KARGIL ( KARGIL )
Almost equidistant, at a little over 200 kms from Leh and Srinagar, the Kargil is second largest town of Ladakh situated on the banks of Suru river. It is nestled in the Himalayas, giving it a cool, temperate climate. Summers are warm with cool nights, while winters are long and cold with temperatures often dropping to -40 °C with recorded temperatures of -60 °C in Drass situated 56 km from the Kargil town. Situated at an altitude of 2704 metres, Kargil serves as an important base for undertaking adventure tourism. It also offers thrilling opportunities of rafting, camping and mountaineering. Kargil is inhabited by people, said to have been originated from Dards and Tibetan nomads who got settled along the river valleys. While walking through Kargil main market, one can observe the architectural wonders. The houses are made of stone and mud to escape the rigours of biting cold in winters.
Because of its vital importance, the town is growing at a steady pace and new shops, hotels and restaurants are coming up fast. The tourists on way to Leh break their journey in this beautiful mountainous town for a night halt. However, Kargil has much to offer tourists that any other place in Ladakh barring Leh.
Rangdum is the most isolated part of the Suru Valley situated 130 kms South-east of Kargil and serves as an important trekking base. An adventurous trek from here leads to Kishtwar and then to Kashmir valley.
Kargil has some of the loftiest mountain peaks in Jammu and Kashmir. The Nun (7,135 m) and Kun (7,035 m), pair of Himalayan peaks are the highest mountain peaks in the state. They can be approached from Tangole (70km from Kargil) and Gulmatongo (110km from Kargil).
Kargil was also located on the ancient Silk Route and has been a trading centre for centuries together. Its cultural variety is due to the people of different areas who settled here time to time.
HOW TO REACH
It can be reached by road from Srinagar as well as from Leh, being almost equidistant at little more than 200 kms. There are budget hotels here so tourists don’t feel any inconvenience.