Rangdum is in a valley situated 3,657 m (11,998 ft) above sea level, in an isolated region of the Suru Valley in the union territory of Ladakh in Northern India. On one side are the colourful hills while on the other side are rocky mountains and glaciers, notably Drang-drung.
Rangdum is located midway between Kargil and Padum. It is about 100 kilometres from Kargil. The road conditions are very bad near Rangdum. A JKTDC bungalow, restaurants and hotels are available here. There is no access to electricity, phone or internet.

Tourism:-

tourism is much practised in this area because the area is plane and greenery all through. Every year people used to go there for night stay and some for a day-long picnic and tourists yearly visits as Ladakh trip in these places. The area bounded in between mountains on the two sides reflects the beauty of the Ladakh region in a unique way.
The small villages of Yuldo and Julidok, at the end of the valley, are entirely Buddhist. The people are socially and culturally part of neighbouring Zanskar and support the 18th-century Rangdum Monastery belonging to the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
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The monastery is located at a distance of around 24-25 kms from the village Rangdum and is on a steep hill.
Rangdum has a tourist bungalow, three tea-houses and, around 2 km from the village, a summer-only camp offering accommodation for tourists in bedded tents.

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Mulbekh Monastery or Mulbekh Gompa consists of two gompas, one Drukpa and one Gelugpa Buddhist monastery in Kargil, Ladakh, northern India. Names of the monasteries are Serdung Gompa and Rgaldan-se Gompa of Drukpa and Gelugpa sect respectively. Rgaldan-se Gompa was established by Tungba Lzawa also known as Agu Tungba. Recently the Rgaldan-se Gompa was reconstructed in 2016. It also consists of a Lhakhang known as Nyima Lhakhang, which is the oldest section of the Mulbekh Monastery. It is believed to be built around 800 years ago by the students of great Tibetan scholar Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo, it is clear with the style of painting.


Mulbekh monastry

The altitude of the town at the foot of the crag is given as 3,304 m. (10,839 ft), which makes the altitude of the gompas 3,504 m. (11,495 ft). Its population is given as 5,730.
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Around 45 kilometre east of Kargil town heading toward Leh, is the famous Chamba Statue in Mulbekh village, a striking enormous figure carved into the rock face on the right hand side of the road. It pictures a standing Maitreya Buddha or Buddha-to-come overlooking the old trade route and modern highway. Some people believe it dates to the Kushan period in the early centuries CE.[4] Modern scholars date it as being from around the eighth century.[5] Unfortunately, the lower part of the statue is partly obscured by a small temple built in 1975.


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Garkon is a village located in Kargil Block of Kargil district, in a rural region in the Indian union territory of Ladakh. It is one of the 22 villages of Kargil Block. As per the government records, the population is 1287. The village has 112 households.
The people of Aryan valley came here from Central Asia via Gilgit. Scholars say that they are pure Aryans in the world. The troops of Alexander the Great live here because injured in the battle with Indian sub continent. They settled in Gilgit around 300 B.C and some of them migrated into this valley.
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Tourism:- 
Indian, as well as foreigner, visits every year during summer to see the unique culture of Garkon people. Their dances, folk song, practices, and thier daily life activities attracted many outsiders towards them.
The Aryan valley is famous for its culture and traditions. The area has a unique tradition, culture, language and their looks are different from other descendants of Ladakh. Most of the dresses made by themselves and all the costumes are made up of wool.

The valley is rich in growing Apricot and tomato. Tons are export from the valley to Leh and Kargil town and also all over India. Apricot is one of the famous dry fruits in India which grows in this valley. About other varieties of fruits such as Europe, a type of Grape (green and black), watermelon, pear, and many, in berries- Mulberry (white, red, black), Blackberry, Gooseberry and also Tomato berry also found in this valley.

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SURU VALLEY the hidden beauty of Kargil.


The Suru Valley is a valley in Kargil District in the Union Territory of Ladakh in India located at a distance of about 60 km from the district headquarter. It is drained by the Suru River, a powerful tributary of the Indus River. The valley's most significant town is Sankoo. 

