Located on the Indian National Highway 1D between Srinagar and Leh in the western section of the Himalayan mountain range, Zoji La (Pass) is a beautiful mountain pass overlooking snow-capped peaks and dense forests. Because of its location, the pass is also referred as the entry gate to Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir. Set at a distance of 9 km from Sonamarg in Jammu and Kashmir, Zojila Pass acts as a major link between Ladakh and Kashmir. The pass is situated at a height of about 11,575 ft (3,528 meters) which makes it the second highest pass in India.
During the India Pakistan War of 1947, Zoji La was seized by Pakistani raiders in their campaign to capture Ladakh. However, the pass was later captured by the Indian forces in a daring assault code-named Operation Bison. The operation achieved success due to the unexpected use of tanks, which was then the highest altitude at which tanks had operated during a war.