Kargil Tourism & Travel Guide

After having breakfast by the lakeside,we had to be off on an epic road trip.The distance between Srinagar and Kargil is around 215 kms ,which is around half the distance to Leh and we had to hit Kargil before nightfall....

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Magnificent view of Kargil war Famous Peaks (Tiger Hill, Tololing) The Kargil War Memorial is a must visit place....

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The Phuktal monastery is the epitome of monks living high up in the mountains, detached from the rest of the world.
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I got up with the first Ray of Light coming in through a slight gap between the curtains, looked out of the window and realized it’s a bright sunny day with clear skies. Sun rays falling on the snow laden peaks in distance and making the snow glisten like gold. The sun sets in quite late in such terrain and rise up pretty early. We had been on the road practically for two days hence it was decided will let everyone rest and let them wake up at their convenience. Soon everyone started waking up, some were pretty unhappy being caught with a bad bout of stomach bug . I already had a few worrying things on my mind which doubled up with the latest situation at hand. Thankfully, the ladies of our group had planned well and stocked in essential medicines the health issues were taken care of. Now we had to take care of the Mighty Zoji La.Zoji La is 9 km (5.6 mi) from Sonamarg and provides a vital link between Ladakh and Kashmir. It runs at an elevation of approximately 3,528 meters (11,575 feet), and is the second highest pass after Fotu La on the Srinagar-Leh National Highway. It is often closed during winter, though the Border Roads Organization (BRO) is working to extend traffic to most parts of the year. The Beacon Force unit of the BRO is responsible for clearing and maintenance of the road during winter. The Border Roads Organization takes two months to clean the National Highway in the Zoji la Pass Area. On certain occasions, they complete their job before time. Arid climate makes their work simple, due to which the highway opens earlier than expected. To drive this trail, you must have supreme confidence in your vehicle and your driving skills. The Zoji la Pass is considered as one of the riskiest passes in this area. During and after a storm the road may be impassable, even with a four-wheel-drive vehicle and can easily get muddy if it rains making it challenging to get through. The zone experiences high winds and heavy snowfall, which render it impassable for much of the winter. It’s incredibly disorienting to look over the edge, or even just to see the valleys a couple thousand feet below you. It’s a mind numbing vertical drop of hundreds of meters so you might want to give it a miss on a windy day.We were aware of the dangers that lay ahead but our adventurous streak got better of us and we started getting ready for the journey ahead. Since I have been travelling to the mountains I swear by a simple policy, listen to the advice of local people as they recognize their backyard the best. Breakfast done, all packed up! Over a cup of tea we got into conversation with the Hotel manager seeking his valuable inputs on what lay ahead. The advice's were simple ‘Sir stick to your lane, do not overtake and stay behind the local drivers’. The locals have their own way and instinct while driving. In his good gesture, he narrated us of a mishap that had occurred a decade back, which was overheard by our faint hearted team member who was driving and it left him worried! We brushed the topic aside, cheered him up and optimistically got on to our machines and fired the engines. I was a bit vary on seeing lots of trucks pass by in the morning well aware of the fact if any of the trucks crossing by got stuck on the climb of Zoji La we are in for a long long day. The jams once upon a time at Zoji la ran for miles and lasted upto 6 hours ! As we crossed Sonamarg town, it was a sigh of relief to spot all those trucks parked neatly on our right hand side. Indian Army and BRO has regulated the movement of heavy vehicles from Kargil to Sonamarg and Sonamarg to Kargil. Vehicles coming from Kargil side cross Zoji La by early morning and from Sonamarg they cross after noon. It is a boon for people crossing Zoji La.
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About Kargil

This beautiful district in Ladakh has been part of many significant moments in India. Its close proximity to Pakistan makes Kargil an integral part of India's geographical dominance and its awe-inspiring beauty makes it a must visit for travellers. If you are making your way from Sringar to Leh, Kargil is a definitely stopover. The Sani monastery here is one of the oldest monasteries in the world and is home to a 20 feet tall Stupa and a Buddhist shrine. Other notable monasteries here are Mulkbeh Monastery, home to a laughing Buddha sculpture; Phugthal Monastery, Zongkhul Monastery, Stongday Monastery and Karsha Monastery. If you are here for a day or two, do walk around the villages to experience life in one of India's coldest regions. The people are warm and welcoming with myriad intriguing stories to share.

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