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With thousands of tourists crowding Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand to escape the monotonous life spawned by the second wave of the coronavirus lockdown, the Union Ministry of Health has warned of a particular phenomenon called “vengeance journeys”. More than five lakh tourists traveled to Himachal Pradesh after the Covid norms were relaxed while experts kept repeating that the second wave of Covid-19 is not over yet.

In addition, there is a possible fear of a third wave. But from videos and pictures of tourists flocking to the mountains and bathing at waterfalls, the fear of contracting the deadly virus seems to have somehow diminished after the drop in Covid numbers in June. Social distancing was a challenge when people roamed the hills in popular tourist destinations.

Covid norms were disregarded by tourists in Himachal Pradesh. (Photo: PTI)

WHAT IS REVENGE TRAVEL?

Revenge trips or tourism refers to the phenomenon in which people want to break out of the everyday routine that led to the development of the “new normal” in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. It also stems from what has been described as “lockdown fatigue” or exhaustion that escalates into monotony.

More than five lakh tourists traveled to Himachal Pradesh after the Covid norms were relaxed. (Photo: PTI)

Put simply, people are tired of following the same routine day in and day out, working from home, and being unable to get out for fear of contracting the coronavirus. This has created a kind of fatigue that leads them to flee to the mountains or other tourist destinations, a concept also known as vengeance journeys.

WHY IS REVENGE TRAVEL BACK IN THE NEWS?

That particular phrase took top spots in search trends after Minister (MoHFW) Lav Agarwal used “vengeance” in one of his speeches last week, saying it was “dangerous”.

THE CURRENT SCENE IN HIMACHAL PRADESH

After the Himachal Pradesh government eased restrictions related to Covid-19, including the mandatory RT-PCR test, thousands of tourists headed for the hills, also to escape the scorching heat in the plains. Hotel occupancy is full in major tourist destinations including Shimla, Manali and Dharamshala. Other tourists also drove to less popular destinations to look for accommodation and also to avoid the crowd.

Images of maskless tourists roaming Himachal also went viral on social media.

Pictures speak – No room in hospital to no room in Manali hotels in a few days. #manali pic.twitter.com/uKkLFRyMW9

– Amarpreet Singh (@amarpreet_ka) July 4, 2021

#WATCH | Tourists crowd in Manali city in Kullu district as Himachal Pradesh government eases COVID restrictions pic.twitter.com/snIiwfcIo5

– ANI (@ANI) July 5, 2021

COVID-19 NUMBERS

It is true that Covid numbers have declined over the past month, but daily detection of new cases in India stayed above 40,000 for most of the time.

The head of the government’s Covid-19 task force, UK Paul, warned last week of another coronavirus pandemic explosion in India if the situation was not brought under control.

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