Munshi Aziz Bhat Museum of Central Asian and Kargil Trade Artifacts is in Kargil in Kashmir.
If you are ready for a trip back in time to look down silk route?
This is the museum is in the charming town of Kargil. This tiny, but mighty museum will transport you to the days of the Silk Route trade and give you a glimpse into the bustling activity that Kargil once experienced.
But wait, it gets even better. If you’re lucky enough to meet Munshiji (the museum’s resident historian), he’ll regale you with tales of his ancestors and their serai. Trust us, his stories and the culture will leave you in awe.
Even if you don’t get to meet Munshiji, the eclectic collection of the family’s goods on display will transport you back to a time when Kargil was a major stop for traders from far-off lands, and borders and boundaries didn’t exist.
Operated by two brothers, Gulzar Hussain Munshi (director) and Ajaz Hussain Munshi (curator) with the help of their family members and the International Association for Ladakh Studies, this museum has been showcasing the history of the region since 2004. Named after the ancient silk route trader Munshi Aziz Bhat, the museum features horse-saddles, tapestries, utensils, coins, old manuscripts, photographs, costumes, and jewellery.
Oh, and did we mention that this museum also helps to shed light on the rich history of Kargil, beyond its current Kashmiri or “Islamic” image in the eyes of the common traveler?
So, pack your bags, and set off on a journey to discover the hidden gems of Kargil at the Munshi Aziz Bhat Museum of Central Asian And Kargil Trade Artefacts.”