Kargil is a town hich serves as the headquarters of Kargil district of Ladakh in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in India. It is the second largest town in Ladakh after Leh. It is located 60 km from Drass and 204 km Srinagar. Kargil is nestled in the Himalayas giving it a cool temperate climate. Summers are warm with cool nights, while winters are long and cold with temperatures often dropping to -40 °C with recorded temperatures of -60 °C in Drass, especially in the tiny town of Drass which is situated 56 km from the Kargil town.The Zanskar plateau is even colder, thus making it a near-uninhabitable place for humans to stay, except for the hardy Khampas. The entire Kargil district is spread over 14,087 km².
Places to Visit
Kargil War Memorial
Kargil war memorial built by the Indian army following the war with neighboring Pakistan in the late nineties is frequented by travelers plying the highway connecting Srinagar to Leh. The memorial houses some of the major sequence of events that happened during the course of the war along with details of the Indian army personnel who sacrificed their lives in the process of recapturing some of the peaks occupied by the Pakistan army like the Tiger Hill and Tololong. You can all see wall on the way from srinagar which can for protect indian army vichels from Pakistani Rangers during kargil war.
The memorial has a memento shop, selling hats, T-shirts, coffee mugs etc. But the main attraction of the whole memorial is the Sandstone wall, in the open, which has the names of all the Indian army personnel, who laid their lives during the Kargil war. Visitors to the memorial can also see from there, some of the peaks that the Indian army captured back from Pakistan.
The Kargil war memorial is by the side of the main highway going from Srinagar to Leh in Kashmir.
Situated 45 km from Kargil. Mulbekh Monastery is famous for its two gompas and the nine mtr tall statue of Maitreya Buddha. The Mulbekh Monastery with its gompas stands on a peak above the Srinagar-Leh highway. The two gompas are of Drukpa (new Buddhist school) and Gelugpa (old Buddhist school). Another reason for Mulbekh Monastery’s fame is the 30 ft long limestone sculpture of Maitreya Buddha. Carved onto the rock face, the sculpture of standing Maitreya Buddha overlooks the National Highway 1D between Leh and Kargil. The sculpture measures nine meter from base to its top. Maitreyas is also known as Chamba so Mulbekh Monastery is popularly known as Mulbekh Chamba. Along with the nine meter tall Maitreya sculpture, there are many prized relics along with the statues and frescoes in the monastery. The rock sculpture is believed to have been carved by Ladakhi missionaries to propagate Buddhism. Though the rock sculpture represents the Maitreya Buddha, the idol is a fine blend of Saivite symbols and early Buddhist art work. Accommodation options are limited. There a few guest houses which are clean and provide decent facilities. Hot water is available on demand.
The best time to visit Mulbekh is between May to October. Summer months are the ideal time to visit Mulbekh as the region remains snowbound during winter and temperatures drop way below zero. Even in summer, carry warm clothing.