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Himachal closes in on new tourist destination

A world-class and eco-friendly tourist destination – Hamta in Kullu valley – would soon open up for tourists in the coming 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 the area’s feasibility as a tourist destination on Thursday. According to sources, Hamta may open for tourists after inauguration by the chief minister during the Winter Carnival in January 2014.

The main challenge for safe conduct of the tourism activity in Hamta is the approach road to Hamta from Manali which has more than 40 hairpin bends and large gradients at some points. The team found that the road is capable of withstanding tourist load, and comes under jurisdiction of Allain Duhangan Hydropower Limited (ADHPL) which has commissioned its 192MW hydropower projects in the area.

Dhiman said that the plan is to promote Hamta as an eco-friendly tourist destination, and a sub-committee will be formed to prepare a detailed report on this. He said, “The committee will forward its report to ADHPL authority for final approval. We checked various aspects such as safety, security and environment conservation. The number of vehicles and tourists will be restricted to Hamta to conserve natural resources.”

He said that ADHPL authority will be requested to co-operate with them in promotion of the new tourist spot. Hamta is famous for least seen exotic and beautiful locations along with ski slopes, religious sites, old trekking trails and wildlife.

source: Times of India, 22 NOV 2013

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