President Ram Nath Kovind is on a two-day visit to the Union Territories of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir. During his visit, the President will celebrate Dussehra with Indian Army personnel in Drass area of Kargil. Let us tell that this place is one of the coldest areas in the world, the temperature here can be less than -4- degree Celsius. Along with this, President Kovind is also going to break the tradition under which he is usually seen participating in Dussehra celebrations in Delhi every year.
According to an official release issued by Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday, President Kovind will visit Drass in Ladakh on October 15 (Friday) and pay homage to the martyrs of the 1999 Kargil War at the Kargil War Memorial. Meanwhile, President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday greeted citizens on the eve of Dussehra.
“On the auspicious occasion of Vijayadashami, I extend my warm greetings and best wishes to all my fellow citizens in India and abroad,” the President said in his message. He said Vijayadashami is celebrated to mark the victory of good over evil and that Lord Rama’s personality and his righteous conduct “are a role model for all of us.”
President Kovind is scheduled to visit the Drass area which is known as the “Gateway to Ladakh” and is famous for its high altitude trekking routes and tourist spots. It is also a strategically important military point, where Indian Army personnel have to face rising altitude and cold temperatures throughout the year to guard the Line of Control (LoC). Situated between the Zoji La Pass and the city of Kargil, Dras has an average winter temperature of less than -20 °C and is often referred to as the “coldest place” in India.
On Kargil Vijay Diwas 2021, he was to lay a wreath at the war memorial when the President canceled his visit to Dras due to bad weather. In 2019 too, inclement weather prevented President Kovind from visiting Dras to participate in the Kargil Vijay Diwas, and instead, he paid tribute to him by laying a wreath at a war memorial at the Army’s 15 Corps headquarters in Badamibagh, Srinagar. .