In line with the Centre’s mission to promote Smart Tourism, the Home Ministry has given the go-ahead to open five new routes in Ladakh and four new trails for trekkers.
The new routes have been opened on the recommendations of the State Government. The validity of tourists permit has also been increased from 7 days to 15 days. This will allow the visitors to plan a long itinerary to cover the entire beautiful landscape of Leh-Ladakh.
The Government has now allowed the visitors to go to Merak-Loma-Bend Axis; Chushal-Kartsangla-Mahe, Durbuk-Shachukal-Tharuk-Sato Kargyam-Parma-Erath-Chushal, and Loma-Hanley, among other places.
New trekking trails opened are Phyang-Dokla-Hunderdok-Hunder, Temisgyam-Largyap-Panchathank-Skuru and Saspol-SaspochyRakurala-Skuru.
The new routes are at an elevation of 14,000 feet and are accessible by motorable and dirt roads.
To ensure the safety of the tourists, night stay is not allowed on trails. More than three lakh people visit Ladakh in summers every year. This has led to economic prosperity in Nubra, Leh and Man-Merak areas.