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Introduction

Kargil is a town in Jammu and Kashmir, India.Kargil (2740m), 204 km from Srinagar, is the second largest town of Ladakh. It is also the headquarters of our destination, the district of Kargil. A quiet town today Kargil was once witness to the most hectic bartering among traders of different faiths and nationalities. Hundreds of caravans carrying silks, ivory, carpets and precious stones to and from China, Turkey, Yarkand, Afghanistan and India, passed. Kargil town lies in the lower Suru basin. Two other rivers that meet here are Drass and Wakha Chu. Visible all around are lush green fields of barley and wheat, vegetable beds and rows of poplars and willows. Kargil is famous for its apricots and mulberries. June presents a rare sight of frkargilnt white apricot blossoms while in August, the ripening fruit lends the countryside an orange hue.

Area __ sq km
Altitude 2740 metres above sea level
Temperature Summers are warm with cool nights, while winters are long and cold
Language Purgi, Balti, Dardic, Ladakhi, Zanskari and Sheena, Urdu / Hindi
STD Code 01985
Rainfall 26 cm average yearly
Best Time to Visit September to March

Kargil MapOther cities map


How to get there

  1. Air :- Srinagar is the closest airport, which is situated at a distance of 204 km. There are regular bus service from Srinagar to Kargil.
  2. Rail:-Jammu is the nearest railhead.
  3. Road:-Kargil is connected to Srinagar and Leh by a single highway as the city is lies between Leh and Srinagar. There are frequent bus services from both ends to Kargil.

Places to Visit

Rangdum Monastery Karsha Monastery Phugthal Monastery Sani
Zongkhul Stongday    

Excursion

Mulbek Chamba Mulbek Gompa Shergol Wakha Rgyal
Urgyan Dzong      

Shopping

The fine quality and the abundance of the woolens available at Kargil can be attributed to the long fleeced mountain goats in the area. Pashmina shawls, local carpets and woolen handicrafts are the other attraction.

Accommodation

Hotel D'zojila Hotel Siachen Hotel Kargil Continental