Spiti valley is set to reopen for tourism from February 17 onwards.
This decision has been jointly taken by the Spiti Tourism Society and all the stakeholders in the industry.
The Spiti Tourism Society said in a statement:
“The valley has been incomplete without tourism this past year and we are very much looking forward to welcoming tourists to our home.”
Travellers who are looking forward to visiting the destination will have to follow these standard operating procedures (SOPs):
- Travellers will not be allowed to enter Khibber village, and Khibber wildlife habitat.
- All tour operators should make sure that all visitors entering Spiti, must have required documents such as reports of the RAT/RT-PCR test done from an authorised lab/hospital. They should also ensure that this test is taken 72 to 96 hours prior to reaching the destination.
- Tourists who are entering Spiti independently, including drivers, will be asked to visit a government hospital to take a rapid test.
- Social distancing is a must. All hotels and homestays need to make sure that guests staying with them are tested before venturing for their respective sightseeing activities.