Known for its two Gompas that belong to the Drukpa and Gelugpa sects respectively, the Mulbekh Monastery is one of the most important places to see near Kargil. The monastery is situated at an elevation of 3,304 meters and is indeed a remarkable piece of workmanship that maintains a carved nine meters tall statue of Maitreya Buddha, which is said to be overlooking the old trade route and the present day highway. The statue is also called Chamba and is believed to have been built around 8th Century AD. Even though, the common belief is that this depiction is of Lord Buddha, many scholars asserted a strong resemblance of Lord Shiva as well. In addition it also houses many prized relics, ancient inscriptions and frescoes that reflects the magnificent works of the 14th century.
Mulbekh Monastery is situated at a distance of 45 kms from Kargil and can be easily reached by hiring a cab.
Kargil being close to the place has few places for sightseeing around Mulbekh Monastery. Kargil War Memorial, Line of Control and Mulbekh Village are some the popular attractions here.
The best time to visit Mulbekh Monastery is in the summer season, between the months of June and September as the rest of the year the place remains covered in snow.