After a long wait, Srinagar Leh Highway was declared open for civilian traffic today. The road was thrown open by GOC 15 Corps Lt Gen J S Dhillon in an inaugural function held at zero point Zojila today by flagging off a convoy. The road was closed in December last year and due to heavy snow accumulation and snow avalanches, the reopening of the road got delayed by almost a month this year.
This will mark the official beginning of tourist season in Ladakh this year. A lot of people have eagerly been waiting for the road to open. Last year the highway got opened in March 1st week itself but this year, due to heavy snow on the road, the opening got delayed.
With that being said, I will strongly advise not traveling on the road for at least next 2 to 3 weeks. Please note that the highway was declared open on Friday itself but due to avalanches at 10 or 12 different places, BRO had to close it again. While the army convoys and locals were able to drive across Zojila today, it is not yet safe for tourists to ply on. There is also a huge chance that the road may get closed again for a couple of days for restoration work.