Which Destinations are Now Open for Travel & Tourism in India Post-Covid-19 Lock Down

With active Covid-19 cases at an all-time low and recovery rates surging past infection rates, several destinations in India are opening their borders for travel and tourism again.

Many destinations are open to tourism with certain restrictions which includes Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Maharashtra. The guidelines and SoPs are in place no matter where you are planning your trip in India.

In this situation, one might wonder whether it’s safe to travel or go for a holiday. However, as restrictions are eased, people will gradually adapt to the ‘new normal’.

According to researcher Gautam Menon, COVID-19 it is not feasible to prolong the lockdown beyond a certain time, particularly economically, socially, and psychologically.

Entry of travelers is allowed provided they strictly follow the protocols and guidelines issued by the state government. Listed below are the few Indian states open to travel.

Delhi

Book a flight to Dilwalon ki Dilli where people have contented hearts and lively nature.

The city of bustling lanes, mouth-watering food, lovely people, and rich cultural heritage is open for tourists once again! If you were planning to visit Delhi, now is the time! 

Get ready to explore one of India’s most popular tourist destinations, which is thriving because of its abundant diversity. Please note that if you have taken one or both doses of the COVID vaccine, then you will be required to carry the vaccine certificate with you.

For those who are traveling by government-run buses, it is mandatory to take the RT-PCR test at bus depots. You can now move around the city but remember that the Government of Delhi has unlocked marketplaces in the city and Delhi Metro at just 50% occupancy. 

Note that If you are traveling to another city via Delhi in your private vehicle, then you won’t be allowed to stay in Delhi.

Bihar

Now visit the Buddhist trail in Bihar, intimately linked to the Buddha’s life.

Among other Indian states, Bihar is reopening for tourists. The Bihar Government has lifted the lockdown with restrictions that need to be followed strictly. Trace the paths of Buddha’s life! The city of Patna has a noteworthy museum that displays a collection of Hindu and Buddhist sculptures, as well as a terracotta urn, which is said to contain the ashes of Lord Buddha. 

You can now visit the city but an RT-PCR test is mandatory at railway stations, airports, and bus depots. Nonetheless, if you are carrying a negative COVID test report, then you will be allowed to enter Bihar and explore this ancient land where India’s first influential empires rose and fell. 

Whether you have taken one or both doses of the COVID vaccine, carry the vaccine certificate with you. 

Madhya Pradesh

Bandhavgarh National Park

Enjoy the easing of restrictions. Delight in nature and find the lore of the jungle!

Wildlife enthusiasts can redeem their happiness by visiting Madhya Pradesh once again. You can travel to the heart of India with your loved ones. Recently, the government of Madhya Pradesh has announced thermal screenings for inter-state travelers at airports, railway stations, and depots. However, if someone is found to be symptomatic, then an RT-PCR test will be conducted.

Home to 11 national parks and 24 wildlife sanctuaries including Panna, Kanha, and Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh is one of the most visited wildlife destinations in India. You can enjoy your on-road trip via caravan more comfortably including a halt at secluded spots for a picnic. To ease your travel planning, you may browse through our collection of packages to plan a trip to Madhya Pradesh.

If you are traveling by personal vehicle, you have to provide a negative RT-PCR report, if asked by the officials. Also, if you have taken the COVID vaccine (one or both doses), then a vaccine certificate is mandatory. 

Himachal Pradesh

Head out for a short break or a long stay in the mountains. You can also enjoy work from home in the hills!

Embark on an exciting journey to one of the most beautiful hill stations in India, Himachal Pradesh after the lockdown. Enjoy its salubrious weather and witness lush hills. However, there are some SoPs and guidelines issued by the tourism department to check the spread of the pandemic. Himachal Pradesh government has extended the coronavirus curfew till June 14 with some relaxation. Those who are entering the state from other places must have the Aarogya Setu app installed.

With the festival season approaching and the weather cooling down, Himachal Pradesh is receiving a healthy number of tourists already. Also, the great Indian wedding season is also on and with hill stations opening up, newly married couples and those planning to get married are also planning their honeymoon in Himachal.

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Leh 

Time to explore the beautiful monasteries, lakes, and mountains which you have been waiting for!

Located in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, Leh has finally permitted tourists to enter the region and explore the top tourist attractions. However, all COVID restrictions must be followed to a T. After being locked at home for a long time, it is time to organize a trip to Ladakh with our wonderful collection of Ladakh tour packages and visit Little Tibet or the Land of Lamas.

