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Zojila Pass in Sonamarg

A high mountain pass between Srinagar and Kargil, Zojila pass or simply Zoji pass is termed as the gateway to the majestic Ladakh. Ranking second in terms of high altitude passes in India, Zojila lies at a height of around 11,500 ft from the sea level. While driving towards Zojila,  travelers are expected to be centered between Kashmir basin on one side and Dras on the other. Besides the lush green Dras valley, Zojila also overlooks snow capped summits and dense jungles. Having a history of being seized by the militants of Pakistan, followed by a rescue war by the Indian army, this gateway holds much significance.

Owing to its sensitive location and a rough topography in the principal Himalayan mountain range, driving through Zojila is often a challenging one. Its location in the Himalayas also  limits its  access for the tourists. As a result, Zojila remains closed in the winters due to heavy snowfall and is open for tourists only in the spring.