Adventure lovers visiting Himachal Pradesh will now once again be able to enjoy paragliding and rafting activities – however, treks are now seeing a ban. Here are the details. By Anushka Goel
If you love adventure activities, here’s some good news for you. The Himachal government has removed its annual ban on paragliding, rafting and other similar adventure activities. This means that adrenaline junkies will now be able to enjoy the water and aero sports. However, a ban on trekking has been imposed as of now.
Himachal Pradesh bans trekking, eases restrictions on paragliding, rafting
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Every year, the Himachal Pradesh government imposes a ban on paragliding and other adventure activities from July to mid-September, under the Himachal Pradesh Aero Sports Rules, 2004 and Himachal Pradesh Miscellaneous Adventure Activities, 2017. But now that the monsoon is over, the ban on these activities has been lifted, allowing tourists to explore the best of adventure activities in the state – especially in destinations such as Kullu-Manali – which are visited mainly for their adventure quotient.
Even though these activities have opened up, a ban on trekking remains in place until further notice. This is because the higher peaks have started experiencing snowfall and a fall in temperature, which can be detrimental to a traveller’s safety. This is not all – recently, there have been reports of trekkers being stranded or disappearing in the Himalayan mountains. This is also among the reasons why a travel ban has been imposed on mountains and passes at a height of over 15000 ft, a Times of India report states.
The popular tourist destination is expected to see a rise in the footfall of travellers given that adventure activities are open again. This, along with the fact that the festivals of Dussehra, Navratri and Diwali are around the corner, is expected to boost travel in the region as well, reports state.
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