Darcha–Padum Road built

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Dear Satinder
Manali - Darcha - Padum - Drass - Leh - Turtuk - Pangong tso - Tso Moriri -Manali circuit route ...... is it a good route plan ??? possible in 2020 ?
I hope so.
If weather is good and landslides etc are cleared at time of your visit.
Don't know about ams issue etc on this route as experts only can comment on this.
 

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Zanskar celebrates as new ‘road’ brings it 600km closer to Himachal Pradesh
Suresh Sharma | TNN | Updated: Sep 11, 2019, 12:12 IST 


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The three men had no idea that they were the first to reach Zanskar by this route until told by BRO and locals PADUM (LADAKH):

Residents of Buddhist-dominated Zanskar valley of Ladakh are celebrating as a new road has brought the region closer to Himachal by over 600km. They gave a grand welcome to the first vehicle that arrived in the valley via the new road after crossing the Shinkula pass.
The road between Darcha in Lahaul valley of Himachal and Padum in Zanskar is being built above 16,600ft high Shinkula (Shingo-la) for nearly10 years now.  Though the road is not safe for general traffic movement and is still under construction, three persons from Manali, including this reporter successfully reached Padum, the headquarters of Zanskar, in their SUV. As the vehicle entered the valley from Shinkula pass, the three men were given a warm welcome by happy residents in many villages. The BRO officials, politicians and many organizations also congratulated the trio for being the first to reach the Zanskar valley by this road.
Some stretches of the route are in a very bad condition and require serious maintenance. 70 Road Construction Company (RCC) of BRO maintains the road in southern part of Shinkula pass and 126 RCC takes care of the rest of the stretch.
Nearly 3km stretch of the road at Lakhang was disputed for years and no company was maintaining it and it is in a bad condition.
Finally, both the RCCs are building the road on a war footing.

‘We kept crossing nullahs & at one point, there was no road’

Initially, we had planned to visit Shinkula and return to Darcha and head to Kargil via Leh. We met 70 RCC commanding officer Deepak Bisht near the pass who encouraged us to attempt this adventurous journey. We kept crossing nullahs, river and at a point there was no road. Near Lakhang, there was no road and the area was submerged in the Zanskar river. BRO’s JE Keshav Kataria, who promised to help our vehicle cross the stretch, helped us by making a passable route through the river. We had no idea that we are the first people to reach Zanskar by this route until we were told by BRO officials and locals,” said Pritam Thakur, one of three men.

“Our hard times have ended. I cannot explain how happy the people here are. We can now go to Himachal to buy essentials and return home the next day. As your vehicle from Manali has reached here, others will also dare to ply the road and the BRO will keep maintaining it,” said Lobsang Tamba of Purne village, who runs a homestay here. He added that earlier a few vehicles had attempted to drive on the route but could not cross the Lakhang section. “We are extremely happy that our Ladakh has been made an Union Territory. Connecting us with Himachal with shortest possible distance is another happy news for us. We need not to go to Kargil or Srinagar for shopping. Opening of this road will bring prosperity to the valley,” Tundup Angdus, a prominent personality of Padum, said as he welcomed the SUV at the headquarters of Zanskar valley.

Rigzin Dawa and Tashi Langzom, of the erstwhile royal family of Zanskar, gave a traditional welcome to the three men at Zangla palace. Rigzin said opening of this road would end the hardship of the people of Zanskar. He said Zanskar was vast and home to a large number of ancient monasteries which would be easily accessible to the tourists now. “Our new generation will definitely have a good time. They will have a comparatively comfortable life. This road will generate livelihood options for our people. The road has connected many remote villages,” he added.
As Manali-Leh highway passes through four high mountain passes and remains blocked for seven months in winters, BRO was looking for another option to keep Ladakh connected all the year. After Rohtang tunnel, BRO will construct a tunnel below Shinkula pass to make the Manali-Padum road all-weather. Meanwhile, BRO is building Padum-Nimmu road on war-footing. This road will connect with Leh-Srinagar highway at Nimmu, 40km beyond Leh towards Kargil. When complete, Kargil and Leh will be easily accessible to both the Indian Army and civilians.

38 Border Road Task Force (BRTF) commander Colonel Uma Shankar said the trio from Manali had broken records by becoming the first people to reach Zanskar in a vehicle by this route. “We are widening the Darcha-Shinkula road. The black topping of the road is also continuing. People can soon enjoy a smooth and scenic ride to Shinkula,” he said.

