Foreign tourists hiding in a cave caught by Rishikesh police

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Foreign tourists hiding in a cave caught by Rishikesh police

A vast majority of India’s population is under home quarantine these days, barring people who are volunteering for health services, police, doctors, delivery men etc. At the same time, many foreign nationals are grounded in India and are struggling to make ends meet due to their dwindling funds.
However, in Rishikesh, a group of six foreign tourists took an extreme step by moving to a cave to self-isolate themselves when they almost ran out of money.

According to the news reports, a group of four men and two women, shifted to a cave near Rishikesh for about a month until the local police discovered them and put them under quarantine at an ashram a few days back.
The tourists hail from France, Ukraine, Turkey, the United States and Nepal. They had their accommodation at a hotel in Rishikesh; when they realised that it would be hard to pay their hotel bills anymore, the group took shelter in the cave.

Foreign tourists hiding in a cave caught by Rishikesh police

A member of Uttarakhand police told the press that the group had been living in the cave from March 24, 2020. They were moved to Swarg Ashram in Rishikesh for two weeks as a precaution. Fortunately, all of them show no sign of illness. Reportedly, they had saved up some money for food and other essential supplies for themselves for their survival.

Meanwhile, no domestic or international tourist is allowed to enter Uttarakhand due to the spread of Coronavirus as per the order of the state government.

Indian PM Narendra Modi had imposed a nation-wide lockdown till April 14 on March 24, and then extended it for 20 more days till May 3. For now, only health care, water, electricity, fire services, municipal and grocery services have been permitted to the general public in India.

The government authorities have also announced help to foreign nationals grounded in India during the current lockdown.

Rishikesh is reputed as a spiritual destination not only among the domestic tourists but also among a lot of foreign nationals. The Himalayan town first gained popularity among international tourists because of the music band Beatles that set up an ashram here.

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