Saturday, 4 May 2013
Much of the present day Kargil District was once known as “Purig”. The population of present day Kargil is a amalgament of different ethnic groups like the Indo-Aryan Dards’ Tibetan and Mons of northern India.
Kargil by virtue of its location, topography and contiguity with the alpine region of Kashmir, Kishtwar and outlying areas of Himachal Pradesh, is an ideal ground for trans Himalayan trekking along the ancient trade routes. Diverse ethnic and cultural entities are inhabiting in the sparsely spread villages and hamlets doted along the valleys. Besides trekking, the Suru and Zanskar valleys offer easily accessible Hamalayan peaks of 7000 mtrs, Skiing,Ice skating,River Rafting, hang gliding, angling rock climbing are some of the other attractions offered by the region.
Mystics, sofis and hermits have been lured by the solitude and harmony of nature from time unknown. The magnificent saracenic and Tibetan architecture manifested in Imambaras, Mosques, Khangahs, Monasteries and hermitages, witness the Spiritual devotion persistent among the population of these valleys.