During the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947, Zoji La was seized by Pakistani raiders in 1948 in their campaign to capture Ladakh. The pass was captured by Indian forces on 1 November with Operation Bison
Zoji La Pass
A vital link between Leh and Kashmir Zoji La is located 12 kms from Sonmarg - the golden meadows! At an elevation of approximately 11,575 ft, Zoji La is the second highest pass after Fotu La on the Srinagar-Leh National Highway. The Machoi Glacier is located near the Zoji La pass which is the source for the Dras river and nallah Sindh.
Zoji La pass is often closed during winter, though the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) is working to extend traffic to most parts of the year. The Beacon Force unit of the BRO is responsible for clearing and maintenance of the road during Winter.