Kargil, where nature, adventure & spirituality exist in equal measure.
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Experience Buddhist culture & way of life.
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Kargil is one of the two districts (the other being Leh) & the joint capital of Ladakh, the newly created Union Territory of India. It is located at an altitude of 8,80 feet above sea level on the banks of the Suru River.
A tourist spending their holidays in Kargil will easily fall in love with its landscape, which has plenty of contrast. There are valleys, lakes & mountains, along with monasteries which offer lovely sightseeing opportunities.
Some of the most famous places in Kargil like Suru Valley lend it its marvellous beauty. Starting from Kargil, it stretches all the way to Penzi La watershed. Surrounded by mountains from all sides, it is a place of heavenly beauty with orchards of mulberry, apple & apricot trees dotting its landscape.
There are also historical places like Kargil War Memorial which was built by the Indian Army to commemorate the Kargil War, which occurred between India & Pakistan in 1999. The main attraction is the Sandstone Wall on which is mentioned the names of all the martyrs of the Indian Army.
Another historical sightseeing place in Kargil is Mulbekh Monastery, which actually consists of two gompas: Serdung Gompa & Rgaldan-se Gompa. The monastery is believed to have been built around 800 years back. What is fascinating is the height and location of the monastery, as it is located atop a crag at almost 656 feet.
Kargil also has something in store for those seeking adventure and adrenaline rush, as they can experience the thrill of mountaineering on the Nun Kun mountain massif which consists of two Himalayan peaks. One of them is Nun, at 23,409 feet & the other is Kun, at 23,218 feet. The best time to go mountaineering here is from July to September.
In this Kargil Travel Guide, you will get all the necessary travel information including top places to visit, top things to do, best time to visit, how to reach & where to stay. You can also browse our incredible Kargil tour packages which offer a memorable holiday experience at unbeatable prices.
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Summer Season in Kargil, which begins in March & lasts till June, is the best time to visit Kargil. The days are warm but comfortable & the nights are cool, with the temperature going as low as 13°C
The monsoon season in Kargil starts from late July & lasts till September. Although landslides & cloudbursts do occur, you can visit it during this time, but only after assessing the weather conditions properly
Winter season, which starts from October & lasts till February, is not a good time to visit Kargil. The temperature during this time can fall as low as -50°C, and is not suitable for sightseeing. Heavy snowfall also occurs, with the average snowfall being about 2 to 5 meters
Enjoy the picturesque views, calmness, visit the villages, explore the orchids and take photographs.
Situated atop a crag at 11,495 feet, it was built around 800 years back
Built from sandstone, it commemorates the Indian soldiers who lost their lives in the Kargil War.
Located at 13,225 feet, it has an amazing collection of Tibetan & other artefacts.
A beautiful lake surrounded by mountains & incredible scenic views.
Go sightseeing & enjoy the pristine landscape that is great for photography & enjoying a picnic.
Visit the several monasteries & interact with the monks to get an idea about the Tibetan Buddhist culture & way of life.
Plan a mountaineering expedition to Nun Kun Mountain massif & get more than your fair share of adventure.
While Srinagar Airport is located around 260 kilometers, Leh Airport is located around 220 kilometers.
The nearest railway station to Kargil is Jammu Tawi Railway Station, located about 440 kilometers from Kargil.
National Highway (NH 1), which connects Srinagar to Leh & cuts through the Kargil route, is open for travellers from March till June. The road between Kargil & Drass though, is open throughout the year.
There are a number of accommodation options which you can choose from during your stay in Kargil. There are hotels & guest houses in Kargil with well-equipped amenities which will make your stay comfortable. You can aslo book a stay at the tourist bungalows and budget hotels.
Although there are no 5 star hotels in Kargil, you can book a stay at 4 star & 3 star hotels. The best thing about the hotels in Kargil is the spectacular views of the surroundings which they offer.
We at TMI are associated with the best hotels & resorts in Kargil, and you can trust us when it comes to having the finest accommodations. We also offer you the best deals & discounts while booking your hotel in Kargil.
Visit Kargil to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enter another world where peace prevails everywhere. There are plenty of sightseeing options, as the landscape is dotted with lakes, valley, monasteries & breathtaking views of the surroundings. Adventure lovers can go mountaineering in the Nun Kun mountain massif.
There are several opportunities for sightseeing in Kargil, both for nature lovers & those looking to get a glimpse into its fascinating Tibetan Buddhist history & heritage.
For sightseeing, you can head towards Suru Valley, which is great for enjoying a picnic and is dotted with numerous picnic spots like Stakpa, Thulus, Parkachik & Sangra. There is also the undisturbed tranquillity of Kargil Pensi La Lake, which is surrounded by mountains and perfect for spending some quality time.
Those wanting to get a glimpse of its heritage & history should visit the Rangdum Monastery & Mulbekh Monastery in Kargil. Besides admiring the architecture, Tibetan artefacts & even their location, you can interact with the monks.
You should definitely visit the Kargil War Memorial, which is an extremely important part of its history. Built in pink sandstone to commemorate the soldiers of the Indian Army who lost their lives in the Kargil War, it contains the names of all the soldiers who lost their lives in the war. From here, you can also enjoy the views of Tiger Hill, Point 4875 (Batra Top) & Tololing Heights.
National Highway 1 (NH1) connects Srinagar to Leh & cuts through the Kargil route. The road between Kargil & Drass is open throughout the year.
Yes, it is completely safe to visit Kargil.
The famous tourist attractions in Kargil are Kargil War Memorial, Mulbekh Monastery, Rangdum Monastery, Suru Valley, Kargil Pensi La Lake, while the top things to do are enjoy photography, picnic & mountaineering expedition to Nun Kun Massif.
Kargil is located about 217 kilometers from Leh & 202 kilometers from Srinagar.
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