dance featuring 500 women.

Despite the disappointment of no snowfall yet, tourists are enjoying the cool weather in the city. Sautirtha Biswas of West Bengal said, “There is a huge crowd of tourists. It is bitterly cold but after the sun comes out from between the clouds the weather becomes even more pleasant. We are enjoying here. Tourists cannot resist the desire to visit Shimla.” ” Christmas and New Year,” ANI reported.

Ankit, a tourist from Bihar, told ANI about his satisfaction with the experience, but expressed his desire for snowfall, saying, “I expected the weather to be so cold. I expected some snowfall around this time, but This has not happened.” Ever since I came, I am anyone. It is an ideal tourist destination in December”.



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