A visit to the Chandratal lake and the many monasteries of Spiti might soon be a possibility. The mountain valley in Himachal Pradesh will open doors to tourists on 17 February, tweeted a representative of the Spiti Tourism Society on 2 February.
“The valley has been incomplete without tourism this past one year and we are looking forward to welcoming tourists to our home,” said the statement.
But there are rules. People entering will have to follow standard operating procedures that will be applicable until April 2021. Here’s what you need to know if you’re planning a trip:
- Entry to Khibber village and Khibber wildlife habitat is prohibited, as the village of Khibber has decided not to host travellers and wildlife enthusiasts for this winter
- All tour operators have to ensure that people travelling to Spiti have a valid RAT/RT-PCR test done at an authorised COVID lab/hospital 72 hours to 96 hours before entering the valley. It is the responsibility of the tour operator to ensure this.
- Travellers reaching Spiti independently, including drivers who are unaware of these SOPs, have to report to a government hospital and get a rapid test done. It is the responsibility of the homestay/hotel hosting such travellers to make sure they get tested before they move around for sightseeing.
- Lastly, all travellers have to maintain social distancing norms and wear masks outside their hotel/homestay room to make sure they keep themselves and the people of Spiti safe.