A family-operated, Public Museum dedicated to preserving the life and legacy of Munshi Aziz
Bhat – A Silk Route trader, pioneer, visionary, social entrepreneur, collector, patriot, husband
Our museum offers anyone who visits, a rare glimpse into the Indian and Central Asian trader
culture of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Through its collection of artifacts and mercantile
items, the museum exhibits the range of goods and services that were transported on the many
maritime and overland trajectories of the Silk Routes.
Apart from commerce, the Silk Route memorabilia at the museum is an enduring peek into the lives of the many merchants, horsemen, herders, pilgrims, artisans, nomads, and farmers who traversed these trader routes and evolved a culture that saw its ultimate demise with the growth of mechanized trade and
reorganization of boundaries in the post-independence era.
To create awareness and educate the locals, youth, children and travelers about the
the rich heritage of Kargil through innovative outreach activities.
To establish a center to preserve the artifacts presently available to us, that we might
acquire in the future or might be donated by various interested persons.
To preserve the tangible and intangible heritage of Kargil through creative
documentation and make them accessible for a broad range of audiences
To emerge as a global center for academic and non-academic research in the area of
Central Asian Studies