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Kargil (district)

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Kargil (district)

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The Kargil district is the area of Union Territory of Ladakh in India.


Drass, Sankoo, Padum.

Other destinations[edit]

Panikar, Rangdum, Parachik, Penzi La Pass, Mulbekh, Lamayuru.


Kargil district has a population of 1,43,000 (2011 census) with 80% populations following Islam and 15% following Tibetan Buddhism (mostly Zanskar Valley). Kargil town is a regional transportation hub, lying mid-way on the Srinagar-Leh Highway. It is a popular night halt for people traveling from Srinagar to Leh or those traveling from Srinagar to Padum (Zanskar Valley). Apart from this, the town does not have much to offer.


Ladakhi is the most widely spoken language with Kashmiri the dominant language in written from. Hindi is widely understood and English can be used at travel agencies.

Get in[edit]

Kargil is located on National Highway 1D (Srinager-Leh Highway). It is almost equidistant from Srinagar and Leh (210 km each). One government bus runs from Srinagar(6 am) and one from Leh. Apart from this, shared taxis can be hired from both Srinagar and Leh (INR 700-800). Private taxis can also be hired from both these places. They cost about 10,000 Rs and 7000 Rs from Srinagar and Leh respectively.

Get around[edit]

Shared Taxis (1,200 Rs) and Private Taxis (10,000 Rs) can be hired from Kargil to reach Padum (Zanskar Valley).

See[edit][add listing]

Drass- War memorial and Tiger Hill(one of the main battlefronts of the 1999 Indo-Pakistan Kargil War, 8 km from the highway) Parakachik - Excellent view of the Nun and Kun mountain peaks. Overnight halt in Kargil-Padum Road. Rangdum - Monastery. Penzi La pass - remains closed 7-8 months a year, closing down Zanskar Valley from rest of the world. Padum - Many old Monasteries including Sani, Stongey and Karsha. Zang La fort. Phugtal Monastery - One of the remotest monasteries, involves a trek of 4 days.



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Trekking 1) Chadar trek - When the Penzi La pass remains closed for 8 months a year, trekking over the frozen Zanskar river is the only way which connects Zanskar Valley to the outside world. 2) Darcha Trek

Monastries - Visit several secluded monasteries.


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