city buildings near mountain

The Trans-Himalayan District of Kargil comprises of the South-Western part of Ladakh. It derives its name from the second major town of Ladakh viz “Kargil”, which is the District Headquarter. The District comprises of a host valleys, chief among them are the Suru Zanskar, Drass, Shakar Chiktan, Wakha and Lower Indus. The great Himalayan Range from its South-Western boundary is crowed by a series of majestic snow-capped peaks abounded with astounding glaciers and lush alpine slopes. These valleys are fed by trutaries of the Indus river, Prominent amoung them being the Suru, Zanskar, Drass rivers and Kanji and Wakha Nallas.

Much of the present day Kargil District was once known as “Purig:. The population of Kargil is an amalgamation of different ethnic groups like Indo-Aryans, Dard’s, Tibetans, and Mons of Northern India.

Mystics, Sufis and hermits have been lured by the solitude and harmony of nature from time unkown. The magnificent Indo-Saracenic and Tibetan architecture manifested in Imambaras, Mosques, Khanqahs, Monasteries and hermitages. population of these valleys. 

The majority of the population of Kargil district is Muslim and the rest are mostly Buddhists. Ethnically the population can be described as a combination of Balti, Dard and Tibeto Mongolian.

Except Inner line permit for Broqpa tribal areas of lower Indus and Chiktan valley is accessible to all foriegn Tourists Since 1974. A large number of tourists have been visiting the valleys across the district every year.

Kargil by virtue of its location, topography and contiguity with the alpine regions of Kashmir, Kistwar and outlying areas of Himachal Pradesh, is an ideal ground for trans-Himalayan trekking along with the ancient trade routes. Diverse ethnic and cultural entities inhabit the sparsely spread villages and hamlets dotted along the valleys. Besides trekking, the Suru and Zanskar valleys offer easily accessible Himalayan peaks of 7000 mtrs. Where tourists can indulge in river rafting, angling and rock climbing. 

Kargil Town

Kargil, 204 kms from Srinagar, is the second largest town of Ladakh UT. The town is located at the junction where roads from Leh, Srinagar, Skardu (Baltistan) and Zanskar meet, for the reason caravans from China, Turkey, Yarqand, Afghanistan and the Indian plains used to pass through Kargil in the past.

They used to trade in tea, wool, carpets, tobacco, silk and precious stones. All that now remains of that once-flourishing traffic are the ruins of CaravanSarais. Situated at an equidistant point from Srinagar to Leh, Padum (Zanskar) and Skardo (Baltistan), Kargil remained as an important station on the ancient routes of trade between China, Central Asia and India. Since 1974, when the area was opened for foreign tourists, Kargil has regained its importance and has established itself as an important Tourist destination. Kargil is also the starting point for the zanskar valley and Leh, places of extreme beauty and tranquility.

The kargil town is situated on the Confluence of river Suru and Wakha nallah at an altitude of 2704 mtr. with a population of over 20,000 people. While in Kargil soak in the scenery, especially in Baroo and Poyen. There are picturesque walks to the river and the nearby Goma Kargil. It also serve as a base for visiting Drass, the 1999 war sites, Mulbekh, the Suru valley and Zanskar. It’s also the base station for serval trekking, river-rafting and mountaineering expeditions. The town has well served Tourist Bungalows and also Private Hotels providing both budget and high class accommodations with modern amenities, sightseeing is also arranged by us contact our team to know more.

Places to Visit around the Kargil Town
1. The Baroo Khanqah
There is a medieval Muslim Shrine here, it is very popular and famous built during the era of Hazrat Syed Muhammad Nur Bakshi or Hazrat Shams ud Din Iraqi.

2. Goma Kargil (4 Kms)
Walking uphill on a well laid motorable road running through the slope, one can enjoy the superb view of the town and its surroundings, Central Asian Museum, Kargil a privately owned museum in Lankore area, displaying old articles of the silk route era is a worth visit.

3. Poyen and Bagh-e-Khoumani
Across the river suru is situated the ancient village of Poyen. While walking through the village to the Plateau of Bhag-e-Khoumaini, or the bypass, one can revel in picturesque scenery offered by Kargil Town and It’s surrounding settlements.

4. Hunurman Broq
Hundurman Broq is an ancient village at a distance of around 10-11 Km, north pf Kargil town near the LOC. It’s becoming popular amoung the visiting Tourists, as the village was captured by Indian soldiers during 1971 INDO_PAK Conflict.
The Structural design of ancient buildings and museum of antiques/artifacts re created at the village are certainly worth a visit.


General Information about Kargil


Area” 14036 sq. Kms.
Population 1500000 Approx.
Language: Purigi, Balti, Shina, Brigskat and Zanskari
Ethnic Groups: Balti, Dard, Tibeto-dard, Tibeto-Mongolian
Altitude: Average 3500 Meters.
Temperature: Max Min
Summer 25°C 8°C
Winters -5°C -20°C
Rainfall 6″ (Inch’s) Annually.

Hotels in Kargil

Accommodation in Kargil in all ranges both public and private sector is available at Kargil and other popular tourist spots in Kargil Districts E.G Suru Valley, Rangdum and Padum Zanskar.
However we recommend you to book as per your budget as Follows:

Budget Hotel: Hotel Siachin Kargil Ranges from 2300 to 3000 Per Night Per Room Double Bedroom

Deluxe Hotel: Hotel The Kargil, Highland and The Baroo La, are the deluxe category or 3 Star p[properties in Kargil.

Hotels in Kargil

Accommodation in Kargil in all ranges both public and private sector is available at Kargil and other popular tourist spots in Kargil Districts E.G Suru Valley, Rangdum and Padum Zanskar.
However we recommend you to book as per your budget as Follows:

Budget Hotel: Hotel Siachen Kargil Ranges from 2300 to 3000 Per Night Per Room Double Bedroom

Deluxe Hotel: Hotel The Kargil, Highland and The Baroo La, are the deluxe category or 3 Star properties in Kargil.

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