Recently, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh declared that visitors would be able to visit the Siachen Glacier, the world's highest battlefield and one of the most hazardous terrains. Small groups of visitors will be able to travel further under the new guidelines. However, only Indian citizens will be allowed to visit.
The Siachen Glacier is a large glacier in northern India and Pakistan. It lies between the Pir Panjal Range on the eastern side and the Kishmau Ridge on the western side at a height of 3,676 m (12,443 ft). The word "Sia" means snow in the local language Dzongkha and "chen" means ice in Chinese. Thus, Siachen means snow ice. The word itself suggests that it is a beautiful place to be.
The Siachen Glacier is part of the Great Himalayan Range and stretches for 50 miles from the Pakistani town of Gilgit to the Indian border town of Sopore. This is one of the largest glaciers in Asia. In fact, it is the largest glacier outside of Antarctica!
The first recorded expedition to the Siachen Glacier was by British officers who were exploring north-western India in 1820. They named two peaks after their commanders - "Roberts Peak" and "Wilson Peak".
The Siachen region is now available to visitors and tourism. The entire region has been opened for tourism reasons, from Siachen Base Camp to Kumar Post. There are many accommodation options in Siachen Region as well as elsewhere in Kashmir.
In fact, tourism is one of the most effective tools for resolving conflicts between countries. By allowing tourists to see what they can only imagine during a conflict, both parties hope that their governments will be motivated to resolve the dispute through negotiations. The Siachen Glacier is a large glacier located in northern India and Pakistan. It is located at a height of 4,579 m (15,445 ft) above sea level near the border with China and forms part of the Himalaya mountain range. The name "Siachen" comes from the Nepali word for ice field or glacier.
Tourism began in Siachen when Indian and Pakistani troops started letting foreign tourists visit the region in 1984. But due to the constant conflict between these two countries, tourism in Siachen was not very popular until 2004 when the first all-weather road was built into the region. Since then, the number of tourists visiting Siachen has increased dramatically. In 2007, more than 100,000 foreigners visited Siachen which is a record high. This number is expected to increase even further in 2008.
Tourists are not permitted to enter Malshej Ghat till the end of this month. So, for the time being, you must put your plans for this location on hold if you were considering it. Following numerous landslides and accidents, the authorities were forced to take this action. However, tourists can still visit the surrounding areas of Malshej Ghat - just not the ghat itself.
Malshej Ghat is a popular tourist destination in Uttarakhand state in northern India. It is located near the city of Tehri Garhwal about 95 kilometers (59 miles) from Dehra Dun, the capital of the state. The name Malshej means "slope" in Hindi.
The road to Malshej Ghat is extremely dangerous due to its steepness and loose rocks that may fall at any time. There have been several deaths due to this reason. Even those who do make it to the top are not allowed to stay there for more than 30 minutes because of safety concerns.
Malshej Ghat is known for its beautiful views of the Himalayan range including Mount Kailash, the holy mountain where Shiva's temple is located. The ghat also offers good opportunities for hiking.
People come to Malshej Ghat for both sightseeing and recreation. Visitors say the view from the top of the hill is fantastic.
From mid-December until the first week of February, you may hike to Malana to enjoy snowfall. The main negative of going during the summer may be encountering the slow bylanes that pass through the hamlet. In addition, the temperatures can reach 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) in July and August.
However, the advantage is that there are fewer people around to disturb your peace and quiet. There are also less services available at that time of the year. If you want a quieter experience, then this is the best time to visit.
You can take the train from Delhi to Kalka, which takes about five hours. From there, you can hire a taxi for the remaining distance to Malana. The drive will take another three to four hours depending on how many stops you make along the way. However, the road condition can be poor after it has rained recently.
The nearest airport with flights connecting to Delhi is in Chandigarh. The flight takes about an hour and half.
If you don't mind a longer ride but you want to avoid the heat of the day, then the best time to visit is between January and March. During these months, the daytime temperatures range from 5 degrees Celsius to 15 degrees Celsius and at night, it drops down to 2 degrees Celsius or lower.