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The Ladakh region was divided into two separate districts; Buddhist majority Leh and Muslim majority Kargil in June 1979. This bifurcation was an effort of the state government to eliminate discrimination against Ladakh in terms of representation in the State Legislative Assembly. Throughout history, this area received the initial successive ethnic and cultural onslaught from Kashmir, Baltistan or even Central Asia and by 15-16th century much of the population, particularly the western areas, was converted to Islam. The population is mainly of the Shia persuasion in Kargil. Locally the area is known as Purig and the people are Purig-pa (Tibetan-like). They are also known as Balti, because of the strong influence of Baltistan, which historically from time to time has its suzerainty. However, the Baltis forms one of the most westerly Tibetan-speaking peoples.

The climate around Kargil is more temperate than that of Leh. There is occasional rain which favours more varied crops.The Suru valley, towards Kargil, is a long stretch of green valley with plenty of intensively cultivated barley, wheat, peas etc. The entire area has plenty of apricot, which is a famous product and exported in plenty. The valley literally changes its colour when the small white beautiful apricot flower blooms and again when the fruit lends its yellow colour. Kargil is a convenient base for over-night stopover on Leh-Srinagar or Leh-Zanskar route. It is also a good base for adventure activities in Kargil. The sight-seeing for the famousĀ  features like Tolo-ling, Tiger Hill and the Mushkoo valley of the recent India-Pakistan conflict of 1999 is about 50 km towards Dras.

Suru Valley starts from Kargil on way to Zanskar. It is infact one of the most beautiful valley of Ladakh. Moving into the valley upto Parkachik is full of picnic-spots. The peaks of Nun and Kun massif from Parkachik is a breathtaking view.

Kartse Khar: There is a beautiful ancient Buddha image carved on a rock, probably of 7-8th century.

Tumail Chamba, about 10km from town, on Batalik route is one of the lesser known Buddha image. This statue is carved in a soft rock and much of its charm has weathered away. It seems that initially it was plastered and painted, which is evident from some remnants of the same.


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The Buddha carving at Mulbekh


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