New Year's Eve Preparations Underway in Northern India

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With Christmas and New Year's Eve just around the corner, one town in northern India is gearing up for the festivities. In the town of Shimla, hotels are selling out and celebrations are soon to be in full swing.

Christmas and New Year's Eve preparations are in full swing in the town of Shimla in India's northern state of Himachal Pradesh.

The town is seeing a heavy influx of tourists from the different parts of country as well as from abroad for celebrating Christmas and New Year's Eve.

Tourism authorities say that special arrangements have been made for the season.

[Vijay Sharma, Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation]:
"Right now as you know that we have one festival going on and from 21st onwards we will have the week of festivities starting over here. We run the hotels specially this hotel called holiday home which is reflex of Himachal tourism."

He added New Year's Eve is the biggest draw of the season.

[Vijay Sharma, Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation]:
"All the hotels are full to the brim. Even we find lot of tourists staying overnight in the cars because they do not find any place, but in the hotel we have that New Year's Eve program, which is basically for the couples."

The travel industry in Shimla is expected to do good business during this season.

Sharma also says that about 80 percent of hotel rooms are booked, and they're due to sell out completely.

The tourism department is offering several packages for tourists.

Snowfall is also one of the major attractions for the domestic tourists.

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