The government announced on Monday that the Siachen area, which the world’s highest battlefield, is now open to tourists. Defence minister Rajnath Singh said the government has decided to open the entire area from Siachen base camp to Kumar Post for tourism purposes.
This step has been taken to boost tourism in Ladakh and will also make people realise and appreciate the tough work done by Army jawans in such extreme weather conditions. Singh was addressing a function in eastern Ladakh during the inaugural of colonel Chewang Rinchin bridge on Shyok river.
During the event, he said, “The Ladakh MP in his address, mentioned about opening this area to tourism. And, I am happy to share that the government has decided to open a route from Siachen Base Camp to Kumar Post for tourists. This step will make them appreciate the efforts put in by jawans, engineers and other workers.”
Sharing a photo of the amazing and beautiful snow capped Himalayas which was taken on the way to Ladakh. If you have plans to visit areas in Ladakh or Siachen, go for Eco-Friendly travel. pic.twitter.com/xnMF4WCqI7
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) October 22, 2019
The Siachen Glacier, which stands at the height of 20,000 ft in the Karakoram range is known as the highest militarised zone in the world and where temperatures can be as low as minus 60 degree Celsius. Avalanches and landslides are common at the glacier during the winters.
He also added that while tourism may see a boost, the government should also provide strict security in the area and red lines should be drawn to restrict areas for visitors. This being a very sensitive area, security issues, especially concerning foreigners, will have to be factored in, he added.