The Land in the Center - Kargil
Ladakh has just two districts and Kargil is one among them. Kargil is located at an equal distance from Kargil, Srinagar, Skardo Baltistan, and Padam Zanskar that is at a distance of 200 kilometers. Kargil was the center of trade, for the trading of tea, silk, carpets, precious stone, and wool.
This place is visited by various mountaineers, trekkers, and other such tourists. Some of the main attractions are its unique landscape, pilgrimage place, mosques, Buddha Statue, Rock Carvings, Forts and palaces, heritage sites, War Memorial, etc. Kargil is famous all around the world mainly for its adventure tourism like snow skiing, river rafting, trekking, mountaineering, biking, and many more. After the year 1975, this place was opened for tourists to explore.
Where to stay in Kargil
There are various good and budget hotels where you can make your stay comfortable such as Hotel Royal Gasho, Hotel Chhutuk Heights, Zojila Residency, Hotel Dzojila, Ashina Eco Resort, Hotel Brown Hill, Nun Kun Deluxe Camp, Hotel D’zojila, Hotel Siachen, Hotel Kargil Height, Hotel The Kargil, The Highland Mountain Resort & Spa, Payupa Guest House and many more.
Restaurants in Kargil
There are a number of restaurants where you can eat such as Parsa’s Kargil, Al-Kareem Hotel & Restaurant, Ruby Hotel & Restaurant, Barula Hotel, Mannat Restaurant, City Light Restaurant, Zeenat Cafeteria, Kargil Tourist Camp, Zomsa Coffee House, Saqi Hotel & Restaurant, Roots Travel Cafe, White Mountain Hotel & Restaurant, and many more.
How to reach Kargil
By Air: The nearest airport is Srinagar airport, located at a distance of 204km from Kargil. From the airport, you can get local transport and cabs to reach your destination. There are well motorable roads that connect Kargil to other cities.
By Road: Kargil is connected to a well motorable road. You can get luxury and normal buses from Srinagar to Leh. After reaching the bus stand you can get local transport for Kargil.
By Rail: There Jammu Railway station is the nearest railway station at a distance of 540km from Kargil. Kargil is connected to Delhi, Kolkata, Trivandrum, and Mumbai, etc. From the railway station, you can hire a local taxi or other means of transport to reach your particular destination.
Distance from Major cities
Distance from Delhi: 1009 Kms
Distance from Uttarakhand: 1164 Kms
Distance from Lucknow: 1545 Kms
Distance from Ladakh: 218 Kms
Distance from Himachal: 837 Kms
Distance from Chandigarh: 763 Kms
Distance from Kashmir: 679 Kms
Distance from Leh: 217 Kms
Distance from Mumbai: 2415 Kms
Distance from Bangalore: 3155 Kms
Distance from Chennai: 3188 Kms
Distance from Mathura: 1174 Kms
Things to do in Kargil
Since Kargil is an adventurous place there are various adventure activities that can be enjoyed here such as river rafting in the Zanskar River. Rafting starts from Remala and goes through various breathtaking views. One can also enjoy trekking in Kargil as it is not having a restricted mountain elevation, while trekking you will pass through various hills and woods.
You can also explore various Buddhist Monastery that is located in Kargil, Sani Monastery is among the eight holy Monastery in-country, Random Monastery that is having Museum where Tibetan artifacts are kept, Kharsa Gumpa is also an important Monetary in the Kargil region, The Phugtal Monastery that is having a splendid location. There are some major Monasteries in Kargil. You can also enjoy shopping, The dried apricot is a famous thing to shop for.
Places to visit in Kargil
1. Mulbekh Monastery
This Monetary is having a nine-meter tall statue of Maitreya Buddha, this Monetary is located at a distance of 36 kilometers away from Kargil, on national highway 1D that is going towards Kargil. The idol of Buddha was believed to be of the 8th century and was constructed in Kushan's period. This statue was carved by Ladakhi Missionaries.
2. Brass Drass War Memorial
Brass Drass War Memorial was constructed in memory of soldiers of the Indian army who lost their lives in the Kargil war of 1999. This Memorial is a build of pink sandstone and is having an epitaph that is dedicated to our soldiers. There is a pink stone that has the name of soldiers engraved on it.
This Memorial is also having a gallery that is displaying the photographs that were taken at that time named Manoj Pandey Gallery. This Memorial is located on NH1D that goes from Srinagar to Kargil. Kargil Diwas is celebrated on this Memorial 26th of July each year.
3. Kargil main Street
Kargil Main Street is not a shopping place but a small town. Here you can also get some good food and dry food shops, also there are some shops that sell Folk Music in the form of Souvenirs to travelers.
4. Suru Basin
Suru Valley has a beautiful Suru river that is a tributary of the Indus river. This valley is spread from Kargil to Panzella Glacier. Traveling to Zanskar Valley and Suru Valley can be a bit difficult as both places are the least visited places in India because of the dirt trek road. This place is a perfect choice for bikers as it offers various scenic views.
5. Lamayuru Monastery
Lamayuru Monastery is located at a distance of 127 kilometers from Kargil and is located in the Lamayuru region. This Monastery has a Kashmiri style of Buddhist iconography; there is also a small temple that is dedicated to Avalokiteshwara. This Monastery also organized the Mask Dance Festival annually.
Best time to visit Kargil
The best time to visit Kargil by cab or bike is during the summer season and especially in the month of June. The time period from mid-September till mid-October is the time when you can enjoy the stunning beauty of Kargil. If you want to visit this place for an adventure trip then you can visit it in the month of March. From the month of late October till December visiting this place becomes quite risky as this area experiences Monsoon and winter seasons.