Published on : Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Two local youths in this region have constructed two igloos at a village close to Manali, inspired by the concept of snow houses in foreign countries. The igloos are present at Sethan village near Prini.
This is the spot where former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has a house. No wonder, this destination has rapidly developed into a centre of attraction for locals as well as tourists. The unique snow structures are well equipped with table, lights and bedding. They have been thrown open to the public from the end of January 2017.
Vikas and Tashi are the two youths who have come up with the special concept of igloo tourism.
They said that they expect the structure to last for one more month. Thereafter, the rising temperatures might probably melt the snow. They are offering skiing kits, snow dresses and meals to the tourists who have been opting to reside in these igloos.
The tourists are also offered an interesting chance to make efforts in creating their personal igloo at an elevation of nearly 9,000 feet. This would be just below the Hampta pass that has recently opened for tourists.
Tashi claimed that the concept of igloo had been existent in his mind since several years but then he was unable to realize his dream.
However, this time, since Manali has received a good amount of snowfall, and as the temperature is also low, he and Vikas thought of transforming their dream into a reality. He added that the concept has received an outstanding response from tourists.
Adding that the concept is an eco-friendly one, Tashi stated that no construction material or timber has been utilized to create the igloos.
Since the igloo hotels are created just out of snow, they would melt away on their own. Moreover, people residing in these igloos would be able to experience a profound connection with nature.
They claimed that they have already received a lot many bookings.
Vikas and Tashi also feel that people should start thinking about responsible tourism that should be aimed at conserving the environment. Tashi said that they have planned to get this concept registered with the local tourism department since the officials can enable them to promote it, particularly in the rural regions.
The enterprising youths have also asserted that this project has helped them master the art of creating igloos and they would like to assist the other youths to build igloos in their villages and promote winter tourism.
Generally, igloo stays are available in cold areas including Canada, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Finland.