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Amid border stand-off with China, Ladakh reopens Pangong Lake for tourists
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Updated Jan 12, 2021 | 11:59 IST



The movement of people was restricted in the region last year after the violent face-off between the Indian Army and the PLA along the Line of Actual Control.

Ladakh's Pangong Lake reopens for tourists


Ladakh's Pangong Lake reopens for tourists | Photo Credit: PTI


New Delhi: The famous Pangong lake in Ladakh has been reopened for tourists amid ongoing border tension between India and China along the Line of Actual Control.
Those planning to visit Pangong Lake have to apply for Inner Line Permit (ILP) at DC office Leh near polo-ground, according to an official press release. The tourists can also apply for the ILP online.
Pangong Lake, situated at an altitude of 13,862 ft, is one of the highest altitude lakes in the world that is filled with saline water. The saline water lake freezes completely during winters and also known to change colours at different times.
Located in a disputed territory, one-third area of the Pangong Lake lies within India and the two-third portion lies with Tibet and is controlled by China.
The movement of people was restricted in the region last year after the violent face-off between the Indian Army and the PLA along the Line of Actual Control.
As per a TOI report, China has continued to allow visitors to its side of Pangong and the India’s decision to reopen the lake is being seen as a tourism offensive against it.

India-China border row
India and China have been locked in a high-altitude standoff in eastern Ladakh since May last year. The simmering border tension between the two flared up manifold in June when troops of both countries engaged in a violent face-off in Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh, in which 20 Indian soldiers were martyred and several others injured.
Since then, the two countries have held several rounds of military and diplomatic level talks in the past six months to end the stalemate but failed to achieve any major breakthrough.
The Ministry of External Affairs announced on Friday that both countries have maintained communication to avoid any "misunderstandings and misjudgments" and achieve complete disengagement at all friction areas along the LAC.
Replying to a query on the status of talks with the Chinese side over the border row, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, "Both sides have maintained communication at the ground level to avoid any misunderstandings and misjudgments even as discussions continue for achieving complete disengagement in all friction areas in accordance with the existing bilateral agreements to restore peace and tranquility."


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Himachal makes negative RT-PCR report mandatory for tourists entering state
More stringent measures likely to be taken at the cabinet meeting on August 9

Updated At: Aug 04, 2021 04:30 PM (IST)


Tribune News Service
Shimla, August 4


In view of the increasing Covid cases in the state, Himachal Pradesh has made negative RT-PCR report mandatory for tourists entering the state.
The Disaster Management Cell of the Revenue Department on Wednesday issued an advisory recommending Covid-appropriate behaviour. It has been recommended that an RT-PCR negative report not older than 72 hours should be carried by those visiting the state for tourism.
Those carrying Covid vaccine certificates, one or both jabs, will be allowed to enter the state.

These restrictions will remain in force till further orders.
It has been recommended that Covid-appropriate behaviour be adopted. The government has admitted that there had been a surge in cases due to irresponsible behaviour, especially in public transport and at gatherings.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Wednesday said that in view of the spike in Covid cases, some restrictions are likely to be put in place and a final decision will be taken by the cabinet at its meeting on August 9.
He added that the Covid situation was discussed by the cabinet on Tuesday and it was felt that some restrictions would have to be put in place.

Sources said the RT-PCR report would be mandatory only for tourists and not for locals. Those who have had both Covid vaccines will be allowed to enter without an RT-PCR report.
The total active cases in the state which had dipped to 800 have now crossed 1,400 with almost 200 new cases being added daily.


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Guys travelling to Leh Via Manali please be informed that due to fresh landslide near Nehru Kund, Manali NH03 is blocked until it is cleared - avoid this route.

In case you are struck contact

District Disaster control room:-

8988092298
 

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Manali - Leh Highway closed.

 

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The Tribune India: Rains likely to last till early October in Himachal.



 

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For visiting first time for Manali to Leh would we book a tour package or do it our end.
Reach Manali by any mode of transport.
You can get many options to travel to Leh from Manali / Jispa / Keylong.
Bus from Delhi also goes till Leh.
Manali to Leh, many Tempo Traveller / Shared Innova etc run daily in season.
 
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