To commemorate the Indian Army's crucial victory in the Battle of Tololing during the Kargil War 20 years ago, a trekking expedition to the Tololing Top was undertaken by the 2 Rajputana Rifles, with the expeditioners accomplishing the feat on Saturday.
The expedition was carried out by the 2 Raj Rif to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Kargil War, during which the 2 Raj Rif had stood the test of time. The Battle of Tololing had been a turning point for the Indian Army as it shaped further developments during Operation Vijay. The majestic Tololing stands atop in the Drass Sector as a testimony to the sacrifice, grit and perseverance of the troops of the Indian Army. The soldiers were determined to recapture this overtop which was occupied and guarded by the Pakistani infiltrators during the Kargil war.
The 2 Raj Rif soldiers scaled Tololing to honor and celebrate the landmark victory that was achieved almost two decades amid harsh terrain and weather conditions.
"The whole idea behind summiting the Tololing Top during the ongoing celebrations was to evoke the spirit of patriotism and pay homage to the gallant soldiers who laid down their lives in the Kargil War," the Army's statement read.
The teams from the 2 Raj Rif comprised one Officer, one Junior Commissioned Officer and twelve Other Ranks. The squad was flagged off from Jaisalmer on June 22. The team got acclimatized after the induction in Leh, followed by the necessary preparations by July 3, after which the squad finally set out for the strenuous task of summiting the Tololing Top, completing the trek on Saturday. Once at the top, the team was welcomed by Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Northern Command.
The Lt Gen lauded the efforts of the squad and reaffirmed the objective of the trek to foster a patriotic spirit and pay homage to all the gallant soldiers who fought in the Kargil War.