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Siachen glaciers open for tourism

Date: 22 October 2019 Tags: Geography & Environment

Issue

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has announced that the Siachen area is now open for tourists and tourism, where tourists can visit these difficult areas.

 

Background

The goverment is planning to develop Ladakh as a tourist hub, with large scope for international as well as domestic tourists. Siachen had been out of bounds for tourists but the new policy tries to reverse this trend.

 

Details

  • Siachen Glacier comes under the Ladakh region, which along with Jammu and Kashmir, was declared as a Union Territory after the centre's move to scrap special status for the state.

  • The minister has said that from Siachen Base Camp to Kumar Post, the entire area has been opened for tourism purposes.

  • The Kumar Post is at height of more than 15,000 ft. Tourists will be able to travel from the base camp at Partapur at 11,000 feet to the Kumar Post.

  • This means other than the annual expedition organised by the Army from the base camp to Kumar Post, tourists will be able to travel independently.

 

Siachen

  • The Siachen Glacier is a glacier located in the eastern Karakoram range in the Himalayas, just northeast of the point NJ9842 where the Line of Control between India and Pakistan ends.

  • The entire Siachen Glacier, with all major passes, is currently under the administration of India since 1984.

  • Indian troops under Operation Meghdoot pre-empted Pakistan's Operation Ababeel by just one day to occupy most of the dominating heights on Saltoro Ridge to the west of Siachen Glacier.

  • The glacier's melting waters are the main source of the Nubra River in the Indian region of Ladakh, which drains into the Shyok River. The Shyok in turn joins the Indus River which flows through Pakistan.

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