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Aryan Villages are the most attractive places to visit, some 60 kms north-east of Kargil and 75 Km from Ashuna Hotel & Resort, on the Line of Control and on the bank of the Indus River, these villages are known as Batalik, Darchik and Garkon and are situated on the northern bank of Indus on the road to Baltistan and untouched by the modern technological world. Here is found a community, which for thousands of years has lived in isolation in their inaccessible villages.
Ashuna (Lhunchey) Village
One of the oldest and historically important Village in Kargil district of Ladakh. Ashuna is also caleed Lhunchey. Derived from the word Lhangfochey (Local word for Elephant) because of its vast area and high population. It is situated on the bank of River Suru. It used to be the capital of the king of Karchey. The remains of the fort is still there.
One can spend a whole day in the wilderness of the village. Local flour Mill (Ranthiaq) is a must watch. A trekking for a day or two to CheChe broq, a beautiful place for camping and trekking.
A mid Seventeenth Century monument, build during the reign of THi Mohammad Sultan, Prince of Karchey. A place with mixed architecture and design of Tibetan-Persian art. It is built on a hilltop which also serves as a view point for five villagees. Its last renovation was done in the year 1988. The remains of the fort can be seen from here.
The Sankoo Valley
A 30 minutes drive from the Resort, this place serves a village life experience and a beautiful picturesque view. Some of the few neighboring villages are Faroona, Thueena, Lankarchey, etc. A bicycle stroll of theses villages is a must to do here.
One of the most awe-inspiring destinations in the Ladakh Valley, the Suru Valley form the foundation of Kargil district. Arguably one of the most beautiful and scenic valleys in the Ladakh district of Jammu and Kashmir, Suru Valley nestled in the Himalayan mountain range is drained by the Suru River (a tributary of the Indus River). Kargil, the second largest town in Ladakh and the site of the War of 1999, is situated in Suru Valley.
Hundurman, an abandoned Purgi settlement in Kargil located at the LOC (Line of Control), came under the territory of India post 1971 Indo-Pak conflict. The rediscovery of the settlement in the form of artefacts and memories has evolved into a living museum.. The experience is designed to give visitors a unique perspective into the history and culture of an otherwise unknown settlement of Kargil.
67 km from the Kargil Town, is the base for visiting Panikhar the central area of the valley. A short hike takes one to the Nun view-saddle (3810m) from where a panoramic view of the two peaks and the glacial plateau can be had. Another possibility is to ascend the Sentik ridge above the village of Tangole to approach the glacial plateau. Treks from here lead to Pahalgam (5 days) and Kishtwar (6 days). The Imambaras and mosque at Taisuru near Panikhar, are worth beholding for their architecture.
This is an isolated amphitheatre like valley which lies 130 km from Kargil (65 km from Panikhar). Enchanting in its beauty, it has two small hamlets and a monastery that date from the 17th century. The villagers are basically the agricultural serfs of the monastery, which like many other monasteries is perched on a high hillock. The region is ideal for camping hiking and horse riding. A five-day trek can be undertaken for Henaskut and Lamayuru through the Kanji valley.
Nestled in the Kargil district of Ladakh region and 60 kilometres to the west is the Drass sector, second coldest inhabited places in the world which once recorded a temperature of minus 60 on 9th Jan 1995, is often dubbed as ‘The Gateway to Ladakh’. The region first shot to prominence during the Kargil war, when there was an armed conflict between Indian and Pakistani troops. It is situated at an elevation of 10,990 feet and spans across a range from 16000 feet to 21000 feet.
DRASS WAR MEMORIAL
Located in Dras village, this war memorial is built of pink sand stone and has an epitaph dedicated to the valiant soldiers. The soldiers are the ones who sacrificed everything, even their lives during the Kargil war in 1999 and recaptured the states where Pakistan troops took control over.
MULBEKH MONASTERY, KARGIL
Enshrined with the 9 meter tall idol of Maitreya Buddha (future) chiseled in the rocks, Mulbekh monastery is 36 Km away from Kargil on the way towards Leh on the National highway 1D.
It is believed that the idol dates back to the 8th century but another school of thought believes it to have been built in Kushan’s period.
The main attraction of the Lamayuru region, the sprawling Lamayuru Monastery, lies at a distance of about 127 km from Leh. Murals, frescoes and column paintings exemplifying the Kashmiri style of Buddhist iconography are what stand out in this monastery.
Trekking, Kargil Overview
A number of treks originate in and around Kargil. These are Lamayuru-Leh, Padum-Lamayuru, Padum-Hemis, Sankaru-Dras, NunKun etc. Trekking in the region may be challenging due to the weather conditions, but rewarding because of the beautiful setting of the region.