Darjeeling is all set to become the first tourist destination in India to welcome tourists after Covid-19 lockdown. The Gorkha Territorial Administration, after discussing with the hotel operators, local committee of politicians and police, has decided to open the Darjeeling hills for tourists from 1st July 2020. Initially hotel operators had decided to close hotels until further notice due to lockdown. Now the local authorities convinced them to continue as tourism is the main source of income for more than 50,000 local people.
Important Steps to Follow
Though it won’t be the same carefree and luxurious way of traveling to Darjeeling because of the Covid-19. The tourists will have to follow some strict guidelines if they’re planning to visit the hill station. First of all they have to have a health certificate with them, second they will have to go through two checkpoints for screening before they enter Darjeeling. In hotels also they’ll be screened with the luggage at the entrance. It is also advised that the visitors travel in their own vehicles rather than the hired taxis to maintain the social distancing. These are some mandatory steps to be followed by all the tourists planning to visit Darjeeling.
Nowadays it’s rainy season also and it keeps raining for hours in the hills so it’s better to keep raincoats and umbrellas with you. Yesterday due to heavy rainfall the Siliguri-Darjeeling main road was completely cut off near Paglajhora. So if you are planning to visit Darjeeling after 1 July then enquire about the weather and rod conditions before you leave your place. Stay safe !