Suru Valley is famous for its beauty. There are many picnic spots in Suru Valley such as Damsna, Parkachik, Sangra, Karpokhar, Khous, Thulus, Stakpa, Umba Namsuru, etc. Being one of the beautiful landscapes and attractive scenery of the valley let to the various school to come for Picnics. During summer these mentioned locations become full of visitors both local as well as outsiders to taste the beauty and scenery. various Bollywood films have taken shot in the valley.
Karpokhar Holy Shrine(Syed Mir Hashim), Khous Holy Shrine & Sanku Holy Shrine (Syed Haider ) are famous for prayer in Suru Valley. Horses, Yaks and other variety of animals can be found living in the valley. In winter Suru Valley experiences heavy snowfall and avalanches.
SURU VALLEY

Tourism:-
Despite the considerable potential, tourism activity is very limited in the valley with most visitors rushing through to Padum and Zanskar due to a lack of information and exploration. The hidden beauty is yet to reveal. There are few facilities for visitors but Jammu & Kashmir Tourism does have basic tourist bungalows in several of the villages. and there's a summer tent camp in Rangdum. Tangole village is a possible starting point for mountaineering expeditions up Nun Kun.

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 Opinion shared by a  Ladakhi:

The land has occupied by greenery, despite comes under the category of harsh climate among the other parts of Ladakh region. It has its beauty bounded within huge mountains and act as a centre point for the travellers from Himachal Pradesh, Kargil, and Leh. The Land namely Zanskar which is commonly known as the "Land of lamas" Which holds mainly Buddhist religion with a few Muslims living together since decades maintaining the colour of unity to resist the communal speech. The region is the second-largest Buddhist inhabitant after Leh district and it comes under district Kargil UT Ladakh as a subdivision and is located at a distance of around 234 KMS from headquarters of district Kargil. The region has a total population of around 15 thousand.

   Now come to my expression/views/article about the region Zanskar because I don't think to present you more about basics details as it is well described on google even by bloggers on their blog.

Pibiting(lungnak river view)

  I would like to express every moment that took place for the last 4 months. At the start, while my first visit in my lifetime to the region, I was very excited to see/observe the place, its peoples, its environmental condition, and all.  I started my journey on 16 July 2020 with my friend Anayat Ali khan, While travelling to the place, the roads were very adventurous as the condition of the road found very rough from the village  Parkachik of kargil to Village ating(phey) of Zanskar and is still because the region is under development from all the sides. Day after reaching the headquarters of Zanskar i:e; padum, I joined the PWD deptt along with my friend and we got a staff quarter from the deptt, situated near to the bank of the river(Lungnak river) at pibiting. Next early morning because of my curiosity, I walked near to the compound wall of the campus and climbed over it and felt the cold breezes coming from the river blowing with a smooth touch to my cheeks silently while feeling it my sight goes to the mountain's peak, where the sun rays striking the top commencing the sign of sunrise from the east, birds chirping behind the bushes of seabuckthorn present few meters away from the wall scattered to the large extent and the trees. After that, I moved my head to backside and saw the prayer flags(tarchoks)  flattering on the terrace of houses due to the blowing air joining the chirping of birds, breezes to halt the silence of the morning and I took some photo shots of early morning scene.

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Now coming to the image of the market, there is a huge market near the Tchowk (maneyringmo chowk) of padum. The market inhabits shops of almost all the basics requirements. The noiseless market in the morning time starts to engage peoples at around 11 am which comes from the nearby areas and far villages for shopping, duty, and other purposes and becomes almost silent again at the evening time as they move back to their destiny.



