Igloo tourism accelerates in Lahaul: La Tribune India

Manta Dipender

Tribune press service

Mandi, December 25

Igloo tourism is gaining momentum in the Lahaul Valley these days with two young people having developed an igloo for commercial use in the village of Teling.

The concept started almost five years ago in the village of Sethan near the Hamta Pass in Manali, which has been a hit with tourists.

Virender Bodh, owner of an igloo, told The Tribune: “We set up an igloo in the village of Teling just three days ago for commercial purposes this year. Tourists want to experience staying in an igloo. It is the first igloo in the valley that was developed for commercial purposes.

Package at Rs9000 for two

  • The package of one night in the igloo for two people is Rs 9,000. For a single person, it is Rs 4,500. Breakfast, dinner, tea, coffee and noodles as well as a bonfire are also part of the package

“Due to the lack of snow, we were unable to develop more igloos for tourists to stay in Teling, which we promote as an ‘igloo village’. As soon as there is fresh snow in this area, we will develop more igloos, ”he said.

“The package for two people in this igloo is Rs 9,000. For a single person, it’s Rs 4,500 for one night. In this package we offer breakfast, dinner, tea, coffee and noodles as well as a bonfire, ”said Virender.

Inspired by the concept of staying in snow houses in foreign countries, eight young people from the district first built an igloo in Shashin village under the Sissu panchayat in 2017.

As the area was inaccessible due to the closure of Rohtang in winter, the concept was not successful.

“Now, after the opening of the Atal tunnel on the Manali-Leh highway, there is great potential for igloo tourism during winter in the Lahaul valley,” he said.

Tourists are flocking to the Lahaul Valley beyond Sissu after the district administration lifted restrictions on tourist movement in the area.

DC Neeraj Kumar said there will be no restrictions on tourists entering the Lahaul Valley who have booked local hotels and host families. All types of passenger vehicles, except two-wheelers, are allowed to enter the Lahaul Valley between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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