Homestays, hotels, wellness retreats on verge of closure, trekking operators say all bookings cancelled | Dehradun News – Times of India

Nainital: Owners of hotels, homestays and trekking guides in Uttarakhand said they had suffered heavy losses due to the current Covid curbs and if these are not eased in the coming days, many establishments may be forced to close down.
Speaking to TOI, Ajay Bhatt, owner of a homestay in Joshimath who also organizes treks to Valley of flowers and other spots, said that for the last several weeks, he has not received a single email or query. Moreover, the opening date of Valley of Flowers getting deferred and Hemkund Sahib Yatra cancelled has added to the uncertainty of tour operators like Bhatt.
“Even the 50-60 bookings we had for April and May have been cancelled and I had to pay back the deposits to all of them. We have a few bookings for Sattopanth trek, but it seems even those would be cancelled as Covid-19 cases across the country continue to rise,” Bhatt said.
The concerns were echoed by those in the tourism industry in places like Munsyari, Uttarkashi, Kausani, Khirsu and…

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