President Kovind begins his Ladakh, J&K tour today; to mark Dussehra with jawans

By Hindustan Times

President of India Ram Nath Kovind will celebrate Dussehra this year with the soldiers of the Indian Army in Ladakh’s Drass area, one of the coldest places in the world where temperatures can drop to less than -40°C. With this, the President will be breaking away from the tradition where he is usually seen participating in Dussehra celebrations in the national capital, Delhi, every year.

An official communiqué issued by the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday said that President Kovind will be visiting Ladakh, and Jammu and Kashmir on October 14 and 15 (a two-day trip over Thursday and Friday).

On the first day of his visit to the Union territory of Ladakh, President Kovind will perform the Sindhu Darshan puja at the Sindhu Ghat in Leh, according to the communiqué. The riverbank, known for its beautiful and scenic landscape, is situated near the Shey village in Leh and hosts a multitude of cultural programmes with the barren mountains, typical to the region, in the backdrop.

In the evening, the President will travel to the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir and interact with Indian troops stationed at Udhampur, the Northern Command headquarters of the Indian Army. Notably, this city – which also serves as the district capital – is considered an important and strategic transit point by the armed forces when travelling by road on the National Highway 44.

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