In research, documentation (audio, textual and visual), cataloging, space and experience design, museum management, exhibition design, mass and social media strategy, and storytelling!
We welcome volunteers with varied backgrounds such as students and professional
researchers, sociologists, anthropologists, historians, designers, museum studies (management
and preservation), filmmakers, photographers, and even wanderers.
Due to the overwhelming amount of work and our lack of specific professional skills required to
manage the museum, we have started a volunteer program for students and professionals who
are interested in working with us. Although there are myriad projects that one could take up,
we have specified the nature of the work that is available with us in order to create a more clear
and time-bound picture of the internship program.
Interested people are welcome to contact us over the phone or via email. Please send us a brief
of your background, skills/resume/portfolio, and the project you are interested to work on.
Once you are here, we will provide you a modest accommodation (you might have to share a
room with another volunteer), Wifi internet facility, kitchen (cook your own food). The
accommodation is equipped with bare basic necessities. You might be able to get your hands
on a local pre-paid sim card (on a first come first serve basis). But you can use our landline phone to make
or receive phone calls. BSNL, Jio, and Airtel provide cellular network coverage in Kargil.
We have a small library if you like to read about Central Asian trade and its stories. If you are interested in exploring the mountains, we are happy to organize weekend treks and getaways for you. Over the years our volunteers have created a vast resource for exciting short and long trekking routes around the area that are perfect for experiencing the great outdoors and even for some soul searching in the mighty
The Himalayas. With many volunteers from varied backgrounds visit us every year, you are sure to
meet and get inspired by people who are doing interesting and often weirdly exciting things in
life. The best time to visit is from May to October.
In terms of monetary incentives, we either take care of your travel expenses or provide a
minimal monthly stipend depending on what the volunteer is interested in avail.
With a keen sense of appreciation for the significance of these artifacts, we have been
managing this museum and its artifacts solely as caretakers. Even though we have done a
minimal bit of research required in order to put the museum together, we are definitely not the
complete authority on its historical significance. Every year we have scholars and researchers
visiting from India and abroad to explore the many exciting research opportunities at the
We constantly establish tie-ups and collaborations with literary, arts and history institutions
through presenting papers and proposals inviting students, scholars, and researchers to carry
out research on the hundreds of Central Asian and silk route artifacts, manuscripts and
mercantile items that require in-depth study.
If you are some who is studying Central Asian history from any perspective be it sociology,
culture, anthropology, literature, linguistics studies, and so on, we have a great pool of
unexplored avenues that could be of great interest to you. If you like to take up research with
us, we are always open!