The corona curfew is extended till 14 June, however, you can visit all the famous places in Ladakh like Pangong Lake, Nubra Valley, Turtuk, Magnetic Hill, Sangam, Tso Moriri, Changla Pass, Khardung La Pass, etc. You must obtain an Inner Line Permit from Monday to Friday as there will be a complete weekend curfew on Saturday and Sunday. Public transport, salons, barbershops, beauty parlours, private offices, spas, and gyms would continue to remain shut till further orders.

The number of tourists in Ladakh is increasing gradually and thus airport pickups and drops and entry/exit in/from Leh by road will be allowed. For the tourist, planning a short trip to Ladakh should try to reach Leh on Sunday or Monday. Also, a negative RT-PCR report is mandatory to enter Ladakh. Despite this, tourists may have to undergo Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) after arrival.

In case you are wondering, a RAT is used to detect the presence of viral protein (antigens) shown by the COVID-19 virus in a sample from the respiratory tracts of an individual.

Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh is finally unlocked and ready to welcome tourists with open arms.

While we see a dip in coronavirus cases in Uttar Pradesh, the state government has lifted some restrictions. Now you can visit the birthplace of Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, and Bhagwan Parshuram. Agra city is open but the Taj Mahal is still missing the buzz of tourists. You can now plan a tour to Uttar Pradesh as the COVID restrictions have also been relaxed in Bulandshahr and Bareilly districts. 

Apart from this, more than 5 persons will not be permitted at religious places as state by the administration. The night curfew and weekend lockdown will remain in the state. There are also no restrictions for interstate travel, though you must obtain an e-pass for both intra-district and inter-district travel. Also, shops outside the containment zones have been allowed to open within the given time. 

Rajasthan

Rediscover the romance of a bygone era in the land of maharajas dotted with magnificent forts, palaces, and havelis!

Rajasthan has now begun a new phase of easing the limitations and trying to boost its tourism. Rajasthan is also one of the major states that depend on tourism and in light of declining coronavirus cases, the Rajasthan Government has eased the COVID restrictions in the state. You can now enter Rajasthan with an RT-PCR negative report, which must be done in the last 72 hours.

The religious sites are permitted to open but the devotees and visitors cannot enter the premises.  The government has also issued SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) for post-Covid-19 safe travel. The ‘No mask, no movement’ rule is to be followed strictly. The roadways and private buses have also been allowed to operate, however, the restrictions will continue on the buses plying within the city. 

To save your effort in travel planning, you may browse through our collection of Rajasthan tour packages.

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Goa

Remove Goa as it is currently not open and will resume after the state is fully vaccinated.

Uttarakhand

Book a stay in this amazing hill town and you may also enjoy the remote work amidst nature!

The Uttarakhand state had opened its doors to tourism with a few restrictions. The lockdown has also been extended till June 15. The Government has recently opened its borders for tourists from various states of India.

Visitors from Indian states have to submit the negative COVID-19 not older than 72 hours before entering Uttarakhand and other required medical reports at the checkpoints to enter the state. The restrictions for Chardham Yatras have also been lifted.

To save your effort in travel planning, you may browse through our collection of Uttarakhand tour packages.

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Maharashtra

Hop on the flight to the land of Bollywood, the land of Ganesha, stunning beaches, and more.

The state known for its caves and rock-cut architecture of Ajanta and Ellora caves is among the destinations that are now open for travel and tourism in India post covid lockdown. You can plan a trip and experience the spirit of Maharashtra as the Maharashtra government has declared a five-level unlock plan as per the positivity rate and occupancy of oxygenated beds in each district.

However, with surging corona cases in the state, the government has made it compulsory to take the RT-PCR for travelers visiting the state. Along with this, the thermal screening will be done at airports, and bus depots. If someone is found symptomatic, they have to take the RT-PCR test at their own expense. 

Theatres, malls, gyms, restaurants, and shops can resume in Level 1 districts. In Level 2 districts, theatres and malls are allowed to open at 50% capacity while all the districts that are under Levels 3,4, and 5 can function with some restrictions. Mumbai is under Level 2.

For tourists traveling inter-district are required to apply for an e-pass. Please note that one must have the Aarogya Setu app installed on their respective phones whether you are visiting forts, shopping markets, hill stations, beaches, or any other place of interest.

If traveling from states like Kerala, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Delhi, you must show the negative RT-PCR test result. It must be within the last 48 hours of entering the state of Maharashtra. And travelers without a test report must get it done before entering at their own cost. Note that those who are in the army and newborn babies are exempted from this.

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Anand Raj

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