About 35 years after it was closed down for civilians, Siachin glacier, the world’s highest battlefield, is now open for tourism.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, “Siachen area is now open for tourists and tourism. From the Siachen base camp (situated at an altitude of 12,300-feet) to Kumar post (15,600-feet), the entire area has been opened for tourism purposes.”
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This step has been taken to boost tourism in Ladakh and allow people to appreciate the tough work done by Army jawans and engineers in extreme weather conditions and inhospitable terrains. Rajnath Singh said that Ladakh has tremendous potential in tourism and stronger connectivity in this region would definitely bring tourists in large numbers.
‘Col Chewang Rinchen Setu’, a strategically important bridge, over Shyok river in Ladakh region has been inaugurated. This 430-meter-long bridge has been constructed by Border Roads Organisation (BRO). It connects Durbuk and Daulat Beg Oldie in Eastern Ladakh.