Sunday, January 30, 2011


Leh, August 11, 2010 “Himalaya on Wheels” is perhaps a novel concept in Tourism in the country that the Tourism and Culture Minister Rigzin Jora has launched in Leh recently. The concept is made keeping in mind the disabled tourists who too wish to visit places like Ladakh.

Ladakh being a mountainous region the tourist’s spots are located on hills that demands lot of walking which for the physically challenged gets quite tough to access. But under Himalaya on Wheels the disabled people right activists of Leh are starting to organize specific tour for disabled tourists.

Tourists with physical challenged visiting Ladakh, where most of the tourists spots are located on hill and needed to walk, can avail better accessibility here as disabled people right activists of Leh are starting to organize specific tour for disabled people under Himalaya on Wheels. “To convert the existing tourist’s spots accessible and disabled friendly, PAGIR has been approaching the owners of the tourist’s spots, hotels and guest houses since last two months requesting them to build ramps and make wide doors etc. The responses that we are getting are overwhelming,” told Kunzang Dolma, General Secretary of PAGIR, a Leh based NGO formed by physically challenged people who has initiated it in collaboration with Travel Another India Group.

Kunzang added that the main objective is to provide equal opportunities to the disable people willing to visit Ladakh because normally they cannot not tour here due to hilly and difficult terrain. “Also, it is to create a source of income generation for the disabled people of Ladakh”, she said.


As confirmed by sources, the Ladakh Taxi Operators Cooperative Ltd. has made a 10% rise in the taxi rates for the year 2011-2012. The President LTOCL told that the increment in the taxi rates have been made primarily because of none revising of the rates over the last three years and also considering the price hike of diesel. However, the rates will be applied from the month of April, 2011.

Following the suite, the Hotel Association of Ladakh too decided to increase their hotel rates by 10%. “The increase in taxi and hotel rates should not make the tourists give a second thought over their visit to this region because it is a very reasonable increment considering the inflation in general and expenses in particular pertaining to the geographical location of Ladakh,” said Tundup Dorjey, a leading travel agent in Leh.



Kohima, November 30, 2010
This year’s Hornbill festival will raise funds for the flash flood victims of Leh in Jammu and Kashmir.

Commissioner and secretary of Nagaland’s department of tourism, Himato Jimomi, said, "the festival would raise funds for the victims of the flood that claimed hundreds of lives. The collections from the Hornbill Ball charity show will be given to the Prime Minister’s relief fund." Jimomi said that this charity programme would be held annually during the Hornbill festival for the needy and this year’s festival would have a plethora of entertainment shows for tourists.

A World War II rally, organized for world peace, will be flagged off from Dimapur on December 7. It will culminate at the WWII museum at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama. The rally is to honour soldiers killed during World War II.

A Naga women pipe band will perform Amazing Grace at the museum. An international photo exhibition, international motor rally, Hornbill national rock contest and Naga shadow play (projecting the rich Naga culture and tradition), American musicians playing country, blues and jazz, Miss Nagaland contest, the Northeast fashion show and Northeast cultural shows will also be organized.

Nagaland Governor Nikhil Kumar will inaugurate the programme, expected to attract 200 foreign tourists, tomorrow at 10am. Doordarshan will telecast it live. Delegates from Thailand, Laos, Norway, Britain, Israel and the US will participate in the festival, for which the state government has allocated Rs 1.4 crore.

Jimomi said the main purpose of the festival is to help the local people to earn from it. "We spent money on facilitating the people to generate revenue," he told The Telegraph. The officials of the tourism department said that the festival would be a confluence of Naga tradition and culture.

The festival is the collaborative celebration of all Naga tribes at one venue and is considered the "festival of festivals". It is also a tribute to the hornbill, the bird most admired and revered for its qualities of alertness and grandeur in Nagaland.

"The awe and admiration for the bird is symbolically displayed on almost all tribal traditional headgear worn during the festival and it indicates the unity of the Nagas," Jimomi said. This festival is a cultural extravaganza to revive, protect and preserve the richness and uniqueness of the Naga heritage.


Leh, January 21, 2011
Diskit C Angmo (15) studying in Ladakh Public School in 9th standard and her compatriot Shabina Kawsar (14) of Saint Peter School in 9th standard have proved their abilities beyond academics in international speed skating, long trek events of winter sports.
To begin with they first took part in Dehradoon Open Championship in the last week of December in which both were given prize money of 30000 rupees each in 300 and 1000 meters speed skating events. Soon they left for Simla to take part in National championship in the same events where they achieved gold, silver and bronze medals.
First South Asian Winter Games in Dehradoon followed suite and again they proved their talents in demonstrations of synchronization for which they were lauded for their style and rhythm and received special citations. It was cool…says Diskit as they got all facilities from Indian Winter Sports Federation and happy to get the support from parents and Ladakh Winter Sports Federation.
Next on the card are trips to Poland, Finland and Canada where camps will be held and they will also get the rare chance to participate in International events of speed skating. “To achieve more and more successes and then to be a pride for people of Ladakh, Diskit” says with great hope and enthusiasm. Kosar too feels extremely happy and proud to have achieved so much and hopes for much more in future.