Kargil, located 8,780 feet above the sea level is the second largest town of Ladakh after Leh, situated on the banks of Indus (Suru) river. This town has a population of around 10,657 where most of them are a mix of Dard and Tibetan descent.A major chunk of the population is the follower of Buddhism. It is a transit hub with roads leading to Leh, Padum (Zanskar) and Srinagar. There had been an armed conflict between Indian and Pakistani armies in July 2009, which was known as Kargil war. There a number of monasteries here which even play host to several annual festivals. It is located 60 kilometers from Drass and 204 kilometers from Srinagar respectively.It can be reached through 4 wheel drive vehicles and through regular bus services from Srinagar to Leh.
Kargil is one of the mesmerizing places in Ladakh. The best time to visit Kargil is from the month of June to September. There are many must visit places in Kargil near Hotel Rangyul, which one must see when in Kargil. Kargil city sightseeing is one of the enjoyable Kargil things to do, which will require half or full day, but to visit all Kargil local sightseeing places you must stay in Kargil for 2 to 3 days
Drass valley is among the The coldest region of India where -8 degree Celsius is the average temperature during winter and it falls onto as low as -15 degree Celsius during the peak time of winter. The tours of Drass valley include a visit to the famous Drass War Memorial which is built to pay tribute who lost their lives in the India-Pakistan War in 1999. There is also a Brigade War Valley thato turned to be the space to commemorate the lives of Indian soldiers during Kargil War.
Kargil War Memorial
Kargil War Memorial in Drass is a great place for the patriotic Indian inside you.Indian Army maintained memorial depicts war photos, narratives of soldiers and explains the challenges Indian soldiers faced in the Kargil war. To pay tribute to our brave soldiers, the Indian Army has built a War Memorial in Drass, the most important location which became prominant during the war and now the memorial is known in different names such as Kargil War Memorial and Drass War Memorial.
Mulbekh monastery is 36 Km away from Kargil, enshrined with the 9 meter tall idol of Maitreya Buddha .This gargantuan statue of Maitreya Buddha is overawing. There is a steep path arranged behind the building To reach the gompa. There are other majestic statues and frescoes apart from the limestone idol of Buddha carved in the rock face. The entire monastery enshrines valuable paintings and some relics of the ancient period.
The Rangdum Monastery is Located in classic Rangdum village. About 200 years ago, Rangdum monastery was built by Gelek Eashy Takpa during the reign of King Tsetan Namgyal of Ladakh. Located in stunning Suru Valley, the monastery has a museum that cherish and enshrines collection of Tibetan and other regional artefacts.Rangdum Monastery is amongst the prominant landmarks of the ladakh region.
When the glacier in Panzella liquefy it dribble down to Suru basin, Suru valley is the most fertile region in the Ladakh. The valley is embellished with splendid greenery and magnificient fields of wheat, barley, radish, grapes etc. Millets, wheat, peas are prevalent cereals cultivated in the valley. Environed by sublime snow capped mountain peaks this place is very impessive. poplar trees throughout the valley help adorning the beauty of suru valley futher.
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