Unlock Hundurman – Museum of Memories
Unlock Hundurman is a community based experimental project to document the lesser known heritage of Ladakh and to promote rural tourism in Kargil. The project offers curated museum visits, nature walks and village homestays for visitors. Hundurman is a 500 year old abandoned settlement along the Indo-Pak LoC in Kargil. These homes were opened to unfold the lives and stories of the people living here through the narratives of war, arts and crafts, lifestyle and culture.
Known as “Zbayul”, which means “the invisible village” in the local dialect, the name was coined because of the mountains that surround and protect it, making it invisible to those who don’t know of the place. Today the name assumes a deeper significance as a reference to a past of importance and glory, which has somehow been lost over time. Our project is an attempt to document, preserve and bring forward the lesser known heritage of Ladakh and create livelihood opportunities for local communities.
The Himalayan Brown Bear Project is a community-led wildlife conservation project in Kargil to address the issue of Human-Himalayan Brown conflict. The aim of this project is to develop a sustainable community based conflict mitigation and conservation model through training and sensitizing the local communities to mitigate livestock depredation and minimize human-animal conflict along with creating avenues for livelihood through efforts in wildlife- tourism.
Inspired by the high quality produce of apricots in Kargil, Jumping Ibex is an F&B brand marketed by Roots that promotes products made of indigenous apricots, sourced directly from the local growers ensuring fair trade pricing. These products are 100% organic and packaged locally.
Deep within, we all have a desire to explore, to bridge our mental and physical selves with the outside and find what completes our undying curiosity and us for the unknown. With this comes the rise of a new wave. Suru valley is yet to be discovered by the outside world and is a place with potential for all forms of adventure and extreme sports. Suru Fest is an annual event from 25 th August to 5th September during which it becomes a playground for the climbing and adventure community to explore and open new avenues for what they love in these remote adventure destinations.