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