Crowded tourist spots in India trigger concerns of Covid-19 superspreader events
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Crowded tourist spots in India trigger concerns of Covid-19 superspreader events

NEW DELHI – It’s being called revenge tourism, as many Indians hit the road with a vengeance after a devastating second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr Amit Gupta, 47, a jeweller, drove from the national capital to Shimla and Kasauli in the Himalayan foothills in Himachal Pradesh state for his first holiday in over a year and a half.

Shimla, once the summer capital of British India, about 350km from here, is a popular destination for domestic tourists seeking to escape the heat of the summer months.

“We just have been enjoying ourselves in the rooms and in the beauty outside. It is a break after a long time. You are out of the negativity that is going around, where everyone is talking about Covid-19 and how things have changed,” Mr Gupta, who was there with his family and friends, said on the phone.

But then hundreds of other Indians from the nearby states of Punjab, Delhi and Haryana had the same idea.

“I’m taking precautions and staying away from the large crowds,” Mr Gupta…

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