Ladakh Welcomes Night Stay for Foreign Tourists at Hanley and Expands Tourism in Martsemik and Sko Valley

VoL Desk, Sep. 28: In a significant move to boost astro-tourism and expand tourism opportunities, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India, has approved proposals put forth by the Tourism Department of the Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh. These developments mark a promising stride in enhancing Ladakh’s appeal as a unique and enchanting tourist destination.

Night Stay for Foreign Tourists at Hanley Village

Ladakh has long been renowned for its celestial wonders, and the picturesque village of Hanley, nestled in the heart of the region, is set to become a major hub for astro-tourism. The Tourism Department of UT Ladakh had diligently presented a proposal advocating for night stays for foreign tourists in Hanley. The proposal aimed to provide tourists with the opportunity to experience the unparalleled beauty of Ladakh’s night skies.

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Hanley’s credentials as a Dark Sky Reserve, recognized by the Wildlife Department of UT Ladakh, have added to its allure as an ideal stargazing destination. As a result of persistent efforts by the UT Administration, the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, issued a circular on September 14, 2023, granting approval for night stays for foreign tourists in Hanley.

Tourists, both domestic and international, are now invited to immerse themselves in the mesmerizing celestial displays that Hanley has to offer by experiencing overnight stays under its pristine dark skies.

Expansion of Tourism in Martsemik and Sko Valley

In another landmark decision, the MHA, Government of India, has given the green light to a proposal to open up Martsemik and Sko Valley for tourism and trekking in UT Ladakh. These pristine valleys are rich in natural beauty, offering adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers an opportunity to explore Ladakh’s rugged landscapes.

The UT Administration of Ladakh had diligently pursued this proposal, recognizing the potential of these valleys to become sought-after destinations for travelers seeking unspoiled natural vistas and challenging treks.

With the recent approval, Martsemik and Sko Valley are now accessible to tourists eager to explore the untamed beauty and cultural heritage of Ladakh. This decision is expected to further diversify Ladakh’s tourism offerings and provide a new dimension to the visitor experience.

This momentous announcement is expected to reinvigorate tourism in Ladakh and usher in a new era of exploration and discovery for travelers, while showcasing the region’s unique celestial wonders. All tourism stakeholders in Ladakh and prospective visitors are encouraged to explore the enchanting possibilities that await in this captivating UT.


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