There is great news for travel lovers and adventure tourists – not only from India but from all over the world. According to reports, the Indian army is now considering to open up Siachen Glacier, the world’s highest battlefield, for tourists.
The reports quoting government sources, claimed that one of the aims of the army to open up this closely guarded piece of glacier is to allow civilians to see for themselves that challenges and difficulties that soldiers posted there face on a daily basis.
This plan was fleetingly talked about by Army Chief General Bipin Rawat while speaking at seminar attended by senior Lieutenant Generals and several officers. The army believes that this plan can also help fruitful to enhance national integration.
Till now the Indian Army has allowed tourists to take tours of training institutions and centres. However this would be the first time that civilians could be allowed into a very sensitive forward post like the Siachen Glacier. Currently, only locals of the Siachen Glacier who work for the Indian Army is allowed anywhere near the periphery of this army installation.
Reports say that currently, the army is also looking at identifying similar forward positions that can possibly be opened up for tourists and civilians to have a first hand view o fthe life of armey personnel.
Earlier in August, the Indian government bifurcated the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories – making Ladakh, under which the Siachen Glacier is situated, a separate union territory. According to reports, currently the Indian Army is now contemplating the points on the Siachen Glacier that it will allow tourists to visit. No date for the commencement of this new tourism service has yet been finalised according to the reports.
(Adapted from TheTimesofIndia.com)