July 8, 2016

Kargil - Suru Valley - Mulbekh Chamba

Kargil is the second largest town in Ladakh after Leh. In the past Kargil served as an important trade and transit center for the Central-Asian merchants due to its unique equidistant location (about 200-230km) from Srinagar, Leh and Skardo. These were all well-known trading outposts on the old famous Silk Road.

Kargil is in the Suru valley, which is drained by the Suru River, a powerful tributary of the Indus River. The landscape of the Suru valley is such wonderful, especially with apricot flowers.

Mulbekh is located 45 km East of Kargil and is dominated by the Buddhists structure Mulbekh Camba, in which there is the 9 m high sculpture of Maitreya, the future Buddha. The sculpture dates back to 7th and 8th century when Buddhist missionaries from east Himalayas came to this region. 



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