I had 4 more days left and only Gulmarg was left to complete my Kashmir diaries. I wanted to do the round trip for Gulmarg as well. Thus, I modified my plan to include Kargil to anyhow waste remaining 3 days.
There was a bus strike in Srinagar those days, so I had to take a shared van which cost me 1.5 times what I had thought of. The route is Srinagar to Kargil via Sonamarg and takes approx. 7 hrs.
Kargil also has many cafes and restaurants. I tried Cafe-de-Riverside and Parsa's. Both of these places offer good food and view.
The availability of public transport is a challenge. One can travel to all remote areas of Kargil by bus but it requires a lot of planning and wait time will be high as you will be able to cover only a few places in a day because of the bus schedule.
I hired a cab for full day and planned to see a few places. I saw Mulbekh Monastery, Shakar Chiktan, Darchiks Garkon, Hunderman village, small museums, etc. The ride was great - not because of those views but because of the driver who kept on pestering me by asking questions such as whether I had a boyfriend or any such future plan.
People who have seen or are planning to see Leh/Ladakh should avoid spending time at Kargil. The place has nothing to offer. It is just used as a rest stop by people who are travelling by road from Srinagar to Leh or vice-versa.
As the bus strike did not end after 3 days, I had to make other arrangements. Shared vans increased the fare by a little amount and there was only 1 cab scheduled for that day which was available after 2 pm. Luckily, a family travelling offered me a place in their traveller. Throughout the journey, they kept on offering me the food and asking whether I had a proper lunch, etc.
The journey came to end and I was glad that I had successfully wasted 3 of my days somehow.