Divine intervention! Pilgrimage destinations see surge in visitors after pandemic
As many as 32,000 to 40,000 devotees a day have flocked to the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine this year compared to 10,000 to 15,000 before the pandemic. “During long weekends, pilgrims had to be stopped at the Katra base due to overcrowding at the shrine. They were allowed in once the rush subsided, said Katra tourism manager Rajesh Sharma.
Indian Hotels (IHCL), which has a strong presence in major religious sites in the country such as Amritsar, Ajmer, Tirupati, Katra, Varanasi, Nashik, Haridwar, Rishikesh Dwarka, is witnessing an increase in hotel occupancy rate, Tirupati registering 90% increase and 60% hike in places like Ajmer, Amritsar, Rishikesh and Haridwar.