Ladakh is soon to open some forbidden land in the strategic Chang Chenmo Sector close to patrolling points north of Pangong Lake in eastern Ladakh. Tourists will be allowed at 18,314 feet high Marsimik La (Pass) up to Tsogtsalu and will also be allowed to travel up to Hot Springs. Tourism Secretary Kacho Mehboob Ali Khan toured the Galwan Valley, further ahead of Hot Springs, and other areas, earlier this month.
Marsimik La (Pass) is a pastureland near the confluence of Rimdi Chu and Chang Chenmo rivers some 160 km east of Leh and is close to the LAC (Line of actual control) with China running north of Pangong. Whereas, the tourists will also be allowed to Hot Springs, further up from Tsogtsalu, and the memorial built in honour of 10 CRPF jawans killed on October 21, 1959.
“Indian Army endorsed the opening of a number of treks and routes including Marsimik La, addition to other places such as Hot Spring and Tsogtsalu.” - Army HQ.
This has been a long demand of locals, who traditionally roamed these lands with their herds. The administration wants to open it for tourism and border area development. According to the sources, the administration was to open up the areas from April but a change of guard at the local formation slowed down the process. The administration is ready to open toilets, selfie points and medical centres in January.
“Border Roads Organisation has been roped in for construction with district funding. Police is ready to set up check posts.” - A Senior Official said.
“The civil administration needs to give due consideration to non-availability of any civil infrastructure and support system while allowing tourists into these areas.” - The Army HQ.
Ladakh, a region in the northernmost part of India, is known for its breathtaking landscapes, stunning mountains, and unique cultural experiences. It is a popular tourist destination, especially for adventure enthusiasts, nature lovers, and those seeking a tranquil getaway. Ladakh is famous for its stunning natural beauty and landscapes. The region is surrounded by the majestic Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges, including popular peaks like Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso Lake, Tso Moriri Lake, and Zanskar Valley. The monasteries in Ladakh, such as Hemis Monastery, Thiksey Monastery, and Diskit Monastery, are also significant cultural and religious sites. Ladakh offers various adventure activities, making it a paradise for thrill-seekers. Visitors can indulge in trekking, mountain climbing, river rafting, mountain biking, and jeep safaris. The challenging treks like Markha Valley Trek, Chadar Trek, and Stok Kangri Trek are popular among adventure enthusiasts.
Source: Times Of India