SRINAGAR: State government Thursday lifted restrictions on travel beyond Panamik area in the Ladakh region, allowing the tourist from India to visit Yarma-Gompa and Yarma-Gonboo Monasteries.
An official handout issued here said the government has issued an order “by virtue of which domestic tourists would now be permitted to visit places beyond Panamik up to Warshi including Yarma-Gompa and Yarma-Gonboo Monastery in Ladakh region.”
The decision was taken “to boost the socioeconomic development” in these remote areas keeping in view the “vast tourism potential” of Ladakh region.
“Over the years Ladakh has emerged as an important tourist destination. Its many areas have been opened for tourism purpose so far, and it has substantially expanded the opportunities for creation of employment to the locals,” the handout said.
The decision follows the recent development of lifting restrictions over travel to 24 villages of Gurez Valley for the tourists from India. The villages include Koragbal, Gulshanpora, Kanzalwan, Badwan, Wanpora, Khopri, Khandiyal, Dawar, Mastan, Markoot, Shahpora Balla, Shahpora Payeen, Zedgy, PTL, Jurniyal, Jawdera, Neeroo, Budugam, Saradad, Gundgul Sheikh, Malangam, Buduab, Gujran and Abdullan Valley.
The handout said the tourists and other people visiting the areas would be required to submit a copy of valid document issued by any government agency or Public Sector Undertaking, as proof of their identity.
However, it said, “the natives of Gurez have been exempted from such process and they would not be required to submit any such document as proof of their identity.”