Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldie


  • The 255-km DarbukShyok-Daulat Beg Oldie (DSDBO) road joining Leh to the Karakoram Pass, which has become a thorn in China’s flesh, has been in the making for around two decades and is expected to be completed by this year.


  • The road from Darbuk traverses at an altitude of 14,000 feet and reaches Shyok, the last Indian village in the region.
  • Between Shyok and Karakoram Pass (that divides Ladakh from China’s Xinjiang province) lies Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO).
  • From the DSDBO road, a road branches off towards Galwan Valley, a hill feature, which India wants to protect because it overlooks the area around the main road.
  • The branch road has prompted the stand-off in Galwan Valley.

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Location Daulat Beg Oldie

  • DBO is India’s northernmost corner, which in army parlance is called Sub-Sector North, and building a road till here has been of vital importance to India.
  • DBO is located only 9 km away from the Line of Actual Control with China and the road will help manage the border and the areas adjoining Aksai Chin, Chip Chap River and Jiwan Nalla.

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