Now you can plan your next trip to the world’s highest battlefield, as India opens Siachen Glacier for tourists. According to reports, India’s Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh announced the opening of Siachen glacier for tourists on Monday in Ladakh while inaugurating a bridge across the Shyok River. Rajanath Singh further stressed on Ladakh’s potential as an important tourist destination in India.
The Siachen area being opened to tourists mean that now you can travel from the Siachen Base Camp to Kumar Post. This has been confirmed by a tweet from the Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh. The decision comes months after declaring Ladakh as a Union Territory.
Govt of India is planning to open Siachen Glacier for tourists from September 2019.
About Siachen Glacier
The Siachen Glacier is on the eastern Karakoram Range in the Himalayas, and India took over the territory in 1984 in an operation called Operation Meghdoot. Siachen Glacier is also the second-largest glacier in the world outside the polar region.
The region was conflicted since it was not exactly specified as to which side the area belonged to during the Karachi Agreement in 1949. There were mountaineering expeditions to the highest battlefield from the Pakistan side, and that is when India launched its own expeditions, led by Colonel Narendra Kumar in 1977.
The opening of the glacier to tourists means that it will be open to all sorts of adventure tourism, skiing resorts, and more. This is a great opportunity for India to develop one of its finest attractions, and have the world come to visit.
Source: Times of India
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