Winter affects business as arrivals dwindle in Haridwar
While tourists are visiting Mussoorie, Nainital and other destinations in the mountains to enjoy the winter, traders in Haridwar state that their business is down due to the cold weather. The businessmen here state that bathing in the Ganga river is the main activity for which people visit this pilgrim town. Bathing in the cool waters of the Ganga is also soothing during the summer months but bathing in these cold waters is a difficult task during the winters. As most people avoid taking a dip in the cold waters of the river during the winters, the businesses depending on the arrival of pilgrims in Haridwar struggle to meet the challenge brought by the winter. With a number of trains to Haridwar also being cancelled, the negative impact on the local business depending on the arrivals has been exacerbated, claim the local traders.
Tours and travel operator Gautam Khurana opined that since Haridwar is mainly a pilgrimage town, the government should facilitate more to attract visitors to this town even during the winter. The winter is experienced in the whole nation but its negative impact on business in Haridwar is more, he averred. Citing an example, he said that during the summer months, his enterprise has five to 10 taxis coming on a daily basis. However, during the winter it is difficult to get even one taxi booked in a day.
Prasad is one of the most popular religious items sold in Haridwar. Owner of a shop selling Prasad and other religious items, Gaurav Bisht said that in summer a 25 kilogramme bag of Prasad is used daily whereas during the winter time, the same 25 kilogramme bag of Prasad takes about three to four days on an average to be sold out.
Saturday, December 28, 2019|PNS|Haridwar
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