Cricket fans may be without a room in Jaipur
It would be a tough call for cricket enthusiasts travelling down to Jaipur for the India-South Africa ODI. They may have the ticket for the match but to find a hotel room in the city would be a herculean task. Tourist inflow, both corporate and leisure, have the city budget hotels choc-o-bloc well into the first week of March.
After a lull of almost a year due to recession and other factors, a call to any hotel at this point would echo the same regret message. "We had a request for six rooms for the cricket match, but we had to decline the request. February has been good for us and we are sold out both with tourists as well as corporate clients. Besides, it’s the end of the financial year when companies hold review meetings," said Manmohan Singh, general manager, Ramada.
Add to that weddings in the city too have led to a shortage in supply of rooms at budget hotels. And people flying down to Jaipur for the match would certainly look for a cushion period of a day or so either to go sightseeing, visiting friends or simply shopping. "The e-governance conference rush would clear by tomorrow noon and hence forth, we are booked with a mega international six-day conference. This was done long back and there are confirmed 180 registrations," said Manmohan.
And if at Ramada about 100 of the 160-room inventory are booked with the tourists, the situation in Four Points by Sheraton is no different. "We are absolutely sold out until the next month. Rather till the end of February, we are minus three inventory," said Jitender Sohal, general manager, Four Points.
Another city hotel that was once home to Greg Chappell and a hot pick for cricket buffs too has no room for people travelling for cricket. "Business is back to near normal. We just have an 83 room inventory and are absolutely packed. Plus the regular Overseas Adventure Tours (OAT) groups keep pouring in till late March," said Rajesh Rajpurohit, Park Prime.
And talk of the taxis there is a shortage too. Besides four buses and 50 cars that are booked by officials, the rest are all busy doing what is popularly known in the local parlance as Churma Triangle.’ The Khatu Shyamji fair that begins on February 24 is keeping the taxis busy as pilgrims have already started pouring in. In Rajasthan, the circuit Khatu Shyamji-Salasar-Jind Mata is second to the Golden Triangle. For pilgrims from all over the country, it is a must visit fair," said a travel operator.