[avatar user=”krupakshimehta” size=”thumbnail” align=”left”]By Krupakshi Mehta[/avatar]
With countries opening up, people from all round the globe have once again stepped in their shoes, looking for their long lost pleasure, travelling. This time opting for recreational experiences, people especially in India were seen mounting their motors and gearing into nature. Forests like Dang and Dharampur and hill stations like Saputara were some common local preferences considering cheaper stays and easy access in times like these.
With the onset of the pandemic and the death tolls in India, rising people were not just confined but also lured upon by boredom, asking for some recreation. Feed up by an imprisoned life which seemed exciting at the start, people grabbed the very first chance they got to travel. Where traveling to well-established cities and states call for various tests like RTPCR, obscure locations are supposed to be less risky and duty free, making up for an obvious choice.
Saputara, a well-known hill station in Gujarat, witnessed something similar. With people gushing on weekends, road blockage is a common occurrence. Most roads being packed with vehicles, even a small incident like uprooting of a tree, which is quite common in the vicinity, can lead to blockage lasting hours. Zankhana Desai, a resident of Valsad- a district in South Gujarat said, “I visited Saputara with my family of six, for a weekend endervour. On returing from the trip I was caught up in a road block which lasted for almost three hours”.
“One could find couples enjoying maggi next to a waterfall, friends partying in resorts and families resting on hill tops. The place was flooding with people” added Mrs. Desai. When asked for precautionary steps for COVID she said, “Hotels and resorts were conduction temperature checks but social distancing in a place like Saputara is impossible”.
Obscure locations are no longer obscure. People are travelling to these destinations for a safe stay but are accustomed to something completely opposite. This calls for a responsible and a cautious choice from the travelers side.