Uttarakhand News

Good news! Foreign tourists allowed to stay at Harsil, can also visit Nelang valley

In a major decision to boost the tourism in Uttarakhand, the Home Ministry have removed Harsil valley from the Inner Line region, thus allowing foreign tourists to visit and stay at the mesmerizing valley. It will be first time after five decades, that foreign tourists can not only visit the stupendous Nelang valley but also enjoy their stay in the lush greenery at Harsil valley. BJP state president Ajay Bhatt expressed his gratitude after Home Ministry gave green light regarding Harsil.

Harsil Valley in Uttarkashi district. (Image Source)

After removing Harsil from the inner line region, foreign tourists can stay at Harsil. However, they still need permit from the Army and district administration for visiting the Nelang valley in Uttarakashi district.

– Dr. Ashish Kumar Shrivastva, District Magistrate, Uttarkashi

Nelong valley. (Image Source)

After the 1962 Indo-Sino war, Government of India restricted the entry of tourists in the inner line region of Uttarkashi which included Nelang valley and vast portion of Harsil valley. However, locals with Hotel Association and trekking operators protested against the decision. In 2014, the Gangotri National Park administration and with local support sent a proposal to Government of India after which Home Ministry gave permission to Indian tourists to visit the Nelang valley. In April this year, district administration made a report regarding inner line region and urged the Centre to omit Harsil from the restricted area, which was accepted.

Inputs from Hindustan