Situated in the Leh-Ladakh region of North Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir, Kargil finds its place amongst few of the most stunning and breathtakingly beautiful tourist destinations in the country. The picturesque little town came into limelight during the Operation Vijay, more famously known as the Kargil War which was fought between India-Pakistan in the year 2009. Today, this gorgeous hamlet sits as a popular holiday resort and attracts hordes of nature lovers, adventure aficionadas and history freaks alike.
Nestled on the banks of the beautiful Suru River, approximately 8700 ft. above sea level, Kargil sits as the second largest town of the Leh-Ladakh region and makes for a prominent transit hub for people travelling to Leh, Srinagar and Zanskar. The town is blessed with an entrancing natural scenery peppered with lush greenery, shimmering glacial rivers and arid mountain ranges which provide for a delightful time to all the nature lovers and soul-seekers. For those travelling to Ladakh in quest of profound peace and solitude, away from the chaotic city lives must plan for their holidays in the exotic ‘Suru Valley’ which extends from Kargil all the way to up to the ‘Panzella Glacier’ and offers a blissful panorama of a countryside landscape blooming with striking orchards of mulberry, apple and apricot trees. The picturesque valley is no less than a heaven for photography geeks too and leaves them awe-struck with hypnotizing vistas of precariously hanging glaciers, snow-crested mountain peaks of ‘Nun’ & ‘Kun’ and several gurgling streams that make for a visual delight winding their way through gorgeously cultivated agricultural fields.For those who are up for some cultural exploration in Kargil, the town will surely not leave them disappointed too.
Every nook and corner of this quaint Himalayan town is soaked in deep aura of Buddhism which can be prominently seen and felt through its wide array of monasteries, fluttering prayer flags and chanting of Buddhist mantras that fill the air with intense spirituality and divinity. Apart from Buddhism, Islam also makes for a major religion which is practiced in Kargil and can be felt in day to day dialect and folk music comprising of Balti Ghazals and spiritual reciting called Qasidas. In case, one is in Kargil with the sole mission to have an insightful rendezvous with this unique mix of cultures, must plan a trip here during the ‘Kargil-Zanskar Festival’ which is organized during last week of June by J&K Tourism Board and provides for a marvellous spectacle of folk heritage, traditional sports competitions and scrumptious treat of delectable Ladakhi cuisine.
The traditional food festival called ‘Mamani’ celebrated in January is also quite popular amongst tourists, especially passionate gastronomes and leaves them well satiated with Purigi (Islamic) flavours which comprise of an endless spread of dishes like Popot (grain soup), Goku, Marzan, Poli (buckwheat pancakes) and Harsab Khur (yeast bread). To visitKargil, one can opt to fly in at the ‘Leh Kushok Bakula Rinpoche Airport’ in Leh or the international airport located in Srinagar. Both airports are well connected through several domestic flights from major cities in India. Taxis and state run buses ply at regular intervals from these airports and take almost 4-5 hours to get tourists to their destination. Ones travelling through a train journey, must get down at ‘Jammu Tawi Railway Station’ which is the nearest railhead and carry on with the trip first to Leh and then further up. Also, located in close proximity to the Line of Control (LOC), it is imperative for all travellers to register themselves at the Tourist Registration Office in Drass. For those looking forward to an information regarding best season to visit Kargil, note that summers here extend from April through September, with months of May and June being the most ideal for both trekking and sightseeing.
Just in case, you are captivated by Kargil’s unmatched offerings and are looking for a travel package for this quaint little hill town of Jammu & Kashmir, we are offering our esteemed customers with lucrative Leh-Ladakh package deals at most discounted prices. Holiday seekers interested in these deals, are most welcome to contact our tour helplines either by directly calling us or by posting an email; and our representatives would get back with all the required details in the shortest possible time. Not to explicitly mention, with an experience in the travel industry for more than a decade, you can trust us for providing best of the services, be it accommodation arrangements, hotel picks and drops, organizing sightseeing tours or arranging trekking and biking excursions. With our holiday packages, tourists also need not worry on arranging tour permits and permissions; our staff well takes care of such needs and does their best in making our guests’ vacation experience most extraordinary.
Located in the remote corner of Ladakh region, finding an accommodation in Zanskar is not an easy affair. The enchanting little valley is dotted with a handful of Jammu & Kashmir government run tourist lodges, bungalows and rest houses, an advance booking and prior permission from District Commissioner office is a must.