Kargil (Ladakh) FAQs

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Area geography

A prominent district in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir State in India, Kargil spans over an area of 14,086 square kilometres with River Suru meandering through the town. While Line of Control borders the western side of Kargil, Kashmir is towards its southern side. Kargil lies amidst the Himalayas and hence winters in Kargil can be very chilly.

Notes currencies cards

Indian Rupee

Cellular service for tourists

Leading mobile operators like Airtel and others have now started to provide cellular services. However, in peak winter season, the area loses out on mobile connectivity due to heavy snow in nearby regions.

Wifi internet

Very few places offer Wi-Fi connectivity in Kargil. Connectivity is quite slow and sometimes it can go down for long hours.

Drinking laws

The legal drinking age in the (entire) state of Jammu and Kashmir is 21 years. However, moderation is strongly recommended while consuming liquor. Liquor can cause dehydration and in Kargil, it might mean headaches and acute nausea.


Tipping is often welcome in India by most of the waiters and clerks. While food and beverage outlets add a service charge in the final bill, so tipping is not necessary. However, small tips for good service are always appreciated.


Kargil is absolutely safe to travel. However, you might see that the security here is more tightened. As a tourist, it is always wise to be cautious of your surroundings. Kargil is a conservative area; one should wear decent clothes, fully covered. Avoid getting into any political discussion with anyone here and respect the sentiments of the people living here.

General information

Languages spoken

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

Time zones

GMT + 05.30 hours

Major religions

Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism

Domestic international calling codes

+ 1985

Electricity standards

The standard voltage in India is around 220 volts and typically a two or three pin plug s used by everyone. So, carry adapters as per your requirement.

Common greetings

Good Morning: Juley

Good Evening: Juley

Goodbye: Juley

Thank you: Dhanyawaad

Sorry: Maf kijiye

Do you speak English? : English aati?

I don't understand: Smajh nahi aayaa

No: nai

Yes: haan

I don’t know: nahi pata

How are you?: Kaisa hai aap

What is your name?: Naam kya hai aapka

My name is: Mera naam………

Where is the washroom?: toilet kahaan hai

Is this vegetarian? (point to a dish in a menu card): Vegetarian hai?

Where is this? (point to a monument, amenity on a paper/map): yeh kahaan hai?

How much does this cost?: Kitne ka hai/How much?

Too expensive!: bahut mehenga hai

A little cheaper: thoda kam karo