West Bengal: Shutdown called by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha continues in Darjeeling; many tourists stranded

The indefinite shutdown referred to as via Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) continues fuelling fresh violence in Darjeeling. The picturesque hill station changed into teeming with vacationers only some days ago however the sudden turmoil and indefinite bandh seemed to have dealt a frame blow to tourism, one of the important industries within the hills.

After this tension prevailed in the hills and hardly any traveler is visible on the deserted roads, inclusive of the one main to the mall. Several travelers who had come to enjoy the scenic splendor of the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’ have been locating it hard to get down safely to the plains.


“We best understand how we managed to attain Siliguri effectively. We had a harrowing enjoy and we can by no means come returned right here,” stated Gargi Adhikary, who needed to reduce brief her ride to Darjeeling via 5 days.

The stranded travelers have been pretty inconvenienced as a maximum of the accommodations, restaurants, eateries remained close and there has been hardly any bus or car.

“We are awaiting a bus in view that 5.30 am but none is available to take us to Siliguri,” another visitor, Linda Bhaduri said. Several foreigners, who camp in the hills in the course of this season, to revel in trekking, have left. Tourism and tea gardens are the 2 most important industries within the hills, generating over eighty in line with cent employment.

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The traveler season in Darjeeling starts from April and maintains until Durga Puja in September-October. During the season lakhs of travelers go to Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Kurseongand Mirik.


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“This time it’s far a total loss for everybody. Those who had booked resorts all through puja have already begun canceling them. Due to this agitation, the whole tourism industry in North Bengal goes to be affected,” chairman of the Japanese chapter of Travel Agents Federation of India, Anil Punjabi told PTI.

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According to excursion operators, the revenue generation for the duration of the peak tourist season runs into crores. Punjabi said the turmoil will also hit the inflow of NRI travelers to the hills.

“This is a height traveler season. This agitation and bands have served a lethal blow to absolutely everyone. Most of the hotels are lying vacant,” Tour operator Raj Basu instructed PTI.

According to Punjabi, the tourism industry in Darjeeling is like a sequence. “If one component gets hit, the whole industry suffers.” Punjabi’s apprehension became genuine as the automobile condo services from Bagdogra Airport and New Jalpaiguri station to Darjeeling have come to an entire half.

“We have determined not to visit Darjeeling as we can not take the risk of our vehicles getting damaged and putting the lives of the drivers in threat. Who will take the duty if something untoward happens” requested Saikat Dey of an automobile rental carrier organization?