No Camp Do Without a Permit, Says Manali

Tourists will now require formal permission from the forest department before setting up camp.

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In addition to seeking permission to pitch camps in forested areas of Manali, tourists will also have to bear a fee of ₹50 to explore the jungles.

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If Manali was on your mind for your next camping adventure, you’ve got another think coming.

In order to check the rise in illegal campsites in Kullu-Manali, the forest department and administration has released guidelines that mandate seeking permission to pitch camps in forested areas of the region.

Tourists will also have to bear a fee of ₹50 to explore the jungles of the Himachal hill station.

Government orders have instructed the formation of a special team to set up temporary checkpoints to check the HP Adventure Activities rules. If spotted, illegal tents will be dismantled permanently. The first of these checkpoints will be established in the Hampta Pass Trek, a popular adventure destination. 

Manali sub-divisional magistrate Surender Thakur revealed that the new guidelines come after continued complaints have reflected that the increase in tourist camping has resulted in littering throughout the Kullu-Manali forest region and polluting of its water bodies.

The forest department has been authorised to release permits on camps, which will now only be allowed at a minimum distance of 25 metres from streams. Solo camping without a special licence from the local magistrate has also been prohibited, as reported by Times of India.

 

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