In a breathtaking spectacle amidst the peaks of mighty Himalayas, the world’s highest motorable road Umling-la, situated at an altitude of 190,024 feet, made a history by playing host to the World’s Highest International Fashion Runway. The fashion show, held on Thursday under Vibrant Ladakh festival, saw participation of international models from 14 countries, the official said.
The event was organised by Ladakh administration and Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council Leh in partnership with Ladakh Art and Entertainment Alliance and supported by Indian Army and Border Roads Organisation.
With the participation of international models, including two Ladakhi models, the fashion show aimed at symbolising and promoting the vibrant culture of India espoused in ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ and the highly valued GI tagged Pashmina of Ladakh, all rooted in the promoting sustainable and responsible tourism, said an official spokesperson .
The costumes donned by the models introduced a colour palette which reflected the spring and summer hues and also showcased pashmina products produced in the Changthang region, they said.
The event marked a significant milestone as it allowed international tourists to stay overnight in Hanle, a decision met with jubilation by the local villagers who honoured the models with exclusive cultural performances.
LAHDC Chairman Tashi Gyalson applauded the achievement and paid his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah for allowing foreign tourists and looked forward to a boost in tourism activities in the region.