Manali now has become a place to ban camping without permission. Now the scenario of camping in Manali has been changed completely as you cannot put up or stay in an illegal tent. So, now whenever you visit Manali for camoing just make sure you have permission and your tent is legal. The decision was taken by the Manali administration after the tourists were found causing huge damage to the environment and polluting water sources and after protests from residents, who felt that they were being ignored by authorities due to their inability to keep up with a growing population of tourists in this region.
The district administration, in a bid to curb illegal construction and encroachment in the state’s tourist hotspot, has banned camping without permission and removed all such constructions. For this, a dedicated team has been assigned to check all the points, especially the entrance of all trekking routes, and remove all illegal setups. The first checkpoint will be established on Hamta Pass Trek to control trekking and camping because this is one of the most famed and busiest treks in Himachal Pradesh.
Surender Thakur, Manali’s sub-divisional magistrate said that there are several complaints about illegal and permanent camping in forest regions. Hence, a meeting was held in Manali, Himachal Pradesh to talk about illegal camping in the region and it was decided that all such camps will be removed.
Mr. Thakur further added, “These campsites are littering areas and also polluting water sources. Strict action will be taken to stop this activity”.
Apart from banning the illegal tents, the government also imposed INR 50 as an entrance charge if you are entering the forest region of Kullu and Manali.
No activities can be performed near 25 meters from water streams for which, the forest department will issue special permits. Solo camping has been prohibited as well until special permission is attained.