The ancient history of Kargil, very little can be said definitely as no authentic data
is available.Some ancient inscriptions enable us to from an idea about the socio-
conditions of the people of ancient times.
However, the conditions of the ancient Kargil were not much different from those of
other regions, of Ladakh with whom the land was closely lined both culturally and
commercially, from time immemorial.
Budhist monks and Scholars of the past entered Kargil, to spread the gospel of Lord Buddha. They were mostly from the Vale of Kashmir and some of them built numerous monasteries, the most notable being that of the Kanika Stupa at Sani in Zanaskar. The Kashmiri Budhists exercised profound influence on the Ladakhis and taught them the advisability of systematizing the Bon-Chos, the primitive religion of the land, the unsystematised part of which is still preserved by some people. It is thus, genuinely believed that the kind of culture which happened to be prevalent in India and especially in Kashmir affected Kargil and Leh.
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Dr. Snellgrove and Skorupski write that the Mulbekh Chamba dates to the 7th century or later. They suggest that pre-Tibetan Budhist rock-reliefs could date to the 8th century AD, and not much before. The relief at Kartse Khar is older than the one at Mulbekh. Therefore, probably dated to 7th century. Scholars like Kachu Sikander Khan date both sculpture to as late as the 11th century- to the age of Lotsava Rinchen Zangpo. By the eleventh century AD Kashmiri influences on Ladakh’s Budhist art were more or less over. The Tibetan idiom had taken over. For that reason, too, the Chambas/Marteryas of Kargil must have been carved in the 7th or 8th century AD.