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Harsh  Sharma

Harsh Sharma4.3/5

20 reviews

Good scenic beauty

Kargil is a good place to visit with scenic beauty & climate. The main place to visit in Kargil is Kargil War Memorial which is approx. 30 km before city on National Highway. The city is big as I expect it a little town before my visit. The city has number of good hotels.

Leena

Leena5.0/5

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Kargil -The Mystery Unfolds, Beyond Expectations

Kargil is a district of Ladakh region and it is 213 km from Srinagar. Generally Kargil is chosen as an overnight halt by tourists who are visiting Leh . . Kargil has an elevation of approximately 9000 feet and is situated on the bank of Suru River. The population of Kargil is 1. 5-2 Lacs . The travel to Kargil is by road and one has to pass through Srinagar - Sonmarg-Zozilla pass Drass route to arrive at Kargil. This is the most convenient way as no train or by aerial route you can reach Kargil . You can get lots of information on Wikipedia and other sites on Kargil about its demography, geography etc but what is important is knowing something unexpected and unexplored from this place. So what do we know about Kargil or what we would like to know about Kargil. Kargil the place reminds to us of the great Kargil war fought between India and Pakistan in 1999. Kargil is the transit point to the beautiful Leh Ladakh. Not to miss the Kargil war memorial on the way to Leh Ladakh… That's it. This is Kargil and its surrounding places. It's just not worth spending more than a night halt at Kargil. Well there is more to Kargil & its surrounding places Mystery unfold. Kargil is just not an exit point to Leh, it has lots to offer. You can easily spend 2 to 3 days in Kargil and explore the unexpected . Let me take you through the beautiful journey of Kargil region and breathe taking views which are yet to explore Suru Valley:. Located on the bank of river Suru (Indus) this valley provides breath taking views of the Himalayan peaks and glaciers and also the lush green valley surrounding the Suru River . Most of the tourists pass through this place on their way to Zanskar but Suru Valley still remains unexplored . The distance from Kargil to Suru Valley is 40-50 Km about hour and half . The surprise package to Suru Valley is the Lord Buddha statue engraved on a huge stone. The population of Suru Valley would be hardly 25000. The Locals of Suru valley are warm and affectionate people who will welcome you with a smile and greetings. You can spend hours and hours at Suru valley watching the peaks and the clean and cool Suru River flowing beside you. Do not miss to click few photos during visit to Suru Valley The Dah Hanu Village or Aryan village: Kargil-Batalik road. The Dah Hanu village or the Aryan village is a place where you can see and meet the Aryan race people who are now left few in numbers. It is belief that the village comprises of 60 houses of Aryans I. E not more than 300 to 400 Aryan populations who are residing in the village . The people belonging to the Aryan community of Dah village were tall with fair complexion, prominent nose and high cheek bones. They had the light colored and big eyes. Their facial features did not match with the Mongolian features, the people of Ladakh normally have . The women are very hardworking and do lot of agricultural work whereas the men work as civilians in the army camp. The village is also knows as Apricot village as their lively hood depends on the abundance of apricot trees which are grown and cultivated and the fruits are sold in the market. It is believed that after every two months the apricot fruits are plucked from the trees and sold in the market or dried. We got opportunity to pluck few ripe apricots and relish it. It was really an enchanting experience with the villagers and plucking the apricots from the trees reminded me of childhood days when we use to climb the trees Nun Kun:. The journey to Nun Kun was not planned. I and my friends accidentally landed up to this beautiful and mesmerizing place as we were stranded in Kargil for one more day due to landslide . Nun Kun are Himalayan mountain peak situated at height of approximately 23000 feet from sea level. These mountain ranges are considered to be highest peak of Himalayan range belonging to Indian side of Line of Control . Nun Kun peaks and a beautiful Suru river flowing with a lush green valley is a heaven to watch. Not even Switzerland or any foreign destination can match this beautiful and scenic view . The journey from Kargil to Nun Kun is very beautiful passing through local villages, lush green surroundings. It's worth a trip to travel to Nun Kun. During all my travel to Kargil and Nun Kun I met so many locals and saw beautiful villages. Not to miss each and every local right from a school kid to aged person will greet you with a smile and welcome note . The villages in Kargil and its outskirts are made of solid stones supported by strong wooden panels. The amazing part is the way the houses are constructed to save them from bitter cold climate and its architecture wonder in itself . On the way to Nun Kun we witnessed lots of Magpie a rare species of bird which you cannot see easily in India. The Magpie were everywhere on roads, tree, rooftops. The distance from Kargil to Nun Kun is 65 km and is quite uphill. I with my friends enjoyed each and every part of the journey. You just can't leave Nun Kun without spending an hour or two here. It's an unexplored place with hardly any tourist. The most beautiful experience was a lunch at local small shop with noodles and omelette bread under the open sky surrounded by Himalayan peaks and serene and beautiful Suru River flowing next to you. I wished that time could had stop there and I would for life long enjoy this nature beauty but we had to leave as it was a 4 hours journey back to Kargil The Indo Pak border:. Nobody returns back from Kargil without watching the Indo Pak border. This is one of the frequently visited tourist spot and you can witness Pakistan border and peaks belonging to the neighbor country. It's really an adrenaline rush as your love and respect for your country and the Jawans and the hardship with which they fight for India makes you emotional and proud of them. Not to miss the bunkers from both the countries on the peak of each mountains protecting us . At the end of my journey the only thing which was in my mind was why should I go to foreign countries? The nature, beauty and serenity are in India . Kargil was much beyond expectation as lots of mystery unfolded before my eyes My Journey. Thank you

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Recommended Duration in Kargil

Number of days to spend in Kargil as recommended by our travellers.

2 days

90.5%

3 days

4.8%

5+ days

4.8%

Kargil Overview

Kargil is the second largest town in the region of Ladakh in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Kargil lies on the border region adjoining Pakistan in the Himalayan mountain ranges. The name of Kargil has been derived from the combination of two words – Khar standing for Castle and rKil meaning centre. The name of the region is perfect as far as its location is concerned, which is between two countries.

Some of the popular attractions in Kargil include Mulbek, located at a distance of 45 kilometres on the banks of the Wakha River. This place is popular for its Buddhist monuments. There is also an ancient sculpture of Buddha Maitreya made of stone, which is about 9 metres high and is located on the highway Mulbek Chamba. The village of Shergol in the Wakha River valley consists of several cave monasteries and Buddhist nunneries.

Popular Buddhist sculptures can be found in the Buddhist monastery of Mulbek Gompa. Located on a rocky cliff, the same monastery earlier used to be the guard for the caravan route. Trespone and Sankhoo are two popular imambaras in Kargil. These buildings have been designed in the Turkish style and earlier used to be the home of the ‘Aghas’.

Travelling to Kargil needs some planning. The nearest airport is located at a distance of about 151 kilometres from Kargil in Srinagar. Flights from Srinagar connect two other Indian cities. The nearest train station to Kargil is in Jammu, at a distance of 255 kilometres. Accommodation options are available here in the form of circuit houses and bungalows.

Kargil is located in the Himalayan ranges that results in a cool climate all round the year. The summer season, from the months of April to September, are considered the best time to visit Kargil because winters are very harsh.

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Kargil, Jammu & Kashmir

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Kargil, Jammu & Kashmir
Kargil, Jammu & Kashmir

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Kargil, Jammu & Kashmir
Drass War Memorial, Kargil

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Inscriptions on the memorial tablet
Kargil, Jammu & Kashmir

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Kargil, Jammu & Kashmir

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