Kargil is one of the most central hubs where one highway leads to Leh, others to Zanskar and Srinagar. Better well-known for the 1999 Indo – Pakistan war, Kargil has garnered a limelight of its own post the battle. “Kargil” is a city in the Kargil area of Ladakh region, in the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir. It is the 2nd largest town in Ladakh after Leh.
It is situated 60 km away from Drass and 204 km from away from Srinagar to the west respectively, 240 km away from Padum to the southeast, 234 km away from Leh to the east, and 1,047 km away from Delhi to the south. No doubt, the war became an motivation for Bollywood film maker J.P. Dutta who later directed a movie titled “LOC Kargil” based on the epic battle. That said that Kargil is now a famous hotspot for many travellers.
Best places to visit in Kargil
- Drass War Memorial
- Lamayuru Monastery (Yuru Gompa)
- Mulbekh Monastery
- Suru Valley
- Rangdum Monastery
- Phuktal Monastery
- Karste River
- Shargole Monastery
- Sani Monastery
- Nakpochu Valley
- Munshi Aziz Bhat Museum of Central Asian and Kargil Trade Artifacts
- Hunderman village
- Karste Valley
- Cave Monastery
Drass War Memorial
Kargil War Memorial, also called the Vijaypath, is a war memorial build by the Indian Army, situated in Dras, in the foothills of the Tololing Hill. The memorial is situated approximately 5 km away from the municipality centre across the “Tiger Hill”. It is situated on the “Srinagar Leh National Highway 1D”. The memorial is in the memory of the officers and soldiers of the Indian Army who were killed in the 1999 during the clash between India and Pakistan. The conflict later became called the “Kargil War”.
The double gompas are dramatically located at the very top of a crag 200 metres above the road. They were linked with the close by palace of “Rajah kalon” of Mulbekh below. They might be reach by a vertical footpath winding up from behind. The height of the town at the foot of the crag is specified as 3,304 m which makes the elevation of the gompas 3,504 m. Its population is given as 5,730.
Karste River is a hilly water body that traverse the undulating terrains of Kargil. This river is a branch of the “Suru River” and merges into its watercourse from the east. Originating from the Rangdum Pass, this river forms the charming Karste Valley. Karste Khar, an old village of the valley, lie along the bank of this river.
Best time to visit Kargil
The best season to visit Kargil is the “summer season”. The temperature leftovers comfortable, is apt for sightseeing. The best months to visit are “May, June, July, August, and September”.
How to reach Kargil
By Air : The closest International Airport is “Srinagar International Airport” which is roughly five hours drive from Kargil. This airport is well – linked to the other important cities like Amritsar, Jammu, Mumbai, New Delhi, Leh and Bangalore.
By Train : The closest Railhead is “Jammu Railway Station” which is roughly at a distance of 540 Kms away from Kargil. It is linked to the major cities of Jamm & Kashmir and other cities like Chennai, New Delhi, Kanyakumari, Bangalore, Lucknow, Puri and Ahmedabad.