Ladakh cre­ates buzz in Delhi

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from var­i­ous tourism bod­ies dis­cussed how they can en­sure sus­tain­able tourism in Ladakh at Ladakh Travel Meet held re­cently in Delhi.

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The Ladakh Travel Meet was at­tended by 70 del­e­gates in­clud­ing tour op­er­a­tors, mem Tse­tan Angchuk, Pres­i­dent, All Ladakh Tour Op­er­a­tors As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia (ALTOI) said, “The pur­pose of this event is to give an overview of the de­vel­op­ment, sus­tain­able tourism, and all the fa­cil­i­ties and in­fra­struc­ture in Ladakh over the decade. We also want to pro­mote Ladakh’s ad­ven­ture and cul­ture. We in that in­cluded our own mem­bers J&K Tourism.”

With al­most 110 peaks, most of which are bor­der­ing China or Pak­istan, Ladakh is a great op­por­tu­nity for ad­ven­ture lovers, Angchuk in­formed. “The Min­istry of Home Af­fairs (MHA) has opened nine routes routes for jeep sa­fari and four are new ad­ven­ture trekking routes. The in­ner line per­mit to places like Nubra Val­ley, Pan­gong Lake, Samori Lake and Aryan Val­ley has been ex­tended to 15 days from the ear­lier seven days,” he said. The con­nec­tiv­ity to Ladakh has been en­hanced to fur­ther boost num­bers to the des­ti­na­tion. “As Ladakh air­port is main­tained by the In­dian Air Force ( IAF), there are some re­stric­tions dur­ing mil­i­tary ex­er­cises. In­dian Air Force has given us two ex­tra bases so that the max­i­mum num­ber of flights can be ac­com­mo­dated. Cur­rently, we have about 14 to 15 flights op­er­at­ing di­rectly from Delhi, Mum­bai and Chandigarh,” said Angchuk. Ladakh is cut-off from the rest of the world for six months dur­ing win­ters. “In the six months of sum­mer, tourists can visit through Leh-Manali from the Srinagar high­way. The roads are bet­ter now and the travel time has re­duced by three to four hours. We have 16,000-17,000 bed ca­pac­ity of ho­tels in Leh alone,” he con­cluded.

Tse­tan Angchuk Pres­i­dent, All Ladakh Tour Op­er­a­tors As­so­ci­a­tion of In­dia

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