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Zoji la Pass

  • 28 Mar 2022
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Recently, Zoji la Pass has been opened for Civilian Traffic over Ladakh from Sonamarg.

  • Zoji la is located in Drass, Ladakh at an altitude above 11,650 ft and historically remains closed for the major part of the winter season.

What is Zoji La?

  • Zoji La is a high mountain pass located in the Kargil district of Ladakh.
  • The pass links Leh and Srinagar and provides an important link between Union Territories of Ladakh and Kashmir.
  • Zoji la is known as the “Mountain Pass of Blizzards”.
  • Zojila pass remains closed during winters due to heavy snowfall, cutting off Ladakh region from Kashmir.
  • In 2018, the Zojila tunnel project was launched. The tunnel is Asia's longest and strategic bi-directional tunnel, which will provide all-weather connectivity between Srinagar, Kargil and Leh.

Major Passes in the Himalayas

Source: PIB

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