UPSC ZOJI LA PASS - English
ZOJI LA PASS
Why in News?
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.
- 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 India
Nathu La Pass - It is located in the state of Sikkim. This famous pass is located in the India- China border and was reopened in 2006. It forms a part of an offshoot of the ancient silk route. It is one of the trading border posts between India and China.
Shipki La Pass - It is located through Sutlej Gorge. It connects Himachal Pradesh with Tibet. It is India’s third border post for trade with China after Lipu Lekh and Nathula Pass.
Jelep La Pass - This pass passes through the Chumbi valley. It connects Sikkim with Lhasa, the capital of Tibet.
Khardung La - It is the second-highest motorable pass in the country. It connects Leh and Siachen glaciers. This pass remains closed during the winter.
Bara-La/ Bara- Lacha La - It is situated on the National Highway in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It connects Manali and Leh.
Rohtang Pass: Kullu-Lahul-Spiti - This is located in the state of Himachal Pradesh. It has excellent road transportation. This pass connects Kullu, Spiti and Lahul.
Bomdi-La : Arunachal PradeshLhasa - The Bomdi-La pass connects Arunachal Pradesh with Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. It is located in the east of Bhutan.
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