The applications of ice stupas range from irrigating dry and arid mountain deserts to mitigating dangers posed by glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFS). Most of all, Sonam is excited about reviving the rural economy of Ladakh by promoting ice stupas as a winter attraction for tourists. This is an idea that has already been lapped up by the tourism authorities of Switzerland.
Shailendra Yashwant is a photo-journalist
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