Himalayas for Beginners

Sikkim Warns Travel Service Providers; Bans Tourists until April 15, 2020

Tourism & Civil Aviation Department, Government of Sikkim took a number of measures to facilitate social distancing required to control novel corona virus spread. March 19, 2020 The department advised guides, homestays, hotels, lodges, tour operators, tourist taxis, and travel agencies: Neither entertain tourists nor take bookings. If the travel service providers do not follow the advice, their licenses will be suspended besides a heavy fine. March 17 and 18,

Uttarakhand Bans Entry of Tourists until Further Orders

On March 20, 2020, the Department of Medical Health and Family Welfare, Home, Medical Education and Housing, Uttarakhand banned entry of both domestic and foreign tourists in the State till further orders. The ban has been introduced under the Uttarakhand Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 Regulations, 2020 created as per the provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897. The department order dated March 19, 2020 states that administrative control of the accommodations/properties

COVID-19 Impact: H.P.T.D.C. vs. K.M.V.N.

Although both Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand have ordered a complete ban on domestic and foreign tourists in the wake of COVID-19 yet their response to existing tourism reservations vary. Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (H.P.T.D.C.) empathised with its guests whereas Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam Limited (K.M.V.N) did not.  The corporation allowed its guests to reschedule their bookings with its hotels. A related message is displayed on the official website of

Union Territory of Ladakh Restricts Entry of Tourists until April 30,2020

In view of COVID-19 outbreak, the Administration of Union Territory of Ladakh issued two contradictory orders: March 18, 2020 The Administration of Union Territory of Ladakh, Office of the District Magistrate,  Leh restricted entry of foreign tourists in district Leh by all means, including air and road until April 30, 2020. March 20, 2020 The Administration of Union Territory of Ladakh, Office of the Divisional Commissioner, Leh ordered that commercial

7 Things to Consider while Hiring Taxi in Himalayas

I regularly frequent charming remote corners of the Himalayas in shared and non-shared taxis. The local taxi segment shows its ugly side bit by bit every time. Sharing the problems faced during these trips would alert and prepare my readers better for their journeys. 1. Offending Lifts to Cronies, Relatives, Officials Giving lift to their friends, relatives, neighbors, police personnel, and many other officials in “booking vehicles” is quite common