A town located in the lap of Himalayas.
Kargil town is 204 kms away from Srinagar and 230 kms from Ladakh. Kargil is the
2nd largest town of Ladakh.
The town is located at the junction of famous silk route and caravans from china,
Yakkand, Afghanistan, and Indian plains used to go through Kargil in the past. These
countries were dealing with silk, carpets and precious stones. Now there are only
ruins of these caravan Sarais which once was very famous for trade and silk route.
Kargil is the main town which connects Srinagar – Leh , Leh – Zanaskar. The town
Kargil is situated on the famous River Suru and Nallah Wakha at an altitude of 2700
mts. Kargil has about 1,43, 388 souls as per the current census. Kargil is also
located 60 kms from Drass which is the 2nd coldest place in the world. Kargil facing
the northern areas across the LOC like other regions Kargil has temperate climate.
Summers are hot with cool nights while winters are long and chilly and sometimes
temperature often dropping to - 480C.
Present day, Kargil district was once known as "Purig" earlier consisted of a number
of small, but independent kingdoms, which includes Chiktan, Pukhar, and Suru Valley
and these kingdoms often fight among themselves over small issues.
Gashu 'Takhta Khan' an exiled prince in 9th century AD was the first ruler who controlled
all the territories and brought them together under an administration. Kargil is
also famous for ‘Kargil War’ between India and Pakistan, which was held in 1999,
people in kargil are of mixed races, like Dhard and Tibetan Descents. The inhabitants
of kargil were adherents of Tibetan Bhuddishm until the 15th centry when muslim
missioners begen to convert local people towards other religion. Today 90% of kargil’s
population are shia muslims, 5% sunni and 5% Tibetan Buddhist. Some of the historical
mosques in kargil are a marvel of Tibetan and Iranian style. The places around kargil
town are Baru Khanqah (medivaila muslims shrine), Goma Kargil, Poyen and Baghi Khumini
Kargil and Kargil Museum. Kargil mainly serves as an ideal base station for nature
and adventure activities like trekking, rafting, camping, in Himalayas. Kargil is
also a base for trekking a short trip to Mulbekh Gompa (a statue of Future Buddha,
9mtr high) build in the 7th century. Kargil also offers interesting walks. One of
the famous walk is leading to goma kargil, the town of kargil is very small just
100 – 200 shops which remains busy all the time. Most of the shops in Kargil town
deal in common daily necessities.
The second largest town in Ladakh after Leh with average elevation of 8,780 ft (i.e.
The double gompas dramatically situated at the very top of a crag 656 ft (200 mts)
above the road.
One of the higehest peaks in Kargil, and subject of famous battle during Kargil
Located in the picturesque Shergol village, gives the impression of being hanging
out of the mountain.
A tributary of Indus River, 185 Kms (i.e. 115 miles), originating from the Panzella