Shimla : Many hotels in Himachal Pradesh are fully occupied till the next couple of weeks as tourists flock to the cool hills to escape the summer heat.
Hotels run by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (HPTDC) in Shimla, Manali, Dharamsala and Dalhousie among other places are booked to capacity till June 4, say HPTDC officials.
Private hotels usually have the capacity to accommodate many more people than HPTDC properties and are currently reporting around 70 to 80 per cent occupancy, which is likely to grow in the coming days, said travel agents.
The peak tourist season in the hills is likely to continue till the end of June when the monsoon hits many parts of northern India.
Last year 6.5 million tourists including foreigners visited the hill state. This year the number is expected to further grow.