“Words are not enough to thank them for what they have done for everyone, I just wanted the people here and across the country to know. I am really very grateful to them” — These were the words of one Aryan Ahmad for the Indian Army, who, in a massive operation, rescued more than 2,500 tourists stuck in the upper ridges of Darjeeling and Sikkim due to heavy snowfall.
On December 28, 2018, Darjeeling, its outskirts and the upper ridges of Gangtok in Sikkim received snowfall, reportedly for the first time since February 14, 2008. Tourists were returning from Nathu La Pass and Tsomgo (Changu) lake when it began snowing at around 4.30 pm.
The snow blocked roads, leaving nearly 300 to 400 vehicles stranded at various points on Jawahar Lal Nehru Road, East Sikkim District Magistrate Kapil Meena was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
The Army was immediately called in to help shift tourists to a camp in 17th Mile area. Arrangments were also made to transfer them to safer areas.
“#IndianArmy rescued more than 2500 civilians stuck in more than 400 vehicles around Nathula, Sikkim due to heavy snowfall. All were provided…