Mulbekh monastery is located 36km from Kargil, on
the way to Leh on the National Highway 1D. This place is known for its 9 meters
tall Maitreya Buddha idol carved in the rocks.
While some historians believe the idol to be as
old as from the 8th century, there is another lore that dates it back to the
period of Kushan. The carving of the idol suggests that the missionaries built
this sculpture. But further inspection into the artwork suggested it being
built by Ladaakhi missionaries and not Tibetan. Other decrees in Kharoshti
script can also be found next to the main idol. The view from Mulbekh is a
landscape covered with some green patches covered across hard rocks. This view
goes up till as far as the horizon.