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Mussoorie Mayhem: Tourists Fleeing In Frustration, Lamenting Their Decision

Mussoorie's peak tourist season descends into chaos as throngs of visitors flood the picturesque hill station, sparking gridlocked roads, sold-out hotels, and travel chaos. Can the charming town withstand the overwhelming influx of tourists and maintain its charm?

Edited By : News24 Desk | Updated: May 16, 2024 12:45 IST
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As the tourist season kicks off in the picturesque hill station of Mussoorie, a heavy influx of visitors has led to severe traffic congestion and overcrowded hotels, leaving many tourists frustrated and struggling to find accommodations. This weekend saw kilometres-long traffic jams, causing significant delays and inconvenience to both tourists and pilgrims heading to the Char Dham shrines.

Traffic Chaos in Mussoorie
Local authorities have been overwhelmed by the sheer volume of visitors, failing to manage the traffic effectively. Major intersections and roads in Mussoorie, especially Mall Road, have been choked with vehicles. Tourists report that a 2-kilometre journey now takes over two hours due to the gridlock, severely impacting their travel plans and overall experience.

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Jam-Prone Areas to Avoid
Key areas experiencing the worst congestion include the stretch from Gandhi Chowk to the petrol pump and the narrow road leading to Kempty Falls. Tourists are advised to avoid these areas if possible or plan their visits during off-peak hours. Despite attempts by local authorities to enforce traffic regulations, the situation remains challenging.

Travel Tips for Visiting Mussoorie
To mitigate the impact of traffic, tourists should consider travelling on weekdays rather than weekends, when crowds are smaller and hotel availability is better. Booking of hotels is also recommended to avoid last-minute hassles and potentially higher rates. Checking the weather forecast before departure is crucial to avoid getting caught in the rain, which can exacerbate traffic issues.

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Plan Wisely for a Better Experience
Visitors planning a trip to Mussoorie should stay informed about current traffic conditions and weather updates. By avoiding peak travel times and securing accommodations in advance, tourists can significantly enhance their experience and reduce the stress associated with the popular hill station’s overcrowding during the tourist season.

First published on: May 16, 2024 10:16 AM IST

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