Kargil War Memorial
The Kargil War Memorial, also known as the Drass war memorial or the Vijaypath, is a popular war memorial built in the memory of the martyrs of the 1999 Kargil war by the Indian army. The Kargil war was fought between India and Pakistan. The Kargil War Memorial is frequented by travelers plying the highway connecting Srinagar to Leh. The memorial houses some of the major sequence of events that happened during the course of the war along with details of the Indian army personnel, who sacrificed their lives in the process of recapturing some of the peaks occupied by the Pakistan army; like the Tiger Hill and Tololong.
The main attraction of the whole memorial is the Sandstone wall, in the open, which has the names of all the Indian army personnel, who laid their lives during the Kargil war besides there is also a souvenir shop. Visitors to the memorial can also see from there, some of the peaks that the Indian army captured back from Pakistan. A giant national flag, weighing 15 kg was hoisted at the Kargil war memorial to commemorate India’s victory in the war .
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 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.
The War Conflict Events
DATE (1999) HISTORICAL EVENT
- May 3 Pakistani intrusion in Kargil reported by local shepherds.
- May 5 Indian Army patrol sent up; Five Indian soldiers captured and tortured to death.
- May 9 Heavy shelling by Pakistan Army damages ammunition dump in Kargil
- May 10 Infiltrations first noticed in Dras, Kaksar and Mushkoh sectors
- Mid-May Indian Army moves in more troops from Kashmir Valley to Kargil Sector
- May 26 IAF launches air strikes against infiltrators
- May 27 IAF loses two fighters — MiG-21 and MiG-27;. Flt Lt Nachiketa taken POW
- May 28 IAF MI-17 shot down by Pakistan; four air crew dead
- June 1 Pakistan steps up attacks; bombs NH 1A
- June 5 Indian Army releases documents recovered from three Pakistani soldiers indicating Pakistan’s involvement
- June 6 Indian Army launches major offensive in Kargil
- June 9 Indian Army re-captures two key positions in the Batalic sector
- June 11 India releases intercepts of conversation between Pakistani Army Chief Gen Pervez Musharraf, while on a visit to China and Chief of General Staff Lt Gen Aziz Khan in Rawalpindi, as proof of Pakistani Army’s involvement
- June 13 Indian Army secures Tololing in Dras
- June 15 US President Bill Clinton, in a telephonic conversation, asks Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to pull out from Kargil
- June 29 Indian Army captures two vital posts — Point 5060 and Point 5100 near Tiger Hill
- July 2 Indian Army launches three-pronged attack in Kargil
- July 4 Indian Army recaptures Tiger Hill after an 11-hour battle
- July 5 Indian Army takes control of Dras. Sharif announces Pakistani army’s withdrawal from Kargil following his meeting with Clinton
- July 7 India recaptures Jubar Heights in Batalik
- July 11 Pakistan begins pullout; India captures key peaks in Batalik
- July 14 Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee declares Operation Vijay a success. Government sets condition for talks with Pakistan
- July 26 Kargil conflict officially comes to an end. Indian Army announces complete eviction of Pak intruders
Kargil Vijay Diwas
Kargil Vijay Diwas, named after the success of Operation Vijay, is annually observed on 26th July. On July 26, 1999, the brave Indian Army had hoisted the Indian flag at the Tiger Hills and India had successfully took command of the high outposts which had been lost to Pakistani intruders.
The visitors can also pay tribute to the martyrs here which is a splendid experience. A small 20 minute movie about the war and the laying down of the memorial is also shown here to those who are interested. The army personnel also narrate the history of the Kargil war and the proud moment when the regions were captured back from the enemies. The narration itself gives Goosebumps to the listeners and makes them proud of their valiant army men. There is also a museum around maintained by the Indian Army.
Every patriot travelling to the region should visit the place as it makes the visitors relive the memories of Operation Vijay.
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