Darjeeling, 24th December: The festive season of Christmas and New Year have always managed to lure tourists to the Queen of the Hills, Darjeeling. But due to the protests being staged against the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019, a decrease in the number of tourists, is being witnessed.
However, such a scenario has not affected the festive spirit of Christmas among the people. Reportedly, many hotels and restaurants have made special arrangements by preparing special menus for their guests.
Some hoteliers stated that there have been many booking cancellations. They had witnessed 25 percent fewer tourists than the previous year while the restaurant business had gone down by 30 to 50 percent.
However, this has not dampened the Christmas spirit. Pubs have also prepared traditional dishes like Roast chicken, special soups, puddings, and mince pies. Apart from offering the regular pastries and cakes, bakeries like Glenary's have also prepared dishes like plum cakes and plum pudding. Carol singing is also being held from the 21st of December until Christmas along with local bands and DJs performing on New Year’s Eve at the Glenary’s.
On the other hand, restaurants like the Park Restaurant at Ladenla Road, which is one of the most popular restaurants, have lined up a special menu for Christmas with various Thai dishes, Indian dishes, and traditional Nepali dishes.
However, some high-end hotels like Elgin Hotels and Resorts have been fully booked. They also have a special menu for
Christmas and New Year including a variety of salads along with Roast Lamb, Roast Chicken, Roast pork with apple and plum pudding with brandy sauce.
Carol singing is also being held, today, in the evening along with a bonfire, and other cultural programs. Churches like the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Darjeeling will hold a Mass.