India, Nov. 23 -- Satyam Bhatnagar runs a handicrafts shop in Paharganj's main bazar, a backpackers' paradise that boasts of hundreds of touristy establishments such as money changers, hotels, rooftop restaurants, tour operators, and handicrafts shops selling a range of stone and wood sculptures, puppets and magnets featuring Delhi monuments. His shop, Bhatnagar says, always saw a steady stream of foreign tourists before the Covid-19 pandemic hit in March. "But in the past seven months, I have not seen a single foreigner in the market which once teemed with tourists from all over the world at any hour of the day. Our sales are almost down to zero," he says.

The pandemic has almost wiped out tourism in Delhi. Paharganj, once a bustling, t...