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Kargil is a town in Kagril district of Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, India. Kargil is derived from two words Gar and Khil. Gar means anywhere and Khil means Central place. In Ladakh this is the second largest town. This place became famous after Kargil war between India and Pakistan. Kargil is famous for adventurous activities such as River Rafting, Camping, High altitude Trekking, Mountaineering etc. Persian influence is more at this place. For the shopping lovers also this is the best place. Worth buying things of this place are Carpets, pashmina Shawls, handicrafts, brass vessels etc.


What to see in Kargil:

Suru Valley: This valley starts from kargil town and extends till Penzi La Watershed. Suru is most beautiful place. During the spring season apple and apricot trees are in full bloom. Throughout the valley visitors can see popular and willow trees. Visitors can see melting of ice at this place. Major crop of this valley is grapes. Radish, Barley, Wheat, Millets, Peas, turnip are also cultivated here. Trekking and rock climbing takes place here.

Adventure Activities: Very popular trekking trials through Sumdo Chinmu Village to Alchi via Stakspi La and from Padum to Lamayuru Gompa.


What to see around Kargil:

Lamayuru Monastery: It is a Tibetan monastery which is located in Kargil district. Major attractions of this monastery are Scriptures, Murals, Thangkas, Rich wall Paintings, Statues of different forms of Buddha. Along with statues of Buddha several other deities’ statues can also be seen here. It was founded in 11th century by Mahasiddhacharya Naropa.

Tiger Hill: This is the place where India and Pakistan war happened in 1999.

War Museum: Other name is wall of fame. This museum showcases the war effort and Sacrifice of the Indian Army in its war against Pakistan.

Zanskar Valley: This valley is famous for flora. Other attractions of this valley are meadows, streams, Drang Drung Glacier. Trekking conducts here.

Phuktal Gompa: It is constructed in the shape of beehive on the rock wall. Major attractions of this gompa are huge prayer hall and meditation room. This gompa is dates back to 11th century.

Zanskar River: Area of this river converted into U shape due to the glaciers. It originates at the north slope of the Great Himalayas.

Rangdum Monastery: It lies between Kargil and padum. Main attraction of this monastery is assembly hall. This hall has beautiful status.

Tagrimo Monastery: It lies in the plains of Padum. Other name is Kagyupa Monastery. It is the house to 30 monks. This place is famous for 17th century paintings.

Sani Monastery: This belongs to Drukpa Kargyu School of Tibetan Buddhism. This monastery is the only monastery in Zanskar which has nuns. This was built in Parts. Each part of this monastery belongs to different centuries. Oldest part of the monastery is Chorten. This belongs to 2nd century. In 17th century, assembly hall was built.


Getting to Kargil: Kargil is situated on the national highway 1D. This highway connects Srinagar to Leh. Buses and Taxis are available from Srinagar and Leh to reach kargil. Nearest railway head is located at Jammu. Jammu is well connected with Chandigarh, Kochi, Mumbai, Delhi, etc. Jeeps, cars, Buses are available to reach Kargil from Jammu. Nearest airport is located at Leh which is 204kms away from Kargil.


Getting around Kargil: Kargil can be discovered on foot. Buses, Taxis and Jeeps are available to visit the surrounding places of Kargil.


Best time to visit Kargil: Best time to visit Kargil is between April to September.


Where to stay in Kargil: Accommodations are very limited at this place. Only Budget and midrange hotels are available. Luxury hotels cannot be seen here.


Where to eat in Kargil: Eating options are Limited at this place. Tibetan, Punjabi and Kashmiri Food are available here.

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