KARGIL WAR MEMORIAL

KARGIL WAR MEMORIAL

The Kargil War memorial was built by the Indian army that commemorates the historic success of Operation Vijay also to commemorate numerous war martyrs who lost their lives during the war of Kargil with Pakistan in the year 1999. It is located at Dras, in the foothills of the Tololing Hill about 5 kms from the city centre across the Tiger Hill. A poem "Pushp Kii Abhilasha (Wish of a Flower) by Makhanlal Chaturvedi, a renowned 20th century neo-romantic Hindi poet, is inscribed on the gateway of the memorial greets visitors. The names of the soldiers who lost their lives in the War are inscribed on the Memorial Wall and can be read by visitors.

The memorial is made of pink sandstone and features an epitaph that is dedicated to the selfless sacrifice of Indian soldiers. Army emblems, war document archives, Pakistani war equipments and gear and miniatures of Himalayan mountain range are kept in the museum of this memorial. A special war gallery, named after Captain Manoj Pandey, features photographs and seized Pakistani weapons from the war. At the entrance, visitors would find an elegy written by Dr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan. Names of soldiers and officers who sacrificed their lives are mentioned on the walls of this war memorial. A giant national flag, weighing 15 kg was hoisted at the Kargil war memorial to commemorate the 13th anniversary of India's victory in the war.

 

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