The Himalayan region of Ladakh in northern India is now more accessible to international tourists, following the easing of travel restrictions.
The relaxation of the Protected Area Permit regions, which restricts travel in certain areas, means that foreign tourists can now access areas including the Nubra Valley – a scenic area that lies more than 3,000 metres above sea-level.
“At the intervention of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Union Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to relax the Protected Area Permit for foreigners visiting various parts of Ladakh and as a consequence foreign tourists will be now able to visit various parts of Nubra Valley,” an official spokesperson was quoted saying by the Deccan Herald.
The Chief Minister added that she was committed to improving tourism infrastructure in Jammu & Kashmir, and opening up new tourist destinations in the state. As well as popular destinations such as Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonamarg, the Ms Mehbooba said that places including Yusmarg, Doodpathri, Khilanmarg, Kokernag and Tosamaidan have the potential to attract more visitors.