We made the second stop at Drass and visited Kargil War Memorial. As I got to know about Captain Vikram Batra and other heroes of war who lost their lives serving the nation, a chill ran down my spine. It made me think about the hardships in the lives of army men and their families. I didn’t know much about Kargil war, thanks to this visit, I got to know about it. After reading the handwritten letters of army men to their families, I couldn’t help crying.
We undertook one of most ambitious travel plans that looked quite impossible even to an ardent traveler like me. The plan was to embark on a journey from Delhi - Manali - Keylong - Sarchu - Leh - Kargil - Sonmarg - Jalandhar - Delhi all within 7 days, as that's all the time we could spare. To get the story going on the fifth day of our jouney we stopped over at Kargil War Memorial located at Drass, India. It is dedicated to martyrd Indian soldiers who dedicated their lives to their nation during Indo Pak War. The video is a compilation of my travel vlog during our Ladakh trip. Hope you like it.
As we inch closer to Kargil War Memorial our driver, who has now doubled up as a guide too, pointed us to the peaks that acted a crucial part in the Kargil war. These were the hills which were captured by Pakistani troops within the Indian territory, and the Indian army had to launch an offensive to flush them out. Hills like Tiger hill, Point 5060 and Point 5100, and Tololing. He also showed us the walls that were put up to save the vital NH 1D from being bombed and getting damaged. This route was critical to continue the movement of the army and ammo.
And this below is the city of Kargil.
We then got down at Kargil War Memorial. It’s definitely not to be missed. Nothing but admiration, love and respect for all our armed forces.We could see ourselves approaching the snowcapped mountains and glaciers with amazing landscapes all along the way. The Drass River kept us company till we reached our hotel (Hotel Green Land).