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My next travel trip after the final vaccination is to Himachal Pradesh. What is happiness If no problem rises planning the travel? I have been studying where to travel next for a long time. Even a few years ago, planning this trip was easy. But in this time of the pandemic, when it comes to traveling somewhere, safety issues become very important. After my final vaccination, I wanted a place where people travel less. And that place will be quite far from Kolkata. Because it’s always fascinating to me to struggle for reaching my travel destination. After doing a lot of research, I decided to go to Himachal Pradesh. But I am not going to Shimla, Manali, Spiti valley the famous tourist spots. I am planning to go to two small villages called Bir & Billing in west Joginder Nagar Valley. Surrounded by Tibetan culture, these two Himachal villages are now becoming popular among travelers.

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Planning

I always plan to visit all the places in India in one trip. Many places in India have come to my mind while thinking about where to go next. Kedarnath & Rishikesh in Uttarakhand, Sandakphu, Tribeni & Kalimpong in North Bengal, Le Ladakh trip, Varanasi & Agra in Uttar Pradesh. After recharging all the places I finally decided I would go to Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. Then I will reach Agra by road from Varanasi. But you know what happened next? While looking for hotels and hostels to stay in Varanasi and Agra on various websites, I came across a small Himachal village hostel. And once I see it, I like the atmosphere and vibe of that hostel. So now the journey in front of me is not Varanasi Agra, it is Himachal Pradesh Bir, and Billing Village.

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Unplaning

I want to know, whose travel planning is perfect. My travel plan is never perfect. A new place, new people, new environment and new life every morning, that’s what makes me feel good in my travel days. I have booked my hostel in Himachal first and booked my flight back flight from Delhi to Kolkata ten days later (Because on that day that flight was available at the lowest price). The remaining 10 days of travel are still unknown to me.

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Safety First

Hey, have you completed your final vaccinations? It is very important to complete the vaccination if you want to travel anywhere in India and outside India. But once the vaccination is done, it’s not all over. Some simple safety rules should be followed all the time.

  • Use your Mask. (Your masks help protect those around you)
  • Maintain Social Distancing..(The most important travel precautions is maintain at least a 3-metre distance from any others)
  • A little difficult but we have to be careful not to touch the eyes, face and nose as much as possible.
  • Cigarette smoking is bad for your health, but if someone still smokes, it’s important to keep in mind. Smoking as far away from others as possible and taking care not to pass the same cigarette to others.
  • We have to take care to keep ourselves as clean as possible.

Six Indian States Opened For Travel – cover picture source by Google Image

Many Indian states opened for tourism in compliance with the Covid-19 rule. At the moment, as well as there are various protocols for travel in Indian states. Safety is the most important thing when travelling somewhere during this pandemic. In addition to complying with the Covid-19 Rules for travelling to different States, you should also maintain your own safety. Wearing Mask, social distancing and sanitisation is the most important part of travelling during this pandemic. From mountains to beaches, here is a list of destinations that you can visit if you follow these protocols.

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Goa

Goa is a name in India where most tourists want to travel. Before the Pandemic, the number of domestic tourists visiting Goa was 7.81 million and foreign tourists arrived at around 0.9 million. But since the Pandemic, this tourist amount has been declining. Last year, in 2020, only around 9.1 lakh tourists went to Goa. Travellers who are planning to go to Goa at this time have to abide by the Goa Covid-19 Rules. Chief Minister Promod Sawant said that visitors to coastal states would have to show the results of a negative RT-PCR test or a certificate of vaccination of both levels.

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Himachal Pradesh

COVID-19 Negative Certificate or vaccine certificate (signal or both doses) is mandatory while travelling to Himachal Pradesh last update 5th august 2020. Rt-PCR test reports are not required if a tourist has taken the first or second vaccination dose. The Himachal government has made it mandatory to wear a mask. Those who are not wearing a mask could face a fine of up to Rs 5,000 Rs or 8 days in jail. And they are warning people to maintain social distance. Although many hotels or guesthouses are open in Himachal, many homestays in Himachal are yet to entertain outside tourists to stay at their homes.

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Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand opens for Indian travellers. But if you go to Uttarakhand, you have to follow the strict Covid-19 rules of Uttarakhand. Double doses Covid vaccinations (minimum 15 days ago) report will be required to enter the Vally Of Flowers. If someone has not been vaccinated with double doses then it is mandatory to bring RT-PCR negative report, must be within 72 hours to enter Uttarakhand. These rules apply to visit Chardham and Corbett National Parks as well.

Meghalaya

If you enter Meghalaya then it is mandatory to all travellers must register on the State portal to generate a unique registration ID: http://meghalayaonline.gov.in/covid/travel.html or http://meghalayaonline.gov.in/covid/testing.htm before their arrival. As well as all travellers are undergone RT-PCR tests at the entry points. Although proof of a valid final certificate of vaccination will exempt you from the test.

