April 2019 the road to leh Ladakh from srinagar (Srinagar -Leh Highway) is open and the traffic will start running shortly. Although road is open but its not officially open for public, 2 days back there were traffic movement of authorities between drass and Sonmarg. Officially it will open approx on 1 may 2019
In feb 2019 BRO Border road organisation has started the snow clearance from Sonmarg. They could have opened it earlier but the 30 KM of the stretch from Sonamarg to Zojila Pass zero point take most of the time and effort.
Though roads are open but one must keep in mind that its freshly opened road and need time to mend and settle. BRO (Border road organisation) cut & clear the snow, open the road and let it rest to settle so that it help in smooth functioning of vehicles.
As an advise we should keep in mind that when the route opens, it needs at least couple of weeks to settle or get stabilized from initial snow sliding that happens due to quick melting of snow. So, please do not rush to Ladakh by road as soon as the highway is thrown open rather wait for a couple of days to let it stabilize. This will ensure your safe trip and avoiding any kind of unforeseen mishaps.
Meantime in leh there is shortage of food supply like groceries , fruits and vegetables, spices. All edible items are rarely available, Thus opening of the road is happy news for the locals of leh ladakh region. Ladakhi people are waiting for first supply to reach leh so that they can enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables. From October to April The ladakhis people totally depend on the food that is stored for the season, as the roads close for these month. People are desperately waiting for road to open and now its open thus a big relief for Leh Ladakh.
This year there has been a significant amount of snowfall in all over the Himalayas. we assume that BRO faced challenges to clear the snow, especially from the deadly Zojila Pass.
Srinagar to leh. The first batch always enjoy the white walls of snow on both side it look like a scene from movie which exits lot of people. Later the traffic melt the snow so fast that even in few days later you wont find a inch of snow.
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