Both modern dress and Ladakhi traditional dress available in the markets especially the local spun wools.  Though the whole district was in lockdown due to Covid 19 during my visit but the atmosphere of Zanskar was very different, everything runs normally as before, the only thing that Face mask which was mandatory and is still. The huge glacier which is near to the main Padum town stands on the northwest side melting in the day temperature sustaining water to the whole town and nearby villages throughout the year. Most of the villagers are directly dependent on spring water to drink as the spring water available in plentiful. Various Gonpas are built on huge mountains by very talented builders. lamas and chomos residing there to adopt ascetic life. The people of the region are very diligent even females involve in construction work to earn the bread and butter for their family. Besides this, Almost every household engage in cattle raising as the natural foods to the cattle are available in abundance. The houses are colored mainly whitish from outside, the terrace full of dried cow dung and a bunch of local talbu(wood) decorated at the edge of the terrace to use in winter for heating+cooking purposes. Also, tarchoks the prayer flags placed at the edge of the terrace of every Buddhist's house.
Block zangla considered as the hottest area of Zanskar which comes the south-east side of padum town, through which the famous chadar trek approaches. On the north side of padum, there is Lungnak block, the very adventurous road of Zanskar which leads to Himachal Pradesh.
But the only thing which disappointed me even might everyone, that they lack in a communications system and the most important part of our today's life that is mobile internet, without internet it seems to be back in 19th,20th century.  There seems a huge loss for the whole people of Zanskar especially for the students as this compelled the students even businessmen to live abroad. Fortunately, The jio company has almost completed installing towers in Zanskar and may provide a 4G connection by the end of November according to updates from people. Let's see when they receive the traditional khataks.
Now let's move to the autumn season which is the time when trees etc start shredding their yellowish leaves caused due to deficiency of essential elements. The whole lands are full of castles mainly cows left to feed on unnecessary grasses, weeds, etc present in the fields. Freezing of still water on grounds starts in the morning revealing the sign of sub-zero temperatures in the region and it is believed to be a very tough winter in Zanskar().
The inference of the article is that Zanskar is an adventurous land, best tourist spot,  best. Especially in summer if you want to make a summer holiday plan.

Though I want to pen down every moment the lengthy articles don't engage readers, hence I am having my last para here to observe full stop to the article.

Thank you and salute to your patience of reading.

sources:- Wodnas Blog



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 artifacts 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. Following the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, Hundarman was broken overnight. As the borders began to shift, residents ran for cover and several families were separated from their loved ones on both sides of the border.

In 2017, this remote village embarked on an unlikely enterprise: to assemble a “Museum of Memories” in an attempt to safeguard their past and leave a legacy behind for future generations. At the forefront of this movement is Ilyas Ansari, a resident of the village and owner of the museum. Ansari is among the ones fighting to preserve Hundarman’s identity in the history of the area. The museum is set with the objects left by the respective owners during the war, as well as remnants of the war itself—letters from family members who haven’t seen each other in decades, old landmines, medicines, plus shrapnel, old passports, photographs, army helmets, and many more.

Most families have moved to a settlement situated in slightly higher areas in search of agricultural activities, the old Hundarman village has taken on greater importance since it opened to tourism for the first time since India’s partition in 1947. 2018 helped the museum to put on the tourist map and the inflow starts by the next year from every corner of the world.

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CHIKTAN CASTLE/FORT/KHAR

Chiktan fort has its own history narrated by renowned writers, native renowned persons, and many historians. It is believed that there is no similar structure built in the past. The fort was built in the 16th century and had nine floors. Though the fort stands in ruins today, it still attracts visitors who love the spectacular views of snow-capped mountains that form the backdrop. Fortunately, the current Government is about to take steps for its maintenance and rebuilding.



Introduction:-
It is situated in block Shakar Chiktan of district Kargil, UT Ladakh. The structure is currently almost collapsed due to non-maintenance for decades. The structure is near to the market of Chiktan block at some height above the market. this was built in such a way that the king may easily watch the enemies and eye-catching to the nearby area from his palace.

History:-

It was in 8th century, Prince of Baltistan named Thathah Khan took Shelter in the Chiktan area and decided to construct a fort as he was completely attracted by the mountainous beauty of this place. Balti craftsmen constructed the castle in the 16th century that served as a royal residence for centuries. Unfortunately, it reduced to rubble due to negligence by the government, Chiktan fort was once an adorable piece of architecture thoughtfully designed by architect and carpenter Shinkhan Chandan. Made of rammed earth and stone masonry with mud mortar, timber was used to support the ceilings of the structure and to frame the doors and windows. 


The fort was attacked many times during history but not abandoned until the late 19th century. It is even said that the castle had a rotating room that used to rotate with the support of air blowing. There are many conflicting saying related to the rotating room.