Travel and Tourism

The world’s most powerful battleground is now free for tourists

By India Business Story

A portion of the Siachen Glacier usually referred to as the world’s highest battleground, is now open for tourists to visit, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. The strategically-located iceberg, which has been a flashpoint between India and China, was announced open to visitor calls a few days ahead of Ladakh being declared a Union Territory, on October 31.

Siachen Glacier appears under the Ladakh sector, which adjacent with Jammu and Kashmir, was announced as a Union Territory after the centre’s move to scrap special status for the state. Rajnath Singh, who is on a visit to Ladakh, said that while there were “perceptional disagreements” between India and China, both the countries had not “approved the situation to intensify”. He also said Siachen “has huge potential in tourism”.

India shares friendly relations with China. There are perceptional disputes between both the countries on border issue but the issue has been handled with great maturity and responsibly. The Indian Army had typically carried out campaigns to the glacier in the 1970s but had ended in 1984, when war broke out between India and Pakistan over the glacier.

The defence minister, accompanying with Army Chief Bipin Rawat introduced a strategically established link across the Shyok River which will accommodate easy connectivity with the Daulat Beg Oldi sector along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China on his visit today, published IANS.

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