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Kargil

Overview of Kargil

Kargil district of Leh-Ladakh had been a disputed area ever since India and Pakistan was divided.  The infamous Kargil war was fought on Drass region of Kargil which is the second coldest inhabited place on earth standing at a massive elevation of 10, 990 feet. Being the coldest region and a major war between India and Pakistan, the region does not fail to mesmerize you with its beauty. It is indeed blessed with stunning scenic beauty which can enthrall every traveler’s heart and soul in just a matter of few seconds.

It is hub for many travelers, photographers and historians and academicians as it is not just a piece of beauty but a smoldering little village with huge relevance for the nation.  Infamous for its 1999 India-Pakistan War, the region has seen a lot than just standing there aloof of the entire nation. It has made helped the nation keep its pride and stands tall with dignity and welcomes visitors and researchers from around the globe.

Well, on a lighter note, the place attracts visitors from neighboring places during the Mamani festival which is celebrated in January. Bliss for gastronomes, the food festival is open to all to satiate their gastronomical desires. Dishes served here includes Popot (grain soup), Goku, Marzan, Poli (buckwheat pancakes) and Harsab Khur (yeast bread).

Drass

At an elevation of 3000 meters above mean sea level, Leh is fascinating region with erratic weather and defying living conditions. Nature is blissful and hard at the same time in this particular region of Jammu and Kashmir. Kargil district of Leh-Ladakh had been a disputed area ever since India and Pakistan was divided.  The infamous Kargil war was fought on Drass region of Kargil which is the second coldest inhabited place on earth standing at a massive elevation of 10, 990 feet. Being the coldest region and a major war between India and Pakistan, the region does not fail to mesmerize you with its beauty. It is indeed blessed with stunning scenic beauty which can enthrall every traveler’s heart and soul in just a matter of few seconds.

Well, infamous for the 1999 Kargil War, Drass has a lot to more to offer than just being a check point between two countries. A nature lover or a wildlife fanatic, this is a place visited by major soul seekers. Making memories and taking along a piece of Leh with yourself is not very surprising as this place leaves you stunned with its majesty, magic and charm. Well, when it comes to praising the beauty of this region, we often fall short of words. One of a kind place in the world, Leh is a gateway to heaven even though we haven’t seen one.

Not to unambiguously mention, Drass also finds serves as the pilgrimage place for many Muslim and Hindu spirituality enthusiasts. ‘Ningoor Masjid’, a revered Muslim pilgrimage site located 7 km. off the main Drass village lures uncountable devotees every year who specially travel here to pay their respect to Allah and seek his blessings.

Places of attractions

Kargil War Memorial

Location: Kargil, Ladakh, India

For the patriots and the nationalists, it is a moment of pride to visit the famous War Memorial, built in memory of soldiers who died fighting for the nation.  At the memorial house, one can see picture description of the major event that took place during the war and army personals who lost their lives.

Things to do at Kargil War Memorial: Visting The Place

Mulbekh Monastery

Location: Kargil, Ladakh, India

Known for its two Gompas that belong to the Drukpa and Gelugpa sects respectively, the Mulbekh Monastery is one of the most important places to see near Kargil. The monastery is situated at an elevation of 3,304 meters and is indeed a remarkable piece of workmanship that maintains a carved nine meters tall statue of Maitreya Buddha, which is said to be overlooking the old trade route and the present day highway.

Things to do at Mulbekh Monastery: Visting The Place

Suru Valley

Location: Kargil, Ladakh, India

Hills, Valleys and rivers surround you here a magical Suru Valley. The Suru Valley is blessed with grand Rocky Mountains on one side and lustrous green fields on the other. Nun peak at an elevation of 7,135 metres and Kun peak sat an elevation of 7,035 metres stands tall complimenting each other in this Valley.

Things to do at Suru Valley: Visting The Place

Pensi La Lake

Location: Kargil, Ladakh, India

At an elevation of 4,400 meters, Pensi La is a mountain pass that is the gateway to Padum, the headquarters of Zanskar sub-division of Kargil district. From Pensi La, one can capture the stunning view of the Suru River valley, the glacial lake and the Drang Drung Glacier.

Things to do at Pensi La Lake : Visting The Place

Tiger Hill

Location: Drass, Kargil, Ladakh, India

At an elevation of the 5,353 meters, Tiger Hill alias Surging Sea Hill is the highest point in the region. It is surrounded by the Tolling Range and other ridges ranging between 5,000 to 6,500 meters. The hill overlooks the National Highway 1D, which serve as a gateway to Siachen Glacier and connecting Leh to Srinagar. Tourists can either see the view of the tiger hill from the distant valley or climb it.

Things to do at Tiger Hill: Visting The Place

Drass War Memorial

Location: Drass, Kargil, Ladakh, India

It is a place to venerate the past and to give respect to our lost heroes. This attraction in Drass is a must visit place built by the Indian Army in memory of the soldiers who faced the Kargil war in 1999.

Things to do at Drass War Memorial : Visting The Place

Nimu

Location: Drass, Kargil, Ladakh, India

Nimu or Nimmu is a small village situated some 45 kms from Leh in the South East part of Ladakh. It is a popular tourist attraction as one can see the picturesque confluence of River Indus and Zanskar. Also, Nimu is known as the starting point of the famed All India Rafting Expedition that takes place on River Indus. This must visit also houses a heritage hotel called, Nimu House that is ideal for luxury and nature seekers.

Things to do at Nimu: Visting The Place

Weather in Kargil

The region has cold semi arid climate that ranges between 7°C - 30°C in summers, and between -20°C - 12°C in Monsoons from the month of October and May.

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The months between June and September are ideal for visiting Ladakh.

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How to Reach

By Air

To visit Kargil, one can opt to fly in at the ‘Leh Kushok Bakula Rinpoche Airport’ in Leh or the international airport located in Srinagar. Both airports are well connected through several domestic flights from major cities in India.

By Train

Ones travelling through a train must get down at ‘Jammu Tawi Railway Station’ which is the nearest railhead and carry on with the trip first to Leh and then further up. Also, located in close proximity to the Line of Control (LOC), it is imperative for all travelers to register themselves at the Tourist Registration Office in Drass.

By Road

Kargil is connected by road from two sides- Manali-Leh highway and Srinagar- Kargil highway. You can choose any of the two routes to reach Zanskar Valley via Khardung La pass

Places to visit in Kargil :
Kargil War Memorial, Mulbekh Monastery, Suru Valley, Pensi La Lake , Tiger Hill, Drass War Memorial , Nimu
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