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Waiver of Inner Line Permit to explore Leh for Indian Nationals

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Shanti Stupa at Changspa
(Image: flickr/kkoshy)

Earlier Scenario:

Any Indian National, who wanted to explore the fascinating beauty of Leh and parts of it, had to take permission for Inner Line Permit from Office of District Magistrate,Leh. Tourist who wanted to visit places like Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, Tso Moriri had to visit the office on a working day along with photographs and other documents. This has caused a lot of hours surfing sites for clarification and In order for due to border sensitive areas in Ladakh, which are located along the ceasefire line with Pakistan (LOC) and China (LAC), an inner line permit issued by the DC Office in Leh was necessary for the protection of the Indian Nationals.

Changed Scenario:

Latest orders passed by DC office of Leh (Orders copy), Indian nationals no longer need permit to visit areas mentioned in Orders copy. Government issued ID cards eg. Indian Passport, Driving License, Election ID card, PAN card, Aadhar card etc. will be checked and treated as inner line permit for following areas:-

  • Dah and Hanu (Khaltse – Domkhar – Skurbuchan – Hanudo – Biama – Dha route.)
  • Pangong Tso (from Leh to Merak Village.)
  • Tso Moriri (Leh – Chumathang – Mahe – Korzok.)
  • Loma Bend (Leh – Chumathang – Mahe – Nyoma – Loma Bend.)
  • Nubra Valley (Khardung La, Diskit, Hunder, Turtuk, Pachathang, Tyakshi, Sumur and Panamik.)
  • Tangyar (Leh – Sabhoo – Digger La – Khungru Gompa – Tangyar, only for trekking.)

The foreign nationals shall, however, need to obtain a proper permit from the office of  District Magistrate, Leh on a working day. However, to visit places like Hanle, Chusul, Tsaga, beyond Loma bend, Chumur, Marsimik La, Batalik sectors, Indian Nationals too require permit.

 

Happy Travelling!

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Magnetic Hill in India- The place that spook or just an optical illusion?

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Magnetic Hill, Ladakh- a spooky place or just an ordinary optical illusion place!

Mystery spot or Supernatural phenomenon, Gravity Hills are clear & present Natural sites which produces an optical illusion of a very slightly downhill slope looks opposite i.e. an upward slope.

As quoted by Science Daily “Objects such as cars left on neutral supposedly roll uphill, driven by unknown forces and against the force of gravity. Physicists say — and GPS measurements confirm — that the effects are illusions caused by the landscape. The position of trees and slopes of nearby scenery, or a curvy horizon line, can blend to trick the eye so that what looks uphill is actually downhill.”

There are many spots in the world and India also has one of it-  our very own Magnetic Hill. The local administration has marked the spot by putting up a billboard near the hill.

Nestled in the lap of snow caped Himalayan ranges and silver valleys, Ladakh in India has a Magnetic hill which is alleged to have magnetic properties to pull a vehicle moves up a steep hill even with their ignition off. The Magnetic hill or Gravity Hill is Situated at a distance of 30 km from the capital city Leh, this spot defies gravity. It is located on the Leh-Kargil-Baltik national highway, at a height of 14,000 feet above sea level.

The hill is alleged to have magnetic properties strong enough to pull cars uphill and force passing aircraft to increase their altitude in order to escape magnetic interference. In reality, the effect is an optical illusion and there is no magnetic disturbance in the area at all.

The magnetic power here can be experienced by switching off the vehicle at a certain spot here. People notice the vehicle moving up the hill in no time at a speed of about 20 km/hr. The experience is also termed as Himalayan wonder & even while flying around this region, one can feel the pull of magnetic field.

The area has become a popular sight seeing place also because of the sikh Gurudwara near the hill which is maintained by the Indian Army. Guru Nanak Dev, the first of the ten Gurus of Sikhism had meditated near this hill in the 17th century. The Magnetic wonder combined with religious sentiments makes this place a must visit while travelling to Ladakh.

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Leh (Ladakh)- Surreal and Sublime

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Located in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh is the wonderland for travelers who wish to explore the awe-inspiring creations of Mother Nature. Leh, the capital of Ladakh is ultimate destinations for the travelers who venture out to hunt the spectacular moments of a journey with the splendid sensation of God’s miraculous creation.

Miraculously placed at the altitude varying from 9,000 feet and 25,170 feet Ladakh is a land of perfect blend of peaceful landscapes and adventurous spots. Ranging from vivacious landscapes, eye catching sceneries of glaciers amalgamating with membranous clouds to rich cultural heritage, Ladakh has it all. Having most of the part of population serving the Buddhist religion and culture, Ladakh is popularly known as Lama Land.

For trekkers and adventure lovers Ladakh is the seventh heaven and to reach out this heaven you can opt from air travel and road trip. Various Airlines operate daily flight from Delhi to Leh and the periodic flights are maintained from Jammu and Srinagar. But reaching Leh via road is the experience that you would cherish for lifetime and the people, who are fond of natural beauty, can not afford to miss the adventure and joy of a road trip to the magnificent land of high passes.

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The roads leading to Leh, Ladakh have two major routes. One is Srinagar to Leh and second is Manali to Leh. Both the routes have a lot in store to offer to its travelers in terms of astonishing range of panoramic sceneries and thrilling expereinces. Both places Srinagar and Manali, where the journey to the ‘land of mesmerizing landscapes’ starts from, have a good facility of road transportation available. Apart from the Ladakh tourism, private bus operators offer daily bus services and jeeps that run through the thrilling route to Leh Ladakh.

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As per the weather conditions the route from Srinagar to Ladakh generally opens from early May to late October, in winters the Zoji La undergoes heavy snowfall and route gets blocked. It takes 2 days of road journey to reach Ladakh offering such an enchanting experience that an airfare of 40 minutes can never offer. The drive passes through three main passes including Zoji La at 3529 meters, Namika La 3718 meters and Fatu La at 4092 meters. At these level of heights where level of oxygen falls, the travelers may undergo altitude sickness causing nose block, nose bleeding and various other suffocating experiences. One should step out for this journey with all possible altitude sickness curing measures.

Whereas the route from Manali to Leh, the highway from Himachal Pradesh opens from May-June to October-November, rest of the months it remains isolated, covered with the white layers of snow. The journey is 2 days long, offering the travelers with the non-stop flashes of splendid scenic beauty. The major passes in this panoramic journey are Rohtang La, Baralacha La, Nakee La, LachLung La and Tanglang La. Where, the Rohtang La is the highest pass in the series placed at 3,900m altitude.

Both the routes imprint such flashes in your memory that remain fresh for lifetime. While capturing the beauteous backdrops, melting glaciers, sun rays falling upon the mountains and the wispy clouds traveling along with you, in you eyes forever, it creates an aura as if you are going through the masterpiece of dream your mind ever imagined of having. This beautiful journey lands you to the Land of Lama, where a new slide show of new culture, panoramic prettiness and monasteries is waiting to make your journey worth.

The adventure doesn’t stops here, the land of Ladakh a lot more to offer you with, but one should never overlook this fact that adventure is delightful when you get a chance to share it with people, over enthusiasm may turn into stupidity, leading you nowhere, So be very-very careful about your life.

(Image and content courtesy:  Priyanka A)

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