About The Kargil

District Kargil with an area of 15000 sq. km is constituted by the tributaries of high Indus. Kargil town, is the second largest town of Ladakh region, a valley that cultivates apricots in large quantity. It gets more rainfall than rest of Ladakh, produces plenty of wheat and vegetables. Kargil is generally a stopover on the way to Leh from Srinagar. Hotels and guest houses are very few. It is a gateway to Suru and Zanskar valley.
Kargil is inhabited by people known as Purig-pa, population is mostly of Shia Muslims and Buddhists in some of the areas who speak Purig language. The word Purig is derived from Pad-rigs which means Tibetian like. The people of Kargil region are said to have originated from Dards and Tibetian nomads who got settled along the river valleys. While walking through Kargil main market, one can observe the men with Tibetan looks wearing grey robes a turban and women with their heads covered by a scarf. The architectural wonders can be observed in outside the Imambaras around the Kargil town. Kargil is a base from where most adventurous trek originate. Kargil offers thrilling opportunities of camping and mountaineering.

Getting There

The SRTC coaches departing morning from Srinagar charge Rs.320 for deluxe coach and Rs. 240 for semi-deluxe coach. Coaches operate from Leh to Kargil daily. Many private taxis/jeeps are available for Kargil from taxi stands Srinagar and Leh.

Where to Eat

Kargil market has quite a few good restaurants and dhabas where the visitors can have day meals. Eating out at the respective hotels is mostly preferred by the tourists in Kargil.

Where to Stay

Hotels and Guest Houses in and around Kargil range from Rs.300 to 2500

Imp Contact No.s of Kargil

STD Code: 01955
LBDA: 01955-252333
CEO LBDA: 919419017791
Tourist Office: 01954254439
Winter Sports: 01954254417
HAWS: 01954254550

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