Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, inaugurated Lipu Lekh pass on May 8, said the road built by the Border Roads Organisation, was important for “strategic, religious and trade” reasons.
- Lipulekh sits atop the Kalapani Valley and forms a tri-junction between India, Nepal and China. It is an ancient trade and pilgrimage route made famous locally by the Bhutiya people who have inhabited the region for centuries.
- India had closed Lipulekh from 1962 to 1991 due to the 1962 Sino-Indian war.
- It is on the route of the annual Kailash Masarovar Yatra, which goes through Uttarakhand’s Pithoragath district.
- The 80 km road goes right up to the Lipu Lekh pass on the LAC, through which Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims exit India into China to reach the mountain and lake revered as the abode of Siva. The last section of 4 km of the road up to the pass still remains to be completed.