126 RCC second in-charge at Zanskar, Ashish Ranjan, congratulated the trio and said Padum-Shinkula and Padum-Nimmu road works are continuing at multiple stages. “A large portion of the road has been double-laned and black-topped. We have informed the seniors that Shinkula is now connected with Padum by the road.”



http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/71076975.cms


Zanskar celebrates as new ‘road’ brings it 600km closer to Himachal Pradesh | Shimla News - Times of India
 

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Raahi in Leh
A Friend covered this route today.

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Done leh pudum darcha route


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This road is not for tourist as of now,
what I understood after covering it,
it’s made to make life better for Zhanskari people.


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As shared on Whatsapp
 
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Tunnel under Shinku La ?


 

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First Tempo Traveller reached Manali via Shinku La from Padum !
कठिन रास्ते से शिंकुला दर्रा पार कर मनाली पहुंचा पहला टेम्पो ट्रेवलर, 1600 KM का तय किया सफर

9/23/2019 3:04:13 PM


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कुल्लू: जनजातीय जिला लाहौल-स्पीति के जास्कर से शिंकुला दर्रा को पार कर पहला टेम्पो ट्रेवलर मनाली सुरक्षित पहुंचा। बता दें कि यह टेम्पो 9 मजदूरों को लेकर 5091 मीटर की ऊंचाई व 1600 KM का सफर तय कर पहुंचा। दरअसल हाल ही में इस सड़क को यातायात के लिए बहाल कर दिया गया है। मनाली के स्थानीय चालक ने बताया कि एक टेम्पो ट्रेवलर जास्कर से 9 मजदूरों को लेकर शिंकुला से पास होते हुए मनाली पहुंची।



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जानकारी के मुताबिक इतने कठिन रास्ते और हल्की बर्फबारी के बीच यह टेम्पो ट्रेवलर पहुंचा। बता दें कि यह रास्ता अब पर्यटकों और लोगों के लिए तैयार हो गया है। इतना ही नहीं यह मार्ग स्थानीय लोगों व व्यवसायियों के लिए रोजगार के नए पहलू लेकर आया है।

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कठिन रास्ते से शिंकुला दर्रा पार कर मनाली पहुंचा पहला टेम्पो ट्रेवलर, 1600 KM का तय किया सफर
 
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Check Toughness of the Terrain in Pics :


Zanskar celebrates as new ‘road’ brings it 600km closer to Himachal Pradesh
Suresh Sharma | TNN | Updated: Sep 11, 2019, 12:12 IST 
The three men had no idea that they were the first to reach Zanskar by this route until told by BRO and locals PADUM (LADAKH):
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/71076975.cms
Zanskar celebrates as new ‘road’ brings it 600km closer to Himachal Pradesh | Shimla News - Times of India
September 28, 2019
First Vehicle Reaches Zanskar Valley From Himachal By Shorter New Route
by Sanjay Dutta


Manali:
Residents of Buddhist dominated Zanskar valley of Ladakh are celebrating by the distance between Himachal and the valley being reduced by over 600km as they welcomed the first vehicle that arrived via new opened road after crossing over the Shinkula Pass.
The road between Darcha in Lahaul valley of Himachal and Padum in Zanskar that crosses over the 16,600ft high Shinkula (Shingo-la) is being laid for nearly 10 years now. Though the road is not safe for general traffic movement and is still under construction, three persons from Manali successfully reached Padum, headquarters of Zanskar, in their SUV. Watching vehicle coming into the valley from Shinkula pass, the three were given warm welcome by happy residents in many villages. The Border Roads Organization (BRO) officials, politicians and many organizations also congratulated the three for being the first to reach valley by this road.

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The 3 daredevils who travelled on the high altitude road still under construction to reach Zanskar Valley from Manali
“Initially we had planned to visit Shinkula and return back to Darcha and head to Kargil via Leh. We met with 70RCC commanding officer Deepak Bisht near the pass who encouraged us to give a try to this adventurous journey. We kept crossing nallahs, river and at some time no road. At one point near Lakhang, there was no road and the area was submerged in Zanskar river. BRO’s JE Keshav Kataria who asked us that he will cross our vehicle at any cost through the stretch helped us in making a road through river. We had no idea that we are the first people to reach Zanskar until we were told by BRO officials and locals,” one of three persons Pritam Thakur said.
Zanskar, the southern part of Ladakh in Kargil district, is reachable by the only road via Kargil. With a population of about 15,000, the people of Zanskar have same culture and religion that of people of Lahaul valley of Himachal. Most of the children from the valley study in Kullu. Residents buy ration and other essential items from Lahaul or Kullu and ferry it with help of mules and horses. The only connecting road to Zanskar headquarter Padum from Manali is over 910km and takes three to four days of travel time. The new road via Shinkula is just 273km, about 630km less than the traditional route via Kargil and Pensi-la.

