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Tourists rush to hills for respite from the heat, and hotels are fully booked

Mussoorie/Nainital: The tourist towns of Mussoorie and Nainital recorded a massive tourist influx during the long Buddha Purnima weekend. The hotel occupancy was near 100% in both the towns during these three days. According to local hoteliers, a rise in temperature levels in the plains led to an increase in tourist traffic to Mussoorie.
"With the mercury rising in the plains, May has witnessed very high tourist traffic, and this weekend, we recorded nearly 100% occupancy. With summer vacations starting in the plains, we are also getting a lot of inquiries for the coming weeks," said Sanjay Aggarwal, president of Mussoorie Hotel Association. Meanwhile, Nainital also attracted a large tourist footfall. According to traders, several people, primarily from Delhi and Maharashtra, visited the lake town during the long Buddha Purnima weekend.
They add that sultry weather in several parts of the country is promoting tourists to come to the hills.
"My wife and I work as government teachers. As schools are shut, we came to Nainital on Saturday to get relief from Delhi's scorching heat. While the weather is pleasant here, traffic snarls caused us inconvenience," said Madhav Gupta, a Delhi resident. Another tourist Manoj Gajjar, a Gujarat resident, said, "We are all enjoying the weather and tourist sites here. However, booking a hotel was a big hassle. On Saturday itself, almost all hotels were fully booked."
However, the tourist influx also led to long traffic jams in these towns. Tourists were caught up in jams for a considerable time at Gandhi Chowk, Picture Palace, and even Kincraig in Mussoorie. "On Sunday it took us over an hour to cover a distance of just 1.5 km from Kincraig to Gandhi Chowk. It was total chaos," said Gaurav Dayal, a tourist from New Delhi. Speaking to us, Girish Chandra Sharma, station office Mussoorie said that around 7,000 vehicles arrived in Mussoorie on Saturday and nearly 6,500 on Sunday. Besides, parking lots remained completely full in Nainital.

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