Hundurman Broq : Preserved museum at LOC

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.