Nestled in the lap of fierce nature, Kargil is an unforgiving yet gentle piece of land that offers you some of nature’s most breathtaking vistas. A town in the Kargil District of the northernmost Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, Kargil falls within the Ladakh region of the state and is Ladakh’s second biggest town after Leh.
Located 8750 feet above the sea level, Kargil is no common tourist destination. Surrounded by some of by he /the world’s highest mountains, it serves as the headquarters of the Kargil District. To anyone coming from other parts of the country, Kargil would seem as to be a quaint expanse that is lit with vibrant workshops and old stores.
Situated along the banks of the mighty Indus River, which is locally known as the Suru River. It’s infamous for the 1999 Kargil War between India and Pakistan, wherein Pakistani troops intruded into Kargil, later to be repulsed by the Indian Army. The war, which lasted several months took place on a 160 km long stretch.
This is perhaps the most important factor that brought Kargil to the tourist map and contributed to the growth of Kargil tourism.
With a temperate climate like rest of the high Himalayan areas, Kargil experiences long and harsh winters, with temperature sometimes stooping as low as -48°C. It makes Kargil a total summer destination.
Previously, Kargil used to be a stopover destination for people coming to Ladakh via Srinagar. Post the war, Kargil has witnessed a surge in the inflow of tourists. So much so that when it comes to Ladakh tourist spots and Ladakh tourist attractions, Kargil now fares amongst the most frequented destinations. There are several tour operators running several Kargil tour packages. As one of the most esteemed online travel agencies in Delhi, Sehgal Transport also features a tour package dedicated entirely to Kargil.