Himachal close to get a new tourist destination
MANALI: Tourists visiting Himachal Pradesh may soon get a world class
eco-friendly tourist destination as Hamta in Kullu valley which is close to
open for tourists in few months.
A team of officials
from tourism and civil aviation, administration, forest department and local
stakeholders led by Manali sub-divisional magistrate Vinay Dhiman visited Hamta
to check its feasibility as a tourist destination on Thursday. According to
sources, the team found everything right and Hamta may open for tourists after
inauguration by chief minister during Winter Carnival in January 2014.
The main
challenge for safe conduct of the tourism activity in Hamta is approach road to
Hamta from Manali with more than 40 hairpin bends and large gradients at some
points. The team found that road was worth taking the load of tourist crowd. Road
to Hamta is under jurisdiction of Allain Duhangan Hydropower Ltd (ADHPL) which
has commissioned its 192 MW hydropower projects here.
Dhiman said that
plan is to promote Hamta has an eco-friendly tourist destination and a
sub-committee will be formed to prepare a detailed report on Hamta. He said,
“The committee will forward its report to ADHPL authority for final approval.
We checked the various aspects like safety, security and conservation of
environment. The number of vehicles and tourists will be restricted to Hamta to
conserve the natural resources here.”
He said ADHPL
authority will be requested to co-operate with them in promotion of the new
tourist destination. Hamta is famous for least seen exotic and beautiful
locations along with ski slopes, religious sites, old trekking trails and
wildlife. Dhiman said that joint inspection of Hamta has brought positive
results and now they were looking forward for co-operation from ADHPL. “If
Hamta opens for tourists, it will also decongest Rohtang pass by drawing
traffic.”

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