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Kerala govt to reopen traditional route to Sabarimala, allows several relaxations

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) [India]: In view of decline in COVID cases, Kerala government has decided to give more relaxations in restrictions imposed for Sabarimala pilgrimage.The decision was taken in a meeting between Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Devaswom Minister K Radhakrishnan. According to the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), it has been decided that the traditional route to Sabarimala from Pampa via Neelimala, Apache medu and Marakoottam will be opened for devotees.Primary health care facilities have been set up at Neelimala and Apache medu.Further, overnight stay at Sannidhanam will be allowed for devotees. For his purpose, 500 rooms have been set up in compliance with COVID protocols.Bathing and balitharpanam rituals (offering for departed souls of ancestors) will be allowed in the Pampa river. However, the district administration will take a decision on this after assessing the water level in the Pampa river.

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Massive inflow of tourists in HP

Himachal Pradesh has started witnessing an inflow of tourists following relaxation in COVID restrictions by the state government. In less than a month starting from June, around 6-7 lakh tourists in the Himalayan state have been trafficked. As the number of new COVID cases started declining in the country, tourists have started thronging to the destinations like Shimla, Manali, Dharamshala, Dalhousie, Narkanda and other parts of the state. Commenting on the tourism situation, Himachal Pradesh Tourism Department Director Amit Kashyap said, “After the government has eased the COVID restrictions, the tourist inflow has picked up. Generally, we receive over 1.3 crore tourists but the COVID-19 pandemic since the last year hit the tourism business. Last year we received only 32 lakh tourists including foreigners. This year till May 31, we received only 13 lakh tourists. But now in June after the restrictions have been…