Nitin Gadkari plans to make Indian hill station a major tourist attraction

The small but perfect town of Auli may soon become a major attraction for tourists from all over the world!

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, addressing a virtual event on Friday, said: “We want to develop Auli in Uttrakhand near Badrinath and Kedarnath as an attraction for tourists from all over the world. The hill station located in Uttarakhand is India’s premier ski resort destination.

Originally developed as a paramilitary base, the Auli ski slopes are popular with tourists and professionals alike. In winter, Auli hosts several snow adventure events.

Rising to around 2,800 meters above sea level and surrounded by acres of oak and coniferous forests, Auli offers panoramic views of some of India’s highest peaks, including the country’s second highest, Nanda Devi (7,816 m).

The Union Minister further added that he plans to develop a landscape between the 18 km stretch of the Zojila tunnel in Ladakh and the Z-Morh tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir like the famous Davos in Switzerland.

Zojila Pass is located at an elevation of 11,578 feet on the Srinagar-Kargil-Leh National Highway and remains closed during winters due to heavy snowfall.

Gadkari launched construction works for the Zojila tunnel in October last year and expressed confidence that the strategic project, which will provide year-round connectivity between the Srinagar Valley and Leh, will be completed before the next elections. by Lok Sabha. The project has a six-year completion schedule.

When completed, the tunnel, projected to be the longest in Asia, would cut travel time from 3 hours to 15 minutes with an avalanche-free journey on the Srinagar-Leh section of NH-1.

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