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Kargil

Kargil (2704 m), situated about 204 kms from Srinagar in the west and 234 kms from Leh in the east, is the second largest urban centre of Ladakh and headquarters of the district of same name. The town lies nestling along the rising hillside of the lower Suru basin. Two tributaries of the Suru River that meet here are the Drass and Wakha. The broad Kargil basin and its wide terraces are separated from the Mulbekh valley by the 12 kms. long Wakha gorge. The land available along the narrow valley and also the rising hillsides are intensively cultivated in neat terraces which grow barley, wheat, peas, a variety of vegetables and other cereals. Kargil is famous for the fine apricots grown here. In May the entire countryside becomes awash with fragrant white apricot blossoms while August, the ripening fruit lends it an orange hue. A quite town now, Kargil once served as important trading and transit centre on the two routes, from Srinagar to Leh and to Gilgit and the lower Indus Valley. Numerous caravans carrying exotic merchandise of silk, brocade, carpets, felts, tea, poppy, ivory etc. transited in the town on their way to and from China, Tibet, Yarkand and Kashmir. The old bazaar displayed a variety of Central Asian and Tibetan commodities even after the cessation of the Central Asian trade in 1949 till these were exhausted about two decades back. Similarly the ancient trade route passing through the township was lined with several caravanserais.

 
Kargil, Ladakh
 

Now, since 1975, travellers of numerous nationalities have replaced traders of the past and Kargil has regained its importance as a centre of travel related activities. Being located in the centre of the Himalayan region with tremendous potentials for adventure activities, Kargil serves as an important base for adventure tours in the heart of Himalayas. It is also the take off station for visitors to the erotic Zanskar Valley. Nowadays, it is the overnight stopping place of the Srinagar-Leh highway. Tourists travelling between Srinagar and Leh make a night halt here before starting the second leg of their journey.

Places to See in Kargil:

Kargil mainly serves as an ideal base station for adventure activities like trekking, mountaineering, camping, river rafting etc. The mountaineers attempting to climb the Nun and Kun, both over 7000 m high, starts from here. It is also a base for taking shorter excursions to Mulbek where the chief attraction is a 9-m high rock sculpture depicting the future Buddha. Kargil also offers some interesting walks along the river bank and up the hillside. The best among these is the one leading to Goma Kargil along a 2-km long winding road which, passing through some of the most picturesque parts of the town, presents breathtaking views of the mountain stream. The town has a medieval atmosphere with narrow cobbled streets and the people are mainly Balti Muslims. The two mosques show a strong Turkish influence. A stroll in the bazaar might lead to a shop selling flint and tobacco pouches, travelling hookahs and brass kettles - handcrafted items of everyday use which find their way into the mart as curios. Most shops deals in common consumer goods, but some specialize in trekking provisions. The showroom of the Government Industries Centre near the riverbank displays and sell Pashmina Shawls, local carpets and other woolen handicrafts. The apricot jam produced here serves as a rare delicacy. Kargil's dry apricot has now become a souvenir item, which can be purchased freely in the bazaar.

How to Reach Kargil

By Air:
The nearest airport is situated at Leh.

Warning: Those with heart trouble or lungs problem should check with a doctor before flying to such a high altitude.

By Rail:
The nearest railway station is located at Jammu, about 739 kms. from Leh.

By Road:
Kargil is situated about 204 kms from Srinagar and 234 kms from Leh.

Note : All Tourists travelling from Srinagar to Ladakh by road are required to register themselves at the Tourist Registration Centre at Drass.

 
 
 
 

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