On January 21, 2021, Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Youth Affairs and Sports inaugurated the 1st ever Khelo India Zanskar Winter Sports & Youth Festival 2021 at Padum in Zanskar of Kargil, Ladakh UT. It will take place for 13 days from January 18-30, 2021 and is organized by Ladakh’s Sports & Youth Services Department and Tourism Department under the Khelo India program.
R K Mathur, Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh;Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) of Ladakh; Tashi Gyalson, Chief Executive Councilor of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) were present during the inauguration.
i.The Festival is the 1st of its kind to be organized in Zanskar Valley, Ladakh.
- Objective – To promote Zanskar as a winter Tourists destination.
- It has been introduced as an annual event to showcase the potential of Zanskar valley as a hub for Adventure Tourism & Sports.
- Some of the events in the Festival are Ice Climbing, trekking on frozen Zanskar River, Ice Hockey, snow sculpture & ethnic food festival.
ii.In the Future, the Ministry is planning to promote Ladakh as a centre for Ice Hockey
- It will also open a centre for Archery & Polo in two areas in Ladakh.
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i.On 4th July 2020, Radha Krishna Mathur, Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh launched Mission Organic Development Initiative(M.O.D.I) and Greenhouse Project for Sustainable Development
About UT Ladakh
Lieutenant Governor– Radha Krishna Mathur
Capital– Leh, Kargil