Kargil - Sightseeing & Excursions
Kargil Town & Around - Kargil town (2,704 m), situated
midway between Srinagar (204 Kms) and Leh, (234 kms) on
the Srinagar-Leh highway, is the second largest urban
centre (approx. 8,000 inhabitants) of Ladakh and
headquarters of Kargil district.
New part of Kargil town
A quiet town now, in the past it served as an important
trade and transit centre for the Central-Asian merchants
due to its unique equidistant location (about 200-230 kms)
from Srinagar, Leh and Skardo, all well known trading
outposts on the old trade route network. Numerous caravans
carrying exotic merchandise transited in the town on their
way to and from China, Tibet, Yarkand, Kashmir and
Baltistan. Since 1975, travellers of various nationalities
have replaced traders of the past and Kargil has regained
its importance as a centre of travel-related activities.
Being located in lap of the Himalayas, Kargil serves as an
important base for undertaking adventure tourism and trips
to the exotic Zanskar Valley and other Himalayan regions.
Visitors travelling between Srinagar and Leh have to make
a night halt here before starting the second leg of their