Hanle, Umling La & Chushul now off limits for civilians?

codelust

Shyam
Guess we were the last bunch to be given the permit to Hanle. Was there for a couple of days and at the Loma ITBP check post we were told to not venture anywhere else other than the village itself. Did not take it too seriously (we were not planning to venture anywhere else anyway) and in 2012 we were told the same story about two rogue bikers who were arrested etc.. We thought it was the usual story they tell us, so that we behave a bit better.

On getting back to Leh we were told they stopped issuing permits to Hanle after we were done.

That said, travellers have to be a lot more careful about what they post. There are multiple units operating in the entire Changthang plateau area and there is a lot of strategic work happening in that area. I keep seeing too many YouTube videos and photos that don't bother masking unit markings etc. In fact, the stretch from Karu to Upshi now has boards that specifically request you to turn off dashcams and helmet cams. Still we see lots of them.
 

Yogesh Sarkar

Administrator
Guess we were the last bunch to be given the permit to Hanle. Was there for a couple of days and at the Loma ITBP check post we were told to not venture anywhere else other than the village itself. Did not take it too seriously (we were not planning to venture anywhere else anyway) and in 2012 we were told the same story about two rogue bikers who were arrested etc.. We thought it was the usual story they tell us, so that we behave a bit better.

On getting back to Leh we were told they stopped issuing permits to Hanle after we were done.

That said, travellers have to be a lot more careful about what they post. There are multiple units operating in the entire Changthang plateau area and there is a lot of strategic work happening in that area. I keep seeing too many YouTube videos and photos that don't bother masking unit markings etc. In fact, the stretch from Karu to Upshi now has boards that specifically request you to turn off dashcams and helmet cams. Still we see lots of them.
Worse still, there are people operating drones without permission and don’t care to not to shoot army bases and upload them on social media.
 

Justtraveller

Active Member
Hi
When people will understand that it is only because of Army we are able to visit such beautiful places. Apart from doing their duty those army men are helping tourists in all the possible ways like medical facility,vehicle breakdowns etc. Instead of saluting them such type of sensitive postings will only create trouble for Army as well as country. No rule is sufficient to prevent this only self awareness and sense of responsibility can avoid such wrong doings.
Regards
 

Yogesh Sarkar

Administrator
That is beyond stupid. I would have thought people would have better sense than that.
People don't have that. Otherwise there wouldn't be instances of people trying sneak their way to the SBC or cross into Chinese territory or vice versa. Like Einstein said, "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
 

Justtraveller

Active Member
Hi
Since it is very near to Chinese border and may be because of some strategic importance Hanle may remain off the limit for some time.
Regards
 
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