Kargil is a place that is a heavy reminiscent of the Kargil War. But, it is so much more than that at the same time. The vast skies above this terrain are simply captivating and there is no doubt about that fact. For some reason, the unending sky and snow-white clouds will always be successful in grabbing your attention. The place has quite a volatile history owing to the 1999 war. It seems as if the very winds of Kargil carry the names of the martyrs who laid their lives for their motherland.
Earlier Kargil was also known as Purig. In the initial history, Kargil consisted of many small numbers of kingdoms namely Pashkum, Chitkar, Fokar, Soth etc. Despite being small these kingdoms had the extreme tendency to fight over petty and quite nominal issues. So it is believed that it was Gasho who was also known as Tatha Khan, the prince brought all of these kingdoms together under a united administration. Furthermore, it is also said that it was the time period of Ali Sher Khan Anchan which saw a great influence on this particular geographical area. And eventually, with the pace of history, it was the Dogra community that successfully united Baltistan, Purig, Zanskar, etc in the very first half of the 19th century.
It is said that before the early partition of 1947, Kargil was a part of the Wazarat district of Ladakh also known as a sparsely populated region with a very diverse set of linguistic, ethnic as well as religious beliefs. The first Kashmir war was essentially concluded with a ceasefire line which was responsible for dividing Ladakh Wazarat with the Skardu Tehsil which was located on the side of Pakistan.
Visiting a place like Kargil is generally not safe. However, if it wouldn’t have been for the belligerent conditions, this place indeed is a very beautiful spot to visit and explore along with your loved ones. The natural scenery of this place is actually quite incredible and offers a completely different perspective on Kargil.
Mulbekh Monastery. The 9-meter tall idol of the Maitreya Buddha chiseled in the rocks is a sight to behold. Seeing such a beautiful idol is quite an incredible experience for every visitor. While discovering this place, one can see that it has two Gompas. One is Drukpa and the other is Gelugpa. These Gompas are connected with the nearby palace of Raja Kalon of Mulbekh.
Drass War Memorial. Being a war-affected area, one can easily believe that there won’t be much to see and discover here but if you are thinking so then you may be completely wrong. Yes, on the contrary, one can observe that there are many hotels which have opened up here in the past owing to the rising tourists' crowds at the main war theatre. One can also see that the whole dynamics of the place have shifted and it was refreshing to see and experience that.
Kargil Main Street. Kargil's main street isn’t a shopper’s paradise exactly. 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.
Visit Suru Basin. Visiting the Suru Basin is quite an interesting experience for me. Apart from that, one can also see that the Suru Basin also has lush green scenery with some of the most picturesque vistas to enjoy.
Go Trekking. Being a sports enthusiast, trekking is really a great activity to indulge yourself here. However, for the first time trekkers, this may be a challenging experience. So, it is humble advice to the first-timers to keep their safety as a first priority and follow the steps of their respective guides.
Lamayuru Monastery. This monastery is a great thing to experience in its fine subtlety. It is really a great experience to explore the peaceful surroundings of this place. The fact that most people adore this place is because it has been adorned with a great number of “Khor-lo” or what is known as the Prayer Wheels. Read More
Losar Celebrations. It is quite true that traveling and experiencing various places offers you with quite a rich experience. For the Losar festival, Tibetans follow the lunar pattern according to their calendar. The Tibetan New Year commences on the first day of the first month of every lunar year. Read More
Galdan Namchot. The Galdan Namchot is specifically celebrated in Tibet and 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
The best time to visit Kargil is the summer season. This is the time which is quite great for sightseeing and exploring new places.
By Air. The Satwari airport is the nearest airport from Kargil. It has good connectivity to cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, etc. After deboarding your flight, you can hail a cab or other conveyance option to reach your destination.
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 from cities such as Delhi, Pune, Chandigarh, Mumbai, etc. It will be taking you a timeframe of about 22 hrs, 48 hrs, 19 hrs, 46 hrs to reach this place. You can consider taking NH44, NH48 to reach here.
By Train. The nearest railway station is located in Jammu. Traveling to Jammu via train is a great experience in itself. It has good overall connectivity with other Indian cities like Delhi, Pune, Chandigarh, etc. However, it is located at a distance of around 540 km from Kargil. From the station, you can take a cab to reach your destination.
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