Kargil is the city and a part of Kargil district of Ladakh region in the state of Jammu & Kashmir in India. Covering around 15,000 KM of area and located on the banks of Indus river or Suru river. Kargil is 202KM from Srinagar and 64KM from Drass respectively. One can reach this city either by own vehicle (car or bike) or by regular bus services from Leh to Srinagar.
Kargil is situated at the height of 8,779 feet above the sea level. This is the largest town in Ladakh region after leh with population of around 143,388 as on 2011. Most of the people here are the followers of Buddhism and mix of Tibetan and Dard descent. Kargil is the point from where road towards Srinagar to the west (202 KM), Leh to the east (218 KM) and Padum (Zanskar) to the southeast (230 KM)get connected.
In 2009, there had been an armed conflict between Pakistan and Indian army in the month of July, 2009, which is known as Kargil War. There are also monasteries, those celebrate several annual festivals.
As, the Kargil is the place which holds a vital slot in Indian War History, so one of the most important reason travelers visit there. For adventure enthusiast this is the place is no less than heaven for mountaineers and trekkers.
Kargil, organise an archery contest in the month of May. Some of the other attractions for travelers to visit are Mulbekh Monastery, Stongday, Zongkhul, Sani & Rangdum Monastery. Sani Monatsry is the oldest place in Ladakh region as well..
Before, the Independence of India on 15th Aug, 1947, Kargil use to be a part of Baltistan district of Ladakh region. It is the home to diverse religious and linguistic groups. First Kashmir way held in 1947-1948, which resulted into the LOC and spitted the Ladakh region in such a way where Leh tehsil and Kargil tehsil came to Indian side and the Tehsil of Skardu on the side of Pakistan. After that, both of the tehsils promoted as a district and Ladakh as a Division.
In 1999, Kargil witnessed an unethical invasion of Pakistani Army, who then revolted by Indian Army in the War of Kargil. The area covered under this war was around 160KM long at national highway-1..
Summer season, from May to August is the good time when one can visit Kargil. Also this is the time when roads get opened to reach Kargil.
Public Transports available which ply between Kargil and Srinagar on a daily basis. These are J&K SRTC services. Other options are either by hiring a taxi, coming by own vehicle and on some Srinagar to Leh bike trip.
In Kargil you can find 2 tourist bungalows, which in total provide 15 well furnished clean rooms and 3 suits with in-house food facilities. To book for this option, you have to contact Kargil Tourist Office.
One of the option is Circuit house, which is equipped with 7 furnished rooms and one can book them by visiting DC office in Kargil.
Other option, which is way much popular among bike trip organizers and solo bikers is Zozila residency, they offer good food with clean rooms. You can book them by calling them directly.