Destination Snapshot

  • Travel Style

  • First Timers
  • Adventure Buffs
  • Something Different
    • Language

      Balti, Ladakhi, Kashmiri, Nepali, Urdu, and Hindi
    • Altitude

      2704 metres
    • Time zone

      GMT + 05.30 hours
    • Theme

      Mountains

Welcome to the land that stands tall amidst the two most prominent countries- Indian and Pakistan in the world, welcome to Kargil!

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  • Landscape

    Kargil has amazing landscape that offers serene views and can make up for great photographic shots during the daytime.

  • Monasteries

    Not just the Sani monastery located in the village, there are many monasteries that are located in and around Kargil and are worth visiting for their architecture as well as historic significance.

  • Ideal Stopover

    Kargil can be a good stopover for a day, en route your road trip to Kashmir, Leh or the Zanskar valley.

Be prepared

  • No Nightlife

    Landscapes and monasteries can keep you busy during the day; there isn’t much to do at night here.

  • Altitude Sickness

    Perched at an altitude of 2704 meters, you might feel nausea accompanied by headaches which can be irritating sometimes, but it will slowly fade away.

  • Freezing Winters

    Winters in Kargil can be very harsh as the temperature can drop to -42 degree Celsius. Make sure you keep yourself fully covered.

Describing It

Kargil is one of the most crucial hubs where one road leads to Leh, others to Srinagar and Zanskar. Better known for the 1999 Indo-Pakistan war, Kargil has garnered a limelight of its own post the battle. No wonder, the war became an inspiration for Bollywood film maker J.P. Dutta who later directed a movie titled LOC Kargil based on the epic battle. That said, Kargil is now a popular hotspot for many travellers.

While you are here, visit the most famous monastery, the Sani monastery which has a 20 feet tall stupa, a beautiful dome-like structure and a Buddhist shrine. Other monasteries that are situated near Kargil and can be visited include the Mulbekh monastery which houses the ‘laughing Buddha’ sculpture, Karsha Monastery, Zongkhul Monastery, Phugthal Monastery and Stongday Monastery to name a few.

Not just monasteries, you will also be charmed by the landscape, valleys, shrines and rural villages in Kargil. Adventure lovers need not worry; you can try activities like mountaineering and trekking here.