Kargil town (2,704 m), situated midway between Srinagar (204 Kms) and Leh, (234 kms) on the Srinagar-Leh highway, is the second largest urban centre (approx. 8,000 inhabitants) of Ladakh and headquarters of Kargil district. A quiet town now, in the past it served as an important trade and transit centre for the Central-Asian merchants due to its unique equidistant location (about 200-230 kms) from Srinagar, Leh and Skardo, all well known trading outposts on the old trade route network. Numerous caravans carrying exotic merchandise transited in the town on their way to and from China, Tibet, Yarkand, Kashmir and Baltistan. Since 1975, travellers of various nationalities have replaced traders of the past and Kargil has regained its importance as a centre of travel-related activities.
Being located in lap of the Himalayas, Kargil serves as an important base for undertaking adventure tourism and trips to the exotic Zanskar Valley and other Himalayan regions. Visitors travelling between Srinagar and Leh have to make a night halt here before starting the second leg of their journey.
How To Reach Kargil
When you want to travel to Kargil, plan it well. According to planning and requirements, you can get in to travelling through air, train or land. Nearest airport is at Srinagar. Jammu Tawi Express is one train connected to Jammu for daily basis. If you live nearby then you can travel through Bus. There are special buses from Srinagar and Leh.
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Kargil Must Visit Places
Enshrined with the 9 meter tall idol of Maitreya Buddha (future) chiseled in the rocks, Mulbekh monastery is 36 Km away from Kargil on the way towards Leh on the National highway 1D.
It is believed that the idol dates back to the 8th century but another school of thought believes it to have been built in Kushan's period. The sculpture is said to have been carved by the missionaries, but the artwork further depicts that these missionaries were not Tibetans and were probably Ladaakhis. There are other ancient edicts near the main sculpture in Kharoshti script...
Suru Basin Valley
Suru Valley, like most of the rest of the state, is a spellbindingly beautiful valley interspersed by the Suru River, a major tributary of the River Indus. Extending from Kargil to Panzella glacier, this fertile canyon is cultivated more than any other region in Ladakh. The beauty of the Suru valley becomes apparent in spots like Panikhar and Parachik where you will see, in the latter spot, grass turning a bright, bold rusty orange against the backdrop of arid mountain ranges. Travelling to Suru and Zanskar valley, though, can be a little inconvenient, is a journey laid out with the most splendid of views and sceneries. Both these valleys come under one of the least visited spots in India due to the dirt track like roads...
Drass War Memorial
A great place for the patriotic Indian inside you. Maintained by the Indian Army, the memorial depicts war photos, stories of soldiers and explains the difficulties Indian soldiers faced in the Kargil war, all topped with 100 feet high flagpoles.
Another attraction here is the Sandstone wall, which lists the names of all the Indian army personnel, who sacrificed their lives during the Kargil war. One can also see some of the peaks that the Indian army captured back from Pakistan. One should not miss the souvenir shop and the food...
This is one of the most beautiful and oldest monasteries, situated on the Leh-Srinagar road. One can easily spend half a day and enjoy the peaceful surroundings adorned with thousands of prayer wheels.
Unlike most other monasteries, vehicles are allowed to go very close to the monastery, so visitors have to walk relatively less to access this monastery. Highly recommended for photographers as there are multiple landscapes waiting to be captured...
A number of treks originate in and around Kargil. These are Lamayuru-Leh, Padum-Lamayuru, Padum-Hemis, Sankaru-Dras, NunKun etc. Trekking in the region may be challenging due to the weather conditions, but rewarding because of the beautiful setting of the region. We undertake all the trekking arrangements/transport services in kargil. You may contact us for any information you may required...