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Crossing streams in the Shinkula-Padum section
“Our hard time has ended. I can not explain how happy people are. We can now go to Himachal to buy essentials and return back home the next day. As your vehicle from Manali has reached here, others will also dare to ply the road and BRO will keep maintaining it,” said Lobsang Tamba of Purne village who runs a homestay here. He added that earlier a few vehicles had attempted to drive on the route but could not cross the Lakhang section.
Some stretches of the road are in very bad condition are require serious maintenance. 70 Road Construction Company (RCC) of BRO maintains the road in south part of Shinkula pass while 126 RCC takes care of rest of the stretch. Nearly 3km stretch of the road at Lakhang was disputed for years and none of the company was maintaining it and is in worse condition. Finally, both the RCCs are building the road on war footing.


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“We are extremely happy that our Ladakh has been made a union territory. Connecting us with Himachal with shortest possible distance is another happy news for us. We need not to go to Kargil or Srinagar for shopping. Opening of this road will bring prosperity to the valley,” Tundup Angdus, a prominent personality of Padum, said while welcoming the vehicle in the headquarters of Zanskar valley.
After hearing the news about arrival of the vehicle after traversing Shinkula pass, Rigzin Dawa and Tashi Langzom, the King and queen of Zanskar, gave a traditional welcome to the three at Zangla palace. Rigzin said opening of this road will end the hardship of the people of dozens of villages of Zanskar. He said Zanskar is vast and is home to a large number of ancient monasteries which would be easily accessible to the tourists. “Our new generation will definitely have a good time. They will have a comparatively comfortable life. This road will generate livelihood options for our people. The road has connected many remote villages,” he added.

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A couple at Purne village welcome the vehicle from Shinkula Pass into the village for first time
As Manali-Leh highway passes through four high mountain passes and remains blocked in winters for seven months, BRO was looking for another option to keep Ladakh connected round the year. After Rohtang tunnel, BRO was planning to construct another tunnel below Shinkula pass to make Manali-Padum road all-weather. Meanwhile, BRO is building Padum-Nimmu road on war-footing. This road will connect with Leh-Srinagar highway at Nimmu, 40km beyond Leh towards Kargil. When complete, Kargil and Leh will be reachable easily and faster by both Indian Army and civilians.
38 Border Road Task Force (BRTF) commander Colonel Uma Shankar said the three persons have registered themselves in record books by becoming first to reach Zanskar on the vehicle by this route. “We are widening the Darcha-Shinkula road. The black topping of the road is also continuing. People can soon enjoy a smooth and scenic ride to Shinkula,” he said.
126 RCC second in-charge at Zanskar, Ashish Ranjan, congratulated the three and said Padum-Shinkula and Padum-Nimmu road works are continuing at multiple stages. “A large portion of the road has been double-laned and black-topped. We have informed the seniors that Shinkula is now connected with Padum by the road.”

Distance chart
  • Manali to Darcha – 144km
  • Darcha to Shinkula – 40km
  • Shinkula to Purne – 39km
  • Purne to Padum – 50km
  • Manali to Padum via Kargil – 910km
  • Manali to Padum via Shinkula – 273km



Sanjay Dutta

Sanjay Dutta, an engineer by qualification but is a journalist by choice. He has worked for the premier new agency Press Trust of India and leading English daily Indian Express. With more than a decade of experience, he has been highlighting issues related to environment, tourism and other aspects affecting mountain ecology. Sanjay Dutta lives in a village close to Manali in Kullu valley of Himachal.


First Vehicle Reaches Zanskar Valley From Himachal By Shorter New Route – Hill Post
 
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A BCMTian is at Kargil on Wednesday.
He wrote :

After opening of Darcha-Padum route and division of J&K, there are hardly any tourists here.
Not even a single tourist is there, except us, who is planning to visit Padum, as told by taxi operator, which was confirmed from 3 different sources.

Temperatures in Zanskar have gone sub-zero after sunset and day temperatures go to max 5-6 degrees.
 
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