The second largest town of Ladakh, Kargil is known for its historic importance and the infamous Kargil War of 1999. This Kargil Vijay Diwas, let’s salute our heroes and take a journey through the amazingly beautiful town of Kargil. Rich in culture, scenic beauty and a mesmerising landscape, the town will give you memories for a lifetime.
Fascinating Facts About Kargil:
- The beautiful town of Kargil is situated at 8,780 feet above the sea level.
- The place is home to a population of around 10,657 and most of the inhabitants are a mix of Dard and Tibetan descent.
- It is a popular transit hub for people travelling to Leh, Zanskar and Srinagar.
- Before the independence of India, Kargil was a part of the Baltistan district of Ladakh.
Top Tourist Attractions in Kargil:
An offbeat destination, Kargil is filled with magic and magnificence. There are a number of places that one can visit in and around this town. Come, take a look:
Kargil War Hall of Fame
Experience the first-hand account of the war at this place. It offers a remarkable view of the entire sprawl of the Kargil town.
Witness the most gorgeous and breathtaking landscape at the Suru Valley in Kargil. The valley is known for fertility and the famous peaks like Nun and Mun.
The battlefield where all the brave hearts gave up their lives for their motherland, Batalik can be visited to feel the sacrifice and pay tribute.
A popular destination around Kargil, Drass attracts a number of tourists each year. It is blessed with a picturesque landscape and its Zojila Pass base lends a view of the Amarnath- the holy shrine of Hindus.
Constructed in different parts over a course of several centuries, the Sani monastery is associated with Naropa who was a famous Indian Buddhist Yogi and a spiritual teacher.
The nearest airport to Kargil is in Srinagar (234 km) and the closest railway station is in Jammu (739 km). You can reach Kargil via a bus from Srinagar or Leh. You can also hire a private taxi to cover the stretch between Jammu and Kargil.
Best Time to Visit Kargil:
Plan a trip to Kargil between the summer months of April to June. The temperature during this time remains warm during the day and pleasantly cool during the night. It is ideal for exploring the hidden gems of Kargil.
The town engraved into the Indian consciousness in 1999 after the Kargil War. Visit this place to acknowledge the sacrifices of our soldiers and to witness the natural majesty of the Himalayas in its full glory. The hospitable locals and the culture of this town will surely impress you in every way.