Ladakh’s Forbidden Territories are Now Accessible to All!
For years, certain regions of Ladakh remained off-limits to visitors due to their proximity to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China or for heritage security reasons. However, recognizing the significance of tourism for the local economy, Ladakh has made the decision to welcome travelers to these once-forbidden territories. This move is expected to bolster revenue and provide a boost to the region's thriving tourism industry. Among the newly accessible areas is the Chang Chenmo sector of Eastern Ladakh, situated north of Pangong Lake. This picturesque region, home to the world's highest saltwater lake, was previously a sensitive military zone. In the first phase, visitors are granted permission to travel from Marsonek La pass to Sauk Salo, a breathtaking area nestled between two rivers at an altitude of 18,000 feet. The second phase will allow access beyond Sauk Salo to a hot spring, where a memorial stands in honor of soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice. Moreover, the Siachen Base Camp, located in the vicinity of the Siachen Glacier, the highest and coldest battlefield on Earth, can now be visited without special permits. Additionally, the village of Turtuk, often described as a lush green oasis in Ladakh's barren desert, is now open to travelers, offering a glimpse of its unique beauty. Environmental activist Sonam Wangchuk, renowned for his innovative ideas, has also taken to social media to encourage visitors to explore lesser-known yet captivating parts of Ladakh, such as the mesmerizing Sham Valley. Ladakh, an enchanting union territory nestled in the Himalayas, has been granted a prestigious accolade by Time magazine as one of the World's Greatest Places of 2023. Known for its awe-inspiring landscapes, majestic high passes, pristine waters, and frozen desert, Ladakh also beckons adventure enthusiasts with its rugged roads perfect for thrilling bike trips. With the support of the Border Roads Organization and Ladakh Administration, exploring these forbidden territories has become a reality. Travelers can now witness the untouched magnificence of Ladakh, creating cherished memories that will endure a lifetime.