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India’s fragile hill states choke under tourist rush

Tourism is picking up again in India after a lull caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

For holidaymakers, the cool weather and scenic beauty of India’s hill and mountain retreats – from Mahabaleshwar in the west to Ooty in the south – have always been a big draw.

For locals, the rush of tourists means a boost to their incomes – much needed after the devastation caused by the pandemic.

But the surge is acting as a double-edged sword for the ecologically fragile holiday spots – which are buckling under the strain of traffic, excess waste and unbridled construction.

Reporting by Nikhil Inamdar; shot and edited by Vishnu Vardhan; produced by Ayushi Shah


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