The Village of Hundarman on the LOC
The Old Hundurman Village as it looks today.
Hundarman on the LOC
Ladakh offers many gems set in the Trans Himalayan landscape. One such place while travelling to Ladakh is the Village called Hundarman. Set in a sharp mountain gully 11km from Kargil, the tumbledown ghost village of Hundarman is a remarkable sight. Rocky crags tower above, a steeply raked arc of stone-walled terraces sits below and virtually all of the low-ceilinged homes are stacked on top of one another, forming a fascinating core that has been (somewhat) preserved as a unique time capsule. This Village was till 1971 under Pakistani control but came under Indian Control after the 1971 War.
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The onsite Museum on site also includes exhibits from the daily lives of the Village residents from the Time when they were under Pakistani control as well as from the recent times. It takes you on a Journey back in time.
A guided visit is recommended, as it gets you into two museum rooms displaying aged utensils, touching personal mementos of former residents and projectiles that hit the village in the various Indo-Pakistan wars. En route there's the curiosity of passing through the minefield area that once formed the Indo-Pakistan border. And at a lonely tea shack (Km 7), binoculars are rented for better glimpses of the current Line of Control at the ruined village of Brolma. Interestingly Brolma was neighboring Village which too is now abandoned but its still under Pakistani control.
Here is a brief glimpse of the Items on display in the old Houses now converted into two Galleries :
While some of Hundarman's former population now live in Pakistan, the upper village 1km beyond is still populated and is a fascinating place to wander as well
From Lonely Planet
We offer you a new Hundarman / Suru Experience :
Day 01 : Arrive at Kargil. Visit the Hardas Apricot Valley and the Munshi Aziz Bhat Museum. Roam the Kargil Bazaar. Overnight at the Hotel with a Bomb Shelter, the Kargil
Day 02 : After Breakfast move towards Hundarman along the Shingo River. View the old Route from Kargil to Skardu which hast been in use since 1948. View across the LOC and see abandoned Village on the Other side. After reaching Hundarman check into the Homestay on the LOC. After Lunch go down and visit the small Museum set up there by the locals of the Village. Roam around the abandoned Village. In the evening hear stories of the Past as we sit around a bonfire. Night stay at the Homestay on the LOC Hundarman
Day 03 : After Breakfast we say good bye to our Village Hundarman and move towards Kargil. We move into the Suru Valley and see the Mosque at Trespone. Further we see Buddhist Relic sites on the way to Sankoo. We move beyond Sankoo and go to Panikhar and see the massive Nun Kun Peaks, the highest Himalayan Peaks in the Indian controlled Himalayas in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Have a round of Archery with the locals. Return by evening toKargil and stay at The Kargil
Day 04 : Departure for Srinagar / Leh as per schedule.
And an image which speaks for itself and it tells you that you are indeed very close to somewhere on the Line of Control