JAMMU, Dec 18: Conceding long pending demand of the people of Ladakh region especially those connected with tourism, the Union Home Ministry headed by Rajnath Singh today approved new tourist and trekking routes in the Ladakh region of the State, which will promote adventure tourism and enhance economic activities.
The Union Home Ministry announced opening of new tourist and trekking routes for the tourists in Ladakh region through an official statement released this evening.
The Home Ministry’s statement said the decision has been taken buoyed by the success of many tourism initiatives announced under the Prime Minister’s Development Package-2015.
The Government of Jammu and Kashmir, it said, has taken yet another leap by proposing to open up more tourist and trekking routes in Ladakh with the aim of recapturing the glory, rich culture and beauty of the region.
It will give fillip to the tourism sector and enhance the economic activity in the ‘Land of High Passes’ (Ladakh), the statement said.
The proposed new tourist routes are Merak-Lema Bend, Chushul-Kartsangla-Mahe, Durbuk-Shahikul-Tharuk-Sato, Kargyam-Parma-Erath-Chusul and Loma-Hanley.
Korzok-Nurbo-Sumdo-Parangla-Kazaand and Agyam -Shayok-Durbuk are the two other tourist routes.
The proposed new trekking routes include Phyang- Dokla-HunderDok- Hunder, Basgo-Ney- Hunder Dok- Hunder, Temisgam- Largyap-Panchathang- Skuru and Saspol-Saspochey- Rakurala- Skuru.
The Government decision to open new tourist and trekking routes for promoting adventure tourism and enhance economic activities in Ladakh came just days after Governor Satya Pal Malik headed State Administrative Council (SAC) approved Cluster University for Ladakh, which was a long pending demand of Ladakh region.
Sources expressed confidence that Ladakh region, which has been attracting good number of tourists every year, will receive more tourists especially those concerned with adventure tourism with the opening of new routes today.
A number of tourism and other initiatives have been taken in Ladakh region under Rs 80,000 crore worth Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP), which was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September 2015.