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Kargil

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Among all the places to visit during a Leh Ladakh, Kargil makes it to the list of the most picturesque places to visit in Ladakh. Graced by the alluring Suru or the Indus River, this wonderful town is a true canvas painted by all the enticing shades of Mother Nature.

Located around 204km to the east of Srinagar and around 23km to the west of Leh, this historic town was a popular trade and commerce point during the ancient times. However, with the flowing time, it became one of the most prudent locations for the Indian defence line or the Line of Control (LOC). Even though some portions of this scenic town was captured by Pakistan Army, it was successfully recovered by the brave Indian soldiers.

Today, Kargil serves as one of the most appealing tourist attractions and also attracts a large number of tourists planning for a delightful Leh Ladakh tour. It is also one of the coveted paradise in almost all the Leh Ladakh tour packages.

Location

Kargil stands at a towering height of 8,780ft and is regarded as one of the most sensitive places along India’s Line of Control (LOC). It is situated on the banks of the pristine Indus River (or the Suru River), and is around 205km from the state capital Srinagar and around 1,047km from India’s capital New Delhi.

Best Time to Visit Kargil

Summer (April to June) is the best time to visit Kargil. During this period of the year, the town stays comparatively warm with cooler nights. Visitors can expect a pleasant experience as the climate stays quiet and calm with clear views all around.

On the other hand, if you are planning for a Leh Ladakh trip and visit Kargil during the winters (October to February), you must postpone your plans! Winters in Kargil are marked by drastic drop in the temperature; -40 to -50 degrees is the average winter temperature.

Even monsoon (July to September) is also a good time to indulge in Leh Ladakh tourism and visit Kargil. Heavy rainfall during this season increases the chances of landslides; roadblocks might prove to be a huge obstacle to all the Leh Ladakh tour packages in Kargil during the monsoons.

Tourist Attractions in Kargil

Suru Valley:

Visit this captivating valley during the summer, and you will be greeted with mesmerising views of its lush greeneries. Adorned by the charm and warmth of the Indus River, Suru Valley is also the home to fascinating peaks like Nun (1,135m) and Kun (7,035m).

MulbekhChamba:

MulbekhChamba is among the most quaint and sacred religious places to visit while on Leh Ladakh tour. Visit this sacred place to witness the pious beauty of the 9m high statue of Maitreya Buddha that dates back to 7th-8th century.

Kargil War Memorial:

This is in fact one of the must-not-miss places to visit in all the Leh Ladakh tour packages. Located in Kargil, the Kargil War Memorial is maintained by the Indian Army and it was built to commemorate the heroic sacrifices of the brave soldier who sacrificed their lives while saving the country.

Pensi La Pass:

Located around 14,436ft above the sea level, Pensi La Pass connects the Zanskar Valley and the Suru Valley. Pensi La Pass is located on the way to Rangdum Monastery in Ladakh.

Rangdum Monastery:

Situated around 160km from Kargil, Rangdum Monastery is one of the highest monasteries in Ladakh. Located atop a mountain, it holds a prominent place in Buddhism and houses numerous ancient collection.