In a significant decision, the State Government has ordered relaxing the Protected Area Permit (PAP) regime for allowing the foreigners to visit the hitherto restricted areas in district Leh.
A formal notification in this regard has been issued by the State's Home Department vide SRO-313 dated: 27.09.2016.
According to a spokesman of the Home Department, by virtue of this notification, foreign tourists will now be permitted to visit a number of unexplored areas like Panamik, Phukpochey, Hargam, Taksha, Sasoma, Chaglung, Kobet, Aranu, Khemi, Warshi, including Yarma Gompa/ Yarma Gonbo Monastery of the Nubra Valley in district Leh.
Pertinently, these areas were thrown open for the local tourists in 2015 creating a positive impact on the life and livelihood of the people residing in these remote areas.
Situated at the average altitude of 10,000 feet, the Nubra Valley is known for its breathtaking beauty, gushing rivers, Buddhist monasteries and Pashmina goat rearing.
The Home Department spokesman said that after taking note of the dividends emanating from the initiative, and to further augment the opportunities of employment and income generation for the local youth, the State Government has decided to open up the area for 'foreign tourists' as well.
"With this decision, a long pending demand of the people of the Nubra Valley and Ladakh has been fulfilled, which in effect, is expected to give considerable boost to the local economy of Nubra Valley," he said, adding the flow of foreign tourists to the new areas from Panamik to Warshi, is expected to substantially enhance the earnings of the people, and transform their socio-economic profile.