If you are not living under a rock, you must already be aware of the huge traffic fiasco that the popular Indian holiday destinations saw at the peak of this summer. Places such as Shimla, Nainital, Rishikesh and Manali were jam-packed with tourists and their vehicles. Many people were stuck in traffic for more than a day, and had to return from their trip before it even began. This is just the human side of the story.
As far as the environment is concerned, there is a lot of pollution around. Knowingly or unknowingly, humans come with their carbon footprint–there is plastic packaging, toiletries and other human necessities. The usage of these things can be minimised at the cost of our convenience, but as of now, it is extremely difficult to eliminate their overall usage.
So how do we ensure that our beautiful tourist destinations are left with some breathing space, and are given the opportunity to breathe?
Resorting to sustainability is a long-tailed process, but to provide immediate relief restrictions must be imposed to avoid visiting the few destinations they have been thronging to. These destinations in particular need to check the tourist influx immediately.