Traveling with danger: India opens restricted areas in Ladakh to tourists
Indian authorities intend to open access to one of the most remote corners of the country called Ladakh for tourists. In particular, in the strategic sector of Chang Chenmo near the patrol points north of the Pangong Lake.
The region is located on the border with China, where the confrontation continues for the fourth year, writes The Times of India.
In particular, it is planned to open access for tourists to steep passes, fantastic landscapes of pastureland near the confluence of the Rimdi Chu and Chang Chenmo rivers about 160 km east of Leh, near the border with China.
It is noted that the Indian Army, usually hesitant in such cases, has approved the opening of a number of treks and trails.
The opening of new trekking routes could have a positive impact on the economic development of the region. This has also been a long-standing demand of the locals who have traditionally roamed these lands with their herds.
Meetings between the local army command and top officials of the administration in the region contributed to the positive resolution of the issue. Sources said the administration had been in favor of opening the areas since April, but the change of command in the local formation slowed down the process.
It is known that opening of new routes would require development of local infrastructure. Officials said the administration had proposed plans to open toilets, selfies points and medical centers.
"The Border Roads Organization has been engaged for construction at the cost of the district. The police are also ready to set up check posts," the official said.
These are the latest in a series of border areas that the Ladakh administration wants to open for tourism in line with the Center's focus on border development. Inner Line Permit for Indians was revoked in 2021, but areas near the disputed parts of the LAC remained off-limits to visitors.