A cultural museum in the historic Lonpo Khang (house) was inaugurated by Haji Anayat Ali, Chairman J&K Legislative Council on June 19 at Zbayul (the Hidden Village) Hinasku, Kargil.
The museum was opened during the concluding function of 10 day-long design workshop conducted by Roots Ladakh, a for-profit social enterprise based in Kargil and Little Local, a travel company based in Mumbai, India in collaboration with CEPT University, Ahmedabad, as part of their Summer Winter School 2019.
Around 35 students from across India lived in Henasku village for a week and documented the life, history and culture of the place. The workshop also engaged local volunteers and support teams who helped the students through their research work.
This workshop was part of a long term, integrated community development initiative known as “Project Zbayul” by Roots Ladakh and Little Local. The aim is to preserve the lesser known heritage of Ladakh and create alternative livelihood opportunities for grassroots communities through eco-tourism initiatives.
Haji Anayat Ali congratulated the team of Roots Ladakh for their Project Zbayul and other projects like Hundarman Brok, Project Brown Bear which helps in promoting tourism in the district.
He said that Kargil has a distinct cultural identity with 6 ethnic groups amongst its 1.8 lakh population which is unknown and needs to be explored.
Referring to the students and other team members Haji Anayat Ali said that they should act as an ambassador to showcase the rich historical background of Kargil, which is still a virgin place for explorers and tourist.
Talking about the museum, Haji Anayat Ali said that the museum is now a permanent cultural asset for the community, which will serve as a unique cultural experience for travelers and will be an additional livelihood for the community. He urged upon the team to do such work in other historical places also so that the industry of tourism can be boosted for a healthy living of the society.
Also, he assured speedy completion of macadamisation of the link road which was a long-standing demand of the people of Henasku.
Executive Councilor, Mohammad Ali Chandan was the guest of honour and Aga Syed Toha, Assistant Director, Department of Tourism Kargil and various other dignitaries, village heads and community of Henasku were also present.