MS Dhoni reached Ladakh on Wednesday

Dhoni was seen spending time with the Jawans at Army hospital in Ladakh on August 14. MS Dhoni is expected to visit the Indian Army's Siachen base on Independence Day. Dhoni had joined his 106 Para TA unit on July 31 in Khummu, which is near Srinagar

Former India cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is celebrating this year's Independence Day in the best way possible as he visited Ladakh to spend some quality time with soldiers of the Indian Army.

Dhoni, who holds an honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army, reached Ladakh on Wednesday along with soldiers of the Parachute Regiment, which he is a part of.

Dhoni was seen spending time with the jawans at an Army hospital in Ladakh with pictures and videos of the legendary cricketer doing the rounds on social media.

Dhoni is also expected to visit the Army's Siachen base on August 15 and is likely to pay his tributes to the martyrs at the Siachen War Memorial as well.

"Dhoni is a brand ambassador of the Indian Army. He has engaged in motivating members of his unit and has often been playing football and volleyball with the soldiers. He is also undertaking battle training exercises with the corps. He will remain in the valley till August 15," said a senior army official.

Dhoni skipper India's tour of the West Indies and is on a break for 2 months from cricket to fulfil his duties for the Territorial Army, which is a reservist force that draws on civilians who can do short stints to assist the military.

Dhoni is going to complete a 15-day stint with the Victor Force engaged in counter-insurgency operations against militants fighting Indian rule in the country's only Muslim-majority region of Kashmir.

He is taking on the duties of patrolling, guard and post duty and would be staying with troops, the army said in a statement, adding that its headquarters had approved a schedule which incorporated Dhoni's requests.

Dhoni has trained as a paratrooper and jumped from aircraft, an army official said, adding, this stint in Kashmir is part of his training.