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Murgo is located in Ladakh
Location in Ladakh, India
Murgo is located in India
Murgo (India)
Coordinates: 35°02′28″N 77°56′13″E / 35.04111°N 77.93694°E / 35.04111; 77.93694Coordinates: 35°02′28″N 77°56′13″E / 35.04111°N 77.93694°E / 35.04111; 77.93694
Country India
Union territoryLadakh
Elevation4,450 m (14,600 ft)
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
ISO 3166 codeIN-JK
Vehicle registrationLH

Murgo (transl. "the gateway of death" in Yarkandi Uyghur) is a small hilly village which lies on the border of Leh district in the union territory of Ladakh in India, close to Chinese-controlled Kashmir. The town is not inhabited by the civilian population. However, the defence is said to have their presence in the area.

The Indian government in 2001, first announced plans to construct a motorable road from Leh to its destination at Daulat Beg Oldi which passes through Murgo.

The temperature plummets as low as -50 C in the winters. The weather deteriorates frequently with strong icy winds lashing much of Murgo. Murgo has very little if any vegetation or wildlife. Telecommunication is only available through INMARSAT satellite phones.

Territorial dispute[edit]

Aksai Chin is one of the two main disputed border areas between China and India, the other being Arunachal Pradesh. Aksai Chin is administered by China as part of Hotan County in the Hotan Prefecture of Xinjiang Autonomous Region, but is also claimed by India as a part of the Leh District, Ladakh Union Territory. In 1962, China and India fought a brief war over Aksai Chin and Arunachal Pradesh, but in 1993 and 1996, the two countries signed agreements to respect the Line of Actual Control.[2][3]


  1. ^ (26 November 2005). "Murgo". Retrieved 26 November 2005.
  2. ^ "India-China Border Dispute".
  3. ^ 采编 (26 November 2005). "中印边境自卫反击作战史". 中国国防资讯网. Archived from the original on 26 June 2009. Retrieved 26 November 2005.