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One of my most memorable trips has been to Kargil. It is a place which is a heavy reminiscent of the Kargil War. But, it is so much more than that. The vast skies above this terrain are simply captivating. For some reason, the unending sky and snow-white clouds have always grabbed my attention. The place has quite a volatile history owing to the 1999 war. The very winds of kargil carry the names of the martyrs who laid their lives for their motherland.

I still remember the video byte of a young Army officer running on a popular news channel during the Kargil war. He along with his battalion had just captured a peak in the Drass sector. On being asked what he wants now, he looked at the camera and candidly said ‘Yeh Dil Mange More’. This was Captain Vikram Batra-A brave hero to India. Shortly, after he laid down his life in the war. It was this spirit of brave soldiers like him which led to the Kargil victory for India. The memories are enough to get your adrenaline going. It was a trip worth its weight in gold. 

Places to visit in Kargil

Mulbekh Monastery

Visiting Mulbekh Monastery was a spiritual experience for me. The 9-meter tall idol of the Maitreya Buddha chiselled in the rocks is a sight to behold. Seeing such a beautiful idol was a never before experienced kind of thing for me. While discovering this place, I saw that it had two Gompas. One was Drukpa and the other was Gelugpa. These Gompas are connected with the nearby palace of Raja Kalon of Mulbekh. 

Drass War Memorial

What I found here somewhat astonished me! I thought that being a war-affected area in the past there won’t be much to see and discover here but I was completely wrong. Yes, on the contrary, I saw that there were many hotels which had opened up here in the past owing to the rising tourists' crowds at the main war theatre. I could see that the whole dynamics of the place had shifted and it was refreshing to see what I saw. Moreover, in the war memorial, you will also be finding the photos of the soldiers along with the stories of their braveries. 

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Kargil Main Street

Thinking about the name I was pretty sure that perhaps this place maybe where I could find a few things which I was looking for at that time. However, that wasn’t the case. You can say that the Kargil main street isn’t a shopper’s paradise. However, you can expect some really good options to shop from such as dry fruits and more stuff as well. Moreover, here are some shops where you can find locally produced folk music and perhaps take it home as souvenirs.

Things to do in Kargil

Visit Suru Basin

Visiting the Suru Basin was quite an interesting experience for me. It was after exploring this place that I found when the glaciers in the Panzella melts, it comes down to the Suru Basin which is considered as one of the most fertile regions in the entire Ladakh. Apart from that, I also found that the Suru Basin also had lush green scenery with some of the most picturesque vistas to enjoy.

Go Trekking

Being a sports enthusiast, I really like trekking. And when I found out that this place also had terrain like that to explore then I couldn’t help myself but to... well, explore it. However, for the first time trekkers, this may be a challenging experience. So, it is my humble advice for the first timers to keep their safety as a first priority and follow the steps of their guide.

Lamayuru Monastery

I had heard about this place and before visiting Kargil I had decided to definitely visit this monastery and experience it in its fine subtlety. For me, it was really a great experience to explore the peaceful surroundings of this place. The fact that I most adore about this place is that it has been adorned with a great number of “Khor-lo” or what know as the “Prayer Wheels.”

Events and festivals in & around in Kargil

Losar Celebrations

It is quite true that travelling and experiencing various places offers you with quite a rich experience. For the Losar festival, I observed that the Tibetans follow the lunar pattern according to their calendar. I got to know that the Tibetan New Year commences on the first day of the first month of every lunar year. Read More..

Galdan Namchot

I had heard about this festival but also wanted to experience it first hand. For example, the Galdan Namchot was specifically celebrated in Tibet, Mongolia along with the other regions of the Himalayas. This is also quite a significant occasion because it celebrates both the birth and the death anniversary of Je TsongKhapa who was considered as one of the famous scholars and teachers of Tibetan Buddhism. Read More..

Best time to visit in Kargil

For visiting Kargil I had done my part of the research and came to the conclusion that the best time to visit Kargil is the summer season. This is the time which is quite great for sightseeing and exploring new places. 

How to reach Kargil? 

By Air - The Satwari airport is the nearest airport. From there you can hail a cab or other conveyance. And I had personally chosen to fly to this place.

By Road - The distance from Srinagar to Kargil via road is around 204 km. There are regular buses which you can take. You could also drive to this place. 

By Train - The nearest railway station is located in Jammu. It is at a distance of 540 km. From there, you can take a cab to reach your destination. 

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