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Kargil Tourism

Usually a stopover for people travelling towards Leh from Srinagar, Kargil is a tourist hotspot that's small enough to be explored by wayfaring. Situated close to the line of control, Kargil is also a volatile region. However, apart from its glorious past, Kargil is bestowed with natural beauty and adventure. Kargil has a war memorial which is the main attraction of the region.

It is the home to the famed Nun Kun Peaks and has excellent potential for mountaineering and trekking. Kargil rests on the banks of River Suru and also offers unique opportunities for river rafting. Kargil has a rich history dating back to the 16th century, amalgamating Buddhist and Turkish architecture.

It is nestled at an altitude of 2704 metres above sea level and offers exemplary Himalayan Ranges views. Apart from tourism, this region is also known as an important centre for trade and commerce. Dotted with apricot farms, Kargil is one of the largest producers of apricots in India. Sumptuous food and warm locals are the highlights of this town. Hence, sampling the local delicacies is one of the best experiences in Kargil.

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Kargil War

Kargil was occupied by the Pakistani troops in the summers of 1999 and the Indian Military forces left no stone unturned in order to recapture this paradise. The Kargil war continued from 8th may to 5th July 1999, during the course of which several Indian army men sacrificed their lives to protect the country. The bravery of such sort is incomparable. In spite of the enmity that grew then, the valley survived unscathed.


Kargil was initially a part of the Baltistan district of Ladakh where it used to provide shelter to Tibetan Buddhists. With the rise of Shia movement in the 14th century, the first Kashmir war resulted in the division of the district and 1947 it became a part of Kashmir. At the end of Indo-Pak war in the 1970s, both the nations signed a treaty called the Shimla agreement which reinforced the cease-fire line as Line of Control (LoC) and pledged to respect the boundary. Pakistan forces in 1999 infiltrated the 160 kilometres long stretch of the ridge which overlooked the road from Srinagar to Leh. After a brief period of diplomacy and war, Pakistan forces withdrew, but the trail of conspiracies didn’t. Another major outlook that made Kargil of great historical significance was its silk route. It was a major gateway for traders and played a crucial role in its early economy.


La dvags rgyal rabs used to denote the present-day territory of Kargil as 'dKal skyil' which is a Tibetan connotation of its original name. Earlier, it was known as Purig, as wars went and multiple dynasties ruled the territory, it’s identity changed in many ways. There are multiple contradictions related to the origin of the word which is why it is still under debate. Kargil is said to be derived from 'Kar' which means castle and 'rKil' which means the centre as in a place that lies among various kingdoms. Another competing theory says it has been derived from 'gar' which means anywhere and 'Khil' a central location where people can reside.

Places to Visit

1. Rangdum Monastery: Located in the Suhu Valley, the monastery is surrounded by mountains, hills and glaciers that add to the charm of the place. Built in the 18th century, the Rangdum Monastery houses around 40 monks and domesticated donkeys and shelters some beautiful artefacts and paintings of the Tibetian culture.

2. Mulbekh Monastery: A prominent tourist attraction in Kargil, the Mulbekh Monastery is known for its two Gompas, each of which belongs to the Srukpa and Gelugpa sects. The monastery is situated at an elevation of 3,304 metres and portrays the skilled craftsmanship of ancient times. There is a 9 meters tall statue of Maitreya Buddha which is also called Chamba by the localities. Built somewhere in the 8th century AD, some say that this statue also resembles Lord Shiva. The place houses some valuable relics and inscriptions that are of historical importance.

3. Kargil War Memorial: It's hard not to feel patriotic and nationalistic when you're at the Kargil War Memorial and is a must-visit attraction for everyone, Indian or otherwise. One can see a picture description of what happened during the Kargil War and the many lives that were laid down to save the nation. The memorial is made of a sandstone wall with the names of the soldiers inscribed on it.

4. Suru Valley: If you want to be in the lap of nature, then Suru Valley is the place for you! Surrounded by hills, rivers as well as valleys, you can see the contrast in the scenery here as it is filled with lush greenery on one side and rocky mountainous terrain on the other side. The Nun Peak and the Kun Peak add to the beauty of the place.

