Ladakh: There are more than one reasons to visit Ladakh that is home to arid mountains, picturesque gompas, meditational mani walls, multi-hued flags and now highest motorable road in the world. Yes, you heard us right!Also Read - Travel Tips For Andaman And Nicobar Islands: 5 Must-Visit Places, Adventure Activities, And More
Located at an elevation of 2750 – 7672 meters above sea level, Ladakh is blessed with incredible topography that comprises of hilly terrains, high altitude peaks and the lush green grasslands. Recently, this place got the highest motorable road in India, smashing the previous record held by Bolivia. Isn’t this phenomenal? Read on to find some of the interesting facts about this. Also Read - Visit Chaukori in Uttarakhand For a Heaven-Like Experience - Here Are Some Places to See And More
World’s Highest Motorable Road In Ladakh – Check Interesting Facts
- The 52-km long tarmac road is at an incredible height of 19,300 feet and it passes through Umlingla Pass in Eastern Ladakh, making it the highest motorable road in the world.
- This surpasses Bolivia‘s record of a road that connects to the Uturuncu volcano at 18,953 feet.
- India’s road in Ladakh connects many significant towns in the Chumar sector of Eastern Ladakh.
- The Ministry revealed that this road has a higher altitude than the base camps of even Mount Everest as the South Base Camp in Nepal is located 17,598 feet high and Tibet’s North Base Camp at 16,900 feet.
Did You Know This Road Was Constructed Amid Extreme Weather Conditions?
Interestingly, this initiative will help boost tourism in the region. It offers an alternative direct route to passengers travelling from Chisumle and Demchok. Also Read - As Sikkim Decides to Lift Inter-State Travel Curbs - Here Are Some Places to Explore
At the time of its inauguration in August this year, the Ministry of Defence addressed the challenges that went into constructing this road in harsh and tough terrain. The temperature almost dropped to -40 degrees Celcius and the oxygen was almost 50 per cent that of normal place during winters.
In such extreme weather conditions, India’s Border Roads Organisation (BRO) achieved this mind-blowing feat through sheer grit and perseverance.
Notably, the road is at a very strategic point as the villages that will be connected by the road are very close to the India-China border in the eastern sector.