Sikkim

The Sikkim government had for a long time baned the arrival of tourists from other states. From 5th July Sikkim State Government lifted the ban on the entry of travellers from others states of India. Now they allow fully vaccinated travellers to enter the Himalayan state through Melli (South Sikkim) and Rongpo ( East Sikkim) check post without RT-PCR test.

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Ladakh

As per the latest report travellers from other parts of India are allowed to travel in Ladakh. It is strictly mandatory that all travellers have an RT-PCR negative report that is not older than 96hrs. You need this negative report to go by air to go by road. If any travellers are unable to deliver a negative report, they will have to undergo mandatory Covid-19 testing upon arrival. And all travellers want to have an Aragya Setu app on their smartphones.

Pondicherry

If you want to go to Pondicherry then it is mandatory-you need an RT-PCR negative test. And this report will also be useful for all hotel bookings there. Those arriving Pondicherry by road need an e-pass.

NOTE- Covid-19 related travel rules are changing every time in Indian states. Before going to any destination, you should check the latest rules or protocol of that destination.

Cover Picture Source By Google Images

The only big question for travel enthusiasts around the world right now is if they can travel, what travel precautions can be taken during this Covid-19. Travel is eye-opening, fun, exciting, and can completely change your perspective on life. Like most good things, exploring the world doesn’t come without its risks. We need to take more precautions when traveling during Covid-19.

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Travel Precautions

It’s a strange time to be travel enthusiastic. These past few months of being at home, even walking down the street not a possibility. Now various travel destinations are being opened for tourists in different parts of the country and abroad. When you travel, you’re more likely to have greater exposure to shared spaces, such as restaurants, hotels and public restrooms, which increases your chances of being exposed to the illness. If we want to travel somewhere during this pandemic, we need to be careful enough. I have listed some safety tips about travel precautions. Which can help you with your next travel.

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Maintain Your Lifestyle

Whether we go on a trip or not, first of all, we need more caution in our lifestyle. Many of our old habits need to be changed at this difficult time.

  • First of all, we have to be careful not to touch anything unnecessarily, not any surfaces, railings, posts, doors, windows, handles etc.
  • We have to take care to keep ourselves as clean as possible.
  • Always have individual use drinking water or any kind of beverages.
  • A little difficult but we have to be careful not to touch the eyes, face and nose as much as possible.
  • Cigarette smoking is bad for your health, but if someone still smokes, it’s important to keep in mind.
    Smoking as far away from others as possible and taking care not to pass the same cigarette to others.

Maintaining Social Distance

The most important travel precautions is maintain at least a 3-metre distance from any others. This includes avoiding hugging, kissing, or shaking hands. Stay away from crowded places or large congregations as much as possible. If you can’t guarantee the distance, wear a mask. Be sure to check local and national guidelines on the use of masks.  

Where You’re Traveling

Many places in India are open for tourists at the moment, notably Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Darjeeling and many more. But each place has its own set of rules and regulations for travellers. First of all, you have to know the rules and regulations of those places. As a standard protocol, tourists will have to present a negative COVID-19 report, not older than 72 hours, from an ICME-recognised lab, upon arrival. International tourists will be required to undergo seven days of institutional quarantine and seven days of home quarantine.

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Transportation

Not all types of travel are equally risky. Traveling by air, for example, is riskier than crossing the city by your own car. 

Airports are a high-risk area because you have a lot of people from different areas moving through a central location.

It is best to travel by your own car or hired car without using local transportation as much as possible. It is better to rent a bicycle or scooter and go around all day without using local transportation for sightseeing in different places. And make sure your bicycle or scooter is disinfected. If one is using local transport, it is important to use a sanitizer at the designated seating area and of course, wearing a mask is very important.

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Accommodation

We need to be careful enough to choose our hotels, guest houses, homestays. Any kind of accommodation at the moment has to follow the rules of the government in this pandemic time. If a guest develops symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, dry cough or tiredness, they should notify the facility manager and seek medical advice by contacting local health authorities. Please ensure high touch areas such as door handles disinfected regularly throughout the day for your stay. Hotels and other accommodations should have procedures for cleaning, disinfecting and ventilating the room properly between every guest’s stay. These processes allow the accommodations to be used immediately afterwards. Make sure it is done.

Activities

There are plenty of things you can do while travelling that allow you to maintain a safe distance from other people. Hiking, camping, even dining in a restaurant that has implemented appropriate safety protocols can afford you sufficient physical distance to stay safe. 

Last Important Thing

Travel, by definition, increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. Before you get out of town, make sure to check state and local travel restrictions and do some research to learn whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area or where you’re travelling. Some states require out-of-state visitors to self-quarantine. If you decide to travel, it’s important to remember that the coronavirus is a respiratory virus, so the way to stop spreading it is your awareness.

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