Restaurants and Local Food in Kargil

The main bazaar is filled with plenty of eateries offering Punjabi, Tibetan and Kashmiri cuisines. Pasgo and Shangrila restaurants are considered the best. Though there are chances that you might find the food to be relatively expensive in the vicinity
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Suggested Itinerary for Kargil

Kargil is a millitary area, also used as a stopover for people going to Ladakh from Srinagar or while returning. While your stay in Kargil, you should visit the Kargil War Memorial to witness the heroics of Indian army in the 1999 war against Pakistan. Mulbekh Monastery is another peaceful place where you can go and relax amidst nature. You can walk around the main bazaar and indulge in shopping and eating and visit nearby monasteries.

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How to Reach Kargil

How to Reach Overview

Kargil is connected to the rest of India only by roads. There is no direct flight or rail connectivity, although you can take a flight for Leh / Srinagar, and then jump into a taxi for the same. The nearest railway station is in Jammu, which is around 485 km. from the district.

How to reach Kargil by flight

The nearest airport from Kargil is in Leh, about 140 Km away from Kargil. Another alternative is the Srinagar airport at a distance of approximately 234 Km.

How to reach Kargil by road

Regular bus services ply to and from Kargil. Buses, in a range from affordable to slightly expensive rates, are available from places like New Delhi, Amritsar, and Jammu. You can also take a shared taxi or cab for the same route.

How to reach Kargil by train

Nearest rail head is in Jammu which is well connected with other states of the country but is 507 Km away from Kargil. You can board a bus or hire a taxi available outside the railway station.

Local transport in Kargil

There are either bus services that run through the city or you can hire a personal or shared jeep for travelling. Parts of it can also be covered on foot.

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What is the local food in Kargil?

The main bazaar is filled with plenty of eateries offering Punjabi, Tibetan and Kashmiri cuisines. Pasgo and Shangrila restaurants are considered the best. Though there are chances that you might find the food to be relatively expensive in the vicinity
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What are the places near Kargil?

The top places near to Kargil are Amarnath which is 69 km from Kargil, Srinagar which is located 133 km from Kargil, Manali which is located 275 km from Kargil, Ladakh which is located 182 km from Kargil, Mcleodganj which is located 255 km from Kargil

What are the things to do in Kargil?

The top things to do in Kargil are Mulbekh Monastery, Drass war memorial, Kargil main street, Suru Basin, Trekking, Lamayuru Monastry. You can see all the places to visit in Kargil here

How much does a package cost for Kargil?

The packages for Kargil start at INR 25000 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What is the best way to reach Kargil?

Kargil is connected to the rest of India only by roads. There is no direct flight or rail connectivity, although you can take a flight for Leh / Srinagar, and then jump into a taxi for the same. The nearest railway station is in Jammu, which is around 485 km. from the district.
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What is the best time to visit Kargil?

Summer is the best season for a visit to Kargil. The months when Kargil is open for a trip are from March - October. The freezing cold winters, along with the dangerous monsoons, are not the best seasons if you want to have a taste of the district that is Kargil.
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Who should visit Kargil?

Ideal for tourists of every kind. People visiting Ladakh or Srinagar can make a stopover here.

What is not so good about Kargil?

Extremely cold in winters. A volatile region owing to proximity with LOC.

What is famous about Kargil?

A beautiful mix of serenity and patriotism. Home to some of the most beautiful abodes of Buddhism.

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Q. What is it like to travel to kargil?

Akhil Kapoor

4 years ago
The question is pretty vague to answer but I am just writing down my experience. On 29th July 2013, I took the government bus from Srinagar to Leh. It had a overnight stop at Kargil and then it conti (Read More)nues its journey to Leh, the next day.� The road from Srinagar to Kargil passes through the camp of Amarnath Yatra and you would come across the Kargil War Memorial -�  located in Dras, in the foothills of the Tololing Hill, about 5 km from the city centre. The Kargil town is like any other town in the Ladakh Region - may be bigger. It has a big bus stand, hotels, restaurants and good bakeries. It is a junction from which you can go to Leh or Srinagar or to Padum in Zanskar Valley so it is bit crowded with tourists during the peak season. In fact, I decided to go to Padum rather than Leh from Kargil.� It was quite a normal experience to travel to the place and the locals were pretty friendly.� 
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Kumar Kislay

4 years ago
- Kargil is a sensitive area on the Line of control between India and Pakistan and it is best to be aware of the latest happenings on the political front before planning a trip in this area.
- Kar (Read More)gil lies in one of India's coldest region and appropriate clothing is required throughout the year.
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