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Igloo tourism is gaining popularity in Lahaul

Lahaul valley has seen a significant rise in the number of visiting tourists since past few months.

Social media can make anything famous but only the best things stay in our minds. Something similar is happening in the travel industry. Two young people have developed an igloo for commercial use at the telling village. And guess what? It has already gained momentum in the Lahaul valley with the strong backing of social media posts.

The concept is not a new one; it started 5 years back from Sethan village close to Hampta Pass in Manali. And it was a hit amongst all the tourists.

“We set up an igloo at Telling village just three days ago for commercial use this year. Tourists want to have the experience of staying in an igloo. It is the first igloo in the valley which has been set up for commercial use.” Said Virender Bodh, the owner of an Igloo.

He also mentioned that “Due to the lack of snow, we could not develop more igloos for the stay of tourists at Telling, which we are promoting as an ‘igloo village’. As soon as there is fresh snowfall in this region, we will develop more igloos,”.

“The package of stay for two persons in this igloo is Rs 9,000. For a single person, it is Rs 4,500 for a night stay. In this package, we are providing breakfast, dinner, tea, coffee, and noodles along with a bonfire,” said Virender.

Some young people were inspired by the concept of experiencing snow houses in foreign countries. So, the first igloo was built by 8 young people at Shashin village under Sissu panchayat in 2017.

The concept could not succeed as the area around Rohtang is always closed and inaccessible during winters.

But according to him, “Now, after the opening of the Atal Tunnel on the Manali-Leh highway, there is a vast potential of igloo tourism during winter in the Lahaul valley,”

Tourists are thronging the Lahaul valley beyond Sissu after the

Tourists are visiting the Lahaul valley in full swing after the district administration has lifted the restrictions imposed on the movement of tourists in the region.

DC Neeraj Kumar mentioned that apart from two-wheelers, all the other vehicles are allowed to enter the Lahaul Valley between 10 am and 3 pm. Also, there will be no restrictions on tourists entering the valley who have pre-booked their stays.


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